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Ancient Evil threatens the Elves: The ancient tree created by long-lost Elven magic, is dying. When Wil Ohmsford is summoned to guard the Amberle on a perilous quest to gather a new seed for a new tree, he is faced with the Reaper, the most fearsome of all Demons. And Wil is without power to control them....


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Ancient Evil threatens the Elves: The ancient tree created by long-lost Elven magic, is dying. When Wil Ohmsford is summoned to guard the Amberle on a perilous quest to gather a new seed for a new tree, he is faced with the Reaper, the most fearsome of all Demons. And Wil is without power to control them....

30 review for The Elfstones of Shannara: An Epic Fantasy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    This was so much better than book one, but I still didn't love it. I do think it'll be translated well into a television show and I'm looking forward to seeing how it's adapted. Unfortunately I do think this will be the last Terry Brooks book I read. It wasn't a terrible read and I actually enjoyed the story! I just don't think his writing style is for me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Thank the lord that's over.... Just watch the show. Seriously.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aishu Rehman

    This one is little deeper and had some really nice magical moments. I was very entranced with the story and was excited to pick it up again each night. If you like the fantasy genre, this is another nice add to your collection. There are some interesting characters in this book. Some heartache, loss and sadness. A good amount of magic, intrigue, mystery make this a fun read. Plus, there are dwarves. What story isn't instantly made better with dwarves? It did end a bit abruptly, but I still enjoy This one is little deeper and had some really nice magical moments. I was very entranced with the story and was excited to pick it up again each night. If you like the fantasy genre, this is another nice add to your collection. There are some interesting characters in this book. Some heartache, loss and sadness. A good amount of magic, intrigue, mystery make this a fun read. Plus, there are dwarves. What story isn't instantly made better with dwarves? It did end a bit abruptly, but I still enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to the next book in the Sword of Shannara trilogy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ben Alderson

    Literally sobbing... That ending killed me. Love this series, my review to come on YT.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bryce

    I notice that everyone's favorite lists are riddled with the literary classics like Great Expectations or modern smartness like Middlesex. I bet far more people prefer to sit down with some Dean Koonz or a bodice ripper. So I'm going to stand up and say: I like fantasy. I read it. And I think it's good!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Connor

    [1 Star] Starting off 2016 with a bang. I hope that's not indicative of how this year will go for me. This book is definitely not for me. At first, I was intrigued. The world was cool enough. The story, promising. But soon I started to like the book less and less as I read it. The writing was not for me. It is insanely repetitive. The same story is told over and over and over. The same story is told over and over and over. The foreshadowing is clunky and blatant. Watch out! This character has so [1 Star] Starting off 2016 with a bang. I hope that's not indicative of how this year will go for me. This book is definitely not for me. At first, I was intrigued. The world was cool enough. The story, promising. But soon I started to like the book less and less as I read it. The writing was not for me. It is insanely repetitive. The same story is told over and over and over. The same story is told over and over and over. The foreshadowing is clunky and blatant. Watch out! This character has something mysterious that he will reveal in two chapters. You would only have to read the dialogue and one sentence per paragraph to know exactly what was happening which if we're being honest, isn't that much. It is predictable and so cheesy. The characters are very flat to me. I did not care about a single one of them. Overall, not a very enjoyable book, and I started skimming toward the end to just be done. I don't recommend this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cait • A Page with a View

    2.5 stars. I'm rounding up to 3 just because this was so much better than the first book (although I still wasn't very interested overall). First of all, this one is what the tv show was based on. If you're just reading these books for that reason then you can totally skip the first book. It gets summed up well enough here and these events take place 50 years later with mostly new characters anyways. Basically, an ancient magical tree is dying and all of the Chosen are dead except for the exiled 2.5 stars. I'm rounding up to 3 just because this was so much better than the first book (although I still wasn't very interested overall). First of all, this one is what the tv show was based on. If you're just reading these books for that reason then you can totally skip the first book. It gets summed up well enough here and these events take place 50 years later with mostly new characters anyways. Basically, an ancient magical tree is dying and all of the Chosen are dead except for the exiled Amberle. A guy named Wil goes off to find her and Gandalf even comes back. Everyone is THE LAST HOPE and must fulfill their individual destinies etc. I liked this one waaay more than the first book, but still think it should've been about half the length. The author certainly has a talent for dragging things out or explaining them in the most boring, repetitive way until even the most exciting plot points became mind-numbingly dull. The writing style just wasn't for me, I guess. (And Tolkien is one of my favorite authors, so I don't think this is the same kind of "slow & descriptive" style as LOTR. One is a work of art... the other is a waste of paper due to poor execution). I don't think I'll be finishing the trilogy, but did enjoy the creative world for the typical fantasy elements. And I think this would still be a fun read if you loved the show!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Yeah I read this because of the TV show that's about to come on... Sue me! so happy I did too! Can't wait to see it all play out on the big screen! 4.5 Please don't be a flop... please don't be a flop... because this could be amazing. READ THIS REVIEW AND OTHERS OVER ON OUR BLOG: SBSR SBSR SBSR  SBSR SBSR SBSR  SBSR SBSR SBSR 

