“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
“When I wasn't living in LOTR, I was in Shannara. That sums up my teenage days.”Tara_Indooi wrote this review Sunday, February 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“i read J.R.Tolkins The Hobbit when i was in High school & i really enjoyed it & i've been wanting to read more Fantasy books but i'm not sure who is a good author...??....IS Terry Brooks 1??”Paula D Rooks wrote this review Monday, December 26, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Kept getting distracted by how much it was a retelling of Lord of the rings. Just shorter.”Stacy H wrote this review Monday, October 10, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Terry Brooks got me hooked on fantasy some 25 years ago, and I still consider him my most favorite of authors. I hope eventually to get back to the original trilogy to read it again, remembering how I use to lock myself away as a teen to read all of these first books and looking forward to doing it again as a "grown up".”BookNookNut wrote this review Tuesday, October 4, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I can't believe this Lord of the Rings knock-off made the New York Times Best Seller list. This was not just inspired by Tolkein, it's a complete rip-off, except that none of the characters a likeable in any way. I decided not to read the rest of the trilogy.”JM wrote this review Wednesday, September 14, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Sword of Shannara Terry brooks 1191 pages
The thing I would want to ask the author about is why he didn’t put a map of the Westland in the book. That was where the whole of the second book took place. I had to picture it in my mind’s eye. I had trouble figuring out where things were because they overlapped and then jumped ahead. I would like to see the map in future books printed.
My favorite character had to be Wil Ohmsford. He is the main character in the second book. I feel I can relate to him. He is a healer studying with the world most advanced healers, the Stors. Allanon came and asked him to go on a quest to find the bloodfire in the deep westland. He is a courageous young adult caught between the struggle of the demons and their wrath towards the elves who imprisoned them, and the elves who try to keep their homeland free.
The character that changed the most would have to be Brin Ohmsford in the second book. Brin is the daughter of Wil, and has the magic ability of the wishsong. An ability where you wish for something, sing and it comes true. Brin realizes that it is only a toy and stops using it. When Allanon comes and asks her to go on this quest to destroy the ildatch, a magical book that keeps getting the Ohmsfords into trouble, she doesn’t think that the wishsong is strong enough. On the way, she finds not only is it strong enough, she can calm animals, and kill others who try to harm her and her company.
I think that in this book, there is a lot of off and on periods. Where you want to stop reading, then you can’t stop reading. I feel that in a lot of the situations that the characters are put into, I would react differently. In one of the books, Wil uses the Elfstones, a powerful talisman created in the magic times of Faeri, to destroy the reaper, a demon who was tracking them from the Stor village. I think I would have taken every one and gotten out, then in broad daylight, attacked him, where the others could run for help, while I struggle. They can free themselves.
This was a very good book. I would recommend it to all who like fantasy and adventure. The downside to this book is that it is so descriptive; you don’t use your imagination to think of the characters.
“I LOVE THIS SERIES EVEN MORE THAN LORD OF THE RINGS!!!!!!!”Erin wrote this review Friday, August 12, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“dripping with underlying liberal political theory. very drab and dull, almost elementary prose; and the drawings contained in the edition I have are simply horrible. I will not read the rest of this series.”Sean G wrote this review Wednesday, December 29, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No