The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
Published April 1999
Current Goodreads rating: 3.75
Source: bought it in my local book store in Portuguese
Long ago, wars of ancient Evil ruined the world and forced mankind to compete with many other races – gnomes, trolls, dwarfs, and elves. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles until giant, forbidding Allanon, with strange Druidic powers, reveals a supposedly-dead Warlock Lord plots to destroy the world.
The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, only usable 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 Evil, flies into the Vale to kill Shea. To save the Vale, Shea flees, drawing the Skull Bearer after him.
I feel like I can’t review this book without mentioning J. R. R. Tolkien.
This book revolves around Shea and his friends in their journey to find the Sword of Shannara.
You can clearly see the Tolkien influence. For me it was really annoying in the beginning but as the story unraveled it became less prominent and the novel progressed really quickly.
The story is really dense and it got me hooked until the end (even though it’s not as dense as LOTR).
If you like Lord of the Rings but can’t go through the books, I recommend trying The Sword of Shannara. I really liked it and I can’t wait to read the sequel.
Rating: 4 stars