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The Scions Of Shannara: The Heritage of Shannara, book 1 Paperback – 7 Oct 1999


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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New edition edition (7 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857230752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857230758
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 11 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,989,164 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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Heritage of Shannara Volume One: a masterly tale of magic, honour and death in the Four Lands

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Taylor VINE VOICE on 7 May 2011
Format: Paperback
I'll have to admit to a little trepidation when starting this book, as whilst I enjoyed the original Shannara trilogy I was starting to find the books a little repetitive by the time I'd finished the third. Luckily a gap of a year or so between finishing that series and starting this book had allowed me to regain my appetite for the world that Terry Brooks has created and populated so successfully.

Three hundred years have passed since the end of The Wishsong of Shannara and a lot has changed in the four lands, not least the disappearance of the elves and the rise of the Federation which is imposing its will increasingly on the other lands and races. As the druids are no more and Paramor has been sealed away, things are getting worse and worse without the guiding hand of Allanon.

Par Ohmsford has inherited the gift of the Wishsong, but magic has been outlawed by the Federation, so he and his brother Col are on the run from the Federation's seekers with their friend Morgan Leah.

For fans of the original trilogy this really is a 'must read' book as slipping back into Terry Brooks world is like getting in touch with an old friend. Enough time has elapsed in the story to find yourself entering a world you know well, but that has changed enough to make it a captivating read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Parrott on 16 Feb. 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As I started this book (i dont tend to read the back of books) I expected it to follow on from the wishsong of shannara. But no the elves are gone there is no Paranor and the Dwarfs are slaves and the federation rules.

Intrigued in what has happened in a few hundred years I read on.

From the start this book shows us how this world has changed - for the worse. Its a much more sinister and evil places than it was a few hundred years ago.

The characters in this book are more complex and different and previous one that we have and this is similar for the story line. We see it starts to branchs out from typical linear style of many books and has a more 3D effect ie different event going on at the same time - something I realy like in book.

This effect along with a well maintained story telling will leave you wanting to keep on reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GOTTON on 15 Aug. 2013
Format: Paperback
Set about 300 years after the events of The Wishsong of Shannara, the Scions of Shannara is the first book in a series of four that continue the story of the descendants of Jerle Shannara.

This book marks a break in format from the previous novels which were all self contained stories that were single volumes in a larger series. This book is the first part of a four book series and in my opinion this new format has done wonders for Terry Brooks' writing. As much of a fan as I am of his earlier novels and their single volume formats I always felt as though they ended a bit too early and their stories were never explored as deeply as was possible. Also because of the limited amount of time available to spend on each character, the characters were never as strong or as well rounded as they could have been (with the exception of the Elfstones of Shannara where the cast was a bit smaller than the other two books in the trilogy).

Also as a result of this new format the deeper story that will run through all four books and encompass all three quests (one for each of the Shannara children) is much stronger and feels far more epic. I have finished this book eager to read the next one instantly and even though I have read them all before, it is a feeling I never got with the single volume novels.

Overall this is an excellent opener to this series and one in which I am eager to follow up with. The pace of of the story was fast with plenty of action mixed with plenty of story that is always unfolding. There were elements of this book which summed themselves up in this single novel and other elements that hinted at larger things to come which is exactly what I look for with stories in a longer running series. This really is an excellent read and a welcome change up from the Original Shannara Trilogy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Mar. 2000
Format: Paperback
I read the whole of Shannara series within a very short period of time and loved all of them. This is definitley the book to start with. While chronologically it is not the first its plot follows that of the Sword of Shannara quite closely and in my opinion the Heritage of Shannara tells the story better.
If you are at all interested in fantasy fiction read this series now! It is the best example of it that I have yet found.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leonie on 25 May 2009
Format: Paperback
The Scions of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara)

Another Excellent start to a Shannara series by Terry Brooks.

The first book in the whole series (heritage of Shannara) which I have now read and thoughly recommend.

The story starts with location three of the four descendants of the Shannara. These offspring are also the direct descendants of Brin and Jair Ohmsford. It's set about 10,000 years after their time. (I'd recommend reading the Shannara series first). Paranor (the druids keep) and the elves have disappeared from the four lands. The shade of Allanon sets three charges, one each to three of the four Scions of Shannara which they must complete before the sickness that is spreading through the land is poisoned forever. Will they take up the challenge and complete the tasks set by Allanon or will they ignore their heritage? Maybe with the help of Cogline the last of the remaining druids they will.
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