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 ...Show synopsisLong 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. THE SWORD OF SHANNARA is the first volume of the classic series that has become one of the most popular fantasy tales of all time. A masterful work from a master storyteller.Hide synopsis
Description:Fair. Book is well read but remains a good reading copy with...Fair. Book is well read but remains a good reading copy with all of the pages and binding intact. The spine has bends and the cover has wear from reading including rubbing and bends. May have writing or highlighting. Quick response.
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Description:Near Fine. Book. Signed by Author(s) An Excellent Copy-To Bob,...Near Fine. Book. Signed by Author(s) An Excellent Copy-To Bob, Magic Always-By The Author On The Title Page. A 39Th Printing. Book Is In Near Fine Condition. Boards Are Clean, Not Bumped. Fore Edges Have A Tiny Bit Of Shelf Wear. Interior Is Clean And Legible. Not Remaindered. Thanks And Enjoy.
Description:Good. No Dustjacket. 1990. 726 pages. Signed by the author....Good. No Dustjacket. 1990. 726 pages. Signed by the author. Pictorial cards. Pages lightly tanned throughout. Tape to inside covers. Author's signature to title page dated 11-91. Cards display minor edge wear, light creasing to corners and along front of spine. Spine uncreased.
Description:Good in Good jacket. Book. Inscribed by Author(s) Bookclub ed....Good in Good jacket. Book. Inscribed by Author(s) Bookclub ed. Good/Good condition, heavy over all wear to book and dustjacket, previous owner name and date on FEP. Inscribed by author on title page.
Description:Collectible-Very Good in Very Good jacket. 8vo-8"-9" Tall....Collectible-Very Good in Very Good jacket. 8vo-8"-9" Tall. Inscribed and Signed By Author First printing of the Ballantine edition. Boards are rubbed. Shows reader's use and handling. Inscribed by Terry Brooks on title page. 726pp. Dust jacket is well rubbed at corners and offered in a new mylar cover. Jacket art by the Hildebrandts.
I got maybe a third of the way into this book before giving up in disgust. The whole book doesn't appear to entirely rip-off "Fellowship of the Ring," but the exposition most certainly does. (meek but noble hero, even meeker brother/loyal friend cleaves to his side, evil creatures tracking hero down close to home, etc. etc.) The ridiculous similarities were a huge distraction, but that's not what bothered me most. Even once the quasi-plagiarism tapered off and the original work began, the characters were flat and predictable and I just could not maintain any interest in the story.
When the Sword of Shannara came out in 1977 the most popular fantasy at the time
was The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Terry Brooks' wrote a
very good book on writing and he wrote to me that although some fans of Tolkien's
books feel like his Shannara is a ripoff it didn't matter because his fans liked his
books and that is all that matters. I read the Sword of Shannara triology and the
Heritage of Shannara trilogy and found no similarities between Tolkien and Brooks.
Tolkien's books are based on a language system whereas Brooks' books are based
on good old fashion adventure stories that he read as a child. I would also tend to
believe that there is a general domain for books writing about supernatural creatures.
I reread the first Sword of Shannara and never get tired of it. The fantasy elements of
Tolkien are there but they are pure Brooks' creations. They both stand alone. I would
recommend both authors to anyone.
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