The Sword of Shannara Trilogy
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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.
I remember trying to read the first book when I was in jr high. It belonged to my sister. I could not. I am a slow reader, and do get distracted. I tried again my sophomore year. I read the entire 726 pages in one week. That was a major accomplishment for me. I actually enjoyed all three books. I was fortunate enough to have Tim Hildebrandt sign the fold out poster from the first edition paperback. I do admit that I feel that the book that followed which was "The Scions of Shannara" was better than "Wishsong"...
I would definitely recommend this.
2 out of 3 are incredible.
The first two books, The Sword of Shannara & Elfstones of Shannara, are wonderful. Great characters, gripping story lines, and a fascinating new fantasy world to explore.
The Wishsong of Shannara is enjoyable, but felt weak compared to the first two books of this trilogy.
Terry Brooks is an extremely gifted fantasy author.
I highly recommend all of his books, but this series in particular.
Terry Brooks' Shannara series a classic
I had read all of the Shannara novels as a teenager. Now much older, I still find Terry Brooks to be an amazing story teller, and the story of the Olmsfords never gets old. I highly recommend to anyone who loves Good vs. Evil told in way reminiscent of The Lord of the Rings. Now if we can just get Peter Jackson to commit to making a Shannara epic film.