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    Every bit as fascinating, fantastical and phenomenal as the first book! I was initially disappointed that this did not feature the same characters from the first installment in the trilogy, and that we would not get to see how their lives had continued to develop after the close of the book. So much time had passed between the two, in fact, that this felt more like a companion novel than a continuation of the series. I soon forgot the prior adventure had even existed, however, as I was sucked into Every bit as fascinating, fantastical and phenomenal as the first book! I was initially disappointed that this did not feature the same characters from the first installment in the trilogy, and that we would not get to see how their lives had continued to develop after the close of the book. So much time had passed between the two, in fact, that this felt more like a companion novel than a continuation of the series. I soon forgot the prior adventure had even existed, however, as I was sucked into this new surreal and incredible journey. This current set of characters became just as beloved, the world just as awe-inspiring and the adventures just as hair-raising and incredulous. Brooks has well-and-truly proven himself a new favourite of mine!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I REALLY disliked this book. Not to give anything away, but the main female character TURNS INTO A TREE at the end and the main male character (who apparently is in love with her) can only go and look at her and sigh. DUMB DUMB DUMB. I think there should be a rule against main characters turning into trees.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    I loved this book. I was a bit disappointed at the beginning when I realized that I wouldn't be reading about Shea, Flick, and Balinor, but I quickly became used to Wil and Amberle, and frankly, I found them to be much more believable and relatable characters. Shea and Flick were a bit annoying at times, and the other characters were too close to LoTR characters for me to really get close to them. This book could stand on its own, and it was a good story. I enjoyed the character development of An I loved this book. I was a bit disappointed at the beginning when I realized that I wouldn't be reading about Shea, Flick, and Balinor, but I quickly became used to Wil and Amberle, and frankly, I found them to be much more believable and relatable characters. Shea and Flick were a bit annoying at times, and the other characters were too close to LoTR characters for me to really get close to them. This book could stand on its own, and it was a good story. I enjoyed the character development of Ander. I think he is a wonderful replacement for Eventine. I think most people can relate to him because most of us are just normal people who rise to the occasion when responsibility is thrust upon us. Ander carried that burden well, and I think he will be as beloved as his father before him. However, I do have a couple of complaints about Brooks' writing style: he's a bit repetitive and a bit too descriptive at times. I have read about hundreds of battles and been introduced to so many new fantasy worlds—but I think Brooks was one of the most descriptive writers, which is saying a lot. However, the writing in this book was better than the writing in the first book, though I did find a couple of grammatical errors. The ending was very satisfying. For me, an ending isn't great unless it comes with that bittersweet feeling. The love story between Wil and Amberle enjoyable, and it was just heart-wrenching to see it end the way it did. I wanted them to hook up, partly so that the Ohmsfords could start adding a bit more Elven blood to the Shannara line. However, it is good that Eretria went home with Wil. She was a good match for Wil, even if I was rooting for Amberle the entire time. All in all, a very satisfying ending. I hope the next end-of-the-world crisis doesn't happen too far into the future; I'm not ready to say goodbye to these characters yet.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stefan Yates

