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The Elfstones of Shannara (The Sword of Shannara Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Terry Brooks , Darrell K. Sweet
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)

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Book Description

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Terry Brooks's The Measure of the Magic.

Ancient Evil threatens the Elves: The ancient tree created by long-lost Elven magic, is dying. When Wil Ohmsford is summoned to guard the Amberle on a perilous quest to gather a new seed for a new tree, he is faced with the Reaper, the most fearsome of all Demons. And Wil is without power to control them....

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Ancient Evil threatens the Elves: The ancient tree created by long-lost Elven magic, is dying. When Wil Ohmsford is summoned to guard the Amberle on a perilous quest to gather a new seed for a new tree, he is faced with the Reaper, the most fearsome of all Demons. And Wil is without power to control them....

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  • File Size: 3920 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345285549
  • Publisher: Del Rey (October 10, 2000)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,875 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE THE BEST EPIC FANTASIES EVER WRITTEN. December 3, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was impressed with Terry Brooks' Sword of Shannara, but he was obviously just warming-up in preparation for his true masterpiece, the Elfstones of Shannara. The Ellcrys tree, created millennia ago by long-lost Elven magic, is the strength behind the Spell of Forbidding, a dimension of imprisonment for ancient evil. In quick succession, the Ellcrys begins dying, the Forbidding starts crumbling, and the demons within break free--and that's only the first dozen pages! Allanon meets his match with the sorcerous Dagda Mor, only one of thousands of unstoppable demons who fear but one thing: a rebirth of the Ellcrys. Oh, I haven't even mentioned the cunning Changeling or the fearsome Reaper--there are enough villains and heroes in these pages to fill a shelful of ordinary books. Since 1982 when I first read this novel, I've returned at least ten times. I feel I've come to know and cherish these characters, like visiting old freinds every once in a while. Of the hundreds of fictional works I've read these past three decades, only a half-dozen have been as absorbing or given me as much enjoyment as the Elfstones of Shannara.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read for all July 16, 2000
By sphael
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was the first of the initial trilogy that I read, and I still think it's the best. It has a near-perfect blend of suspense, intrigue, hierarchal rivalry, and romance. Also, it has one of the most intriguing, exciting, and well written large-scale fantasy war scenes I've ever encountered.
This book is NOT a clone of the first book, The Sword of Shannara, as some might be led to believe. True, something goes wrong, then Allanon appears. However, he is not the main character, and with all due respect to him, one large reason he is there is to simply tie in this book with the rest of the series.
A note to all people interested in this book but turned off by all references saying it's too much like Tolkien, only worse: people don't realize that the two series are not comparable. The two authors' writing styles are different. Brooks' works tend to focus on the here-and-now, using more dialogue and action. Tolkien tends to focus on the Big Picture, using tons more detail. Neither style is bad. It's the reader's taste.
FINAL NOTE: Good literature has no specific demographic. The Elfstones of Shannara is a good read for all. It has plenty of action and intrigue, while maintaining a definite mature atmosphere.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful May 1, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Elfstones of Shannara is definitely the best book in the Shannara series. I love this book, and have read it over, and over, and over.... For the longest time, I wondered why I liked it so much. Then, I realized that it wasn't like any of the rest of the Shannara series (Sword of Shannara was O.K., but the later books became nothing more than agonizingly slow psychodramas with characters that were constantly struggling to deal with the use of the "magic"- bleh!). This novel, on the other hand, is perfectly balanced, with a somewhat different concept than the standard "Kill the evil wizard/dictator" plot. The Ellcrys, the tree that bars a horde of vengeful demons behind the magic walls of the Forbidding, is dying. Once she is gone, the creatures of darkness will pour in and destroy the world. The only way to stop the terrible events is to sent one of the Chosen to bathe the seed of the Ellcrys in the Bloodfire. This task falls upon Amberle Elessedil, a reluctant former Chosen. Allanon appoints Wil Ohmsford as her protector and sends them off on a mission to save the world. Meanwhile, the forbidding collapses, freeing the demons. It's up to the Elven Army to stop them, aided by the brave men of the Free Corps. Character development is excellent; none of Brooks' other works has any characters that come close to the ones in this book. Stee Jans, Ander, Amberle.... they're all very compelling and all seem very real. The plot is great, too. My personal favorite moment is the battle with the demons at Halys Cut, but the book is chock full of memorable scenes. The first encounter with Cephelo, Allanon's battle with the furies, the witch sisters, and the final agonizing decision itself... Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great original story, Great Characters! September 11, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read THE SWORD OF SHANNARA(SOS) in 1984...once I finished SOS I promptly bought THE ELFSTONES OF SHANNARA(EOS) and what a great read this book is.
The only real character carried over from SOS is Alanon. Eventine and Flick have cameos of a sort but are not main charaters in this story. Instead we have a great lead character in Wil Ohmsford. He unlike virtually every other Ohmsford in the various Shannara stories has a carrer. He is a self made man who has worked hard to get where he is in life. He is young adult, not a teen as most other Ohmsfords when they are wisked away on a journey. I think many readers can identify with Wil as he is a young person just starting out in life with all the uncertainities that come with that age. Next we have a great supporting cast. Ander, Amberle, Allanon and Eretria are all given good character development. The Rovers were also fun to read about. Obviously the Rovers are the Brooks equivelent of Gypsies and I found their lifestlye and practices to be a nice additon to the story.
Oddly, when compared to his other Shannara writings, Brooks seems to have been able to describe a love story that really works. Unlike the relationship between Menion & Shirl that was under deveoped in SOS, the relationship between Brin and Rone in THE WISHSONG OF SHANNARA(WOS) that was over developed or the relationship between Bek and Little Red in THE VOYAGE OF THE JERELE SHANNARA trilogy that was somehow never really explained but more graphic than any of the other relationships mentioned the relationship between Amberele & Wil is a treat to watch unfold. Eretria adds to the story by making the love story a love triangle so that the reader is never quite sure how it will end.
I thought the demons made for great villans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ultimate favorite
My ultimate favorite by Terry Brooks. Will re-read many times in the future.
Published 1 month ago by JR
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best novel I have ever read
I have read this book many times. I bought it on kindle and reread it yet again.

