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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 . .

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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 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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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.

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The sun was already sinking into the deep green of the hills to the west of the valley, the red and gray-pink of its shadows touching the corners of the land, when Flick Ohmsford began his descent. The trail stretched out unevenly down the northern slope, winding through the huge boulders which studded the rugged terrain in massive clumps, disappearing into the thick forests of the lowlands to reappear in brief glimpses in small clearings and thinning spaces of woodland. Flick followed the familiar trail with his eyes as he trudged wearily along, his light pack slung loosely over one shoulder. His broad, windburned face bore a set, placid look, and only the wide gray eyes revealed the restless energy that burned beneath the calm exterior. He was a young man, though his stocky build and the grizzled brown hair and shaggy eyebrows made him look much older. He wore the loose-fitting work clothes of the Vale people and in the pack he carried were several metal implements that rolled and clanked loosely against one another.
 
There was a slight chill in the evening air, and Flick clutched the collar of his open wool shirt closer to his neck. His journey ahead lay through forests and rolling flatlands, the latter not yet visible to him as he passed into the forests, and the darkness of the tall oaks and somber hickories reached upward to overlap and blot out the cloudless night sky. The sun had set, leaving only the deep blue of the heavens pinpointed by thousands of friendly stars. The huge trees shut out even these, and Flick was left alone in the silent darkness as he moved slowly along the beaten path. Because he had traveled this same route a hundred times, the young man noticed immediately the unusual stillness that seemed to have captivated the entire valley this evening. The familiar buzzing and chirping of insects normally present in the quiet of the night, the cries of the birds that awoke with the setting of the sun to fly in search of food—all were missing. Flick listened intently for some sound of life, but his keen ears could detect nothing. He shook his head uneasily. The deep silence was unsettling, particularly in view of the rumors of a frightening black-winged creature sighted in the night skies north of the valley only days earlier.
 
He forced himself to whistle and turned his thoughts back to his day’s work in the country just to the north of the Vale, where outlying families farmed and tended domestic livestock. He traveled to their homes every week, supplying various items that they required and bringing bits of news on the happenings of the Vale and occasionally the distant cities of the deep Southland. Few people knew the surrounding countryside as well as he did, and fewer still cared to travel beyond the comparative safety of their homes in the valley. Men were more inclined to remain in isolated communities these days and let the rest of the world get along as best it could. But Flick liked to travel outside the valley from time to time, and the outlying homesteads were in need of his services and were willing to pay him for the trouble. Flick’s father was not one to let an opportunity pass him by where there was money to be made, and the arrangement seemed to work out well for all concerned.
 
A low-hanging branch brushing against his head caused Flick to start suddenly and leap to one side. In chagrin, he straightened himself and glared back at the leafy obstacle before continuing his journey at a slightly quicker pace. He was deep in the lowland forests now and only slivers of moonlight were able to find their way through the thick boughs overhead to light the winding path dimly. It was so dark that Flick was having trouble finding the trail, and as he studied the lay of the land ahead, he again found himself conscious of the heavy silence. It was as if all life had been suddenly extinguished, and he alone remained to find his way out of this forest tomb. Again he recalled the strange rumors. He felt a bit anxious in spite of himself and glanced worriedly around. But nothing stirred on the trail ahead nor moved in the trees about him, and he felt embarrassingly relieved.
 
Pausing momentarily in a moonlit clearing, he gazed at the fullness of the night sky before passing abruptly into the trees beyond. He walked slowly, picking his way along the winding path that had narrowed beyond the clearing and now seemed to disappear into a wall of trees and bushes ahead. He knew that it was merely an illusion, but found himself glancing about uneasily all the same. A few moments later, he was again on a wider trail and could discern bits of sky peeking through the heavy trees. He was almost to the bottom of the valley and about two miles from his home. He smiled and began whistling an old tavern song as he hurried on. He was so intent on the trail ahead and the open land beyond the forest that he failed to notice the huge black shadow that seemed to rise up suddenly, detaching itself from a great oak tree on his left and moving swiftly toward the path to intercept him. The dark figure was almost on top of the Vale man before Flick sensed its presence looming up before him like a great, black stone which threatened to crush his smaller being. With a startled cry of fear he leaped aside, his pack falling to the path with a crash of metal, and his left hand whipped out the long thin dagger at his waist. Even as he crouched to defend himself, he was stayed by a commanding arm raised above the figure before him and a strong, yet reassuring voice that spoke out quickly.
 