    As with the Sword of Shannara, I must preface this review by stating that I do not know why there is so much loathing of this series. I find these books to be well-written, nicely paced, epic fantasy that work well together or even as stand-alone entries. One of the coolest things to me about this series is that you always get a new set of main characters. The stories relate to one another, but they are separated by many years and a new generation has to step up to face the current threat. While As with the Sword of Shannara, I must preface this review by stating that I do not know why there is so much loathing of this series. I find these books to be well-written, nicely paced, epic fantasy that work well together or even as stand-alone entries. One of the coolest things to me about this series is that you always get a new set of main characters. The stories relate to one another, but they are separated by many years and a new generation has to step up to face the current threat. While I do enjoy tales that follow the same main character or characters, I find this to be a refreshing departure from normal fare. I enjoy Mr. Brooks' writing quite a bit and find his world building to be top notch. If you haven't given the Shannara Series a chance because of all of the negative vibe concerning its similarities to The Lord of the Rings, you really owe it to yourself to give it a shot. You may end up not liking it and that is fine, but I find the series to be very enjoyable and have plenty of its own unique merit to be able to stand on its own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Brooks

    Alright. I held out as long as I could, but I'm just so bored and I've got about 90 unread books on my shelf I'd rather be reading than trudging through this. This has a very Tolkien writing style (in that it's much longer and explainy than it really needs to be) but is lacking the intrigue for me. I think this book could definitely lose about 100-200 pages and I'd not find myself missing them. Typically I don't mind a lot of world building and explanation but ultimately I just didn't care what Alright. I held out as long as I could, but I'm just so bored and I've got about 90 unread books on my shelf I'd rather be reading than trudging through this. This has a very Tolkien writing style (in that it's much longer and explainy than it really needs to be) but is lacking the intrigue for me. I think this book could definitely lose about 100-200 pages and I'd not find myself missing them. Typically I don't mind a lot of world building and explanation but ultimately I just didn't care what was going on. Honestly I only picked this up so I could go into the TV show with some knowledge, so I'm not that upset by it. If the show is good perhaps I'll listen to the rest of this on audio book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Inés Izal

    Buena ambientación, buenos personajes y con ritmo. Quizá la única pega sea ese exceso de narración que tiene a veces. Lo que sí recomiendo es leer el libro sin a ver visto la serie antes. Yo ya había visto la serie, y eso ha hecho que pierda su gracia en algunos momentos. ¡Wiiilllllll!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Romanticamente Fantasy

    4.5 - Voto . Eccoci al secondo capitolo dedicato alla prima trilogia di Shannara. Come per il libro precedente anche questo è auto-conclusivo, e malgrado ci siano dei riferimenti al primo racconto si può leggere in maniera autonoma. Per chi ama il fantasy, per chi ama le storie complicate, piene di colpi di scena, di paura, di lotta e sudore, per chi sa apprezzare i guerrieri e i loro sacrifici, questo libro è imperdibile!! Ma è imperdibile anche per chi ama le storie d’amore, di rispetto, di amicizi 4.5 - Voto . Eccoci al secondo capitolo dedicato alla prima trilogia di Shannara. Come per il libro precedente anche questo è auto-conclusivo, e malgrado ci siano dei riferimenti al primo racconto si può leggere in maniera autonoma. Per chi ama il fantasy, per chi ama le storie complicate, piene di colpi di scena, di paura, di lotta e sudore, per chi sa apprezzare i guerrieri e i loro sacrifici, questo libro è imperdibile!! Ma è imperdibile anche per chi ama le storie d’amore, di rispetto, di amicizia e valore, e per chi sogna che il bene trionfi sempre a qualsiasi costo, ma soprattutto per chi ama chiudere i libri con una lacrima che gli solca il viso. L’etica elfa, l’ideale che aveva governato la sua vita… bisogna restituire alla terra qualcosa di sé. Inutile dire che questo libro è meraviglioso, malgrado lasci una traccia di amaro profondo nella sua conclusione del tutto inaspettata. Siamo abituati ai lieti fini, ai tutti vissero felici e contenti, ma malgrado il lieto fine effettivamente ci sia, malgrado le cose vadano come dovrebbero, la conclusione lascia il lettore insoddisfatto e con la voglia di prendere per il collo Allanon che ci ha nascosto la verità e Terry Brooks, lo spietato scrittore, in grado di creare un vortice emotivo impressionante. “Stai arrivando a delle conclusioni affrettate, Will. Eppure ti avevo messo in guardia. Ora devi ascoltarmi. C’è dell’altro in questa faccenda. Qualcosa che il druido nasconde. Me lo sento” Dalle prime pagine in poi ecco che il mondo di Shannara prende vita autonoma, si espande, si amplia, diventando un universo con le sue regole e stranezze, spazzando via, in maniera definitiva, qualsiasi pensiero o accusa di plagio verso il “Signore degli Anelli.” Ho riletto questo libro dopo molti anni, con l’ansia e la curiosità di scoprire cose che ai miei occhi di ragazzina erano sfuggite, situazioni che ho imparato ad amare ancora di più con l’esperienza della vita vera, perché come alcuni sanno è in lavorazione la serie televisiva tratta proprio da questo racconto… Serie che presto vedremo, e che sono sicura colpirà i vostri cuori proprio come questo romanzo del tutto imprevedibile e pieno di colpi di scena… “A presto, mio signore… e che la forza sia con te e con il popolo elfo” E un saluto da parte mia anche a tutti voi, e che la forza delle pietre magiche vi accompagni lungo i sentieri della vostra vita…