The story never gets old.
Published 1 month ago by Jessie Lee Copeland, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this whole series of books
loved this whole series of books, so now I'm on to The Heritage of Shannara. Terry Brooks - LOVE your writing.
Published 1 month ago by Catalak2003
3.0 out of 5 stars got through maybe half of this book and had to put it down - the world...
I started with the Sword of Shannara, which is justly criticized for resembling the lord of the rings a bit too closely, got through maybe half of this book and had to put it down... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book, enjoyed it immensely
Published 2 months ago by B. Kemp
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting read!
Very exciting read...quite different to the first book but love that it still continues from the last story in its own way! Really connected with the main characters.
Published 2 months ago by Leola Luker
5.0 out of 5 stars Terry Brooks at his best
I've read this book about a dozen times since I was a kid. After reading it recently for the first time in ten years it still ranks as one of my favorite fantasy novels of all... Read more
Published 4 months ago by TIMOTHY J VREELAND
2.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia hit
I bought this to reread it having been several years since my last time through the Brooks' verse. I should not have returned. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jerimiah Wolfwood
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites!
I love Terry Brooks and his Shannara series is one of my favorites! The book arrived earlier than expected and is in great condition! Count me one happy customer!
Published 6 months ago by Leann
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tale
Classic story telling Terry Brooks is always at his best. Always a great tale draws you in and keeps you engaged.
Published 7 months ago by Joseph S. Vinci
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Terry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including the Genesis of Shannara novels Armageddon's Children and The Elves of Cintra; The Sword of Shannara; the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy: Ilse Witch, Antrax, and Morgawr; the High Druid of Shannara trilogy: Jarka Ruus, Tanequil, and Straken; the nonfiction book Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life; and the novel based upon the screenplay and story by George Lucas, Star Wars(R): Episode I The Phantom Menace.(tm) His novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word were selected by the Rocky Mountain News as two of the best science fiction/fantasy novels of the twentieth century. The author was a practicing attorney for many years but now writes full-time. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.

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Kindle individual or all-in-one?
One advantage to buying the books individually is that you can't use Whispersync for Voice with the omnibus edition. Otherwise, the omnibus edition looks to be a little cheaper, so that would probably be the way to go.
Jun 18, 2014 by Matt M. |  See all 2 posts
when will this be put on the big screen ? ?
In case you haven't heard yet, MTV has greenlit a series produced by Jon Favreau and Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar. The first season will start with an adaptation of Elfstones.
Jun 18, 2014 by Matt M. |  See all 2 posts
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