The Sword of Shannara

Brooks, Terry

(Book - 1978)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Sword of Shannara
Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil had ruined the world and forced mankind to compete with many other races-gnomes, trolls, dwarfs, and elves.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1978, c1977
Edition: 1st mass market ed
ISBN: 9781439509425
Branch Call Number: SCI-FI B
Characteristics: 726 p. : ill., map ; 18 cm.


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Sep 05, 2014
  • nancymargrit rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I've read this book once before. I usually don't read fantasy novels, but the early ones by Terry Brooks are good. I don't like his more recent books.

Oct 12, 2013
  • ZenSojourner rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Terry Brooks is a pretty bad writer. I'm actually not quite sure how he managed to get this first book published, it was so awful. While his style has become a bit more polished since writing this, his first novel, nothing can make up for his basic lack of skill in storytelling. His characters are flat and all pretty much the same. Motivations are questionable at best and usually not addressed at all. He explains way too much instead of just letting the story tell itself. Main characters spend way too much time whining and expressing their angst. Conversations between characters that are supposed to be gripping are merely trite. It is very clear that he "borrows" his best ideas from other authors, and does not improve on them (rather the opposite in fact). I guess he should be glad that some people found something in the Shannara stories that they like so he can ride that pony til it drops, because he doesn't offer anyone not enamoured of that series anything that would make it worth their while to wade through his interminable prose. How anyone can find LOTR "boring", and this NOT boring, I cannot begin to imagine.

Apr 25, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

i have to agree with wolffe but LOTR is still good

Mar 30, 2013
  • Wolffe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is way better than the first lord of the rings. Way more action and surprise. No boring parts

Jan 24, 2013
  • brokefoot rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Entertaining book. Some compare it to Lord of the Rings. There are some similarities still a good read. The main problem I have is the story seems to drag on at some points with endless description of the scenery.

Jul 02, 2012
  • LaurenAHHH rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book borrows a little too much from Lord of The Rings. That being said, I've read it multiple times and enjoyed it. overall I think Terry Brooks is a really good author.

Jun 18, 2012
  • BieberFever108 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Don't judge this book by it's cover! Its an amazing read!!

I agree about the first book being very much like lord of the rings. If you read on the story changes and is completely different. :)

My Dad bought this for me on my kindle. He read them when he was younger and he really enjoyed them. I didn't feel like reading it because the cover looked super cheesy and nerdy.... But I read a few chapters and I was hooked! I finished within a couple days and I checked out more Terry Brooks books. Go to his website and look at the reading order. His books could last you a year just reading them!

This trilogy was good overall, I just had a hard time saying goodbye to all the characters. Each book has a different set of characters for the most part. They are all so spaced

Aug 20, 2011
  • Durian rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This novel is so similar to J.R.R. Tolkein's Fellowship of the Rings that it is practically copyright infringement.

Jul 26, 2011
  • thewordsmith1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the story and the characters. Brooks is a talented writer, but this book really is an almost mirror image of The Lord of the Rings. I did not enjoy the sequels, which were much darker and not as "happily ever after" as The Sword of Shannara.

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Apr 25, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jun 18, 2012
  • BieberFever108 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Book #1 Shannara Series

Shea Ohmsford embarks on a journey to reclaim the Sword of Shannara, the only weapon that can defeat the power of darkness.


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Apr 25, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: afair amount of battles some fairly bloody


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