  16. 5 out of 5

    Malum

    Brooks was finding his own voice with this one, probably because there wasn't much left to crib from Tolkien after he wrote The Sword of Shannara (although we still get a Shadowfax-type horse, giant flying birds, and tree people). I felt that this volume was much slower than the last one, with long stretches of not much happening. When something does happen, however, Brooks really knows how to write a gripping scene. For as many complaints that I have with Terry Brooks, I can't deny that his boo Brooks was finding his own voice with this one, probably because there wasn't much left to crib from Tolkien after he wrote The Sword of Shannara (although we still get a Shadowfax-type horse, giant flying birds, and tree people). I felt that this volume was much slower than the last one, with long stretches of not much happening. When something does happen, however, Brooks really knows how to write a gripping scene. For as many complaints that I have with Terry Brooks, I can't deny that his books make me feel like a kid discovering epic fantasy for the first time. This is true old school fantasy, which is rarely done well anymore.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kandie

    September 2015 Update: For those of you who love Terry Brook's books here's an update. Shannara, is now a TV series on MTV, with a scheduled premiere date in January 2016. I'll be writing blogs about the journey to the premiere and covering episodes here >> http://www.kandiedelley.com/category/... Please follow and support Terry! I have waited nearly 20+ years to see "Elfstones" made into a movie. Although this is a TV show, I know with its large fan base supporting the show, it could event September 2015 Update: For those of you who love Terry Brook's books here's an update. Shannara, is now a TV series on MTV, with a scheduled premiere date in January 2016. I'll be writing blogs about the journey to the premiere and covering episodes here >> http://www.kandiedelley.com/category/... Please follow and support Terry! I have waited nearly 20+ years to see "Elfstones" made into a movie. Although this is a TV show, I know with its large fan base supporting the show, it could eventually become a movie. I only wish I WAS IN IT!!!! LOL. My Original Review below: This is by far the BEST FANTASY READ by Brooks [in my opinion]. I remember reading this in 8th grade [I think] and just being floored. I wrote him, the author, in 1992 and 1995 and he wrote personal letters back encouraging me, a young writer. That alone said volumes of his character to me, so I have been loyal ever since. Mr. Brooks's description and narrative are INSANE and he is the author that made me want to write fantasy. Can't wait for his books to be come movies. Supposedly there's a rumor that Elf Stones will be adapted to film. HOORAH! I started with this book [unaware of the Sword of Shannara, the first book] and although the first book is good in it's own right, you can literally start with Elfstones and not be 'lost'. LOVE , LOVE , LOVE this man's work! And the illustrations by Darrell K. Sweet are off the chain!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    It took me almost a month to read this one! Not because it was awful, or difficult writing to wade through, but because I've been working 50-70 hrs a week. And I also wanted to take my time and enjoy the story. Believe it or not, of the three Terrys (Pratchett, Brooks, & Goodkind) I hadn't read anything by Brooks before. I attempted "Sword of Shannara" first but it was such a blatant ripoff of Tolkien that I didn't bother past the first chapter. As a cohesive story that is mostly original an It took me almost a month to read this one! Not because it was awful, or difficult writing to wade through, but because I've been working 50-70 hrs a week. And I also wanted to take my time and enjoy the story. Believe it or not, of the three Terrys (Pratchett, Brooks, & Goodkind) I hadn't read anything by Brooks before. I attempted "Sword of Shannara" first but it was such a blatant ripoff of Tolkien that I didn't bother past the first chapter. As a cohesive story that is mostly original and stands on its own, Elfstones fares very well. It's really different from the MTV show based on it, but I like them both in different ways. I loved Amberle most of all, even with all her fears and limitations -- she still managed to do the right thing. I feel like the Dagda Mor got defeated far too easily, but the truly creepy Mallenroh & Morag made up for it somewhat. Overall, I'm going to say it was interesting. I didn't expect the twist with the Ellcrys and I'm going to read Wishsong to find out what happens next.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carmine

