I really like the Shannara series. I tried to read Magic Kingdom for Sale--Sold!, but for whatever
reason, couldn't get into it (didn't even finish it, which is rare for me). But I loved every Shannara book
I read. The first one I read was Elfstones of Shannara, and it's still my favorite. Reading that book,
I felt like I was right there with the characters as they had their adventure. It was great! While the rest
of the series didn't have quite as strong an effect on me, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. For anybody who
is reading them and trying to fit First King of Shannara into the timeline of the rest of the books,
it takes place about 500 years before Sword of Shannara. However, it is probably best to read it
after you read the others, so as not to let it give anything in the other books away. It is a
very good book, and, in part, tells about the origin of the actual Sword of Shannara.
I was frustrated that I had been unable to get into Magic Kingdom for Sale--Sold!, so I decided to
give it another try. The first time I tried to read it, I was in Junior High, after all, so I figured things
might have changed. I am happy to report that they had. The second time I read it, I enjoyed it immensly. The
funny thing is that when I read the second book in the same series (after I finished the first), I had
a really hard time getting into it, too. But I stuck with it, and in the end, it was worth reading. I can now
say that there is no book by Terry Brooks that I didn't enjoy. The only reason I think I had a problem with
it the first time around was that I had something against books that dealt with people from reality as we know
it being transported into another reality. I no longer have anything against such a happenstance, so I enjoyed
it this time.
Books I've Read by Terry Brooks
Magic Kingdom of Landover
Magic Kingdom For Sale--Sold! After Ben Holiday purchased Landover, he discovered the magic kingdom had some
problems. The Barons refused to recognize a king and the peasants were without hope. To make matters worse,
Ben learned that he had to duel to the death with the Iron Mask, the terrible lord of the demons--a duel
which no human could hope to win.... (from an Amazon.com review)
The Black Unicorn A year had passed since Ben Holiday bought the Magic Kingdon from the wizard, Meeks.
But unbeknownst to him, he has been the victim of a trap by Meeks, who has succeeded in stealing the Paladin
and appropriating his face. Suddenly none of Ben's friends know him, but all of his enemies do. He must win
it all back again--only this time on his own! (from an Amazon.com review)
Wizard At Large Questor Thews is only a semi-competent wizard, but when High Lord Ben Holiday and
his love Willow need use of his powers, he tries to comply. He tries, all right, but he doesn't have all
that much faith in himself--not since he turned a terrier into an imp. Still, he'll do what he can....
(from an Amazon.com review)
The Tangle Box OH, WHAT A TANGLED WEB... Everything should have been quiet and pleasant for Ben
Holiday, the former Chicago lawyer who became sovereign of the Magic Kingdom of Landover. But it wasn't.
Horris Kew, conjurer, confidence-man, and trickster, had returned to Landover from Ben's own world. Alas,
Horris had not returned of his own volition--he had been sent by the Gorse, a sorcerer of great evil, whom
Horris had unwittingly freed from the magic Tangle Box, where it had long ago been imprisoned by the fairy
folk. Now it had returned to enslave those who had once dared condemn it. But first, it would rid Landover
of all who could stand in its way...
Soon Ben found himself imprisoned within the gloom of the Tangle Box, lost in its mists and its labyrinthine
ways. The only one who could free Ben from the Tangle Box was the lady Willow. But she had disappeared, was
gone from Landover on a mysterious mission of her own.... (from an Amazon.com review)
Witches' Brew For the fifth time, Brooks brings us Ben Holiday in the Magic Kingdom of Landover.
Ben's daughter, Mistaya, is growing with supernatural speed, just in time to become the object of a
kidnapping. The kidnappers are working for the hostile potentate Rydall, who is challenging Ben to seven
contests, winner take all--" all" in this case being the Magic Kingdom. As usual, Ben and his comrades and
allies are forced to use both sheer magical muscle and subtler ingenuity to come out with their skins whole.
