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Terry Brooks

Author of The Sword of Shannara

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About the Author

Terry Brooks was born in Sterling, Illinois on January 8, 1944. He received a bachelor's degree in English literature from Hamilton College and a graduate degree from the School of Law at Washington and Lee University. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a practicing attorney for many years. show more His first book The Sword of Shannara (1977) was the first work of fiction to appear on the New York Times Trade Paperback Bestseller List. He made the list again with his title The High Druid'd Blade: The Defenders of Shannara. His other works include the Word and Void trilogy, The Heritage of Shannara series, Magic Kingdom of Landover series, The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara series, High Druid of Shannara series, Genesis of Shannara series, and the novelization to Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Terry Brooks

The Sword of Shannara (1977) 7,890 copies
The Elfstones of Shannara (1982) 6,360 copies
The Wishsong of Shannara (1985) 5,267 copies
Magic Kingdom For Sale—SOLD! (1986) 4,448 copies
The Scions of Shannara (1990) 4,082 copies
First King of Shannara (1996) 3,818 copies
The Druid of Shannara (1991) 3,696 copies
The Elf Queen of Shannara (1992) 3,564 copies
The Talismans of Shannara (1993) 3,490 copies
The Black Unicorn (1987) 3,112 copies
Ilse Witch (2000) 2,861 copies
Wizard at Large (1988) 2,846 copies
Running With the Demon (1997) 2,756 copies
The Sword of Shannara Trilogy (1977) 2,502 copies
Antrax (2001) 2,463 copies
Armageddon's Children (2006) 2,389 copies
Morgawr (2002) 2,321 copies
Jarka Ruus (2003) 2,185 copies
The Tangle Box (1994) 2,176 copies
A Knight of the Word (1998) 2,153 copies
Angel Fire East (1999) 1,907 copies
Tanequil (2004) 1,852 copies
Witches' Brew (1995) 1,833 copies
Straken (2005) 1,762 copies
The Elves of Cintra (2007) 1,727 copies
The Gypsy Morph (2008) 1,524 copies
Bearers of the Black Staff (2010) 1,104 copies
A Princess of Landover (2009) 970 copies
The Measure of the Magic (2011) 824 copies
The Wards of Faerie (2012) 813 copies
Bloodfire Quest (2013) 608 copies
Witch Wraith (2013) 548 copies
The High Druid's Blade (2014) 517 copies
Hook (1991) 474 copies
Dark Wraith of Shannara (1985) 449 copies
The Darkling Child (2015) 422 copies
The Black Elfstone (2017) 410 copies
The World of Shannara (2001) 338 copies
The Sorcerer's Daughter (2016) 332 copies
The Skaar Invasion (2018) 302 copies
The Word and the Void (2001) 262 copies
The Stiehl Assassin (2019) 247 copies
Child of Light (2021) 233 copies
The Last Druid (2020) 230 copies
Indomitable (1656) 183 copies
Allanon's Quest (2012) 171 copies
The Weapons Master's Choice (2013) 137 copies
The Black Irix (2013) 120 copies
Street Freaks (2018) 114 copies
Daughter of Darkness (2022) 106 copies
Small Magic (2021) 87 copies
Das Schwert von Shannara. (1978) 64 copies
Imaginary Friends (2011) 63 copies
Der Sohn von Shannara. (1978) 46 copies
Der Erbe von Shannara. (1977) 46 copies
Sister of Starlit Seas (2023) 42 copies
Der Druide von Shannara (1985) 40 copies
Die Erlösung von Shannara (1986) 39 copies
Das Zauberlied von Shannara (1986) 37 copies
Der König von Shannara. (1986) 36 copies
Die Schatten von Shannara (1991) 35 copies
Die Dämonen von Shannara. (1983) 33 copies
Die Talismane von Shannara (1994) 31 copies
Die Verfolgten von Shannara (1993) 30 copies
Die Kinder von Shannara (1995) 28 copies
Das Mädchen von Shannara. (1991) 27 copies
Der Zauber von Shannara (1991) 26 copies
Die Reiter von Shannara (1994) 23 copies
Warrior (2018) 11 copies
Work Sqad (Set of 6 Books) (1969) 11 copies
Die Verräter von Shannara (1991) 10 copies
[Title Unknown] 7 copies
Potomkowie Shannary (1997) 2 copies
Shannara, Tome 2: Le royaume du crâne (2006) — Author — 1 copy
Tranquel 1 copy
Una piccola magia (2023) 1 copy
Dark Horse (2017) 1 copy
Shannarův druid (2000) 1 copy
Shannarovy talismany (2000) 1 copy
Kapitan Hak (1992) 1 copy
Revelation (1988) 1 copy

