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The World of Shannara Hardcover – August 18, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0345480682 ISBN-10: 0345480686 Edition: Updated

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Updated edition (August 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345480686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345480682
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Adult/High School-Number one on The New York Times best-seller list more than 30 years ago, Shannara (Del Rey) remains a masterpiece in fantasy literature. This volume, a guidebook to the "Shannara" epic, is beautifully illustrated with full-color and black-and-white drawings and includes descriptions of all the major characters with details of homelands including histories. The foreword was written by Brooks, giving his blessings to and thoughts on the project. Looking forward into the future and not interested in defining the past, he was convinced by friends that the time was right for a summary of his work. For anyone who wondered about the fortress Southwatch, there is a history. The maps, sketches, and detailed descriptions provide a blueprint, bringing the places to life. New and old fans will love reading about and actually seeing Brooks's druids, creepers, gnomes, wizards, and more come alive in the pages of this book. Hours of reading fun are packed in this volume.
Linda G. Sinclair, Alexandria Library, VA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A highly illustrated guidebook to Brooks's Shannara epic.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

Terry Brooks fans will love this.
Sirreadsalot
It has the same format of that book, in that it's a history of the world with illustrations of characters, places, and events sprinkled throughout.
Ronald B. Turner
For a compendium book, I expected much better illustrations, but sadly, the illustrator is not up to the task.
Po H. Chiu

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on February 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Everything about this book screams one major thing: RESEARCH. The authors have spent a great deal of time studying the works of Terry Brooks and went to great lengths to include as much as possible about what was available at the time of the printing. Basically nothing was omitted -- that I could see anyway. Details about things I never would have even thought about have been explored in great detail. No stone was left un-turned, so-to-speak.
I have (over the years) developed a basic mental image of what many places and things look like in my minds eye and there are a few that do not meet up with the description I had conjured up in my own imagination, but that didn't stop my enjoyment of learning quite a bit about the history behind the 4 Lands portrayed (along with Parkasia) over the past 26 years in the World of Shannara.
The maps alone were of great interest. Major detail regarding the Druids Keep (VERY well done) and I also very much enjoyed the hundreds of drawings (some color, some black & white) which helped to put a detailed face with the description of many of the best loved Shannara characters over the years such as Garret Jax, The Ilse Witch, The Dagda Mor and even Creepers.
I must admit that since it was written by someone as though they had miraculous never-before-seen access to the Druid Histories it gave the book a more novel-like feel to it, and made it seem much more realistic, as though the authors were documenting a REAL place and not one from a fertile imagination. Very clever and I just cannot get over the incredible attention to detail regarding even some of the most mundane portions of these novels.
Ever wonder about Wren Elessedil and her mentor the Rover Garth? How 'bout the Loden Elfstone for use in time of need.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Alexander R. Small on October 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Well, it's certainly interesting. It fleshed out a little of the history I've always wondered about, and clarified the various forms of creepers. The pictures were nice, and as somebody who has a hard time imagining floor-plans and layouts from narration I can use the various blueprints of buildings to understand better the next time I re-read.
There are a few annoying inconsistencies about dates. Also, the alleged connection between Garet Jax and Stee Jans doesn't mesh too easily with what we read in Wishsong. These are quibbles, of course.
I wish, however, that they had deferred release of this until after Morgawr. I could tell that they didn't want to spoil Antrax, so they make reference to things from Ilse Witch but not Antrax. I think Antrax introduced enough new things into the storyline to deserve a place in the companion book. Instead you just read "Bek went away to a distant land on an airship" and "Ice Henge has a city of the Old World, and the city is rumored to contain secrets of the Old World." Well, now we know all about it. I suppose they can release a new companion in a few years and make more money.
Overall, it's interesting, but nothing spectacular, and if I weren't starved for good brain-candy I'd have waited for the paperback version. A few short stories would have changed my mind, but that is not to be, I guess.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ronald B. Turner on December 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a coffee-table companion book to Terry Brooks' ongoing Shannara epic fantasy series. It's by the same lady who did The World of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time. It has the same format of that book, in that it's a history of the world with illustrations of characters, places, and events sprinkled throughout. But it's different in that it makes reference to all of the Shannara books, from the First King prequel all the way up to the recent Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy.
I really liked this book because it covers a lot of ground. It includes: 1) An overview of the history of the world. There is a brief tantalizing hint that Terry Brooks' Word and Void series might actually be a prequel to the Shannara books, in that demons are blamed for setting off the Great Wars that destroyed the Old World of Man, otherwise known as our modern-day world. 2) A history of the Druids, complete with blueprints of Paranor and profiles of key figures such as Allanon, Bremen, Walker Boh, Cogline, and founder Galaphile. 3) A chapter on the mysterious Realm of the Dead and Hall of Kings. 4) A history of the Southland, home to Man and the Federation, and a place that has not been featured much in the books. 5) An outline of the Ohmsford and Leah families, complete with a giant Ohmsford family tree. 6) A history of the Borderlands, from the kingdom of Callahorn to the Free Born. 7) A history of the Northland, home to Trolls and the former lair of the Warlock Lord. 8) A history of the Eastland, including the evolution of the dwarf nation and it's battle with human and gnome invaders. 9) A history of the Westland, including a long look at the Elves and a chapter on Wing Riders and Rovers.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joseph L. Frankovitch on October 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Shannara has long been a powerfully epic fantasy series, and it now comes even more fully to life with the publication of this book. Richly detailed, beautifully illustrated, and every bit as absorbing as any of the novels, this tome brings into full view the cast and breathtakingly detailed world spawned from Terry Brooks' imagination.
Descriptions of all the major characters, as well as details on their homelands and histories. Ever wondered just exactly what Paranor's lyout was like? Its in here. Maps, sketches, and detailed descriptions.
This is without a doubt a must-own for any true Shannara fan.
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