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The Heritage Of Shannara Omnibus Paperback – 4 Aug 2005


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  • Paperback: 1248 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (4 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841493554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841493558
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 5.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Brooks was a practising attorney for many years, but now writes full-time. His first novel, THE SWORD OF SHANNARA, remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 5 months, and this was followed by 13 consecutive bestselling novels.

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A marvellous fantasy trip (Frank Herbert)

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)

Confirms Terry's place at the head of the fantasy world (Philip Pullman)

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This truly epic omnibus brings together all four volumes in Terry Brooks' internationally bestselling Heritage of Shannara series and makes a wonderful companion edition to the Sword of Shannara Trilogy.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By N. Grace on 19 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
I actually ordered this book by mistake. I remembered reading the Shannara series when I was a child, and wanted to buy the original series (Sword of Shannara, etc) but messed up and ordered this one by mistake. However, it was one of the best mistakes that I ever made, although a damn expensive one (as I'll explain in a moment), as it let me know about the sequels to the orginal series that weren't around when I first read the Shannara series.

The reason why I said that it's turned out to be an expensive mistake to make is that I have become addicted to the Shannara series again, forcing me (completely against my own will - ok maybe not, but I am sticking to my excuse here to explain why I've spent much more money than I orignal meant to) to buy the entire Shannara series, along with the Word and the Void series too (as, once you have read through most of the series, you begin to realise that the two series, although apparantly completely unrelated to begin with, are related after all - I won;t say anymore, as I don't want to ruin the plot for anyone or to ruin the wonderful suprise of finding the link for yourself). Where I originally thought I was just buying a series of three books that were a great read when I was a kid, I have now ended up buying the entire series of 21 books in the Shannara and The Word and The Void series.

To give you an example of how good these books are (and I hope that I don't get into trouble for saying this, in case it is taken as an accusation of some kind when it is really just meant as a compliment about how good the books are), I am a disabled person, and require regular medication of morphine to control my pain.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dave on 14 Oct. 2009
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I am an avid fantasy reader, a big Terry Brooks fan and love the Shannara world. To start with I really do like it when a set of books is released in one volume, despite the fact that the book itself is a bit too large I prefer to have all of them in one place, so I can be engrossed in that world without changing books. Maybe that's just laziness but for me it's a bonus.

First the negative, yes just one. Whilst Brooks has done a remarkable job moving the Shannara storyline along, bringing back old characters and providing genuine reasons for the new adventures, I did feel that it was just the same old storyline retold. However, I only got that feeling a couple of times, and it wasn't enough to put me off. The positives far outway anything else!

It's easy to compare fantasy writers, Tolkien for example being the Granddaddy of them all. But for me the Shannara world has more vividness (sorry if that's not a real word but it fits!)than most, it's easier to imagine the taste, touch, sounds and sights of the world Brooks has created. Other writers don't seem to get it quite right somehow, it's just something I can't put my finger on. Also the flow of the story is well paced, it doesn't get bogged down in endless lore and vast explanations, more providing the reader with snippets of history along the way, thus building up a picture on the move instead of stopping the entire story for a boring data injection.

If you've read the original Shannara trilogy, Sword, Elfstones, Wishsong, then I very much recommend this volume, but make sure that to get the most out of it you read all his works in sequence as far as possible! I also suggest you read The Word and the Void omnibus too. Fantastic reading!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. C. C. Dobson on 1 April 2011
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I had run out of books and someone left a copy of "The First King of Shannara" on the help yourself desk in my apartment block. I did and was hooked - even cancelled a date! really. Then ordered books from this author Terry Brooks. I had always sniffed at adults being hooked on 'books about elves and dwarfs!??! What?!OK sci-fi fantasy perhaps as it has often been prescient but elves? Dwarves & magic ... naaah.'
well I have to finally own up to the error of my ways and admit publicly on Amazon no less - I love these page turners! Easy to read yet very thoughtfully written, the metaphors are endless good vs evil/the journey,the seeking/questioning/the fear and discovering of inner strength and some really good battles.

The mythical lands are always underthreat from evil baddies who conjure up even more evil ... (mmm an eternal theme it seems) and one nation is always getting the worst, when the Druid of the day (depending on the trilogy one is reading) returns to unite various characters and unity prevails to bish-bash evil! Great fun but also serious metaphors. Fantasy, yes but Brooks crafts his characters believably probably his time as a lawyer has given him such insights, and loves and does explore inner turmoil very well.

When it comes to characters Brooks is a very insightful writer, his characters struggle to find courage that they think they may not have and some struggle gaining trust or being betrayed. Wonderful fables ... and as I say, the battles are great too, very plausible, I suspect Brooks has at least an interest in pre-industrial wars - the battles are grand. Better and more worthwhile than a date with a numpty that is for sure!
Really easy, fun reading that anyone interested in political or social history can have the added fun of seeing just how many metaphors they can place.
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