    Nell'ombra del Divieto Buona prova quella di Terry Brooks, finalmente capace di restituire al lettore antagonisti accattivanti contrapposti al classico manipolo di eroi con l'inedita missione di salvare il mondo. L'intreccio narrativo e l'introspezione rimangono piuttosto basilari e non offrono particolari guizzi; molto meglio la parte action e l'assedio finale, quest'ultimo godibile e ottimamente descritto. Ripescaggio dai ricordi nebulosi d'infanzia: l'occhio truce del Camaleonte sotto le spogl Nell'ombra del Divieto Buona prova quella di Terry Brooks, finalmente capace di restituire al lettore antagonisti accattivanti contrapposti al classico manipolo di eroi con l'inedita missione di salvare il mondo. L'intreccio narrativo e l'introspezione rimangono piuttosto basilari e non offrono particolari guizzi; molto meglio la parte action e l'assedio finale, quest'ultimo godibile e ottimamente descritto. Ripescaggio dai ricordi nebulosi d'infanzia: l'occhio truce del Camaleonte sotto le spoglie del cane e l'inarrestabile Mietitore sul ponte sopra l'abisso.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    I read this specifically because I wanted to compare it to the television series, which I recently watched. Otherwise, I really had no intention of returning to Shannara. I read LOTR 2.0 -- I mean, The Sword of Shannara, and was bored. Were it not for the fact that I was actually watching paint dry at the time (repainting my kitchen) and being entertained by my co-blogger, Tiara, who had recently undertaken the same journey, I am not sure how I would have survived the trip. But what actually tur I read this specifically because I wanted to compare it to the television series, which I recently watched. Otherwise, I really had no intention of returning to Shannara. I read LOTR 2.0 -- I mean, The Sword of Shannara, and was bored. Were it not for the fact that I was actually watching paint dry at the time (repainting my kitchen) and being entertained by my co-blogger, Tiara, who had recently undertaken the same journey, I am not sure how I would have survived the trip. But what actually turned out to be a respectable show, despite being housed on MTV, was enough to inspire me to revisit this post-apocalyptic world to, well, see what new apocalypse was on the way. This time, Shay Ohmsford's grandson is doing Allanon's manipulative bidding to save the world from evil. The Ellcrys, the great tree that holds back the demon hordes, is dying. To save it, its seed must be replanted by a chosen one. But conveniently, the demons have slaughtered the chosen ones--save for the young elven princess, Amberle, with whose care Allanon charges Wil Ohmsford, the current bearer of the elfstones. Can Wil and Amberle make it to Safehold and figure out what to do with the seed and the bloodfire? Will the elf army be able to hold off the demon horde until they do? I'm not going to lie. Watching the show greatly enhanced what is otherwise an interesting, but still pretty dull journey. It's like playing an RPG video game and slogging through all those grind-y moments with characters I just didn't care about. Amberle and Wil are just plain dull, no matter how much life and emotion Brooks tries to infuse into them and their growing relationship with each other. Thankfully, the Rover girl Eretria adds some much needed fire to the threesome, which the show plays up for good reason. Wil and Amberle alone fizzle, but with Eretria in their midst, there's a bit more potential which the show takes advantage of by aging up the characters and letting them have of the sex, and, more importantly, allows them to form a strong bond of friendship between the three of them. It also helps that the show gives me lovely visuals of Allanon to work with, in the form of Manu Bennett. I was pleasantly surprised to meet the eleven prince, Ander Elessedil as well. Many characters get more face time in the Chronicles of Shannara in order to express themselves (including the bad guy, the Dagda Mor, who is little more than a named end boss in the book). I didn't expect, when watching the show, that Ander would play such a prominent role in terms of screen time, but I am glad this focus on his character remained true to its source as Ander struggles with his potential as heir to the throne, and leader of the elven army against the demons threatening to destroy everything. Did Brooks' writing improve in the second book? His prose is a bit tighter, but his plotting still relies on letting his main characters plod along, with their journey frequently interrupted by the monster of the week. This is, of course, what plays nicely into the hands of a television station that needs to entertain an audience on a weekly basis. I think though, I prefer his later books, the ones that actually take place prior to these events. I'll rely on the show to take me through its interpretation of The Wishsong of Shannara in season two, but I think I will finally get back to reading The Gypsy Morph, the final book in his Genesis of Shannara series to see how this once earth comes to be. www.bibliosanctum.com

