The Sword of Shannara

The Sword of Shannara
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Published: 1977
Living in peaceful Shady Vale, Shea Ohmsford knew little of the troubles that plagued the rest of the world. Then the giant, forbidding Allanon revealed that the supposedly dead Warlock Lord was plotting to destroy the world. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness was the Sword of Shannara, which could only be used by a true heir of Shannara--Shea being the last of the bloodline, upon whom all hope rested. Soon a Skull…

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I’m a big fan of fantasy books it’s basically all I read so when I was recommended this book when I was younger straight away I went and got it from the library. I realised on 2020 that I never finished the original shannara series and thought I’d restart and try and finish it a long with the rest of the shannara books.

I actually quite enjoyed this book it has made fantasy books appealing to me due to the different races such as elves, dwarfs and different types of magic and history. Terry Brooks created a wonderful vast world in the shannara series and it was wonderfully introduced in this book. It was described very well and I was able to imagine being in that world.

This story follows Shea, a distant relative to the dead elven king Shannara. He is the only living descendant and therefore the only one able wield the sword of Shannara and destroy the Warlock Lord. The adventure of recovering this sword is told to Shea and his non elven brother, Flick, by the wandering historian Allanon. Understandably, at first both are very reluctant to believe any of what Allanon has said. However due to some events that happens a few days later they leave their home and start their adventure.

Along their adventure the small group grows and thenalso decreases as Shea falls down a waterfall and the rest of the group eventually separate to go on adventures of their own. Throughout the story the group comes up against a lot of danger however Shea learnt how to use the elfstones given to him by Allanon.

I’ve read many times how this book is a copy of Tolkiens, but I have to say I’ve never read it and therefore do not have an opinion on this.

I enjoyed the overall storyline and thought the descriptions of the world and characters created were very good however I found that there were many grammar and spelling mistakes throughout. I am unsure if these mistakes were from my copy of the ebook or part of the actual book and therefore not edited properly.

If you’ve read Tolkien then you may find this book is to much of a copy but if you like adventure and fantasy books I would recommend reading.

I gave this book 3 stars due to the errors I found throughout and that some sections I found hard to read.

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