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ISBN: 080852125X / ISBN-13: 9780808521259

The Sword of Shannara

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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 synopsis

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  • The Sword of Shannara (Turtleback Books) – Hardcover (1983)
    by Terry Brooks

    The Sword of Shannara

    Hardcover, Turtleback Books
    1983
    English
    Turtleback School & Library ed.
    726 pages

    ISBN: 080852125X
    ISBN-13: 9780808521259

    An epic fantasy of gnomes, trolls, dwarfs and elves in which a simple man, Shea Ohmsford, is pitted against the greatest power of evil the world has ever known.

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Reviews of The Sword of Shannara

Overall customer rating: 4.000
Ellyb

If it quacks like a duck...

by Ellyb on Mar 17, 2008

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.

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Ron Townsend

A stand alone

by Ron Townsend on Jul 12, 2007

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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