As usual, they succeed. (from an Amazon.com review)
Twenty-five years ago, New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks wrote a novel that brought to life a dazzling world that would become one of the most popular fantasy epics of all time, beloved by millions of fans around the world. Ten more Shannara books would follow. Now, for the first time in one elegant collector?s edition hardcover, and featuring an introduction by the author, here are the first three novels of that classic series: The Sword of Shannara, The Elfstones of Shannara, and The Wishsong of Shannara—the beginning of a phenomenal epic of good and evil.
Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.
The magical Ellcrys tree is dying, loosening the spell that bars the Demons from enacting vengeance upon the land. Now Wil Ohmsford must guard the Elven girl Amberle on a perilous quest as she carries one of the Ellcrys? seeds to a mysterious place where it can be quickened into a powerful new force. But dark on their trail comes the Reaper, most fearsome of all Demons, aiming to crush their mission at any cost.
An ancient Evil is stirring to new life, sending its ghastly Mord Wraiths to destroy Mankind. To win through the vile growth that protects this dark force, the Druid Allanon needs Brin Ohmsford—for she alone holds the magic power of the wishsong. Reluctantly Brin joins the Druid on his dangerous journey. But a prophecy foretells doom, as Evil nurses its plans to trap the unsuspecting Brin into a fate far more horrible than death.
Thus begins Terry Brooks?s thrilling Shannara epic, an unforgettable tale of adventure, magic, and myth. (book description)
Sword of Shannara Living in peaceful Shady Vale, Shea Ohmsford knew little of the troubles that plagued
the rest of the world. Then the giant, forbidding Allanon revaled that the supposedly dead Warlock Lord was
plotting to destory 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 Bearer, dread minion of Evil, flew into the Vale, seeking to destroy Shea. To
save the Vale, Shea fled, drawing the Skull Bearer after him.... (from an Amazon.com review)
Elfstones of Shannara 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.... (from an Amazon.com review)
Wishsong of Shannara Horror stalked the Four Lands as the Ildatch, ancient source of evil, sent its ghastly
Mord Wraiths to destroy Mankind. Only Druid Allanon held the magic power of wishsong that could make plants
bloom instantly or turn trees from green to autumn gold. But she, too, was in mortal danger, and Ildatch
waited for Brin to fall into its trap.... (from an Amazon.com review)
Here is the second of two volumes featuring the best in modern fantasy. These masterly short novels are both mesmerizing stand-alones and indispensable additions to the epics on which they are based
TERRY BROOKS adds an exciting epilogue to The Wishsong of Shannara in "Indomitable," the tale of Jair Ohmsford's desperate quest to complete the destruction of the evil Ildatch . . . armed with only the magic of illusion.
GEORGE R.R.MARTIN continues the adventures of Dunk, a young knight, and his unusual squire, Egg, in "The Sworn Sword," set a generation before the events in A Song of Ice and Fire.
DIANA GABALDON turns to an important character from her Outlandersaga—Lord John Grey—in "Lord John and the Succubus," a supernatural thriller set in the early days of the Seven Years War.
ORSON SCOTT CARD tells a tale of Alvin Maker and the Mighty Mississippi, featuring a couple of ne'er-do-wells named Jim Bowie and Abe Lincoln, in "The Yazoo Queen."
ELIZABETH HAYDON tells of the destruction of Serendair and the fate of its last defenders in "Threshold," set at the end of the Third Age of her Symphony of Ages series. (book description)
Since the death of the Druid Allanon, magic has been strictly forbidden in the Four Lands. Yet Par still has limited use of the Wishsong. Then a dire message from Allanon sends Par and his brother Coll on an impossible task: to recover the long-lost Sword of Shannara—or all life in the Four Lands will be destroyed.
Evil forces remain in control of the Four Lands. To restore the Keep of the Druid Allanon, Walker Boh sets out on a journey to find the black Elfstone. He must venture into perilous, unknown lands with a strange band of fellow travelers—one of whom is hatching his own sinister plot.
