The Sword of Shannara (Hardcover)

Author: Brooks, Terry

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awesome, thrilling, and quite the adventure for a

on 9/8/2004

I first read this book while completing my seventh year of grade school. Upon opening the book i noticed that there were many other books that Brooks had written, and most of which followed that same series. Others began a new set, with new characters in each save one... the Druid Alannon. The 'Sword' starts off the Shannara series and continues through the Elfstones, and then to which leads on with the Wishsong; (of Shannara). In the Sword, you first meet Flick Ohmsford, brother and close friend of Shea Ohmsford, both of which are main characters in book one of the series. The story then follows on to meet the dark and secretive Druid Alannon. Alannon befriends Shea and must leave one night without notice or explanation. He leaves behind only the three Elfstones in a leather pouch, and a note telling them to meet him in the Anar forest... What does Alannon have in plan for Shea? Read this book to find out just what happens to him, and you'll be amazed as the story unfolds and leads Shea through the fourlands and to an ultimate encounter with the Warlock Lord.

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The first book in Brooks' classic, bestselling fantasy series is being repackaged and released to coincide with publication of the new hardcover, "The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Ilse Witch". In this story, the wars of the ancient Evil have destroyed the world. It's up to half-elfin Shea Ohmssford, the last of the line of Shannara heirs, to fight the Warlock Lord with the Sword of Shannara.


Publisher Turtleback Books
Mfg Part# 9780808521259
SKU 30920905
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 080852125X
Release Date 4/10/2007
Author Info
Terry Brooks
Terry Brooks describes himself as "an adventure writer with fantasy trappings." His first novel, THE SWORD OF SHANNARA, became the first work of fiction to top the New York Times Trade Paperback bestseller list. Brooks began writing in high school, influenced primarily by Alexander Dumas and J. R. R. Tolkein, both of whom would remain important to his subsequent writing. He received an undergraduate degree in English in 1966 from Hamilton College and studied law at Washington and Lee University. After graduating, Brooks joined a family law practice and married Barbara O'Banion in 1972. The couple eventually had two children. In 1977, Brooks published THE SWORD OF SHANNARA, a fantasy epic modeled on Tolkein's THE LORD OF THE RINGS. The book became a best seller, remaining at the top of the charts for five months. It was followed by two sequels, THE ELFSTONES OF SHANNARA (1980) and THE WISHSONG OF SHANNARA (1985), which were also very successful. The next year, Brooks published MAGIC KINGDOM FOR SALE--SOLD!, a humorous fantasy novel about a depressed lawyer who purchases a used magic kingdom through a catalog. While on a promotional tour for that book, he met Judine Alba, a bookstore manager. He divorced O'Banion, and married Alba six months later. 1986 was also the year that he stopped practicing law to become a full-time writer. Though MAGIC KINGDOM FOR SALE--SOLD! was not quite as well-received as the Shannara trilogy, Brooks wrote several sequels to it before returning, in 1990, to his original series. THE SCIONS OF SHANNARA, the first of the Heritage of Shannara series, exploring the prehistory of the first trilogy. Four sequels later, Brooks wrote two more books in the Magic Kingdom series, before moving on to other realms. RUNNING WITH THE DEMON (1997) was a break from the straightforward fantasy of his previous books--it was set in the contemporary word--and, though the change cost him some longtime fans, it widened his readership considerably. His next books, STRANGE DELIVERANCE (also 1997) and KNIGHT OF THE WORD (1998), continued this move away from fantasy settings, while keeping the magical and supernatural elements from his earlier work. A consistently best-selling author, his writing is moving onto ground occupied by Dean Koontz and Stephen King, and with his already-huge fan base, Brooks has become a major contender to their thrones--and in 1999, Brooks's novelization of the eagerly awaited STAR WARS EPISODE ONE: THE PHANTOM MENACE, guarantees that his name will appear on the bookshelves of even more people.
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Editors Note As the last heir of Shannara, Shea must save the humans, gnomes, trolls, dwarfs, and elves of the world from the Warlock Lord by reclaiming the wondrous sword
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0726
Publisher Turtleback Books
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