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The Sword of Shannara [Kindle Edition]

Terry Brooks
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (701 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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

Living in peaceful Shady Vale, Shea Ohmsford knew little of the troubles that plagued the rest of the world. Then the giant, forbidding Allanon revaled that the supposedly dead Warlock Lord was plotting to destory the world. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness was the Sword of Shannara, which could only be used by a true heir of Shannara--Shea being the last of the bloodline, upon whom all hope rested. Soon a Skull Bearer, dread minion of Evil, flew into the Vale, seeking to destroy Shea. To save the Vale, Shea fled, drawing the Skull Bearer after him....

Editorial Reviews


A marvellous fantasy trip Frank Herbert


'Confirms his place at the head of the fantasy world' Philip Pullman

Product Details

  • File Size: 5630 KB
  • Print Length: 736 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345314255
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (October 6, 2000)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBFOE6
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,288 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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73 of 94 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terry Brooks = Tolkien + Star Wars - a sense of humor November 5, 1999
By Kylopod
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading one of the later Shannara books several years ago, and after recently reading Brooks's stale rendering of the new Star Wars movie, I was not expecting to warm up to his first novel. Boy, was I surprised. I couldn't put it down, for all 726 pages. The book is just one adventure after another, all involving the search for a special sword needed to defeat the evil Warlock Lord who seeks to rule the world. The only man capable of using the sword must embark on a quest to find it, with only a few magic stones as protection against the dreaded Skull Bearers who are after him. If you think this doesn't very original, you're right. But there's one interesting twist: this story takes place in the future.
At least that's what I understood. My friend, who read the book years ago, disagrees. Sure, it appears to be the standard quasi-medieval setting with its kings, its dungeons, and its primitive technology. But one character describes a time in the distant past when humans mastered "a science of machines and power" but ended up unleashing technology in a series of wars that altered the planet and destroyed most of the life on it. Doesn't this sound an awful lot like nuclear holocaust? Society was in ruins, but humans eventually reeemerged along with other "races" they dubbed as gnomes, trolls, dwarves, elves, and the like, all adapted to different lifestyles. They also discovered magic by harnessing the power of the dead.
Other than this curious rationale for a world populated by mythical kinds of creatures, the book rarely strays from the conventions of the genre.
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201 of 265 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh is a word, right? June 10, 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
I finally forced myself to finish this book. I purchased the trilogy and, despite grimacing at nearly every turn of the page, here I am.
I like Terry Brooks in the present. Terry Brooks in the 70's, when he wrote this, was frightening. I've said it before and I'll say it again, this is rehashed Tolkien by a less skilled hand. In fact, the last time I wrote on this book, I hadn't even finished it yet. The similarities became even more blatant and, yes, pathetic, as I read on. The reason for it being pathetic, of course, is that Brooks tries to cram into 400 pages what Tolkien did in over 1000.
Witness Shea, our token Frodo with his Sam, now known as Flick, loyal to a fault. Shea/Frodo is no hero, but he's got strength of character and will see this thing through to the end.
Withness Allanon/Gandalf, the wise and ominous figure who knows so much and is a friend to all throughout the lands for he is so wise and blah blah.
Witness Aragorn/Balinor, the heroic man of royalty who..suddenly because Faramir/Boromir near the end of the book when we see that his brother, under the influence of the villanois Stenmin/Grima has ventured to take the throne from the king who is slowly being poisoned to death by Stenmin/Grima. Gasp.
Never forget Gimli/Hendle and then poor Legolas who gets turned into two generic elves who are utterly and totally pointless to the story in its entirety and serve only to remind you that yes, Elves exist here.
And then Menion Leah, who really has no parallel in Tolkien. That must mean he's original, right?
Marvel as they journey through the creepy mountain that is not Moria. Witness Allanon fight a Skull Bearer that is not a Balrog, only to smite the beast but have it grab him at the last second and pull him to a fiery doom.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars First half steals, second half shines June 18, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I barely got through the first half of this book because of its lack of originality. Almost every element of the plot was borrowed, probably unintentionally, from Tolkein. Shea and Flick (Frodo and Sam) leave their protected Shady Vale (the Shire), being hunted by wraithlike minions of the Dark Lord. The elfstones, like the Ring, reveal the bearer's position to the Dark Lord. A company made of men, dwarves, and elves joins together to travel with Shea (the Ringbearer) to find the Sword. Shea is poisoned and must be rushed to a the Anar (Rivendell)where are healed. Allanon (Gandalf) leads his company into the Hall of Kings, a cross between the Mines of Moria and the Paths of the Dead, where he fights a powerful monster that was aroused from the depths by their passing. Later Allanon fights with another creature, both fall into the abyss, and later Allanon reappears alive. Huge armies of Gnomes and Trolls are assembled by the Dark Lord just as Orcs are gathered in LOTR.
On the plus side, the second half of the book brings up a lot more original ideas. The subplot with Panamon Creel and Keltset was absolutely delightful, and gave me the only true emotional feeling of the whole book. Terry Brooks writes well, but much of it has been written before and, sorry to say this, better.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lord Of The Rings derivative, but charming nevertheless December 27, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I first read "The Sword Of Shannara" in 1980. I was 14 years old and at the pinnacle of my fever for Tolkien and fantasy board and role-playing games and miniatures. Brooks' novel certainly fueled my imagination, as well as reminded me how grateful I was to Tolkien's ground-breaking Middle-earth stories and world, of which Terry Brooks certainly modelled his fantasy world and story after. What increased my enjoyability of this book was the cover and interior artwork by my favourite fantasy artists, The Brothers Hildebrandt.
The Sword Of Shannara is really nothing short of, nor more original than the heroic quest given to us by Tolkien in The Lord Of The Rings: the small and physically-weak, but pure and stout of heart protagonist (Shea Ohmsford), who is the only real hope the land has; the faithful companion to the protagonist (Flick Ohmsford); the quest surrounding a powerful magical object (The Sword Of Shannara); the aid of the wise, powerful, and mysterious Druid (Allanon); an organised company of men, elves, and a dwarf to aid and protect the protagonist in his journey; the evil Warlock Lord (Brona); the Warlock Lord's powerful minions who are seeking out the protagonist (Skull Bearers); the Warlock Lord's evil and viscious armies (Gnomes and Trolls); armies of Elves, Men, and Dwarves unified for survival; etc. The characters in "The Sword Of Shannara" mirror in many ways the characters in "The Lord Of The Rings". But despite this, there is a great deal of originality and surprising twists in the story; and Brooks' descriptive writing skills and vivid imagination, aided with The Brothers Hildebrandt's amazing artwork, paint a fantastic journey well worth taking. My only complaint about Brooks' writing is in the dialogue: perhaps too modern? too simple?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as Described
Received the book, but it was an older version and had a different cover than the one shown. I would spend the few extra dollars to get it new if you want to have the same style... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Arielle Cooke
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good read but very reminiscent of LOTR.
I enjoyed this book. The story has very distinct similarities to Tolkien's LOTR. However, it's interesting and charming enough to hold it's own. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Sparky
5.0 out of 5 stars A Seminal Book, and Great Story, in the Fantasy Genre that Isn't Given...
The Sword of Shannara is the first book published in the popular Shannara series of novels by Terry Brooks. Read more
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Advertised as "library binding," which was not library binding, but it did have a hard cover. The book also arrived on time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It pulls you in!
Very well put together I couldn't put this book down. Highly recommended if you want good read similar to Lord of the rings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Just reread this book on kindle and enjoyed it as much as the first time some years ago!
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