The Sword of Shannara - Terry Brooks

The Sword of Shannara

By Terry Brooks

  • Release Date: 1978-04-12
  • Genre: Epic
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 161 Ratings)


The Sword of Shannara is the first volume of the classic series that has becomeone of the most popular fantasy tales of all time.

Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake.The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a trueheir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline,rests the hope of all the races.

Thus begins the enthralling Shannara epic,a spellbinding tale of adventure, magic, and myth . . .

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Terry Brooks's The Measure of the Magic.


  • Great Book

    By ElDude89
    I have never been a big sci-fi person but this book was a great read. Brooks does an awesome job developing the characters and keep the story interesting despite some 700+ pages. Many say it's a LoR rip off but at most I would say LoR was an inspiration. Middle earth and hobbits are boring. This series has much more interesting characters: Druids, Eventine, and the border legion.
  • On the Edge on my sit

    By P Carl
    This book is full adventure around every corner and written so well that you truly believe that you are right in the middle of it all. Not a single page of this book leaves you bored but finds you longing to turn the page to find out what happens next. A must read.
  • I give this book 1,000,000,000,000,000 STARS!!!

    By Shannaraaddicted
    After watching The Shannara Chronicles I just had to read this book!!! I'm not much of a reader so I mean it when I say this book was amazing. I couldn't put it down!!! I read the whole book in less than two weeks!!! Now I am truly looking forward to the rest of the Shannara book!! P.s. Watching the show first made it really awesome to picture the characters and the land and EVERYTHING!!
  • No cover

    By Hawktale
    Great book, wanted to re read it, but it doesn't seem to come with the proper cover, just plain green with white print. Can this be fixed?
  • Still a favorite!

    By Dude! Sweet!
    You know how you can sit and read most books and remember every last detail? 12 years ago I read this book, and even now I'd have to say its one of my favorites! The journey that Shea Ohmsford takes is described so intricately that I would often get lost in the text through my imagination and have to go back and reread it... This is definitely worth your time. Enjoy!
  • Transported Away from my reality

    By Dan Dalluge
    To a wonderful world of fantasy, magic and sword! I loved the entire series. If you have read through the Brooks collection give R.A Salvatore a try as well.
  • Disliked It Even When I Was Young

    By Corpsecorps
    Found this to be a flat, uninvolving Tolkien rip-off. Haven't dared to read a Brooks novel since.
  • Love it!!

    By Spottedpool
    I love it!! Such a great story, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy stories.
  • EPIC

    By Tangomm
    One of the first sci/fi fantasy books I read and from that point Mr. Brooks had me hooked
  • Awesome!

    By Malakaz
    15 years ago The Sword of Shanarra was the first fantasy novel I have read. Terry Brooks opened my eyes to the world of fantasy and I was hooked! And yet after all these years this book still amazes me! Great read and I can't wait to read his newer novels!