“Wait a moment, friend. I’m no enemy and have no wish to harm you. I merely seek directions and would be grateful if you could show me the proper path.”
 
Flick relaxed his guard a bit and tried to peer into the blackness of the figure before him in an effort to discover some semblance of a human being. He could see nothing, however, and he moved to the left with cautious steps in an attempt to catch the features of the dark figure in the tree-shadowed moonlight.
 
“I assure you, I mean no harm,” the voice continued, as if reading the Valeman’s mind. “I did not mean to frighten you, but I didn’t see you until you were almost upon me, and I was afraid you might pass me by without realizing I was there.”
 
The voice stopped and the huge black figure stood silently, though Flick could feel the eyes following him as he edged about the path to put his own back to the light. Slowly the pale moonlight began to etch out the stranger’s features in vague lines and blue shadows. For a long moment the two faced one another in silence, each studying the other, Flick in an effort to decide what it was he faced, the stranger in quiet anticipation.
 
Then suddenly the huge figure lunged with terrible swiftness, his powerful hands seizing the Valeman’s wrists, and Flick was lifted abruptly off the solid earth and held high, his knife dropping from nerveless fingers as the deep voice laughed mockingly up at him.
 
“Well, well, my young friend! What are you going to do now, I wonder? I could cut your heart out on the spot and leave you for the wolves if I chose, couldn’t I?”
 
Flick struggled violently to free himself, terror numbing his mind to any thought but that of escape. He had no idea what manner of creature had subdued him, but it was far more powerful than any normal man and apparently prepared to dispatch Flick quickly. Then abruptly, his captor held him out at arm’s length, and the mocking voice became icy cold with displeasure.
 
“Enough of this, boy! We have played our little game and still you know nothing of me. I’m tired and hungry and have no wish to be delayed on the forest trail in the chill of the evening while you decide if I am man or beast. I will set you down that you may show me the path. I warn you—do not try to run from me or it will be the worse for you.”
 
The strong voice trailed off and the tone of displeasure disappeared as the former hint of mockery returned with a short laugh.
 
“Besides,” the figure rumbled as the fingers released their iron grip and Flick slipped to the path, “I may be a better friend than you realize.”
 
“The figure moved back a step as Flick straightened himself, rubbing his wrists carefully to restore the circulation to his numbed hands. He wanted to run, but was certain that the stranger would catch him again and this time finish him without further thought. He leaned over cautiously and picked up the fallen dagger, returning it to his belt.
 

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MarkTop Contributor: Star Wars
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Read it twice.
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2020
When you read this the first time, you will be taken aback, if not simply disgusted, at this book''s complete similarity to Lord of the Rings. Enough has been said about this. I consider myself to be pretty pioneering in coming to assimilate myself to the text and putting in... See more
When you read this the first time, you will be taken aback, if not simply disgusted, at this book''s complete similarity to Lord of the Rings. Enough has been said about this. I consider myself to be pretty pioneering in coming to assimilate myself to the text and putting in the work to appreciate it, but I found it to be such a reproduction of the former work that I simply couldn''t enjoy it and put it down before finishing.

A few months later, disappointed in myself, I tried again. This time it felt like a totally new book: I suppose my basic familiarity with the plot allowed me to appreciate the richness of the writing, which is truly awesome. While perhaps Brooks can be faulted for having shamelessly copied from Tolkien, he actually is a great writer, and the adventure and description in this novel is very immersive. I''m glad that I came to appreciate the book finally, and now I can participate in the rest of the Shannara works!

