Long ago, the world of the Four Lands was torn apart by the wars of ancient Evil. But in the Vale, the half-human, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford now lives in peace - until the mysterious, forbidding figure of the druid Allanon appears, to reveal that the supposedly long-dead Warlock Lord lives again.
Shea must embark upon the elemental quest to find the only weapon powerful enough to keep the creatures of darkness at bay: the fabled Sword of Shannara.
The Sword of Shannara is the first volume of the classic series that has become one of the most popular fantasy tales of all time. A masterful work from a master storyteller.
©1977 Terry Brooks (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.
"A marvellous fantasy trip." (Frank Herbert)
"Confirms Terry's place at the head of the fantasy world." (Philip Pullman)
"If Harry Potter has given you a thirst for fantasy and you have not discovered the magic of Terry Brooks, you are in for a treat." (Rocky Mountain News)
Seems like I've read this before... A band of heroes (of multiple races I might add) seeking a ancient relic that has the power to destroy an evil warlock (sound familiar yet???) while being chased by the warlocks powerful henchmen.
All in all its not a bad story at all its just too similar to LoTR to bother with.
Scott Brick doesn't make the story any more appealing offering only two different styles of voice, pathetic and weak for all of the non-warrior characters and deep and gruff for the stronger more "manly" characters. Found it hard to differentiate between half of the non-warrior characters because of their annoying high pitched whiney British accents...
In summary, don't waste your time with this poorly voiced LoTR ripoff.
I read this book years ago when I was a teenager and I feel like I've just revisited a long lost friend... great book...
"a great listen"
a great listen the reader was fantastic looking forward to the next one a really great book
After seeing such high reviews I decided to give this a shot.
The story is shocking. Without posting spoilers characters are one dimensional and predictable but the worse thing is the diversity of the characters. In this entire book there is only one female, who isn't a character in her own right but just an object to be lusted after/desired.
The one plus. Brilliant Narration on what is poor source material.
"absolutely fantastic. narrated perfectly also! !"
one of the best books on audible without a doubt! would recommend it to everyone and already have!
If you're a fan of Tolkien or Martin then you will like this. Brooks is a great writer with a habit of using words to much but that's not really a problem.
If you are look for an enjoyable book this is it.
Firstly this is the first audio book I haven't finished, which taken some of the rubbish I have listened to is saying something.
The over description of everything is painful, I think I gave up at the 50th mention of the "Great Ash Bow" ok Mr Brooks I've got it the first time, the subsequent descriptive repetitions are totally unnecessary.
Having just finished the Justin Cronin series expertly read by Scott Brick I am totally disappointed with his efforts as well. Maybe he was as bored as I was.
Anyway I won't be finishing the series, I have a good idea how it'll finish anyway. (Mount Doom with a character like gollumn perhaps)
My advice is avoid and re read Lord of the rings.
I loved it. struggled with the narrator at first as he uses American pronunciation but I got over that.
"Very detailed fantasy story"
Really enjoyed listening to this book. It has very long chapters due to all the details the writer has included. Very gripping book would recommend.
"Good but a bit slow and dated now."
No, I'm moving onto the second in the trilogy before watching the TV series.
It was a story of comradeship as much as it was about an adventure by a bunch of unlikely heroes.
It was a bit slow at times but picked up the pace as it went on and the characters developed.
At times it repeated the word "ominous" far too much and showed its age as it was quite likely one of the earliest fantasy adventures to be published and read so widely at the time of the original print.
ok I guess for a fantasy novel, Hard not to think of lord of the rings. the concept of the world is good had some scenes that was interesting but mostly I found It painfully hard to finish. left me un satisfied
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