As someone who doesn’t read a lot of fantasy, I was a little reluctant to pick up this book. I was even more reluctant after the person who recommended it informed me that it was the first book of Brooks’ original trilogy and now part of a growing series. However, I decided to jump in with both feet. The Sword of Shannara definitely has its share of adventures and interesting characters. Although, I am not a fan of novels with excessive detail, I still enjoyed Brooks’ writing and the fantasy world he created.
The story begins when Shea Ohmsford and his brother Flick are sent on a quest by the mysterious Druid Allanon to retrieve the Sword of Shannara and destroy the evil Warlock Lord. As more characters are introduced, the story begins to unfold in unexpected ways. Brooks immerses the reader in overlapping stories of each character’s journey to defend their world against evil, keeping you intrigued chapter after chapter.
I’ve started to read the second book of the trilogy, the Elfstones of Shannara. This summer, it was announced that MTV is filming a new TV series based on the Shannara books. The Shannara Chronicles will be released in 2016 and begins with the story The Elfstones of Shannara. It will be interesting to see how they have adapted the story for TV.