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The Elfstones of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy #2)

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ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR FANTASY TALES OF ALL TIME. SOON TO BE AN EPIC NEW SERIES FROM MTV.

Thousands of years after the destruction of the age of man and science, new races and magic now rule the world, but an imminent danger threatens. A horde of evil Demons is beginning to escape and bring death upon the land. Only Wil Ohmsford, the last of the Shannara bloodline, has th
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ebook, 576 pages
Published October 10th 2000 by Del Rey (first published July 12th 1982)
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Nettieboo Offering an alternate opinion, I read this one first and then read Sword second. I have never regretted my choice to read out of order, I enjoyed this…moreOffering an alternate opinion, I read this one first and then read Sword second. I have never regretted my choice to read out of order, I enjoyed this one far more.(less)
Krystal So far the answers on here have stated that the tv series were not that different. I beg to differ. I have watched the whole series & read the…moreSo far the answers on here have stated that the tv series were not that different. I beg to differ. I have watched the whole series & read the book. Basically the only thing the same are some of the characters names & somewhat the ending. They used the name of the book & the basic ( very loosely) ending. The book will be very different & at times a little slow, but well worth the read. The show is nice, but basically is not the story in the book.(less)
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
This was so much better than book one, but I still didn't love it. I do think it'll be translated well into a television show and I'm looking forward to seeing how it's adapted. Unfortunately I do think this will be the last Terry Brooks book I read. It wasn't a terrible read and I actually enjoyed the story! I just don't think his writing style is for me.
Lucy
I don't think you can possibly understand what a formative impact this book had on me.

Picture it: I was nine years old. We were at this massive used book sale, and I was bored silly of all the books at the children's table. I wandered around a bit, and ended up in adult SF/F. And there, like a shining beacon of fascinating glory, was a gorgeous hardcover copy of The Elfstones of Shannara.

Of course I bought it, even though my parents thought I wouldn't understand it. And they were right. I didn't
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Samantha
Jan 07, 2016 Samantha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thank the lord that's over....
Just watch the show. Seriously.
Danae
Jan 02, 2015 Danae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My ratings have become more strict the more I read, so lately my 5's are reserved for books that I absolutely love and am able to look past the flaws. The Elfstones of Shannara had a few flaws I can't look past, however, this book ruined me. The last 10% absolutely, and completely, ruined me. We're talking tears, words leaving the brain (they still haven't fully returned yet), and a book hangover. A book like that? It definitely deserves the full 5 stars.

Seriously, words fail me so I can't reall
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Bryce
Aug 06, 2007 Bryce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I notice that everyone's favorite lists are riddled with the literary classics like Great Expectations or modern smartness like Middlesex.

I bet far more people prefer to sit down with some Dean Koonz or a bodice ripper. So I'm going to stand up and say: I like fantasy. I read it. And I think it's good!
Connor
Jan 05, 2016 Connor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
[1 Star] Starting off 2016 with a bang. I hope that's not indicative of how this year will go for me.

This book is definitely not for me. At first, I was intrigued. The world was cool enough. The story, promising. But soon I started to like the book less and less as I read it. The writing was not for me. It is insanely repetitive. The same story is told over and over and over. The same story is told over and over and over. The foreshadowing is clunky and blatant. Watch out! This character has so
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Angela
Dec 08, 2015 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yeah I read this because of the TV show that's about to come on... Sue me! so happy I did too! Can't wait to see it all play out on the big screen!
4.5

Please don't be a flop... please don't be a flop... because this could be amazing.







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Amy
Feb 20, 2008 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Dannii Elle
Every bit as fascinating, fantastical and phenomenal as the first book!

I was initially disappointed that this did not feature the same characters from the first installment in the trilogy, and that we would not get to see how their lives had continued to develop after the close of the book. So much time had passed between the two, in fact, that this felt more like a companion novel than a continuation of the series.

I soon forgot the prior adventure had even existed, however, as I was sucked into
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Inés Izal
Apr 07, 2016 Inés Izal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Buena ambientación, buenos personajes y con ritmo.
Quizá la única pega sea ese exceso de narración que tiene a veces.

Lo que sí recomiendo es leer el libro sin a ver visto la serie antes.
Yo ya había visto la serie, y eso ha hecho que pierda su gracia en algunos momentos.

¡Wiiilllllll!
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Angie
Nov 01, 2010 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers
Shelves: fantasy
I loved this book. I was a bit disappointed at the beginning when I realized that I wouldn't be reading about Shea, Flick, and Balinor, but I quickly became used to Wil and Amberle, and frankly, I found them to be much more believable and relatable characters. Shea and Flick were a bit annoying at times, and the other characters were too close to LoTR characters for me to really get close to them. This book could stand on its own, and it was a good story.