  21. 5 out of 5

    Evgeny

    An ancient tree created by elves who lost magic of that caliber a long time ago for the purpose of containing a great evil is dying. The said evil is about to escape with some of the most powerful guys already walking among population of Four Lands. Only Allanon knows the full extent of the problem, but even the last surviving druid cannot be at two places at the same time, so he must ask unlikely heroes for help - including Wil Ohmsford, the grandson of Shea Ohmsford from the first book. This b An ancient tree created by elves who lost magic of that caliber a long time ago for the purpose of containing a great evil is dying. The said evil is about to escape with some of the most powerful guys already walking among population of Four Lands. Only Allanon knows the full extent of the problem, but even the last surviving druid cannot be at two places at the same time, so he must ask unlikely heroes for help - including Wil Ohmsford, the grandson of Shea Ohmsford from the first book. This book feels like Terry Brooks finally found his own voice as it is much further from Tolkien's writings in structure, plot, and characters. Something else I noticed: he is not shy of killing off characters - not to the extent of what George R.R. Martin does, but in his case the killings start literally in the first pages of the book. It is also darker than both the first one and the whole Lord of the Rings trilogy. The characters in this book is interesting, or in case of the ones from the previous one (Allanon) are more interesting and flashed out. We have the druid's POV which really helps to understand his motives and makes him more human than countless wise wizards from other fantasy novels who never bother showing their motives to mere mortals - including the readers. Somebody already mentioned that the original trilogy must be judged after at least the second book, and I completely agree with this. The book is not perfect by any means, but it does deserve the status of being classic fantasy: 4 very solid stars.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Morrell

    I first read this in middle school (cough cough) years ago, but apparently forgot every single plot point. It wasn't until I watched the tv adaptation (fantasy 90210, not bad, quite glossy) that my interest was sparked again. From reading Brooks's "The Word and the Void" series, I did know these take place in a post-apocalyptic Earth. But with all the massive backstory I missed between then and now, I was worried I'd be lost. I was pleasantly surprised at how I was able to enjoy it as a stand-al I first read this in middle school (cough cough) years ago, but apparently forgot every single plot point. It wasn't until I watched the tv adaptation (fantasy 90210, not bad, quite glossy) that my interest was sparked again. From reading Brooks's "The Word and the Void" series, I did know these take place in a post-apocalyptic Earth. But with all the massive backstory I missed between then and now, I was worried I'd be lost. I was pleasantly surprised at how I was able to enjoy it as a stand-alone, though, even with all the references to what must have taken place in the immediately prior book, "The Sword of Shannera." It was just what I needed to rekindle my love of epic fantasy. Elves and demons, magic and nature, sacrifice and courage, all hallmarks of the genre. So hallmark, in fact, that it could have easily slipped over into cliche. What I forgot is that Brooks is, under it all, a darn good writer, who knows how to weave humanity into his characters and physicality into every setting. I will absolutely read further. Thanks for the free book table at Emerald City Comicon for giving me this tome, and extra special goodness for the decrepit Space Needle on the cover.

