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Guest Reviewed by Grant Neame
TITLE: The Sword of Shannara
AUTHOR: Terry Brooks
PUBLISHER: Del Rey
SYNOPSIS: Long ago, the wars of ancient Evil had ruined the world and forced mankind to compete with many other races – gnomes, trolls, dwarfs and elves. But in peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knew little of such troubles.
Then came the giant, forbidding Allanon, possessed of strange Druidic powers, to reveal that the supposedly dead Warlock Lord was plotting to destroy 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. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rested the hope of all races.
Soon a Skull Bearer, dread minion of Evil, flew into the Vale, seeking to destroy Shea. To save the Vale, Shea flees, drawing the Skull Bearer after him.
Thus begins the seemingly hopeless quest of a simple man against the greatest power of Evil the world has ever known.
NUMBER OF PAGES: 726
How I Discovered or Acquired This Book: Borrowed from a friend 1982.
When & Where Read: At home; on holiday numerous times; over 30 years.
Noteworthy Experiences While Reading This Book: N/A
Check Out Author’s Other Books or Related Books? Yes.
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Plot Development: 9/10
Ease of Reading: 9/10
Recommend This Book? Yes. To Whom? All readers of fantasy.
Notes and Opinions: This book started my journey through the fantasy world of Terry Brooks. It is a classic tale of good vs. evil told with the skill of a good storyteller. The story centres on Shea Omsford who finds he is the heir of the House of Shannara and must wield a sword to defeat an evil druid called Brona. His journey, along with his companions which includes his brother is long and arduous. The secretive Druid Allanon, who persuaded Shea to undertake his quest, is a dark and mysterious figure who at times appears to be as bad as Brona. The story moves at a good pace, interweaving various plotlines in such a way as to keep you reading to find out what happens. Thoroughly recommended.
Overall Rating: 5 stars