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The Heritage of Shannara Hardcover – Deckle Edge, August 26, 2003
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PRAISE FOR TERRY BROOKS
The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Ilse Witch
“If Harry Potter has given you a thirst for fantasy and you have not discovered the magic of Terry Brooks, you are in for a treat.”
—Rocky Mountain News
The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Antrax
“Antrax is great, and it confirms Terry’s place at the head of the fantasy world.”
Author of The Golden Compass and The Amber Spyglass
The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Morgawr
“The action is fast and furious . . . A fitting conclusion to one trilogy and a promising taking-off point for another.”
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THE HERITAGE OF SHANNARA
The Complete Series
After "New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks completed The Sword of Shannara trilogy, millions of fans around the world clamored to immerse themselves again in his dazzling world. Brooks answered with a quartet of beloved novels--The Heritage of Shannara. Now, for the first time in one handsome collector's edition hardcover, here are: "The Scions of Shannara, "The Druid of Shannara, "The Elf Queen of Shannara, and" The Talismans of Shannara--the thrilling continuation of the saga
that has become one of the most enduring fantasy epics of all time.
The Scions of Shannara
Since the death of the Druid Allanon, magic has been strictly forbidden in the Four Lands. Yet Par still has limited use of the Wishsong. Then a dire message from Allanon sends Par and his brother Coll on an impossible task: to recover the long-lost Sword of Shannara--or all life in the Four Lands will be destroyed.
The Druid of Shannara
Evil forces remain in control of the Four Lands. To restore the Keep of the Druid Allanon, Walker Boh sets out on a journey to find the black Elfstone. He must venture into perilous, unknown lands with a strange band of fellow travelers--one of whom is hatching his own sinister plot.
The Elf Queen of Shannara"
Ordered by the Druid Allanon to find the Elves and return them to the world of Men, Wren is carried away to an island where Elves "might still exist. Even if by some miracle she locates the Elves, can she convince them to follow her back through a demon-haunted jungle to the safety of the shore?
The Talismans of Shannara"
The Shadowen still swarm over the Four Lands, poisoning everything with their dark magic. Their leader is determined to destroy all the Scions of Shannara. With traps cleverly laid, the charges are doomed to failure--unless Par can discover a way to harness the power of the Sword of Shannara.
So continues Terry Brooks's enthralling Heritage of Shannara epic, a spellbinding saga that chronicles the ultimate battle of good vs. evil.
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The four books are a self-contained story arc that expands the world of Shannara both physically and mentally. The descendents of Brin and Jair Ohmsford, as well as that of Rone Leah are raised in a world set 300 years after the events that took place in The Wishsong of Shannara. Brooks takes these characters and builds a strong bridge over the gap of time in which the characters discover their heritage and learn how to embrace who they are despite their wishes to reject said heritage. The shade of Allanon, the long dead Druid who played such a large role in the previous books charges the Shannara descendents with quests and offers a vision of what is to come should they fail to accept the quests.
The books deal with their actions in addressing these quests and ultimately setting forth and accomplishing them despite the challenges they face. The process allows Brooks to grow his characters. They are definitely not one dimensional heroes, but rather complex figures who seek to understand what is happening around them and how they fit into things. Strong ethical and moral choices must be made balanced against the desires of the characters. The result is some of the best epic fantasy ever written.
In many ways, this is the strongest of all the Shannara story arcs. These books do not have the feel of filler like many of the middle volumes in the following series. I think Brooks was able to do this through the inclusion of so many characters, all with their own story arcs to tell. His works after this series seem scaled back and honestly, formulaic in their construction. This series is nothing of the sort and that is why I give it five stars. I’ve read it several times and enjoy it each time out. I cannot say that about any of the other story arcs after Heritage, although The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara series is pretty good in its own right. So read this series and enjoy it. You will not be disappointed.
I first read the Sword of Shannara back in 1978 and enjoyed it immensely. I've read some unkind reviews saying it was a "ripoff" of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, but nothing could be further from the truth. If by that they mean that the pattern is the same - mythical people on a quest guided by wise wizard - then Tolkien would have to be a ripoff of earlier writers.
In truth, that pattern is repeated many times in literature and other entertainment. Star Wars would have to be in that theme as well. Does that make Star Wars a ripoff? No, it stads on its own as good storytelling - as do the books in the Shannara series.
Since I read The Sword, I've also read Wishsong and Elfstones and Heritage wraps up the series quite nicely. Heritage is actually a compendium of four books which finish the various storylines and bring the series to a conclusion. There's some room for growth and the Shannara series could go off in a number of directions but for now, I have to say that Heritage was a good read and I can recommend it.
First, the table of contents simply consists of the book titles of the four novels in this edition. No chapters, just the start of each book. Inconvenient, but not uncommon.
Second, and much worse: there are no breaks in between paragraphs (i.e., double space) when there is a change of scene or change of character point-of-view. It's a very difficult read without this simple formatting necessity, because it's seldom immediately obvious from the narrative that there has been a scene change. The result is confusion until you realize that something doesn't add up, then you have to go back and re-read from where the break should have been.