The Annotated Sword of Shannara: 35th Anniversary Edition: A Sword of Shannara Novel (Unabridged)
by Terry Brooks
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The phenomenal epic of good and evil like it's never been experienced before Thirty-five years ago, Terry Brooks brought to life a dazzling world in The Sword of Shannara. Nineteen more Shannara volumes would follow, making the series one of the most popular fantasy epics of all time. Now comes a fully annotated collector's edition of the novel that started it all - featuring never-before-shared insights into the classic tale and an all-new introduction by the New York Times best-selling author. Long ago, wars ravaged the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. Then the giant, forbidding Allanon reveals that 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. Soon a Skull Bearer, dread minion of a mighty evil, flies into the Vale, seeking to destroy Shea. To save his home, Shea must flee, drawing the Skull Bearer after him in menacing pursuit. Thus begins the enthralling Shannara epic, a spellbinding tale of adventure, magic, and myth.
Difficult to find a writer, as talented & entertaining, as Terry Brooks
As a science fiction, fantasy, epic, sword & sorcery writings, it's difficult to find a writer, as talented & entertaining, as Terry Brooks.
As is with the Landover series and the Star Wars contributions, the Shannara books are enthralling and exciting, for readers of all ages.
Brooks is a master, not unlike Tolkien, at creating, and surrounding the reader with, a world and time of fascination.
The Shannara books (18?) are so fun to read, I'm on my second "go around"; this time reading them in chronological order, rather than the order in which they were published. Terry Brooks even lists two different "Reading Orders", on his web site:
• "One for new readers just beginning their foray into Shannara"
• "Another for revisiting readers wanting to re-read the series from chronological beginning to end"