So take my advice: read it twice! If you''re disgusted the first time, give it a break, then, with fresh eyes, try again, and you''ll probably see it for what it is.
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Classic
Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2020
This is one of the books I read that got me hooked on the fantasy genre. It’s clean and promotes strong ethical morals. There is a clear distinction between good and evil, unlike today’s fascination with grey characters. It’s a classic and one I highly recommend.
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A beloved favorite
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2020
Terry Brooks wrote this book in 1977. It was the first of 32 books in the series that stretched from 1977 all the way until this year, when he published the last book in the series, entitled "The Fall of Shannara - The Last Druid". I have read and re-read the series many... See more
Terry Brooks wrote this book in 1977. It was the first of 32 books in the series that stretched from 1977 all the way until this year, when he published the last book in the series, entitled "The Fall of Shannara - The Last Druid". I have read and re-read the series many times over and each time it took longer due to more books in the series. Re-reading is the reason I had to buy another copy. I have read it so many times that the book was literally falling apart! I have embarked on yet another re-reading of this wonderful series. Even though the stories are now very familiar they bring more enjoyment each time I read them. If you are a lover of fantasy fiction, these books are definitely for you! The characters are complex, likeable, but in many ways unlikely heroes who do what is necessary in spite of their fears. Do yourselves a favor and read this book. That is all it will take to get you hooked!
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Lisa A. Williams
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An epic adventure
Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2018
So, I watched the tv show first and found it cheesy but interesting I decided to read how it all got started. It took me a while, but it rang of LOTR with its own twists and turns,completely entertaining. The beginning was slow for me so I found myself reading per books... See more
So, I watched the tv show first and found it cheesy but interesting I decided to read how it all got started. It took me a while, but it rang of LOTR with its own twists and turns,completely entertaining. The beginning was slow for me so I found myself reading per books in between, but then I couldn''t put it down. The characters were courageous, and the story really came together at the end. I was sad for those that were lost, but happy with the ending. I''m really excited to have the next one to get started on.
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Ryan
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I was very dissappointed
Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2018
I had high hopes for this book and read through first few chapters quickly... unfortunately I found the story, details, series of events and the writing extremely lacking. I even bought the audiobook to go with it and gave up on the book halfway through.
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Enjoyed immensely. I can''t believe I only recently discovered Terry Brooks. Thanks to Jeff Wheeler and his publication of short story collections I found another favorite!
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2018
Apparently this series has been around for quite a while. Better late than never. Terry Brooks is also new to me and has been a staple in the fantasy novel genre for many years as well. Luckily I stumbled across a short story of his which sent me searching for more of... See more
Apparently this series has been around for quite a while. Better late than never. Terry Brooks is also new to me and has been a staple in the fantasy novel genre for many years as well. Luckily I stumbled across a short story of his which sent me searching for more of his magic. I must say I found I think I found a new favorite. This story has many wonderful characters from fantastical descent with rich histories that wrap you up in their world, lives, friendships and their journey to save all this from the evil that wants to devour it all. Kinships are made from many walks of life to travel through dangerous lands filled with the creatures who will try to stop them from saving their people and lands from being wiped out by evil.
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Eric Gilliland
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Excellent Gateway to Fantasy
Reviewed in the United States on January 23, 2021
I decided to revisit the Shannara books after reading them in middle school. I recently became aware Terry Brooks had finished the series so I got interested in these books after after not thinking about them for years! There were transitional books for me. I know the... See more
I decided to revisit the Shannara books after reading them in middle school. I recently became aware Terry Brooks had finished the series so I got interested in these books after after not thinking about them for years! There were transitional books for me. I know the criticisms: The novel is too derivative of LOTR and the lack of engaging characters (only one female character). Brooks has addressed both of these criticisms in his later books and openly in multiple interviews. I like to think of Sword of Shannara as LOTR as written by a Midwesterner, the prose has a direct and unassuming aspect. I like how Brooks sets up the world in the first part of the book. The middle sections get a little repetitive, but it picks up towards the end. Overall, it held up for me.
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Mr. Jared C. Serra
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It may Borrow from Tolkien, but it is a lot of fun.
Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2013
It seems in order to review the Sword of Shannara that you need to first discuss the fact that Terry Brooks borrowed a lot from Tolkien. I feel that this many years later it is time to let it go. If your the type that is going to be bugged by this fact then my advice is to... See more
It seems in order to review the Sword of Shannara that you need to first discuss the fact that Terry Brooks borrowed a lot from Tolkien. I feel that this many years later it is time to let it go. If your the type that is going to be bugged by this fact then my advice is to steer clear of this entire series. I myself was warned so I didn''t let any of that take away from my experience of The Sword of Shannara.