Ordered by the Druid Allanon to find the Elves and return them to the world of Men, Wren is carried away to an island where Elves might still exist. Even if by some miracle she locates the Elves, can she convince them to follow her back through a demon-haunted jungle to the safety of the shore?
The Shadowen still swarm over the Four Lands, poisoning everything with their dark magic. Their leader is determined to destroy all the Scions of Shannara. With traps cleverly laid, the charges are doomed to failure—unless Par can discover a way to harness the power of the Sword of Shannara.
So continues Terry Brooks?s enthralling Heritage of Shannara epic, a spellbinding saga that chronicles the ultimate battle of good vs. evil. (book description)
The Scions of Shannara Since the death of Allanon, life in the Four Lands has drastially changed. Yet Par
Ohmsford still has some power of the Wishsong. And when a message from the ancient Druid, Allanon, reaches
them, Par is ordered to recover the long-lost Sword of Shinnara, and the glory that once was the Four
Lands.... (from an Amazon.com review)
The Druid of Shannara In the three hundred years since the death of the Druid Allanon, the evil Shadowen
have seized control of the Four Lands. If they are to be saved, the black Elfstone must be retrieved, at
whatever cost to life or love.... (from an Amazon.com review)
The Elf Queen of Shannara Book Three of this intriguing series hits mass market just in time for the hardcover
debut of Book Four, The Talismans of Shannara. Commanded by the shade of Allanon, the Elf-girl Wren Ohmsford
must undertake a nearly impossible quest: find the lost Elves and lead them safely through the demon-haunted
jungles of Morrorindl--and back to the land of men. (from an Amazon.com review)
The Talismans of Shannara Although some of the goals to keep Shannara safe had been met, the work of Walker Boh,
Wren, and Par was not yet done. For The Shadowmen still swarmed over the Four Lands, poisoning all with their
dark magic. Each Shannaran had a special death waiting for him- at the hands of The Shadowmen-unless Par
could find a way to free them all with the Sword of Shannara. from an Amazon.com review)
A Prequel of Shannara
First King of Shannara Dark forces are on the move from the Northlands, and Bremen, an outcast Druid,
learns of the huge Troll armies on the march and the Skull Bearers who act as their spies. To save the
Druids, Bremen must convince the people of the Four Lands that their only hope lies in uniting -- and
in using the magic they fear above all else. (from an Amazon.com review)
For years, Terry Brooks has held fantasy readers enthralled with his Shannara novels, making it one of the most beloved series in the genre. After writing the original trilogy, Terry returned to Shannara in The Heritage of Shannara, but it was only the beginning. Years would pass after that quartet's publishing before Terry would yet again venture into the world that awarded him as a master storyteller—this time continuing the story of the Druid Walker and his efforts to restore a Druid Council to the Four Lands in The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara!
Forthcoming November 14, 2006, The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilgoy is being offered for the first time in a beautiful, single-volume hardcover, Terry and Del Rey Books combining the novels Ilse Witch, Antrax, and Morgawr into one, complete edition! (book description)
New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks returns to the fantasy that launched his career—the fantasy that remains closest to his heart, and to the hearts of millions of fans around the world. More than twenty years have passed since Brooks set the new standard for the genre with his astonishing first novel, The Sword of Shannara, the now-classic commencement of a centuries-spanning epic of good and evil. Now Brooks embarks on what promises to be his masterpiece—Ilse Witch: Book One of The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara.
When the mutilated body of a half-drowned elf is found floating in the seas of the Blue Divide, an old mystery resurfaces. Thirty years ago, the elven prince Kael Elessedil—brother to the current king—led an expedition in search of a legendary magic said to be more ancient, more powerful, than any in the world. Of all those who set out on that ill-fated voyage, not one has ever returned . . .
