The Sword of Shannara Trilogy Paperback – 15 Jan 2004
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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)
A classic series that has become one of the most popular epic fantasy tales of all time - at last collected into one volume.See all Product Description
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In the Elfstones of Shannara, the task of saving the world falls on Wil Ohmsford, Shea's grandson, and an Elven girl. They must restore the ancient wards that protect the Elves and the rest of the world from the Demons imprisoned beyond them.
The third and final book of the trilogy is the Wishsong of Shannara. Wil Ohmsfords children have been born with the magic of the wishsong and it is this power that they must wield to restore the balance between good and evil. But be warned, this one's a bit of a weepy and is much scarier than previous books!
If you like romance, this has romance, if you want fighting, this has fighting and if you want magic, theres plenty to be had here. I couldn't put this book down, it is quite simply fantastic and any fantasy fan should have this in their collection! If you already have all three books seperately, buy this anyway so when you finish one book you are saved the inconvenience of having to get up to find the next book!
Now aged, shall we say, a little more than 13 I still enjoy the books although I wouldn't recommend them to someone who wanted a deep involved plot.
Without giving too much away of the plot, the first book features Shea Ohmsford who is visited by a tall dark stranger, the druid Allanon. It turns out he is actually adopted and (surprise, surprise) descended from Elven kings. Naturally he is the only one with the birthright to wield the ancient Sword to defeat the evil Warlock Lord. So off he goes to kill the bad guy, facing assorted hazards along the way.
The second book, the Elfstones, is set one generation later. This time it's Shea's son who is needed to go into battle against legions of Demons and save the legendary Ellcrys, the tree that keeps the Demons banished.
The third and final book in the trilogy is the Wishsong, set further into the future again (I think two generations, but forget). This time a brother and sister have similar but conveniently different manifestations of the Shannara magic (yet preserve the Ohmsford name) and set out to defeat the Mord Wraiths.
The story is sufficiently involving to be worth a read, but it's a fairly light read. If you're looking for a light fantasy read I can highly recommend this series. If you want to have to really think about the plot and figure out the twists and turns you'll probably find it a bit thin.
Terry Brooks is a really good writer and so far I haven't read a weak book in the entire Shannara universe. These were the three that started it all and well worth a proper read!
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This was a reading pleasure in the 70/80's and it is good to renew acquaintance.
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Great book love reading it but they made a really bad series out of itPublished 2 months ago by Debra W
This book GREAT READ! a must have for any fantasy loverPublished 6 months ago by Mrs. Beasley Say's:
I love Terry Brooks Shannara books. If you want to lose yourself in a world of fantasy that isn't difficult or tedious to follow as some can be then Shannara is right up your... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Linda M
If like I was you are new to Terry Brooks, this is a perfect 1st book (or 1st trilogy) because 1 is just not enough! Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 2013 by Nikki Cunnington
fabulous series gripping tales of adventure,good verses evil and magic what more could you want. A cross between lord of the rings and harry potterPublished on 25 April 2013 by polly