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  • Author: Terry Brooks
  • Publish Date: 1983-07-12
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    Reviews/Comments On sword of shannara


    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful
    RE: Beginner Fantasy Books
    By: Anonymous
    2012-10-01 01:31:04

    A lot of Brooks's other stuff is better. This is too much of a Lord of the Rings clone. His other work isn't as derivative.

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    By: Anonymous
    2012-10-27 11:35:21

    I used to like Brooks when I was 11. The original Shannara series was good (I haven't read LotR yet at that point), didn't really like Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold, absolutely loved Word and Void. Then he just keeps churning out more and more Shannara and nothing new. I mean, seriously? The first sequel (can't remember the name, the one to do with the scions of shannara) was ok, I gave up on the rest. And he's still writing Shannara. For the sake of Word and Void, I don't think he deserves to be in the bottom list, but neither does he belong in the top either

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    By: Anonymous
    2012-11-23 08:11:33

    Terry Brooks does not deserve to be on any "worst ever" list, his books are amazing. That being said I liked this book the least out of all of the books he has written but it is definitely not "bad"

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    RE: Worst Fantasy Books Ever
    By: Anonymous
    2012-11-29 07:59:35

    We have to give our thanks to Brooks for all epic fantasy passed Tolkien. If not for him no authors or publishing companies would've acknowledged the market of post Tolkien fantasy giving room for Fiest, Williams, Jordan and Martin. Given that Sword of Shannara was basically a LOTR copy but used as a foundation for something much greater.

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    RE: Worst Fantasy Books Ever
    By: Daevor
    2012-12-06 12:39:46

    The Shannara books were highly entertaining (and scary! I remember being freaked out) when I was 10~13 years old. It's a good (early) teenage read.

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    By: Anonymous
    2013-01-23 12:34:50

    His writing style is not terrible, but it is such a Lord of the Rings rip off!

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    By: Anonymous
    2014-12-31 06:40:47

    While I am not a fan of the Sword of Shannara or any of his newer manufactured Shannara crap, I would recommend people to check out his Talisman series and the Elfstones.

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    By: Anonymous
    2015-01-28 11:20:11

    I actually liked the first two books in the series. Granted I read them when I was in high school and in love with all fantasy. I recently tried to re-read the first book again and realized it is not all that good, so this series definitely does not age well compared to Tolkien or Martin's works. Or perhaps it is better suited to someone who likes a good read but is not well-versed in the fantasy world so they can enjoy it as is and not compare it to better books.

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    By: Scott
    2015-03-11 02:42:14

    As a kid I finished LOTR and I wanted something else that would give me the same feeling as LOTR. The Sword of Shannarah did it for me. I thought I'd try reading it again as an adult, and I made it about 40 pages into the book and gave up. I can't believe I didn't see just how derivative these books are.

    Just read all the existing Kingkiller Chronicles books--now that's some good writing. Wow!

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    By: Ron
    2015-11-03 01:47:34

    The Sword of Shannara was published in 1977 and triggered the whole 80's craze in the first place because it was so successful. At least get your facts straight when you rip a book.

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    By: Anonymous
    2016-10-18 11:59:12

    I know that I have read the Shannara trilology, but I honestly don't remember a single thing about it. There was some elf girl and they were looking for something...possibly.

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    By: Anonymous
    2016-11-24 12:37:51

    Is Terry Brooks interested in the struggles alcoholics face? I was put off by the fact that one of the main characters is named Alanon, short for Alcoholics Anonymous. Even at tyhe age of 12, I found his writing ability to be extremely bad. In fact, this book is used as a case study in a writing course. It is presented as an example of painfully bad writing and passages are discussed in terms of what NOT to do when writing.

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