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The World of Shannara [Hardcover]

Terry Brooks , Teresa Patterson , David Cherry
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5 Nov 2001 Shannara
A must-read for all fans of Terry Brooks' bestselling Shannara series This indispensible guide illuminates the history, mythology, magic, characters, places and events of the bestselling 10-book Shannara series. Magnificently illustrated throughout with full-colour and b&w painitngs by award-winning artist David Cherry, meticulously researched by Teresa Patterson, and approved by Terry Brooks.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (5 Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743220056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743220057
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 21.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 749,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Terry Brooks first novel, The Sword of Shannara, began the post-Tolkien huge boom in epic fantasy in 1977. It was a New York Times bestseller for five months. Since then he has written seven more Shannara novels, five Magic Kingdom light fantasies and three dark fantasies set on Earth. Terry Brooks lives in Seattle and Hawaii with his wife, Judine.

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From the Foreword
For many years, readers of the Shannara books have been asking me to write more about the history of the Four Lands and of the characters who live there. I have always declined to do so, since I was busy enough writing the books not only of that series, but also those of the Magic Kingdom and Word & Void series as well, without taking on yet another commitment. Besides, I wasn't interested in further developing the past; I was interested in writing about the future.
Then, somewhere around1995, I was persuaded by my editor, Owen Lock, to write a book about the Second War of the Races. First King of Shannara would chronicle the story of Jerle Shannara and reveal how the Warlock Lord escaped him, how the Druids were destroyed at Paranor, the Sword of Shannara was forged, and Allanon became the last of the Druids. Rather reluctantly, still clinging to my argument that writing about the past wasn't all that appealing to me, I took the project on.
From there it was not such a great leap to agree to this book.
After hearing over and over again from my readers on the subject of a companion book, I became rather interested myself in knowing what happened to Balinor after the battle for Tyrsis; how the Elves lived their lives at the close of the Great Wars; where Panamon Creel ended up; and so on. I thought it would be a good idea to have some artistic renderings of places, characters, and creatures. Why don't we include a map of the entire Four Lands and the surrounding territories? How about adding a genealogical chart of the Ohmsford family?
In addition, I thought (rather selfishly) that if all those things were contained in one volume, I wouldn't have to go back and reread all the books every time I set out to write a new one. Maybe I wouldn't have to spend so much time trying to find where it was I wrote that description of Garet Jax or Eldwist or the Mwellrets. What color were Brin Ohmsford's eyes anyway?
I also believe that writers should listen to their readers. If they want something badly enough, one must consider giving it to them I can't do that with the material that made up the primary stories, because the ideas for those books are generated and fueled by the things that interest me. But I could at least provide the maps, drawings, and prehistory that accompany and buttress them. All I had to do is find someone else to do the work - because I sure as heck didn't have the time or energy to put together the material that was needed! Fortunately, some talented and understanding people came to my rescue.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much what I expected.. 8 Nov 2001
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A word of warning, do not buy this book if you haven't finished reading all of the other books, however, if you can't be bothered reading them then buy this book! If when reading the other books you noticed that something was hinted at and it bugged you immensely that it was left pretty much ambiguous, then you will love the information that this book provides, however I personally feel that the way that everything was explained took away some of the mystery. Anyway, the content of the book is pretty much spot on, my only real gripe is with some of the artwork which in some cases does not represent the way the characters were described, (Flick Ohmsford!!!) all in all however I do recommend this book to all Shannara fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating! 23 Feb 2004
This hefty tome is a companion to Terry Brooks' Shannara books. Written in the form of a narrative penned by someone with access to the Druid Histories, it attempts (and largely succeeds) in presenting all of the known facts about the world, its history and its inhabitants. It contains fifteen (if I counted right) chapters, each on different subjects, complete with maps, diagrams and sidebars on fascinating subjects.
Overall, I did like this book. I enjoyed that the authors put the information from so many books into a well organized, deeply informing narrative. Having the world condensed and organized so well brought back so much of the fascination I felt when reading the first Shannara books so long ago.
The downside is that the book really should not be read instead of the storybooks. As I read, I quickly realized that the book assumes that the reader has already read the other books, and as such leaves certain information out. Having not read certain book in so long, I found that I had to stretch to remember key facts, so that certain parts would make sense.
That said, though, this book is quite fascinating. I loved the plentiful illustrations, the maps, and (especially) the diagrams of such things as Paranor and Dun Fee Aran. So, if you are a fan of Terry Brooks, then I highly recommend that you get this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars recommend 9 Aug 2013
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Great book, was surprised about its size, but means the maps and drawings are shown better. Would like to see an updated version covering all recent books and a compendium of all maps available
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value 7 Feb 2013
By denand
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What I have read so far is great, a very worthwhile addition to my set of Shannara books. The maps and text complement the books so that I can visualise where a book is set and know about it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good writing, bad illustrating. 25 Oct 2010
By booknut
To anyone who loves reading Terry Brooks,( please stop writing Landover books, they are depressingly badly written ), this volume will be a usefull overview of his canon.The drawings and illustration are very poor, and it is a wonder that they were passed as fit for a book of this importance.If you can accept the horrible illustrations then you will enjoy being back in Terry's world. Having said that I wonder if going down the encyclopaedia route would not have borne better friut. Still, I love Terry Brooks and the drawings not withstanding I give this work five stars.
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