Allanon with strange Druidic powers, reveals that a Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy the world. The only defense is a sword which could be used only by atrue heir of Shannara,Shea Olumsford. Now Shea flees with evils minion, Skull Bearer following
I have loved this story since it first came out, just after I graduated from High School. I highly recommend this trilogy (followed by Elfstones of Shannara and Wishsong of Shannara) to those who find "Lord Of the Rings" too difficult to read. While some disgruntled readers claim it to be a ripoff of LOTR, it was just the most popular of the epic fantasy novels, a genre that was coming into its own at the time.
somewhat long but an engrossing epic fantasy
I found this book extremely predictable and dull. Half of it is spent describing the landscape, and the other half is spent on every single deliberation that could ever cross all of the character's minds. Over, and over, and over.
This book was my very first "written for adult age" book. I read this when I was in fifth grade, and enjoyed it immensely. I continued on to read the rest of the series and enjoyed each of those as well. Many people say this is a rip off of TOTR, however, I disagree. Yes there is a quest, but most Sci-fi books have one if you think about it, so no, it is a completely different story.
I read this book so many times that it tore in half right through the binding, and literally had to purchase a new one.
If you like fantasy, this is a good read.
I always wanted to read this book, but I thought I'd missed my chance. Finally found it on PBS, and now I'm looking for the rest of the series. A fantasy classic.