The Sword of Shannara

The Sword of Shannara Living in peaceful Shady Vale Shea Ohmsford knew little of the troubles that plagued the rest of the world Then the giant forbidding Allanon revaled that the supposedly dead Warlock Lord was plottin

Living in peaceful Shady Vale, Shea Ohmsford knew little of the troubles that plagued the rest of the world Then the giant, forbidding Allanon revaled that the supposedly dead Warlock Lord was plotting to destory the world The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness was the Sword of Shannara, which could only be used by a true heir of Shannara Shea being the last ofLiving in peaceful Shady Vale, Shea Ohmsford knew little of the troubles that plagued the rest of the world Then the giant, forbidding Allanon revaled that the supposedly dead Warlock Lord was plotting to destory the world The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness was the Sword of Shannara, which could only be used by a true heir of Shannara Shea being the last of the bloodline, upon whom all hope rested Soon a Skull Bearer, dread minion of Evil, flew into the Vale, seeking to destroy Shea To save the Vale, Shea fled, drawing the Skull Bearer after him.

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The Sword of Shannara

  1. Terry Brooks was born in Illinois in 1944, where he spent a great deal of his childhood and early adulthood dreaming up stories in and around Sinnissippi Park, the very same park that would eventually become the setting for his bestselling Word Void trilogy He went to college and received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, where he majored in English Literature, and he received his graduate degree from the School of Law at Washington Lee University.A writer since high school, he wrote many stories within the genres of science fiction, western, fiction, and non fiction, until one semester early in his college years he was given The Lord of the Rings to read That moment changed Terry s life forever, because in Tolkien s great work he found all the elements needed to fully explore his writing combined in one genre.He then wrote The Sword of Shannara, the seven year grand result retaining sanity while studying at Washington Lee University and practicing law It became the first work of fiction ever to appear on the New York Times trade paperback bestseller list, where it remained for over five months.

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  1. Man did that ever SUCK And not your garden variety, ham fisted hackiness kind of suck No, this was dumbfounded, frustrated bitterness swelling into white heat for which the only salve is the venting of my smoking, bile filled vitriol in the form of this juvenile tantrum scathing rebuke of Brooks abominable, turd like abortion of appalling plot stealing gall Therefore listen to Baby Rage above and take cover inhales deeply and launches PLOT SUMMARY A shitty, lifeless point for point rip off of Lo [...]

  2. If The Sword of Shannara was a film, it would go like this Mirkwood Productions proudly presents THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE SWORDDirected by Meriadoc Brandybuck Director of Photography Celeborn Costume Design Arwen Evenstar Visual Effects Saruman the White Sound Design Noldor Unlimited Starring Frodo Baggins, Samwise Gamgee, Gandalf the Grey, Sauron the Necromancer, Aragorn Arathornsson, Gimli van Gloin, and many SynapsisThe Ohmsford brothers Shea BAGGINS and Flick GAMGEE live a peaceful and simple [...]

  3. I really wanted to like this, but that just wasn t the case This book was just overly boring and it lacked plot It felt like nothing was happening half the time Overall disappointed with this book.

  4. Alright Before anyone goes into a tirade of why I gave this book a five star rating, read on.I was never the novel reader type I was never much of a novelist, either I live in a Third World country, so when I was young, we kids amuse ourselves by learning to climb trees, playing hide and seek and all sorts of outdoorsy games.Until I met Terry Brooks through The Sword of Shannara.A neighbor of ours was moving out, and with the bulk of books and other stuff they have, they decided to sell most of [...]

  5. Now this is what I like to see in a fantasy novel This has everything that makes the genre so appealing to me it s got a diverse set of races and cultural systems it s got both great darkness and profound good But, most importantly, it s got history When I read books like this I want to feel like the fantasy universe has existed a thousand years prior and will exist a thousand years after With Shannara it feels like I ve stepped into the middle of a vast, complex and beautiful world that has alw [...]

  6. A friend who was also into fantasy insisted I read this series, and I got as far as the first three books before I stopped believing him when he told me they were magical and wonderful and would get better and better As far as I can tell, they all have the exact same plot Mysterious Wizard shows up at home of person Tells person he is Chosen for an Important Quest What follows is chapter after chapter of I don t WANNA go on a Quest You MUST go on a Quest Seriously, I know the reluctant hero who [...]