I enjoyed the character development of An
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Ashley
Alright. I held out as long as I could, but I'm just so bored and I've got about 90 unread books on my shelf I'd rather be reading than trudging through this.

This has a very Tolkien writing style (in that it's much longer and explainy than it really needs to be) but is lacking the intrigue for me. I think this book could definitely lose about 100-200 pages and I'd not find myself missing them. Typically I don't mind a lot of world building and explanation but ultimately I just didn't care what
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Michelle Morrell
I first read this in middle school (cough cough) years ago, but apparently forgot every single plot point. It wasn't until I watched the tv adaptation (fantasy 90210, not bad, quite glossy) that my interest was sparked again.

From reading Brooks's "The Word and the Void" series, I did know these take place in a post-apocalyptic Earth. But with all the massive backstory I missed between then and now, I was worried I'd be lost. I was pleasantly surprised at how I was able to enjoy it as a stand-al
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Kandie
Feb 11, 2016 Kandie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
September 2015 Update:
For those of you who love Terry Brook's books here's an update. Shannara, is now a TV series on MTV, with a scheduled premiere date in January 2016. I'll be writing blogs about the journey to the premiere and covering episodes here >> http://www.kandiedelley.com/category/...

Please follow and support Terry!

I have waited nearly 20+ years to see "Elfstones" made into a movie. Although this is a TV show, I know with its large fan base supporting the show, it could event
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kathalovesbooks
May 05, 2016 kathalovesbooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Cover: es handelt sich hierbei um das Filmcover welches Emberle zeigt: es ist nicht das hübscheste aber nunja - Geschmackssache ;)

Geschichte: wirklich eine tolle High Fantasy Geschichte die mich wirklich in ihren Bann gezogen hat, auch wenn sie an manchen Stellen ihre Längen hatte und dadurch stellenweise etwas langweilig war. Doch trotzdem konnte mich die Geschichte überzeugen und obwohl ich die Sereie geschaut habe wollte ich einfach wissen wie es mit der Geschichte weitergeht und auch wo die
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Wendy
I read this specifically because I wanted to compare it to the television series, which I recently watched. Otherwise, I really had no intention of returning to Shannara. I read LOTR 2.0 -- I mean, The Sword of Shannara, and was bored. Were it not for the fact that I was actually watching paint dry at the time (repainting my kitchen) and being entertained by my co-blogger, Tiara, who had recently undertaken the same journey, I am not sure how I would have survived the trip. But what actually tur ...more
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
It took me almost a month to read this one! Not because it was awful, or difficult writing to wade through, but because I've been working 50-70 hrs a week. And I also wanted to take my time and enjoy the story. Believe it or not, of the three Terrys (Pratchett, Brooks, & Goodkind) I hadn't read anything by Brooks before. I attempted "Sword of Shannara" first but it was such a blatant ripoff of Tolkien that I didn't bother past the first chapter. As a cohesive story that is mostly original an ...more
Evgeny
Sep 23, 2013 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
An ancient tree created by elves who lost magic of that caliber a long time ago for the purpose of containing a great evil is dying. The said evil is about to escape with some of the most powerful guys already walking among population of Four Lands. Only Allanon knows the full extent of the problem, but even the last surviving druid cannot be at two places at the same time, so he must ask unlikely heroes for help - including Wil Ohmsford, the grandson of Shea Ohmsford from the first book.

This b
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Jonel Boyko
Apr 20, 2016 Jonel Boyko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rlftci-2016
This novel was absolutely magical. Brooks engaged my imagination and my emotions. The breathtaking scenes were vividly real, causing me to loose myself in the pages. It was written with an intensity that seeps from the pages.

Brooks’ world building is a seamless part of the plot. He doesn’t assume that the reader knows anything about this world, yet also doesn’t rehash past events ad nauseum. It’s the perfect balance. I love the deeper look at the elfstones. The intricacies behind them were fasc
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Liz Weasleyhead
Jul 08, 2016 Liz Weasleyhead rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audibook
Dieses Buch/Hörbuch hatte alles was ich von einem HighFantasy Roman erwartet habe: episches Setting, tolle und tiefgründige Charaktere, blutige Schlachten :) ich bin einfach so verliebt in diese Story :)
und ich hab mich entschieden die Serie nicht weiterzuschauen, denn diese kann nicht im geringsten an dieses BuchEpos rankommen :)
Marlin Elina
Jan 08, 2016 Marlin Elina rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books, big-books
2.5 stars.

