The Sword of Shannara by Terry BrooksThe Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

The Sword of Shannara

byTerry Brooks

Mass Market Paperback | July 12, 1983

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The Sword of Shannara is the first volume of the classic series that has becomeone of the most popular fantasy tales of all time.

Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake.The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a trueheir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline,rests the hope of all the races.

Thus begins the enthralling Shannara epic,a spellbinding tale of adventure, magic, and myth . .
Terry Brooks has thrilled readers for decades with his powers of imagination and storytelling. He is the author of more than thirty books, most of which have been New York Times bestsellers. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.
Title:The Sword of ShannaraFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:736 pages, 6.86 × 4.22 × 1.57 inPublished:July 12, 1983Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0345314255

ISBN - 13:9780345314253


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed immensely I was on a fantasy craving and came across Terry Brooks' works. Given book 1 of Terry Pratchett's Disc World series was out of stock (I was late to discover fantasy novels), I picked up Terry Brooks Shannara series and didn't regret it. The plot is one that is typical for the time period it was written in, a reluctant hero, a wizend wizard, a perilous quest, and a party that is soon gathered. One might think or even consider that Shannara may start to read like a Lord of the Rings Light and to me, that was just fine. I enjoyed the plot of LotR and don't really mind when other fantasy novels follow a similar formula when written well. The Shannara series is one such novel and I would recommend it to my friends.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from slow moving but a good stoary I enjoyed this story though it was a bit slow moving and there were several uses of similar phrases where other words could have been used that might've sounded better. nonetheless it was a good story and i do have plans on completing the trilogy. I get the sense the slow moving aspect may have more to do with when this was written and the style of fantasy writing at its time more than anything to do with the author themselves.
Date published: 2018-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic This is a fantastic fantasy novel, the world is epic and the story is great.
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EPIC World building I got the first trilogy as a hand-me-down from family when they were moving away. I like to think I adopted these books and I'm SO glad I did. It's now my go-to when I want to get lost in a fantasy world. I now have a special place in my heart for the Shannara series.
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great adventure This is the first book I read by Terry Brooks and I got hooked. Love the characters and struggles they face. Its nice to find a story and series you can get lost in.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book of the trilogy with good action. Good fantasy book. Will like if you like lord of the rings etccc
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read After watching the tv show on MTV, I thought I would start reading the books, and I do not regret it. Great story, and very interesting plot! I recommend this book if you are a fan of fantasy.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun adventure While many will say it's to close to Tolkien, there are enough difference to make it entertaining. I enjoyed it and would recommend it. It also set-up future books in the same universe that are much more unique.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fave one of my all-time favourite novel series!
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from okay good but the journey is a bit repetitive
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Derivative Tolkien I don't really know how to review this book because the story wasn't bad and I enjoyed reading it, but my brain kept sounding a "DERIVATIVE TOLKIEN!" alarm. I'm sure that's true of many fantasy books, but this one struck me as more obviously "inspired" by Tolkien than anything else I've read in a long while. I read it on vacation because I'd watched the MTV series and found it mildly interesting, and it was a fine book to read, but there wasn't anything that leapt out at me as awesome.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This book was really good. I can't wait to read it again.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! This book was what got me hooked on Terry Brooks books. I absolutely loved this book.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Started slow, great ending This book started off really slow and quite boring. I stuck with it because I know that sometimes fantasy books in a trilogy can take some time for the ball to get rolling. There definitely are similiarities to Tolkien, after all, this is high fantasy. One thing I found interesting was the similarities that dementors in Harry Potter have to the shade enemies in this book. After the world building was done, the book was good. If it wasn't for the slow bits at the beginning, it would be a 4. Really excellent ending and was hard to put down
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great ending This is a great ending for the trilogy. I enjoyed it a fair bit and liked how everything tied together.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from As good as the original I liked this book as much as the first book. It was a lot of fun to read and really enjoyable.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my favourite fantasy series This is the beginning of one of my favourite fantasy series. I remember reading this and thoroughly enjoying it.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The book that started it all Written in the same style as Lord of the Rings, the Sword of Shannara nevertheless enraptures the reader in its depths. In a way, the Sword is an even greater burden than the One Ring, for the sword requires a change in the person to use, while the One Ring feeds on what is already there.