Until now. For the rescued elf carries a map covered with mysterious symbols only one man has the skill to decipher. That man is Walker Boh, the last of the Druids. But someone else understands the map's significance, someone dark and ruthless: the Ilse Witch, a beautiful but twisted young woman who wields a magic as potent as his own. She will stop at nothing to possess the map—and the magic it leads to. To stop her, Walker must find the magic first.
So begins the voyage of the Jerle Shannara. Aboard the sleek, swift airship are an elven prince; a Rover girl; a monstrous creature part man, part enigma; and a young man named Bek Rowe, who may unknowingly hold the key to the success of the mission—or to its cataclysmic failure. Now, as old secrets come to light, sowing seeds of mistrust and suspicion among the crew, the Jerle Shannara flies into the face of unknown terrors, while the Ilse Witch and her dark allies follow, waiting to strike . . . (book description)
A new novel by Terry Brooks is always a cause for celebration. For more than twenty years, the New York Times bestselling author of the classic Shannara epic has proven himself one of the modern masters of fantasy, winning the hearts and minds of devoted readers around the world. In his last acclaimed novel, Ilse Witch, a brave company of explorers led by the last Druid, Walker Boh, traveled across unknown seas in search of an elusive magic. Yet perhaps Boh and his team were lured there for sinister, unforeseen purposes . . .
Now in Antrax, as the crew aboard the airship Jerle Shannara is attacked by evil forces, the Druid?s protégé Bek Rowe and his companions are pursued by the mysterious Ilse Witch. Meanwhile, Boh is alone, caught in a dark maze beneath the ruined city of Castledown, stalked by a hungry, unseen enemy.
For there is something alive in Castledown. Something not human. Something old beyond reckoning that covets the magic of Druids, elves, even the Ilse Witch. Something that hunts men for its own designs: Antrax. It is a spirit that commands ancient technologies and mechanical monsters, feeds off enchantment, and traps the souls of men.
With the Jerle Shannara under siege and Antrax threatening the bold and unwary, the Ilse Witch finds herself face-to-face with a boy who claims to be the brother she last saw as an infant. Now a young man, Bek wields the magic of the wishsong and carries the Sword of Shannara upon his back. Unsure whether to trust Bek or to slay him, the Ilse Witch takes him prisoner. One has come pursuing truth, the other revenge. Yet both seek Walker Boh with the fate of the Four Lands hanging in the balance.
Return to the world of beloved novelist Terry Brooks, where creatures drift up from the earth like mist, a hypnotic song can kill, a sword can cut through a veil of lies and one man, the true heir of an ancient magic, must choose between betrayal and redemption. (book description)
New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks became the master of epic fantasy with the publication of his legendary debut, The Sword of Shannara. Since then, each new novel in the Shannara saga has brilliantly built upon and deepened the world of breathtaking magic, adventure, and intrigue he created. In The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara—his third enchanting series—he literally took his legion of loyal readers soaring to new heights as a colorful contingent of characters took to the skies aboard a magnificent airship on a quest fraught with wonder and danger.
Now in Morgawr, the quest at last draws to its climactic conclusion, as the forces of good and evil vying against each other to possess an ancient magic race towards an explosive clash—and whatever fate awaits the victor . . . and the vanquished. Harrowing confrontations with the merciless Ilse Witch and the monstrous Antrax have already taken their toll on the intrepid heroes of the Four Lands. But their darkest adversary now snaps at their heels, in the form of the Morgawr—master of the Ilse Witch, feeder upon the souls of his enemies, and centuries-old sorceror of unimaginable might.
With a fleet of airships and a crew of walking dead men at his command, the Morgawr is in relentless pursuit of the Jerle Shannara and the crew that mans her. For the Morgawr, the goal is twofold: to find and control the fabled ancient books of magic, and to destroy the dark disciple who betrayed him—the Ilse Witch. But the Ilse Witch is already a prisoner . . . of herself. Exposed to the awesome power of the Sword of Shannara, and forced to confront the truth of her horrifying deeds, she has fled deep into her own mind. Now at the mercy of those who seek vengeance against her, her only protector is her long-lost brother, Bek Ohmsford, who is determined to redeem his beloved sister . . . and deliver her to the destiny predicted for her by the Druid Walker Boh.