  7. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.The Sword of Shannara was a very popular book back in the 70s right after the huge success of The Lord of the Rings when everyone wanted to read fantasy I wasn t old enough to read it back then, so I came to it much later I read part of the first book and, knowing how popular it had been, and feeling like it was a classic, I was prepared to enjoy it About half way through I gave it to my ten year old son.The weird thing is, it s so like The Lord of the Ri [...]

  8. It s basically The Fellowship of the Ring meets Wizard s First Rule except REALLY BORING.A wise cloaked man named Gandalf Allanon shows up in a sleepy village looking for Shea, a boy who doesn t know his true name origins He proceeds to remind the kid of his history lessons in a clunky info dump that goes on foreverrrr Basically, the elves are doing their own thing in the west, the hobbits men are quite content to live apart from the other races, isolated from the problems of the rest of the wor [...]

  9. this is perhaps my first experience with a Bad Book young nerds like myself shouldn t have to scorn fantasy literature, but this wet piece of crapola put me off of fantasy for years something this derivative should never have seen the light of day i don t care if folks needed a tolkien fix, there were other, better literary drugs out there they could have turned to Brooks spends a very long time blowing tolkien style, but it is an extremely un relaxing bj and i found myself getting agitated ever [...]

  10. Everyone says that you fall into one of two camps Those who love Tolkien, and philistines I belong firmly in the latter It is my firm belief that the man Tolkien got paid by the word Having said that, I thoroughly enjoy Brooks Shannara series I have read all of them, own most of the hard covers, and have spirited debates code for a fight with my friends about why these books are not carbon rip offs of Tolkien s works Great characters, epic stories with fallible heroes, and a world lovingly craft [...]

  11. Wow that is pretty much all I could say for hours after finishing this absolutely epic first installment in the Shannara series.This book gave me everything I want in my fantasies a vast landscape, colossal amounts of world building, varied characters, mythical and mystical creatures, a definite good bad binary, a quest to save the world, great character development, legions of backstory, action, adventure and intrigue, and ending on a battle scent to end all battle scenes.The best fantasies are [...]

  12. A mysterious stranger came into a peaceful village of Shady Vale From him one of the village boys learned about being the last hope of vanquishing an ancient evil with the legendary Sword of Shannara I am not going to go deep inside the plot as it was used numerous times after this book it fact the book can be partially blamed for almost all of fantasy with a poor farm boy girl destined to be the last humanity savior The rest of the blame goes to The Lord of the Rings.The general consensus about [...]

  13. DNF 180 pages Not horrible book, I could have put up with it until the end but I don t see why During this book I had the same feel I had when reading Feist s Magician Apprentice and that is feel of tasteless, generic fantasy that might be passable in video game but it s very dull in relatively long book.Very forgettable book.Edit Because not long ago I decided that every book I DNF gets 1 star this book gets it rating decreased from 2 to 1 stars

  14. I loved this when I was thirteen I loved it when I was sixteen And probably at least once in between there When I was thirty six I picked it up, made it about a chapter and a half in, and threw it against the wall Literally It left a dent Edited for the trolls among you A this is a touch of hyperbole Look it up andB It s a 700 page book, and I was incensed It s not entirely inconceivable that this thing would dent the drywall.Just saying Back to the original review This book was written before f [...]

  15. The Sword of Shannara is basically The Lord of the Rings version 2.0 It is also one of the best fantasy novels I have ever read.The book was first recommended to me by my father and uncle at a family gathering last year I should clarify that recommended here means briefly mentioned during a short discussion about good literature I had not read a fantasy novel for quite a while and was in search of something to read, so I found the book in one of my parents bookshelves and brought it with me when [...]

  16. If you are comparing the literary value of science fiction fantasy books, I think it is best to use food as an example Terry Brooks can be viewed as a really good bacon cheeseburger, it is fun to eat, makes you feel full, however it is often sloppily put together in a hurried fashion, without much effort and does not give your body true fulfillment While Tolkien on the other hand, or C.S Lewis, are like well planned home cooked meals, with each food group represented and placed on a finely set d [...]

  17. So, I ve read reviews that say this is just Terry Brooks Lord of the Rings I do see that, but at the same time, I think he made it his own in a lot of ways I mean, aren t all fantasy adventures just someone s take on Lord of the Rings anyway, other than the fact that it s 700 some pages and I thought I would never finish it I liked it I wasn t happy that 2 of the characters I liked died, but, it was a battle adventure, can t live happily ever after for everyone There were some lulling and overly [...]