Associated Works

Northern Lights (1995) — Introduction, some editions — 36,275 copies
Legends II: New Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy (2003) — Contributor — 1,259 copies
Unfettered: Tales by Masters of Fantasy (2013) — Contributor — 404 copies
Once Upon a Time: A Treasury of Modern Fairy Tales (1991) — Contributor — 379 copies
Legends II: Dragon, Sword, and King (1999) — Contributor — 338 copies
The Best of Lester del Rey (1978) — Introduction, some editions — 296 copies
Unfettered II: New Tales by Masters of Fantasy (2016) — Foreword — 126 copies
Unfettered III: New Tales by Masters of Fantasy (2019) — Contributor — 111 copies
Unbound (2015) — Contributor — 106 copies
Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson's Worlds (2015) — Contributor — 71 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 38 • July 2013 (2013) — Contributor — 9 copies
Beyond the Fields We Know (1978) — Contributor; Contributor — 4 copies


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This was a wonderful addition to the movie. The extra scenes with Annikin was detailed and a lot of thought was put into it. The conversations between Padme and Annikin was wonderful yet subtle and one could see the connection. I loved the extent of the characters inner thoughts which the movies could not provide.

I understood Qui-gon's character a lot more and even Obi-wan. The details of how everything fits together made more sense than it did with the movie.

It filles the gaps of the Queen's Peril nicely and I wished the author added a bit more to the Padmè trilogy.… (more)
Aya666 | 25 other reviews | May 16, 2024 |
“The Sword of Shannara” by Terry Brooks, first read in 1978 and reread many times since, is a classic epic fantasy novel that captivates readers with its rich world-building and compelling characters. Set in the Four Lands, the story follows Shea Ohmsford, a young half-elf, as he embarks on a quest to retrieve the legendary Sword of Shannara and thwart the evil Warlock Lord. Brooks masterfully weaves together elements of magic, ancient prophecies, and intricate political intrigue, creating a timeless tale of heroism and sacrifice. While some critics argue that it bears similarities to J.R.R. Tolkien’s work, the novel’s unique twists and character-driven narrative make it a must-read for fantasy enthusiasts.

As a fan of Terry Brooks, I found “The Sword of Shannara” to be an enchanting introduction to the Shannara series. The vivid descriptions of landscapes, the clash between good and evil, and the growth of the characters kept me eagerly turning the pages. Whether you’re a seasoned fantasy reader or new to the genre, this book offers an immersive escape into a world where destiny hangs in the balance and courage knows no bounds.
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mlheintz | 111 other reviews | May 6, 2024 |
Having been a devoted follower of Terry Brooks for over forty years, “The Stiehl Assassin” is a testament to the enduring allure of the Shannara series. This third installment in The Fall of Shannara saga is a thrilling continuation of a story that has been unfolding for more than four decades. The Skaar invasion brings a fresh sense of urgency and a new layer of complexity to the Four Lands, as we witness the relentless march of conquest and the desperate struggles of those who stand in its path.

Brooks masterfully weaves the fates of Drisker Arc, Tarsha Kaynin, and the enigmatic Stiehl Assassin, creating a narrative that is both familiar and invigorating. The return to the beloved world of Shannara is like reuniting with old friends, each character resonating with the depth and growth that only time can bestow.

“The Stiehl Assassin” is not just a book; it’s a piece of the Shannara legacy. It’s a reminder of the small magics that have kept us spellbound, page after page, book after book.
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mlheintz | 7 other reviews | May 2, 2024 |
As a fan who has journeyed through the Four Lands and beyond with Terry Brooks for over four decades, “Small Magic” feels like a homecoming. This collection of short stories, spanning from 1977 to 2020, is a treasure trove of nostalgia and new adventures. Each tale is a thread in the rich tapestry of Brooks’ literary worlds—Shannara, Magic Kingdom, and The Word and the Void.

In “Small Magic,” we revisit beloved characters and witness their battles, both epic and personal. We learn of Garet Jax’s childhood, follow Allanon’s quest to find Shea Ohmsford, and accompany an old wing-rider in his final days. The Knights of the Word fight demons both within and without, while Ben Holiday and his daughter face the unique challenges of Landover.

This collection is not just a walk down memory lane; it’s a celebration of the magic that Brooks has woven into our lives. The stories are intimate yet grand, reminding us why we fell in love with his writing in the first place.
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mlheintz | 1 other review | May 2, 2024 |



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