“Good book”Richard Bokodi wrote this review Monday, September 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I've heard this book compared to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings--it's comparable all right, and it's not in Sword of Shannara's favor. I've read the book was the first fantasy to make it on the New York Times bestseller list. I can only speculate it was a matter of timing--that in the late seventies the fantasy reading public was hungry for an epic fantasy along Lord of the Rings lines--and here we have a quest, a Dark Lord and a group of heroes traveling together in almost a one to one correspondence with the Fellowship of the Ring including a wizard, a dwarf, more than one elf and more than one Prince of the blood. It's far too easy to match up the Tolkien characters with their Brooks counterparts: Gandalf (Allanon), Sam (Flick), Frodo (Shea), Sauron (Brona), Aragorn (Balinor), Boromir (Menion), Gimli (Hendel), Legolas (Durin and Dayel--brothers who are indistinguishable and interchangeable), Gollum (Orl Fane) and the Nazgûl (Skull Bearers). Even places and matters of plot can be matched point for point. I can't recall ever reading such a blatant rip-off.
Except that compared to a Gandolf or Frodo, these characters come across as stock, the plot and themes as shallow as a video game, and unlike Tolkien, who has memorable scenes and lines, the writing here isn't even workmanlike, with a shoddy omniscient point of view and a style that hits every branch on the clunker tree out of guides of how not to write.
I only stayed beyond page 50 of this because I wanted to give what I know some see as a beloved book a fair chance. Then I pushed beyond 200 pages out of curiosity if a female would get a speaking part--because at that point, were it not for a brief scene with a female monster that almost traps one character and a mention by another character he had a sweetie at home (and that the central character once had a mother) I might have thought they only had one gender in this fantasy world. Even Tolkien, who I thought slighted female characters, did much, much better than that. (Even books set on ships at sea and monasteries tend to do better than that). Finally, a female character did show up--on page 456 of 726--naturally to be rescued. I gave up. I will not be reading more Terry Brooks.”
-Shea, the main character did not understand what was going to happen in her world. Than a giant prevents Allanon releasing the information that the Warlock Lord was planning to annihilate the world.
-Cross Curricular: English
-Derived from Lord of the Rings”
“When I first read it as a teenager, I didn't pick up on all the brazen similarities between this book and the Lord of the Rings. But with the benefit of now being MUCH more familiar with the latter, I'm sitting here shaking my head wondering how he got away with it.
This is essentially a condensed version of the exact same story. A dark lord who was once defeated has risen again, seeking out a magical talisman and its innocent bearer, to prevent it being used against him in the war to come. A druid (wizard) comes to realize what is happening and seeks out the bearer and the talisman, setting the story in motion. The bearer, his life in danger, sets forth on a quest to destroy the dark lord with a group of his peace-loving friends, in the company of the druid, a dwarf, an elf or 2, and the heir to the throne of Gond.... er, I mean Callahorn. They're chased by dark minions, the wizard falls to what seems like his death (but makes a return), the group is split up, the bearer has to complete a long trek to the desolate land of the dark lord accompanied by a treacherous gnome who's been driven mad by his possession of the magical talisman, the remainder of the company prepares a defense against the massive dark army that sets siege to the walled city that represents the last bastion of defense against the dark lord's conquest of the land. Any of this sounding familiar?
Honestly, knowing the stories as well as I now do, I had to drop my original rating down to 2 stars. As a standalone, it's an adequately-told (although a bit amateur) story with a good background and a rolling pace that doesn't let up. I found it really enjoyable my first time through. But taking it in context with how much of the story was shamelessly ripped off, it becomes almost impossible to get through the story without being a bit miffed.
Brooks has more than redeemed himself with his later works, but this one is nothing more than a great example of how NOT to be so heavily influenced by another author.”
“It almost reminded me of Lord of the Rings, but it was still really good. I have found my new series! It has been awhile since I have found a series that I have been able to lose myself in, so it was very nice.”Sami Alyx wrote this review Sunday, June 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is the start of an epic journey that turns into so much more than you could ever imagine when starting this book. Each character must overcome their own daemons and this makes them all the more human as they try to live up to whatever destiny has planned for them ”Ian wrote this review Sunday, April 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this series when I was a teenager so thought I'd pick them up again. Still great book after all these years.”Ginny Erbe wrote this review Sunday, March 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“the sword is cool terry i lov u thsi boook makes me horny”Ben Cretors wrote this review Monday, March 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Such a good book! Starts off not that interesting and moves into very interesting. Had a hard time putting it down. Really enjoyed it. The end definitely keeps you interested in the series and makes you want to read the next book to find out what happens. ”Monique wrote this review Friday, February 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No