The Sword of Shannara Trilogy

The Sword of Shannara Trilogy

eBook - 2002
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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Terry Brooks's The Measure of the Magic.

Twenty-five years ago, New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks wrote a novel that brought to life a dazzling world that would become one of the most popular fantasy epics of all time, beloved by millions of fans around the world. Ten more Shannara books would follow. Now, for the first time in one elegant collector’s edition hardcover, and featuring an introduction by the author, here are the first three novels of that classic series: The Sword of Shannara, The Elfstones of Shannara, and The Wishsong of Shannara—the beginning of a phenomenal epic of good and evil.

The Sword of Shannara
Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.

The Elfstones of Shannara
The magical Ellcrys tree is dying, loosening the spell that bars the Demons from enacting vengeance upon the land. Now Wil Ohmsford must guard the Elven girl Amberle on a perilous quest as she carries one of the Ellcrys’ seeds to a mysterious place where it can be quickened into a powerful new force. But dark on their trail comes the Reaper, most fearsome of all Demons, aiming to crush their mission at any cost.

The Wishsong of Shannara
An ancient Evil is stirring to new life, sending its ghastly Mord Wraiths to destroy Mankind. To win through the vile growth that protects this dark force, the Druid Allanon needs Brin Ohmsford—for she alone holds the magic power of the wishsong. Reluctantly Brin joins the Druid on his dangerous journey. But a prophecy foretells doom, as Evil nurses its plans to trap the unsuspecting Brin into a fate far more horrible than death.

Thus begins Terry Brooks’s thrilling Shannara epic, an unforgettable tale of adventure, magic, and myth.

Baker & Taylor
In honor of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first publication of The Sword of Shannara, a special gift edition presents all three novels from the classic fantasy series--The Sword of Shannara, The Elfstones of Shannara, and The Wishsong of Shannara.

Publisher: New York : Del Rey, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345462053
034546205X
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1191 p. ; 24 cm

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Lanuzerus
Aug 20, 2017

Don't waste your time. If you want to waste your time as little as possible just read the 2nd book, Elfstones. It was ok. First book was like a warm up for the 2nd, the 3rd book simply has no excuse. Weakest female characters ever, especially in the 3rd. Not relatable, just irritatingly weak and pathetic. As for the comments that read Brooks is a great writer, I sadly will never be able to verify because it wasn't witnessed in any of these 3 books. I know he's written a lot more in the Shannara series and I will never bother to read any of them. 3 strikes you're out, Brooks.

fraidy_cat Aug 10, 2016

I wanted to like it more than I did. Cool concept, but I returned it after 350-something pages. It just didn't get any better. And I was just trying to finish it to finish it, but I was so unseduced I gave up not even caring if they got the sword or not.

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patch666
Aug 02, 2016

Loved it when i was a kid ~

mvkramer Jun 09, 2016

I'm going to give this book the benefit of doubt and say "It's not you, it's me." I stopped reading it very early, because I couldn't handle the writing style, which was, in my opinion, needlessly complex and extremely overwrought. I knew I couldn't drag myself through three whole books like that at the moment. Sorry!

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Hally1197
Feb 11, 2013

The first one may have been a little like LOTR but the book is still amazing! I have read the first and second, and I am now reading the third book! So far it is a really good book!

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FantasyFanatic
Sep 25, 2012

While the Sword of Shannara may be very similar to the Lord of the Rings don't give up on the the series, Terry Brooks is a great writer. If you really can't stand the similarities between the Sword of Shannara and the Lord of Rings, then starting from the Elfstones may be the best way to go with series. Seriously though his new stuff is great, and you should definitely try Terry Brooks if you're into adventure fantasy.

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