“My first introduction to the great author, Terry Brooks. He is very good at developing his characters.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I found the story a bit formulaic and the writing did not grab me, I felt as if I was reading a book that was retelling a story that was a bit worn”see full review » see other reviews »
“My first introduction to the great author, Terry Brooks. He is very good at developing his characters.”David Kocinski wrote this review Sunday, December 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of my favorite series' that I've read throughout the years. I prefer it to the Lord of the Rings series actually.”Scotty B. wrote this review Friday, December 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of my favorite fantasy series!”Berley Kerr wrote this review Wednesday, November 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I admit that it took me a few years to get around to actually reading this one all the way through—I was constantly acquiring new books and could not focus on the first book of the series; it was slower than most and had difficulty holding my attention. I recently decided to take up this famous work again, and this time I would not stray until it was completed.
The similarities between The Sword of Shannara Trilogy and another famous body of work can be found at every turn while searching the internet. I can understand how one could find many likenesses in the two, but then again the same can be said for any epic written after the time of Tolkien. Anyone dismissing this as just an imitation is truly missing out on an entertaining adventure.
THE SWORD OF SHANNARA
The quest of an unexpected human searching Earth for a Talisman of great strength—the only object to wither the power and grasp of an ancient evil.
It has been centuries since the fall of the modern world. Technology as we know it has fallen and has sent Earth into a time similar to the medieval era.
The story begins with a mysterious, forbidding, cloaked man arriving in a small village with a message of warning. That message is intended for a young boy by the name of Shea Ohmsford. Turns out he has a much greater purpose in this new world than anyone could have foreseen. There is an ancient evil—once banished—that has returned to the Earth, and Shea alone holds the key to unlock the power to defeat it.
And thus begins an exciting adventure, following this young boy who has been thrown into an all new world from the likes he is used to—with dangers at every turn and new, relatable allies to aide the cause of his journey.
The characters are well imagined—some more-so than others—and are believable in their actions and growth. There are some slow parts throughout, but if you can break through those then you are in for a treat.
THE ELFSTONES OF SHANNARA
It has been fifty years since the events of The Sword of Shannara. All has been calm and peaceful, until the mysterious, forbidding, cloaked man once again arrives with dire news.
The ancient Forbidding—created long ago by the elves—that has locked away the demons of history has been breached. The only hope for salvation rests in the unsuspecting hands of a young elven girl. Joining alongside her is Wil—grandson of the renowned Shea Ohmsford—equipped with a Talisman once wielded by his grandfather.
This is a much faster read than it's predecessor—no slow parts here. The protagonists are constantly on the run from an unrelenting entity that is hell-bent on their destruction.
I developed feelings for these characters in their pursuit of a cure for the races. Heart thumping through harrowing chases of uncertainty. The characters are greatly imagined and their growth throughout the journey is believable and relateable, as seems to be the case with any character created by Terry Brooks.
THE WISHSONG OF SHANNARA
Starting out in much the same way as the previous two titles, this one did not readily grab my full attention. The pace reverts back to the slower parts of The Sword of Shannara; very disappointing after finishing the much faster paced second book in this series.
The characters are well perceived, as usual; however, the secondary characters seemed to take center focus over the main protagonists. That being said, it wasn't a bad thing at all, seeing as the two main characters were the most annoying of the group.
I really felt as if—minus the last thirty pages or so—this book really served no purpose to the overall story. Sure, by itself it would be a good read, but as the conclusion to a trilogy it was really a letdown.”
“I found the story a bit formulaic and the writing did not grab me, I felt as if I was reading a book that was retelling a story that was a bit worn”Mercedes S wrote this review Thursday, September 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read it during my period of obsession with fantasy books. I enjoyed it and will possibly revisit sometime. ”Jiatao Cheng wrote this review Sunday, July 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good story”Juan wrote this review Sunday, July 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“another excellent read”Cheetohs Morzode wrote this review Monday, June 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Didn't finish. It was as if the author was beating me with fantasy cliches. Poorly written, long winded descriptions, with forgettable, uninteresting and thoroughly over used characters. The first 70 pages is essentially Lord of the Rings; that's as far as I could manage before giving up. Felt like it was trying very, very hard to be 'fantasy'.”Beargoat wrote this review Wednesday, May 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is about a boy named Shea. Shea lives with his step-brother and his father. But when a man in a black robe rides into town, his life is turned upside down. Shea must then travel across the vast region he lives in to stop a great and powerful evil from arising once more. This book is great for fantasy readers that like a challenge. Its lexile level is 1220 and its point value is 57.”Clayham "Other" Johnson wrote this review Wednesday, April 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No