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Absolutely fantastic and should have been the first in the series,
This review is from: The Elfstones Of Shannara: Number 2 in series (Paperback)
Without a doubt this is among the best, if not the best, of the Shannara series.
Set fifty years after the events of The Sword of Shannara, this tale involves the elven people and the grandson of Shea Ohmsford. Once more Allanon comes into the world in response to some danger and he draws all of the characters together in an effort to save the Ellcrys, the magical tree of the elves that holds the forbidding in place and keeps the demons of the old world locked away.
From the start of this novel it is obvious that this is a far different tale to the Sword of Shannara. Gone are the familiarities to The Lord of the Rings and though set in the same world with similar characters, this story deals firmly with the world of Shannara and starts to lead this great story in a new and exciting direction.
Wil Ohmsford, possibly the central character in this tale, is a much stronger character than Shea Ohmsford ever was. He was far more competent and less bumbling and though he was still not ideal for the task with which he had been given it was more believable that he was a man who could rise to the challenge.
This book is a well told and fast paced story that not only progresses the story of Shannara but also gives you a better insight into this magical world, its history and its people. With new allegiances and already the hint of government changes throughout the lands it also introduces what in my opinion has always been the strength of the Shannara series, the evolving world in which it is set. Whilst all of the stories always draw upon the druids and the Ohmsfords and repeat in that direction, the world in which they live is constantly evolving and changing which makes these tales always seem fresh.
Possibly one of my favourite fantasy stories of all time, the Elfstones of Shannara is required reading for any fan of the genre. I wish that this could have been the first book in the series but as it is I can only say that this is more in fitting with what the rest of this series has to offer and is certainly far superior than its predecessor, The Sword of Shannara.