Date published: 2014-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!! Have been trying to get my hands on this series and I finally got to finish book 1! I am so happy, it is such a good book! The Sword of Shannara series has always been one I had hoped to read, and thus far I have yet to be disappointed. :-)
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sword of Shannara This book was extremely derivative and very poorly written. If J R R Tolkein were still alive he would be suing Brooks, as it is he is probably spinning in his grave. I had a very hard time getting through it but I will not subject myself to another
Date published: 2014-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I read this first book of the series back in high school and recently had it pop up in my suggested reads. Loved it even more this time around! Can't wait to finish and start the next one.
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from couldnt stop This is such a great book and a amazing series, anyone who likes LOrd of the rings or any fantasy type books should read this, I couldnt stop reading.
Date published: 2011-07-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Finally gets good at the end I would've probably never read this book if it weren't given to me as a gift by an aunt. As I began to read the book, I couldn't shake the thought "I've already read this... but it was written much better." It was scary how similar this book was to The Lord of the Rings. I was not very interested at all in what I was reading, and found it to be pretty boring. And the plot was kinda simple and sorta lame. I probably wouldn't have finished this book but then I found the receipt and saw how much my aunt paid for it. Since it was too late to return it, I decided to force myself to finish it. (It was the hardcover version containing the whole trilogy, so I think it was almost $60). I am glad I forced myself to keep reading, because at about 2/3 of the way through, I actually was interested in what was going on. I also thought the ending and how the warlock lord was defeated was well done and really fit the story. But the question is, is it worth buying the whole book for a good last third? Probably not, and I doubt I'll ever re-read it. I'll stick to Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, which is by the way a whole dozen level's better than Shannara. I have to say though, I found the second book, Elfstones of Shannara, to be very good.
Date published: 2009-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great start to an amazing series Authors normally start off with one trully amazing book than slowly the works start to become more and more downhill. Not with Terry Brooks. He started off an average writer than slowly as the books progressed it became an amazing series that you almost refuse to put down. I recommend to buy the entire series though once you've read the first one its a must.
Date published: 2007-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Beginning of an Epic Series There are some books that are popular in Fantasy Adventure because they revitalize the genre. They portray the story in a certain way, they tackle magic or lore in a certain fashion, or they involve a new character that becomes renowned in the reading world. Once in a while, however, you have a book that not only revitalizes a genre, it redefines it. The Sword of Shannara is such a book. When I first read this book over 20 years ago, I was drawn into a wonderful trap of literary greatness. To think that after all of these years, this book, the series, and the author continue to amaze readers. I can't remember how many times I have read it, but each time is as enjoyable as the first. Terry Brooks brings us an amazing world of heroes and villains, magic and creatures, and a history that is rich and enjoyable. I still cheer at the triumphs and sniffle at the tragedies. I have always reccommended this book to those getting started in the fantasy genre, and so far I have never heard anyone say I steered them wrong. Terry Brooks became a powerhouse in the fantasy/adventure world, and it is not hard to see why.
Date published: 2007-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Though the book is quite old, i just recently discovered it in the form of a gift. I found it to be a fantastic read that left me wanting more. Great characters, story line, and plot twists, great book!
Date published: 2007-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantasy at its best The book that got me interested in reading fantasy. The Sword of Shannara proves that the main character need not be a prince or magic user to make the story interesting. I found it more believable that Shea, a valeman, had to use his own wits and untrained talents to defeat the evil Warlock Lord. A book of hope, that you too have what it takes to combat the evils in your life. A wonderful read.
Date published: 2006-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sword Of Shannara This book is my hero. I am in love with Terry Brooks. Literally.
Date published: 2006-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from about the book this was absolutly an amazing book. I couldn't put it down ever. When my mom was calling me to dinner, I was mad because i had ten pages left in the chapter
Date published: 2004-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Could have been shorter, but worth the read! I truly enjoyed the Sword of Shannara. However, I did find that it was a heavy book to get through. It is 736 pages long and I am sure 200 of those pages could have been carved away and the reader would not have missed any of the story. At times I found that the book just idled, which made it hard to read. I am saying all this because, if you can get through this book and move into the Elfstones of Shannara, you will find that the first book was really worth the read. Even with my negative comments I would say that the book was Very Good. You just have to hang in there when the book idles is all! Definitely a must read. Cheers!
Date published: 2003-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Sword of Shannara Amazing! One of Brooks' best. Up there with Tolkien and the other greats of fantasy. Made me laugh, made me cry, and was never boring. A must read!
