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  • Series: The Heritage of Shannara (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (February 13, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345370740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345370747
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Generations after the events in the The Wishsong of Shannara , the most recent volume in Brooks's bestselling series, grave danger once again threatens the Four Lands. The Federation has conquered Callahorn, the other free men and the Dwarves, forbidding the practice of magic. The Druids and Elves have disappeared, and Shadowenspelling OK? Yes sss , wraiths who suck out the lives and substance of other living things and take their forms, cast their dark influence everywhere. The ghost of the Druid Allanon summons three Ohmsfords, descendants of the protagonists of the earlier series, and gives each a quest to save their land. Par Ohmsford, who has inherited his family's gift of the wishsong, is told to find the long-lost Sword of Shannara. His uncle, recluse Walker Boh, is charged to find Paranor, the lost keeper?? of the Druids, and to restore the ancient order. Par's cousin, half-Rover Wren Ohmsford, is sent to bring back the Elves. In this first volume of a new series, the scions of Shannara--Par, his brother Collboth and friend Morgan Leah, the leader of the Dwarfish underground, Steff; and the leader of the human Movement, Padishar Creel--encounter danger and death in their quest for for the? the Sword. ( Mar.
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From School Library Journal

In the long-awaited continuation of the Shannara fantasy trilogy (Ballantine), Brooks takes readers 300 years beyond the death of Allanon. The Four Lands have sadly changed. The Federation rules with an iron fist, and the land is plagued by horrible creatures known as Shadowen. Par Ohmsford, descendent of the fabled Shea and possessor of the magic of the wishsong, along with two other Scions, is challenged to save the Four Lands. Brooks weaves an action-packed tale set against a richly detailed fantasy world, and readers will be quickly drawn into this survival adventure. The main characters are well developed, and the tale is sprinkled with many interest-generating elements: romance, suspense, magic, and evil vs. good. Readers unfamiliar with the first trilogy will not have any difficulty with this volume, for Brooks clearly sets the stage and gives plenty of historical background. The book ends with a cliffhanger; teens will be clamoring for the sequel. A well-written fantasy epic. --Barbara A. Lynn, National Library Consultant, Econo-Clad Books, Topeka, KS
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

Join Par, Coll, Walker Wren, Cogline, Morgan and the others now!
Thouroghly enjoyed the characters, the indepth insight into their thoughts, the action, and the movement of the stories in a world come alive.
Kathi Wilson
Very good and there are several twist that make you want to read more at the end.
Valree L. Eastwood

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "homerman215" on October 10, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I think that "The Scions of Shannara" was one of the best books that I have read. It was very exciting, had a good plot, and always attracted me to read on. I think this was a great book to start off the Heritage of Shannara series.
"The Scions of Shannara" is about 3 Scions of Shannara: Par Ohmsford, Wren, and Walker Boh. They are the 3 main characters, but there are other important characters like Coll (Par's brother), Morgan Leah (Par and Coll's good friend), Steff and Teel (two Dwarves that help Par and his friends), Padishar Creel (the leader of the Resistance agains the Federation), Damson Rhee (a very important woman who helps the Resistance, and has a surprise at the end), Cogline (the "failed Druid" that tells all the Scions of Shannara to meet at the Hadeshorn), and Allanon (the dead Druid whose spirit came back and explained to the Scions what they must accomplish in order to rid the world of Shadowen, the evil, magic creatures). Once the Scions meet at the Hadeshorn Allanon reveals a terrible future and tells Par to recover the long-lost Sword of Shannara, Wren to discover the vanished Elves, and Walker Boh to bring back the Druids and thier ancient Paranor that has disappeared. All of these tasks are near to impossible.
I think that "The Scions of Shannara" is an excellent book, and I would recommend it to people of all ages. The Shannara series is a great series, and I'm already reading the next book in the series. I would like to congradulate Terry Brooks for an outstanding book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Plimpton on March 2, 2003
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I expected that Brooks' new series not to be as good .I expected it to get repetiteve.I was wrong .It is not at all repetetive ,in fact ,Brooks added some political detail that he lacked in the other books,but it isn't pointless political
detail.Brooks still has his superb detail in magic ,which is one of the reasons that he is one of my favorite authors.It also was perfectly legitimate to write it.Anyone might wonder what life is like in the Four Lands after all the Druids are gone .This is the plot:The Four Lands have drastically changed since the death of Allanon.The Elves have vanished and Callahorn,The Dwarves ,and the Southland are in the hands of the Federation,where magic is strictly illegal.Par Ohmsford still has the power of the Wishsong ,causing himself to be pursued by Seekers (Federation police).While he flees,he stumbles upon Cogline ,a once Druid.Cogline tells him that he ,his cousin Wren,and his uncle Walker Boh are needed by the shade of Allanon.Par finds Walker and they meet Wren at the Hadeshorn.Allanon tells each of them to do one thing :Par to recover the Sword of Shannara ,Walker to bring back the Druids and the keep of Paranor ,and Wren to find the vanished Elves .
This book is about Par,his brother Coll,Morgan Leah,Steff and Teel the Dwarves,and a couple others on there search for the Sword of Shannara.P.S.The next one is about Walker etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Klown on July 26, 2001
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This book was interesting. I think that it was a little bit dejavu. It seems like this story has happened before in the first 3 books. One magical and one non-magical country kid are asked to go on a journey. Someone says its not a good idea. They fight some Shadowen that seem very similar to the Skull Berers. But this is still a good book. Its pretty much is the beggining of the end of the books because the next 3 books after this all have the same characters. This books starts out all of their jorneys. Par and Coll are brothers and they run into a guy named Pashidar Creel. He's Panamon's great grandson or something. He plays a scoundroul much like his ancester. Another Scion is Walker Boh. He's the coolest of all the Scions. Because he has powerful magic, yet he deciedes not to use it. He makes friends with a giant Cat. The last Scion is Wren. She is kinds Elfish. She is friends with a Rover named Garth, he is like her mentuor. So all the Scions are asked by Allanon in a dream to come to the Druid lake. I won't tell you what happens but its really cool so read this book and the ones after. You won't regret it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 2003
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When I read this set in 1994, the year after the quartet was completed, I found it, well, *very* 1990's. It struck me as being soapy and melodramatic with strains of the unecessary and unsuccessful 'darkness' obligatory to all 90's fantasy epics. I missed the high rolling adventure of Shannara as I remembered it.
Rereading the first book today I was struck by how fresh, fun and expertly handled this novel is. Tight pacing, concise descriptions, solid characters, a sense of urgency and a ton of rip-roaring swashbuckling action - it's all here. What sets Brooks apart from the loads of dreadful/dreckful S&S authors flooding the bookshelves is his style - lifted directly from the world of Cooper, Smollett, Scott, Stevenson & Dumas. These are engaging and memorable adventure yarns plain and simple, with plenty of heart and some well thought out back history to boot. There's also a serious element of US fantasy, recalling Baum, Kirby & Lucas @ their best. And one can't help but conjure images from Pyle, Wyeth and Parrish as Brooks weaves his magic.
I was happily surprised to discover how wrong I'd been. Guess I just had the zeitgeist-blues.
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