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The Sword of Shannara [Kindle Edition]

Terry Brooks
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (679 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: 3497 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
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,419 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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192 of 248 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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72 of 93 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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41 of 54 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids (maybe) but far from great. December 15, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I read this book as a 12 yr old, it was my second fantasy book after LOTR, and to a 12 yr old geek, this book was awesome, with all the great elements: wizard, reluctant hero thrust into greatness, a self-contained magical world, and for me, a second dose of epic fantasy to feed the hunger stoked initially by the truly great Tolkien.
So, 18 yrs later, I saw this book sitting on a used bookstore shelf for 25 cents, and I thought, what the heck, I enjoyed it so much the first time through; it might be fun to reread the Sword of Shannara. I was just starting to enjoy the trip down into the Vale (1st paragraph) when I noticed something that totally escaped me the first time through: the writing is terrible! With a slightly more refined appreciation for good literature, I have had a lot of difficulty actually bringing myself to finish the book.
I think the reason it appeals so much to the 12-15 crew is that its level of emotional maturity exactly matches an adolescent boy. The interaction between Flick and Shea and Allanon (with his mocking smile and impenetrable mein) is clearly reflective a strained father-son relationship. Flick and Menion especially seem to be motivated by a strong desire to prove their elders wrong, and otherwise, the characters have completely unrealistic responses to the events that happen to them. They seem not to experience any terror or sorrow after facing hideous creatures, mostly just exhaustion. The flow of events reads very much like the author is transcribing the moves as he and a dungeon-master roll dice over a well used set of D&D manuals. The characters seem to jump instantly into battle mode whenever an enemy shows up, trading blows in turn. Their items come with little modification from the standard RPG inventory lists I used to pore over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!
Packed with action and adventure, I loved it!
Published 13 days ago by Edward Zembrzuski
5.0 out of 5 stars We both agree it's always a great story!
My son and I have read the entire series so many times, I've had to buy new copies. We both agree it's always a great story!
Published 18 days ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sword of Shannara
I have read the whole Shannara series of books.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable epic fantasy
I bought this book for some light summer reading, and quite enjoyed it, specifically because of the similarities to Tolkien's beloved works. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rob
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly great read!
So I have never read a fantasy novel before but a friend of mine suggested the Shannara series and after the first chapter of this book I was hooked! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Leola Luker
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad, not great...
Would give 2 1/2 stars if I could. A decent diversion, but not a great book; kind of like "Lord of the Rings Lite. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Samuel Slater
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
At first I was concerned Brooks was writing a cheap copy of "Lord of the Rings", however, Terry Brooks is a first class story teller in his own right. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bonnie Suetterlin
3.0 out of 5 stars The sword of Shannara
Pretty well written, has interesting character's. Not a book that I had to stay up all night to read. Hopefully the next in the series will be a little better.
Published 3 months ago by Tammy A.Gonzales
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I hoped
Seemed like a Tolkin rip off except it has girls and ????not much else.
And the ending is weak with no emotion about death of major characters.
Published 3 months ago by Paul Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars First time
I've never read any of Terry 's books before but I was drawn in by his character development and descriptions.
Published 3 months ago by csa
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