“it was a really awsome series”Collin W wrote this review Wednesday, December 9, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Better series than Lord of the Rings”Zac M wrote this review Wednesday, November 18, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great fantasy. ”Maureen C wrote this review Saturday, October 31, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was a great book and i got it signed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”Amelia P wrote this review Monday, October 26, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Shea and Flick Ohmsford are visited by the mysterious druid Allanon. They are told that Shea is a descendant of the once king of the elves, Jerle Shannara. An anceint evil from the spirit world named the Warlock Lord threatens the four lands. The only thing to save them is to find the Sword of Shannara and use it against the Warlock Lord. Read to find out how Allanon, Shea, Flick, and many others work their way to finding the Sword of Shannara and to conquer the Warlock Lord.”Tristanna K wrote this review Thursday, October 8, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“very good...very long but very good!”Britta H wrote this review Tuesday, September 15, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My favorite fantasy novels of all time!! ”Cheryl G wrote this review Thursday, September 3, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Seems like a Lord of the Rings clone, yet delightfully not.”William K wrote this review Wednesday, July 29, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great trilogy, I am going to have to continue on with this series, if only to get my wife off my back”Gerry D wrote this review Monday, July 27, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“These were the first fantasy books I read as a kid, and that's why I suffered through the series again. I gave it a three, because I DID read it, although I couldn't finish Wishsong. It just was too bad. Here's why:
- Brooks copies Tolkien, it's annoying because Tolkien was good.
- All three of these books have a formula that becomes laughable by the third: reluctant kid is approached by the all-knowing Allanon who says he/she is special and must go on a journey; kid doesn't want to go; monsters come to find the kind so kid must flee OR kid decides to go but doesn't know why; a quest-journey ensues and usually a physical war against evil; kid saves the world; the end.
- The characters are one-dimensional; they have no motives. I can't tell you how many times other characters have commented that this other character does this or that and they don't know why. No one knows why anyone cries or is angry or loves or anything in these books! It's all a mystery. Maybe in the case of one character the mystery is necessary (Allanon for instance), but everyone? Come on. I think the writer is lazy. Seriously, dude, you are not exempt from making good characters because this is fantasy.
- I love nature. I spend a lot of time in nature. For a writer who spends such a large quantity of his words describing nature (be forewarned for those who do NOT like reading about leaves and streams), Brooks makes me feel nothing. It is not evocative and I'm not sure it even comes from a person who's spent time in nature.
- I'm a classic lit fan. I love great style and can recognize it. Brooks is either mediocre (which is fine as this is not supposed to be Shakespeare) or sub-par (which is bad because it actually jars me out of the story to notice some weird turn of phrase or some particularly redundant paragraph). I have not read Brooks' later stuff, so I'm hoping he eventually progressed as a writer.
All in all if you're not too picky and just want a good story, go for it. If you are a serious fan of Tolkien or just the English language in general, I would advise against it. There are many other fantasy books out there written better.”