Judged on its own merits it is a good epic fantasy novel. The characters are a lot of fun and so is the world they inhabit. The beginning of Sword has a lot of mystery to it. I love how the valemen are as blind as the reader about who to trust, and what to do. Really when you get down to it this novel is just a heck of a lot of fun. It isn''t very dark. The whole novel just moves things along quickly. For the most part it works well.

I have two complaints about the novel. First is that it is written in omniscient perspective. This means that the narrator is not one of the characters. So in any scene you can know what any one of the characters is thinking. I rarely like this type of writting style. It seems that the vast majority of fantasy is written in a style called 3rd person limited. It gives each chapter a flavor for whoever the chapters viewpoint is written from. You can crack this one up to personal taste. If this kind of thing doesn''t bug you then it won''t be an issue. The only other compliant that I would have is that the last act suffered a little to much from a battle without involving the character as much. It felt like a blow by blow account of a war instead of being on the front lines with the characters.

One nice thing is that the story wrap ups were very good. I liked what happens with the valemen at the end. Another thing that I think should be pointed out about this novel. This book got publishers excited about fantay again. A lot of books that I enjoy might not have ever taken place if Brooks hadn''t sold so many copies of this first volume.

I enjoyed my stay in Shannara. I will be visiting again soon.
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natasha colcombe
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Great series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 1, 2017
I watched the Shannara Chronicles, season 1 on Netflix and loved it so much that I had to buy the books. They are all brilliant and a must read for anyone who likes this genre. As is usually the case, the books are sooo much better than the TV programs or films.
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melanie
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Disappointed
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 10, 2020
I really wanted to enjoy this book because of the large series to delve into. Sadly I persevered 2 thirds through. No female characters except 2 thirds through who was a pretty pink princess character. The most important character goes AWOL halfway through book. For fantasy...See more
I really wanted to enjoy this book because of the large series to delve into. Sadly I persevered 2 thirds through. No female characters except 2 thirds through who was a pretty pink princess character. The most important character goes AWOL halfway through book. For fantasy I recommend Stephen Donaldson''s first trilogies.
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Sherlock
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Essentially a rip-off
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 16, 2020
Reminds me of my homework at school where I''d copy someone else''s but slightly change bits so the teacher couldn''t prove I''d been cheating. Yes, it''s LOTR, with sometimes only minor changes. It was so ridiculous and annoying that I gave up about 1/3 of the way in. I...See more
Reminds me of my homework at school where I''d copy someone else''s but slightly change bits so the teacher couldn''t prove I''d been cheating. Yes, it''s LOTR, with sometimes only minor changes. It was so ridiculous and annoying that I gave up about 1/3 of the way in. I couldn''t get into the book as I kept thinking of the minor differences to that other book...
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Mr. Sean Henderson
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LOTR rewrite
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 10, 2018
I’m struggling through this phonebook sized novel. As a big lord of the rings fan it is really poor how much of a blatant rip off this is. Yes, it is entertaining, but I’m starting to think i’d probably be better just re-reading the lord of the rings.
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Rachel
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Lord of the rings rip off
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 22, 2021
I''ve been reading fantasy novels for 20 years and have worked me way through most older authors and many of the new ones and this is the first book I''ve had to put down without finishing. It''s not a poor book or poorly written but it''s just too similar to Lord of the Rings...See more
I''ve been reading fantasy novels for 20 years and have worked me way through most older authors and many of the new ones and this is the first book I''ve had to put down without finishing. It''s not a poor book or poorly written but it''s just too similar to Lord of the Rings and I just couldn''t get away from that. I hope I can revisit at a later date as I''m sure the saga will be worth it in the end.
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