Once again, Terry Brooks weaves together high adventure, vividly wrought characters, and a spellbinding world into an irresistible story of heroism and sacrifice, love and honor. In Morgawr, fans of the Shannara mythos will find both a satisfying finale and the promise of new wonders yet to come. (book description)
Twenty years have passed since Grianne Ohmsford denounced her former life as the dreaded Ilse Witch. Fulfilling the destiny predicted for her, she has established the Third Druid Council and dedicated herself to its goals of peace, harmony among the races, and defense of the Four Lands. But despite her devotion to the greater good as Ard Rhys, the High Druid of Paranor, Grianne still has bitter enemies. Even her few allies—chief among them her trusted servant Tagwen—know of the plots against her. But they could never anticipate the sudden, ominous disappearance of the Ard Rhys, in the dead of night and without a trace. Now Tagwen joins Grianne's brave young nephew, Pen Ohmsford, and the wise, powerful elf Ahren Elessedil on a desperate and dangerous mission of search and rescue—to deliver the High Druid of Shannara from an unspeakable fate. (book description)
Events that began in Jarka Ruus, Book One of High Druid of Shannara, come swiftly to a head in this second thrilling volume. Alliances are made, trusts are betrayed, and prices are paid. Through it all, Terry Brooks orchestrates the action with the flawless hand of a master mythmaker—fashioning another exquisite link in his chain of bestselling epics.
Loyal to none but herself and lethal even to those closest to her, Shadea a?Ru now holds sway as High Druid of Paranor—her ascension to power all but unchallenged in the wake of Grianne Ohmsford?s sudden, mysterious vanishing. Only Shadea and her catspaw—the treacherous Prime Minister Sen Dunsidan—know the secret fate of the true Ard Rhys . . . for it was they who engineered it, by means of dark magic. And now Grianne languishes in the fearsome and inescapable netherworld called the Forbidding.
Their bloodless coup a success, the corrupt pair, and their confederates within the Druid Council, seek to make their dominion over the Four Lands absolute—with the aid of a devastating new weapon. But it could all be undone if Grianne?s young nephew, Penderrin, succeeds in his frantic quest to rescue her. Shadea?s airship-borne minions and the relentless assassin under her command continue their fierce pursuit of Pen and his comrades.
Eluding death is only half the battle for Pen. To breach the Forbidding and bring Grianne back to the natural world means finding the fabled Tanequil . . . and the talisman it alone can provide. That means journeying into the Inkrim—a dreaded region thick with shadows and haunted by harrowing legends. It also means striking a bargain more dire than Pen could ever imagine. But there can be no turning back. For in her unearthly prison, the Ard Rhys faces a demonic plight too hideous to countenance . . . . (book description)
The High Druid of Shannara trilogy draws to a thrilling close as a young hero nears completion of his trial by fire, a banished ruler fights for her life in a wilderness of dread, and forces of darkness and light square off in a battle unto death for the right to absolute rule. Prepare to be spellbound by the masterly hand of bestselling legend weaver Terry Brooks, conjuring at the peak of his skills.
For reasons known only to himself, the King of the Silver River has charged young Penderrin Ohmsford, barely more than a boy, with the daunting task of rescuing his aunt, Grianne, Ard Rhys of the Druid order, from her forced exile in the terrifying dimension of all things damned: the Forbidding. With the noble dwarf Tagwen and the prodigal elven princess Khyber Elessedil by his side—and with the outcome of the bloody war between the Federation and the Free-born at stake—Pen has accepted his mission without question. But not without risk . . . or sacrifice.