Date published: 2002-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Novel! I found this novel to have a slow start (after the first chapter that is) but after that it was filled with ACTION PACKED EXCITEMENT. Brooks develops loveable characters and definitely develops the plot good. After You read the Sword, read First King! Allanon never ceases to amaze me.
Date published: 2002-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD I read this book a couple of years ago, and I read it about 7 times. It is the best book I have ever read. Once you read this, you'll be hooked to Terry Brooks for life! I've read all of his works!
Date published: 2002-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Changing Book I never really liked fantasy novels, then my friend suggested I read The Sword of Shannara. As soon as I picked up this book I knew it would be special. After the first 50 pages, I was so into the book that I could barely put it down. Suspense fills the book to the brim and just when you think things are going to slow down for a bit, you're thrown right back into the action. This book has changed my life in a huge way. I now look for all the fantasy novels I can and Terry Brooks' series is one of my all time favorites of the many I have read. The description is so great that when I start reading this book, I can see and feel the setting as if I were there. While reading this book, I even had butterflies in my stomache while reading because what was happening scared me and I was so anxious to find out what would happen next. If anyone was to read 1 fantasy novel only, it would have to definately be The Sword Of Shannara.
Date published: 2001-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Sword of Shannara Excellent by Terry Brooks very capitvating, can't stop reading. Brooks draws you into another word, each page is full of excitement and suspense of whats goign to happen next Strongly recommended for those who love fantasy fiction.
Date published: 2001-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Sword Of Shannara This Book was amazing! You never expect when the climax is coming up, and when it is you have the need to finish the rest of it to see who wins the fight between good and evil.
Date published: 2001-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The sword of Shanara This book was very unpredictable. I thought that the Sword would be a magnificent piece of work but it was really a wrecked piece of metal. It was very exciting.
Date published: 2001-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Sword of Shannara The book was very long but filled with suspense aand action. The author displays the settings , caracters very well in your mind by using discriptive words.
Date published: 2001-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enthralling Bar none the best series of books I have read to date.
Date published: 2000-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best Next to the Lord of the Rings, this is the best fantasy book I have ever read! The entire trilogy is great, but Sword of Shannara is the best of the three. Great character development. I became so attached to one characters that I wept when he was killed. Although I read this series about 5 years ago, it still stays with me and I do plan on re-reading the trilogy again.
Date published: 2000-06-01
Date published: 2000-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Do NOT COMPAIR TO TOLKIEN The sword of Shannara is a very well written book. However the only flaw that I read was the noticable likness to Lord of the rings. Also thoughout the course of the book the reader is given many characters and situations that I think that at the end was wrapped up too quickly. Overall this is a good book for the fantasy reader, but my advice is NOT to Compair it LORD OF THE RINGS or you will be disappointed
Date published: 2000-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excelent, must read... The sword of shannara is a very good book and Terry Brooks is a very good writer. In this book Allanon, a druid comes to warn Shea Ohmsford about the Warlock Lord who wants to kill him, the last heir to the throne of Shannara and the last person alive who can use the sword of Shannara to kill the warlock lord. Shea, allanon, his brother flick and many other interesting characters go off on the journey to kill the warlock lord. There are lots of battles and adventures and i hope that you read this excelent book. I also recomend all of his other books.
Date published: 1999-12-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good If you haven't read Tolkien An overall good book except that it is almost a direct copy of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. This, like The Elfstones and Wishsong of Shannara, is a condensed versions of The Lord of the Rings. From the Hobbit-like Valemen to the mysterious Allanon, these books have the same plot and characters. That said it is still well written and I would have given it a better score if I hadn't read Tolkien first. Considering how good the Heritage of Shannara series is, why did he have to so blatantly plagiarize a much better work?
Date published: 1999-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slanter Sometimes when you read a book, and you get to the last page, the first thing you do is flip to the inside of the cover to see what the next book in the series is, and rush out to the bookstore to buy it. That is exactly what happens at the end of this book. Terry Brooks creates a truly unique world, taking fantasy to another tier. It's hard to imagine a list of great fantasy writers without including Brooks. And you can never get tired of him. Thirteen books later, and I'm still looking for the release date of the next one.
Date published: 1999-04-28

From Our Editors

This first installment of the Shannara series captures readers with its breathtaking myths and magical lore. The action in The Sword of Shannara, from author Terry Brooks, begins when the supposedly dead Warlock Lord begins to plan his revenge and destroy all in his path. However, in the peaceful Shady Vale the half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows of no such danger. When word does reach him, he knows that the only weapon that can prevent total destruction at the hands of the Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can only be used by a true Shea bloodline. He knows it is he who will have to fight against all odds to save all the races.