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Summary

50 million Terry Brooks copies sold around the world
The Shannara Chronicles is now a major TV series

Volume one in the classic best-selling series from one of the all-time masters of fantasy.

Long ago, the world of the Four Lands was torn apart by the wars of ancient Evil. But in the Vale, the half-human, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford now lives in peace - until the mysterious, forbidding figure of the druid Allanon appears, to reveal that the supposedly long-dead Warlock Lord lives again. 

Shea must embark upon the elemental quest to find the only weapon powerful enough to keep the creatures of darkness at bay: the fabled Sword of Shannara. 

©1977 Terry Brooks (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.

Critic reviews

"A marvellous fantasy trip." (Frank Herbert)
"Confirms Terry's place at the head of the fantasy world." (Philip Pullman)

"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)

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Shanara

I read this book years ago when I was a teenager and I feel like I've just revisited a long lost friend... great book...

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a great listen

a great listen the reader was fantastic looking forward to the next one a really great book

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if you love lord od the rings you will enjoy this.

if you love lord od the rings you will enjoy this
if you love lord od the rings you will enjoy this

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I read this book 30 years ago

and wondered what it would be like now.
A slightly predictable plot but a great romp though a Tolkien like world. Good character development and concepts.
I'd would recommend this book. and now im about to start the elfstones of shannara

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One of them books you've heard of...

... but never read. Great story, lots of depth to the characters. Pity you don't find out what happened to the rock troll. Looking forward to the second one.

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A Lord of the Rings clone.

I struggled to finish this audio book. The story copies far too many elements from Lord of the Rings. The narration is over exaggerated and very hard work to keep listening too. This has put me off trying the rest of the series.

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Gave up after chapter 6

Oh dear, recommended by a friend as I have exhausted everything by Brandon Sanderson. Plodding and endlessly dull where every major decision is summed up in one line without having the characters actually discussing or interacting.
E.g. "They conferred briefly to decide what direction it would be best to take now"

The narration is particularly hard to listen to, each sentence with a strange uplift at the end with no variance in voice for each of the characters, making it very hard to distinguish between the trio of characters. You get the impression the narrator is reading the book for the first time themselves.

I'll continue on with the book to give it a fair chance but will be returning the audiobook

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poor mans lord of the rings.

almost unbelievable how he got away with such a blatant poor copy of lord of the rings. some parts were so incredibly similar yet always interior. no character development leads to major events being covered in a couple of lines. i wouldnt waste your ears time with this one unless you are 10 and have never read any other decent fantasy.

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  • Emily
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  • 11-03-18

LOTR simplified

it was a good book but too much like LOTR. I listened to it while I was at work so I may have missed sections. The theme was so much like LOTR it was a bit disappointing, but I did get into it and want to finish it.

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great book

loved it! ........
great story line ...
can't wait to read next instalment ....... ........