Because Shadea a?Ru, the ruthless Druid responsible for imprisoning the true Ard Rhys and usurping leadership at Paranor, has sent her agents and assassins in relentless pursuit of Pen and his comrades. And in securing the talisman he needs to breach the Forbidding, Pen has paid a devastating price. Now if the Free-born forces—already decimated by the Federation?s death-dealing new weapon—should fall, Shadea?s domination of the Four Lands will be assured. Nothing short of Pen?s success can turn the tide.
But Pen?s challenge grows greater when he learns that his parents, Bek Ohmsford and Rue Meridian, have fallen into Shadea?s hands. He must try to help them—but once within the walls of Druid?s Keep, where Shadea?s minions and dark magic lurk at every turn, Pen?s survival is far from assured. Yet it will all pale in comparison to the horrors that wait inside the Forbidding—horrors poised to break free upon the Four Lands when the time is right . . . . (book description)
In a sleepy steel-mill town, the ultimate battle between Good and Evil is about to begin . . .
Sinnissippi Park, in Hopewell, Illinois, has long hidden a mysterious evil, locked away from humankind by powers greater than most could even imagine. But now the malevolent creatures that normally skulk in the shadows of the park grow bolder, and old secrets hint at a violent explosion.
The brewing conflict draws John Ross to Hopewell. A Knight of the Word, Ross is plagued by nightmares that tell him someone evil is coming to unleash an ancient horror upon the world. Caught between them is fourteen-year-old Nest Freemark, who senses that something is terribly wrong but has not yet learned to wield the budding power that sets her apart from her friends.
Now the future of humanity depends upon a man haunted by his dreams and a gifted young girl—two souls who will discover what survives when hope and innocence are shattered forever . . . (book description)
Eight centuries ago the first Knight of the Word was commissioned to combat the demonic evil of the Void. Now that daunting legacy has passed to John Ross—along with powerful magic and the knowledge that his actions are all that stand between a living hell and humanity?s future.
Then, after decades of service to the Word, an unspeakable act of violence shatters John Ross?s weary faith. Haunted by guilt, he turns his back on his dread gift, settling down to build a normal life, untroubled by demons and nightmares.
But a fallen Knight makes a tempting prize for the Void, which could bend the Knight?s magic to its own evil ends. And once the demons on Ross?s trail track him to Seattle, neither he nor anyone close to him will be safe. His only hope is Nest Freemark, a college student who wields an extraordinary magic all her own. Five years earlier, Ross had aided Nest when the future of humanity rested upon her choice between Word and Void. Now Nest must return the favor. She must restore Ross?s faith, or his life—and hers—will be forfeit . . . (book description)
As a Knight of the Word, John Ross has struggled against the tireless dark forces of the Void for twenty-five years. A rootless wanderer scarred as deeply by the magic he wields as by the unspeakable horrors he has witnessed in its service, Ross is driven by dreams that show the world reduced to blood and ashes by the Void and its minions. The grim futures he dreams each night will come true unless he can stop them now, in the present. But for all his power, John Ross is only one man, while the demons he hunts—and which hunt him in turn—are legion.
Then Ross learns of the birth of a gypsy morph, a rare and dangerous creature formed of wild magics spontaneously knit together. If he can discover its secret, the morph could be an invaluable weapon against the Void. But the Void, too, knows the value of the morph, and will not rest until the creature has been corrupted—or destroyed.
Desperate, Ross returns to the town of Hopewell, Illinois, home of Nest Freemark, a young woman with magical abilities of her own. Twice before, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance, the lives of Ross and Nest have intersected. Together, they have prevailed.
But now they face an ancient evil beyond anything they have ever encountered, for a demon of ruthless intelligence and feral cunning awaits them in Hopewell. As a firestorm of good and evil erupts, threatening to consume lives and shatter dreams, Ross and Nest have but a single chance to solve the mystery of the gypsy morph--and of their own profound connection. (book description)