  23. 4 out of 5

    K.K. Summer

    Cover: es handelt sich hierbei um das Filmcover welches Emberle zeigt: es ist nicht das hübscheste aber nunja - Geschmackssache ;) Geschichte: wirklich eine tolle High Fantasy Geschichte die mich wirklich in ihren Bann gezogen hat, auch wenn sie an manchen Stellen ihre Längen hatte und dadurch stellenweise etwas langweilig war. Doch trotzdem konnte mich die Geschichte überzeugen und obwohl ich die Sereie geschaut habe wollte ich einfach wissen wie es mit der Geschichte weitergeht und auch wo die Cover: es handelt sich hierbei um das Filmcover welches Emberle zeigt: es ist nicht das hübscheste aber nunja - Geschmackssache ;) Geschichte: wirklich eine tolle High Fantasy Geschichte die mich wirklich in ihren Bann gezogen hat, auch wenn sie an manchen Stellen ihre Längen hatte und dadurch stellenweise etwas langweilig war. Doch trotzdem konnte mich die Geschichte überzeugen und obwohl ich die Sereie geschaut habe wollte ich einfach wissen wie es mit der Geschichte weitergeht und auch wo die Unterschiede zur Serie liegen! Der Schreibstil von Terry Brooks ist zwar kein besonders raffinierter, aber er lies sich sehr schnell und angenehm lesen, und ich finde für High Fantasy sind die vielen ausführlichen Beschreibungen sehr gut, ich konnte mir alles sehr gut vorstellen und in die Welt eintauchen! Charaktere: mein liebster Charakter: Allanon - mit großem Abstand! Er ist einfach cool, und auch der Charakter der mir auf dauer am sympathischsten war da er immer Herr der lage war und einfach nicht so viel gejammert hat wie andere. Amberle/Will zum Beispiel haben mir manchmal etwas zu viel gejammert oder waren sehr blauäugig in manchen Situationen, was ich einfach gar nicht verstanden habe, da ja nicht nur ihr Leben sondern alle Leben aus dem Spiel standen. Letzten endes hat es mir trotzdem viel Spaß gemacht das Buch zu lesen und hat mir viele schöne Lesestunden beschert :) Also wenn ihr die Serie mögt kann ich euch das Buch nur ans Herz legen :)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Honzi

    4,5/5* Tahle série si mě celkem získala. Nápad přesunout fantastické bytosti jako elfy, trpaslíky nebo trolly do budoucnosti našeho reálného světa mě hrozně baví. Tenhle díl byl o poznání lepší než jednička, byl takový ucelenější a více zacházel do hloubky. Autor krásně zpracovává téma toho, že bysme se měli o naši přírodu starat a být vděční za to, co nám dává. Skvělé, jsem zvědavý na seriálovou podobu :)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alina

    2.5 stars. Very old-fashioned, trope-y kind of fantasy. I enjoyed about the last 30 percent, the rest was super slow. I found the characters to be flat and stereotypical, and many difficulties were just solved too conveniently. Still, I did not entirely dislike it. There is something comforting in this sort of fantasy tale that you feel you just know, and I will always enjoy a good quest story. And some of the battle scenes played out like an action movie in my head (and I usually just get confus 2.5 stars. Very old-fashioned, trope-y kind of fantasy. I enjoyed about the last 30 percent, the rest was super slow. I found the characters to be flat and stereotypical, and many difficulties were just solved too conveniently. Still, I did not entirely dislike it. There is something comforting in this sort of fantasy tale that you feel you just know, and I will always enjoy a good quest story. And some of the battle scenes played out like an action movie in my head (and I usually just get confused when reading about battles) so thumbs up for that.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Patry Fernandez

    Este libro me ha gustado mucho más que el primero, con más aventuras y fantasía, y sobre todo algo que me faltó en el anterior, una historia de amor que le da más fuerza a la trama. Una historia de amor en la que tendrán que hacer frente al destino y luchar contra muchos peligros y enemigos que harán lo que sea por destruirlos. Reseña completa -> http://thewordsofbooks.blogspot.com.e...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chris Thomas

    A classic and you can see why. It hasn't really stood the test of time, but when you read it with the mindset of someone who hasn't read fantasy before, you can see why it is so popular. It is full of charm and envelopes you into the comfort of the standard fantasy tropes we have come to know and love in the thirty or so years since this was written. A must read for any self respecting fantasy fan.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Liz Weasleyhead

    Dieses Buch/Hörbuch hatte alles was ich von einem HighFantasy Roman erwartet habe: episches Setting, tolle und tiefgründige Charaktere, blutige Schlachten :) ich bin einfach so verliebt in diese Story :) und ich hab mich entschieden die Serie nicht weiterzuschauen, denn diese kann nicht im geringsten an dieses BuchEpos rankommen :)