Very old-fashioned, trope-y kind of fantasy. I enjoyed about the last 30 percent, the rest was super slow. I found the characters to be flat and stereotypical, and many difficulties were just solved too conveniently. Still, I did not entirely dislike it. There is something comforting in this sort of fantasy tale that you feel you just know, and I will always enjoy a good quest story. And some of the battle scenes played out like an action movie in my head (and I usually just get confus
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Viktoria (seelieknight)
So I just got The Sword of Shannara because of how amazing the MTV series trailer looked, but now I'm noticing that the show will start at the second installment: The Elfstones of Shannara. I was super excited to read the first book, but I've recently read a lot of critiques about how closely related it is to Lord of the Rings, and that makes me a little wary. However, I've never actually read the LotR series, either. I've only seen a few movies. Perhaps I will abandon the first book and go stra ...more
Patry Fernandez
Feb 09, 2016 Patry Fernandez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro me ha gustado mucho más que el primero, con más aventuras y fantasía, y sobre todo algo que me faltó en el anterior, una historia de amor que le da más fuerza a la trama. Una historia de amor en la que tendrán que hacer frente al destino y luchar contra muchos peligros y enemigos que harán lo que sea por destruirlos.

Reseña completa -> http://thewordsofbooks.blogspot.com.e...
Incorrigible_bibliophile
The Elfstones of Shannara was overall a good entertaining read but it was very formulaic in places. I've seen some say that it is nothing but a Lord of the Rings fan fiction and to be quite honest they might not be wrong but I would still say that it's worth a read.

The battle scenes were so well written that they were my favorites parts of the book. Some of the other scenes came off feeling cold and clinical like a character was going through the motions without actually getting involved and ye
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Scott
Jul 18, 2016 Scott rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, abandoned
Another stinky book club pick. At this point I'm just going for the socialization. Anyway...

The worst thing about this book is not that it's a Tolkien rip-off; it's that it's a tedious, badly-written Tolkien rip-off. It reads as if a young writer read a few fantasy novels, maybe played a little D&D, and then proceeded to write what he thought a fantasy novel should sound like. In other words, the style is very affected and pretentious. He also repeats himself a lot. At least Stephen King wil
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Jay  The Crippled God
Hallo Lovely people, please brace your awesome selves for one of my lame reviews.
This book got 3/5 stars and the only reason I gave it it's 3rd star was due to the Legendary narrator ( oh, did I forget to mention that this was my first audiobook experience and it was amazing due to Mr.Legendary narrator? well, now you know ;) )

Anyhoo, I got to read this book because I wanted to watch the TV series but might as well read it first, right? (as you all know, I never read a book in a series without
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Chris Thomas
Jan 14, 2016 Chris Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A classic and you can see why. It hasn't really stood the test of time, but when you read it with the mindset of someone who hasn't read fantasy before, you can see why it is so popular. It is full of charm and envelopes you into the comfort of the standard fantasy tropes we have come to know and love in the thirty or so years since this was written. A must read for any self respecting fantasy fan.
Rachna
Jun 14, 2013 Rachna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
It was slightly better than the first book (which is not saying much) but at least the plot was more original. The beginning and the end were interesting but the middle was overloaded with too many descriptions - of battles, places, feelings and whatnot.

It got a little wearisome but if it had been shorter, or would have been good to read. There wasn't anything memorable except that he has a fondness for the word 'awesome' which seems misplaced in an old world epic.

There seemed to be too long m
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Tosh
Sep 18, 2015 Tosh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Originally I rated this 3 stars, but it was really just "OK". 2 stars it is.

It’s a little outside the norm to start a series in the middle, but a certain GR friend assured me this book could be read as a stand-alone. He didn’t steer me wrong, but there were some parts I felt would’ve had more of an impact had I read the first book,(view spoiler). Nothing major though. It was still pretty much a self-contained story, though it was like starting LoTR witho
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Nedyah
Jun 14, 2016 Nedyah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hace unos meses, aprovechando el estreno en MTV de la serie basada en esta trilogía de Terry Brooks, aproveché para adentrarme en el mundo de Shannara con la primera parte (reseña aquí), pensando que esa novela sería la que se daría vida en la serie de televisión. Al final, nada que ver y empecé a ver la serie dándome cuenta de que las cosas no cuadraban y que finalmente se estaba plasmando en la pequeña pantalla el argumento del segundo libro. Nada más saberlo quise ponerme manos a la obra con ...more
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Terry Brooks was born in Illinois in 1944, where he spent a great deal of his childhood and early adulthood dreaming up stories in and around Sinnissippi Park, the very same park that would eventually become the setting for his bestselling Word & Void trilogy. He went to college and received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, where he majored in English Literature, and he received ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Original Shannara Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Sword of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #1)
  • The Wishsong of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #3)

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