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THE PHENOMENAL EPIC OF GOOD AND EVIL LIKE IT'S NEVER BEEN EXPERIENCED BEFORE

Thirty-five years ago, Terry Brooks brought to life a dazzling world in The Sword of Shannara. Nineteen more Shannara volumes would follow, making the series one of the most popular fantasy epics of all time. Now comes a fully annotated collector's edition of the novel that started it all—featuring never-before-shared insights into the classic tale, an all-new introduction by the New York Times bestselling author, and replicas of the original sketches for some of the long-lost, black-and-white paintings by the Brothers Hildebrandt that decorated the original edition, and a replica of the original Hildebrandt central color plate on the back of the jacket..

Long ago, wars ravaged the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. Then the giant, forbidding Allanon reveals that 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 true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.

Soon a Skull Bearer, dread minion of a mighty evil, flies into the Vale, seeking to destroy Shea. To save his home, Shea must flee, drawing the Skull Bearer after him in menacing pursuit.

Thus begins the enthralling Shannara epic, a spellbinding tale of adventure, magic, and myth.
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As someone whose read both, yes there are similarities.
There's elves, dwarves- mythical creatures etc.
A bodiless spirit that is the antagonist
A need to get a relic to save the world (sword vs ring)

It's a genre. Get over it. While sword of shannara is not my favorite of the trilogy (Elfstones of Shannara is), I would just say it's a genre of books.

If you're into fantasy, give it a try for $3. But again, just like anime has that whole isekai trope, it's easy to fall to 'its a rip off of lotr'. Just read it with an open mind for the adventure. which heck, is the whole reason of reading.
I have read many MANY of the Shannara books and it's clear that Brooks was really testing the waters with this book. The next two in the series (Elfstones and Wishsong), however, are MUCH better. The Scions of Shannara series which follows that initial trilogy are some of my favorite fantasy books that I have ever read. So think of Sword of Shannara as a bumpy entry into an otherwise amazing fantasy series.
This book was written by an author who was clearly influenced by Tolkien & LOTR, however it has very little in common to be a poor imitation, aside from the fantasy tropes and races that Tolkien cemented as staples of the genre.

I prefer Brooks' Word & Void series, which takes place in modern times, and is a distant prequel to Shannara but the Shannara series is good, and living in the PNW, I enjoy how the author has set many of his stories in familiar settings.

While not the best the genre has to offer, I would recommend without hesitation to a fan of high fantasy fiction. Particularly for this price point.

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I would not recommend this book to anyone. This is a very, very poor imitation of the LotR.
As someone whose read both, yes there are similarities.
There's elves, dwarves- mythical creatures etc.
A bodiless spirit that is the antagonist
A need to get a relic to save the world (sword vs ring)

It's a genre. Get over it. While sword of shannara is not my favorite of the trilogy (Elfstones of Shannara is), I would just say it's a genre of books.

If you're into fantasy, give it a try for $3. But again, just like anime has that whole isekai trope, it's easy to fall to 'its a rip off of lotr'. Just read it with an open mind for the adventure. which heck, is the whole reason of reading.
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I would not recommend this book to anyone. This is a very, very poor imitation of the LotR.
This book was written by an author who was clearly influenced by Tolkien & LOTR, however it has very little in common to be a poor imitation, aside from the fantasy tropes and races that Tolkien cemented as staples of the genre.

I prefer Brooks' Word & Void series, which takes place in modern times, and is a distant prequel to Shannara but the Shannara series is good, and living in the PNW, I enjoy how the author has set many of his stories in familiar settings.

While not the best the genre has to offer, I would recommend without hesitation to a fan of high fantasy fiction. Particularly for this price point.
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I would not recommend this book to anyone. This is a very, very poor imitation of the LotR.
Heh, I felt much the same way. Is it the author's first attempt? He did keep writing (good for him, I enjoyed "Magic Kingdom for Sale"). There were a lot of elements I enjoyed, though -- most of the book was fun. The catch is the ending, though; it's just so self-contradictory and felt lazy.
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It's a strange that the show was cancelled because MTV opted for a cast that looked better than it could act. It's a good story.
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I have read many MANY of the Shannara books and it's clear that Brooks was really testing the waters with this book. The next two in the series (Elfstones and Wishsong), however, are MUCH better. The Scions of Shannara series which follows that initial trilogy are some of my favorite fantasy books that I have ever read. So think of Sword of Shannara as a bumpy entry into an otherwise amazing fantasy series.
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I have read many MANY of the Shannara books and it's clear that Brooks was really testing the waters with this book. The next two in the series (Elfstones and Wishsong), however, are MUCH better. The Scions of Shannara series which follows that initial trilogy are some of my favorite fantasy books that I have ever read. So think of Sword of Shannara as a bumpy entry into an otherwise amazing fantasy series.
Plus he went on to create many trilogies set in the same universe. It's too bad that he is bringing the world of Shannara to a close with his latest books.
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I enjoyed these books as a teen. It's interesting to read them now and compare how I imagined it then vs now. It's quite different. I personally enjoy Terry Brooks writing because it paints a picture in my mind, but to each their own.
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I wanted to pick this up, but didn't because people said the annotation was really obnoxious in this edition.
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Thanks for posting.
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It's a strange that the show was cancelled because MTV opted for a cast that looked better than it could act. It's a good story.
The first season was good (I noticed that it was written by the same guy who wrote Marvel's Iron Man-- no wonder), but the second season went downhill fast. That's probably why it was cancelled.
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I enjoyed these as a kid. Agree that this isn't as good as his others. I appreciate the tempo vs LotR. Wishsong was my favorite. Scion Capital was named after his books...
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Forgot.. I bought the allanon.net domain like 20 years ago and still use it for email aliases... Guess I really liked the series Smilie
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