  29. 4 out of 5

    David Sarkies

    This book suffers from sequelitis 30 December 2013 I have noticed that a lot of people have rated this book higher than the first simply on the basis that unlike the first book it is not a carbon copy of Lord of the Rings. This I will admit is true, it is not a carbon copy, but as far as I am concerned, it is still Lord of the Rings, and moreso, it suffers from what I call sequelitis. First, consider that the book has as its main character a young man (Wil, who is related to Flick, the hero of th This book suffers from sequelitis 30 December 2013 I have noticed that a lot of people have rated this book higher than the first simply on the basis that unlike the first book it is not a carbon copy of Lord of the Rings. This I will admit is true, it is not a carbon copy, but as far as I am concerned, it is still Lord of the Rings, and moreso, it suffers from what I call sequelitis. First, consider that the book has as its main character a young man (Wil, who is related to Flick, the hero of the first book), who has barely reached the age of majority, going off on a great adventure to save the world. This time the story is about an elven woman who is carrying the seed of a tree that has died and this seed needs to be replanted so that the tree can be reborn and the great evil banished from the world. Secondly, much of the book involves a huge battle between the armies of this great evil while Wil and his burden (the elf girl) go off and do their own thing, much in the same way that Frodo and Sam go off and do their own thing while the others fight against the forces of Mordor. The reason that I say that this book suffers from sequelitis is because, like most sequels, it is set after the original book (and in this case, it is fifty years) and it turns out the great evil that was defeated in the original book wasn't actually all that great because there is an even greater evil out there that must be defeated so that everybody may once again live in peace. Also, despite the fact that this is listed as the second book in a trilogy, it appears that a trilogy was never actually planned but came about due to the success of the first book, so a sequel is written so as to capitalise upon that success (something that we see all too often come out of Hollywood). What is interesting is that I have been forced to think about the idea of 'what is fantasy' recently because somebody actually asked me that question. I had to think about it, and have come to realise that modern fantasy is much different to what the original fantasy stories were. These days they are just a form of escapism and entertainment and do not come very close to what we would consider to be literature. When considering the origins of fantasy I generally look back centuries before Lord of the Rings was written: basically to the Ancient Greeks. Here we have what could be considered two foundations, first of all that of the myth, and secondly that of the allegory. The best example of the myth would be the Odyssey and with this story the original hearers would actually look up at Odysseus as a character after which they could model their lives. He was a hero in the true sense of the word because he was in fact a role model. These days with modern fantasy, such as this book, we would not be reading it to consider the protagonist as a shining example of humanity for which we can follow. This is certainly the case here, and in Lord of the Rings. The second form is what I would call allegory, and Plato's description of Atlantis is an example of this. Here Plato is creating an imaginary nation as an example of what he believes a good and just nation looks like. Allegory also takes a different form in that it is also satire. Lucian of Samotosa and Aristosphanes are examples of ancient writers using fantasy in that way, but then there are also modern writers, such as Jonathon Swift and C.S. Lewis. However I hesitate to consider Tolkien to be a form of allegory since he hated the idea. Tolkien, however, is not necessarily the father of modern fantasy either, because prior to him (and Lewis) we have stories such as Barsoom and Conan which, while not morality tales or allegory, they were fantasy, but more in the sense that they were adventure stories that would appear in boys magazines. The development of fantasy here was in essence the adventure, but in a sense it was taking the unknown to a new level. As the world became smaller, and the unknown (such as darkest Africa) became known writers would expand their horizons: Conan going to the mists of history, before the waters covered Atlantis, and John Carter leaving the confines of this world to explore the countless other worlds beyond our atmosphere. That, in the end, is what modern fantasy probably is, namely adventure stories set in the unknown, targeted at a specific set of interests. Gone are the morality tales and the allegories – they are not needed anymore in our postmodern world where everything is right, as long as it does not infringe upon the rights and health of other people – morality is no longer objective but subjective, and we see that shift as we move from the 80s fantasy of Eddings and Brooks, to the fantasy of the naughties with the likes of George R.R. Martin.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Viktoria Winter

    So I just got The Sword of Shannara because of how amazing the MTV series trailer looked, but now I'm noticing that the show will start at the second installment: The Elfstones of Shannara. I was super excited to read the first book, but I've recently read a lot of critiques about how closely related it is to Lord of the Rings, and that makes me a little wary. However, I've never actually read the LotR series, either. I've only seen a few movies. Perhaps I will abandon the first book and go stra So I just got The Sword of Shannara because of how amazing the MTV series trailer looked, but now I'm noticing that the show will start at the second installment: The Elfstones of Shannara. I was super excited to read the first book, but I've recently read a lot of critiques about how closely related it is to Lord of the Rings, and that makes me a little wary. However, I've never actually read the LotR series, either. I've only seen a few movies. Perhaps I will abandon the first book and go straight for the Elfstones? I'm truly lost.

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