  18. Terry Brooks is my friend s favorite fantasy author, and he gave me the entire set of Shannara books a while ago Respecting his literary opinion, I read the first.WARNING IT IS AN EXACT COPY OF THE PLOT OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS.And Brooks is no J.R.R Tolkien That aside, it is an okay read The storytelling isn t bad, and the story becomes slightly original as it goes along I actually finished it, so it can t be terrible, but it gets two stars for its absolute lack of originality.

  19. When I was but an impressionable teen, my crush gave me this book for my birthday He had teeth like little baby pearls and could quote from The Princess Bride, so I was pretty far gone on him This book was so bad that it effectively cured me of that crush Despite being a plot point for plot point, character for character rip off of the Lord of the Rings, it s pretty boring In fact, the only surprise in this novel is that despite such blatant plagiarism, none of the beauty of Tolkein s descriptio [...]

  20. How is it Terry Brooks did not get sued by the Tolkien estate for this book He went to law school, how could he not see the lawsuit in this The Sword of Shannara parallels the Lord of the Rings series on so many points it s laughable About a third of the way in I began to feel deja vu, like I was rereading The Fellowship of the Ring There are best bud insignificant protagonists, who are told to go on an adventure by a mysterious wizardy type guy During the mini starter adventure they nearly get [...]

  21. Il signore degli anelli 2.0 Romanzo fantasy cult della mia infanzia contraddistinto da un campionario di personaggi clichettosi che si oppongo al solito e noioso antagonista tutto scuro, cattivissimo e con l originale desiderio di dominare il mondo.Si parla di un opera chiaramente godibile per un neofita, ma il retaggio tolkeniano, a tratti, coincide con un vero e proprio plagio che pregiudica tremendamente l esperienza di lettura.

  22. When I finished The Lord of the Rings, all I wanted was Lord of the Rings And by that, what I mean is that I wanted that feeling I had while reading LotR, being lost in a world all its own and being so close to characters I considered friends That s why I think I get the appeal for The Sword of Shannara and honestly after all the reviews I ve read, I expected this book to be much close to LotR than it is And going back to my first point, that s why I sought this book out, I was looking for Lo [...]

  23. This book threw me head first into the fantasy genre And i don t mean sci fi but the magic, elves and dragon genre It was in our house, no one will admit to who s book it was, but I was reading everything and anything in the house at that time and absolutely LOVED this book It s your typical fantasy quest type of story filled with good, evil and hope And I found it to be a nice break from the murder suspense stories I had been reading.If you ve never read fantasy and want to take a dip, or surpr [...]

  24. This Book came out I jumped on it I was a real fan of the Lord of the Rings so much so that I recited the first several pages of the Hobbit when we read it in class during the 6th grade this looked similar I was ecstatic because I d waited so long for another epic journey of that sort How could I be so lucky Star Wars now a new Tolkien like saga The gods must be good Then I read it almost wept in frustration It was too similar to The Hobbit Wasn t it plagiarism This was published by Del Rey Lest [...]

  25. Actual rating 3.60 stars.This book was a journey After spending 14 days reading this before bedtime 1 or 2 chapters day I m almost teary eyed.The first 170 pages were slow, the narration dull but the plot interesting.d then it finally picked up.I liked the journey both physical and personal that Shea undertakesI loved Balinor and his Border legion, Eventine and the Elven warriors, and of course Durin DayelI was intrigued by Allanon And of course I can t not mention Menion which I really liked a [...]

  26. I grew up with the Shannara series Along with The Wheel of Time, The Sword of Truth, and A Song of Ice and Fire, it was one of the big fantasy series that I read through numerous times and eagerly awaited books from the author I recently discovered the MTV weird, but whatever TV series The Shannara Chronicles, which was like a low budget version of Game of Thrones if it was made by drunk frat boys, starring all their jock and cheerleader friends, and John Rhys Davies, because why not In other w [...]

  27. This was my second reading of this novel and I think that I may have enjoyed it the second time around than I did the first When I read it the first time, I was fairly young and I think that the sheer size of it overwhelmed me a bit This reading, however, I went in with lowered expectations because of all of the negative vibe that this book has taken and was than pleasantly surprised to find that I still really enjoy it.To stop the critics right here yes, The Sword of Shannara does have some e [...]

  28. When I was in 8th grade I stayed home sick from school one day My sister in law lent me this book, and I read the whole thing in one day What a read It remains to this day a standard for what a good fantasy should be like.

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