The Annotated Sword of Shannara

The Annotated Sword of Shannara

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THE PHENOMENAL EPIC OF GOOD AND EVIL LIKE IT'S NEVER BEEN EXPERIENCED BEFORE
 
Thirty-five years ago, Terry Brooks brought to life a dazzling world in The Sword of Shannara. Nineteen more Shannara volumes would follow, making the series one of the most popular fantasy epics of all time. Now comes a fully annotated collector's edition of the novel that started it all--featuring never-before-shared insights into the classic tale, an all-new introduction by the New York Times bestselling author, and replicas of the original sketches for some of the long-lost, black-and-white paintings by the Brothers Hildebrandt that decorated the original edition, and a replica of the original Hildebrandt central color plate on the back of the jacket..
 
Long ago, wars ravaged the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. Then the giant, forbidding Allanon reveals that 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 true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.
 
Soon a Skull Bearer, dread minion of a mighty evil, flies into the Vale, seeking to destroy Shea. To save his home, Shea must flee, drawing the Skull Bearer after him in menacing pursuit.
 
Thus begins the enthralling Shannara epic, a spellbinding tale of adventure, magic, and myth.
 
PRAISE FOR TERRY BROOKS
 
" The Sword of Shannara is an unforgettable and wildly entertaining epic, animated by Terry Brooks's cosmically generative imagination and storytelling joy. This was one of my favorite fictional worlds growing up, and I look forward to many return trips."--Karen Russell, New York Times bestselling author of Swamplandia!

"Terry Brooks has been my constant companion over a lifetime of exploring my beloved fantasy genre. I say with all honesty I would not be writing epic fantasy today if not for Shannara. If Tolkien is the grandfather of modern fantasy, Terry Brooks is its favorite uncle."--Peter V. Brett, New York Times bestselling author of The Desert Spear
 
"I can't even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks's books I've read (and reread) over the years. From Shannara to Landover, his work was a huge part of my childhood."--Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind
 
"Terry Brooks is a master of the craft and a trailblazer who established fantasy as a viable genre. Not only do I owe him for many hours of reading pleasure, I owe him my job. He is required reading."--Brent Weeks, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Angel Trilogy
 
"The Shannara books were among the first to really capture my imagination. I didn't just enjoy reading the novels--the world became so real that I would spend hours creating Shannara fan-fiction in my mind. My daydreams and therefore my stories will always owe a debt to Terry Brooks."--Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Beyonders and Fablehaven series
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2012.
Edition: 35th anniversary ed.
ISBN: 9780345535139
0345535138
Characteristics: xiii, 523 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hildebrandt, Tim
Hildebrandt, Greg
Alternative Title: Sword of Shannara

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Oct 12, 2013

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.

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