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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 Shannara, and the glory that once was the Four Lands....
Paperback, 512 pages
Published October 5th 2006 by Orbit (first published April 12th 1990)
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Danae
Feb 09, 2015 Danae rated it it was amazing
The Scions of Shannara takes place 300 years after the events of the previous book, and I was incredibly nervous to start it. My thoughts were something along the lines of 'The Original trilogy was fantastic that nothing could possibly live up to it.' But live up to it it did. I'll never doubt Terry Brooks again.

Being incredibly attached to quite a few characters in the Original Trilogy, I had no idea what to expect meeting new ones. I needn't have worried though, because I quickly became fond o
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Mike (the Paladin)
Nov 29, 2016 Mike (the Paladin) rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I need a way to rate the book and then a way to separately rate the edition I got. I have the audio I got from OverDrive and the gain is so low that with the recording turned up all the way, my speakers turned up all the way and going into my computers audio controls and jacking them up all the way I could barely hear it. Recording value -1 star.

The book is a return to the world of the original Shannara trilogy though much later. magic is outlawed and practically gone (funny how often that seems
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maricar
my first terry brooks novel, and purely by chance. since then, i was hooked. don't care if people say that brooks was a hack compared to tolkien. i like both authors--they have their own writing styles, and both are very good in their art.

what is great about brooks and his shannara series is that every chapter is riveting. there were times when i really couldn't put the book down--i just wanted to gobble up every scene, every confrontation, every revelation. besides having fantastical character
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Shannan
Jan 31, 2013 Shannan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of the various Shannara series' for a number of years but the Heritage series is probably my favourite. The brotherly bond with struggle and love is so well written that I really relate to Par and Coll. This is, in some ways, your standard sort of "epic fantasy" with elves, dwarves, humans, etc. but the personal stories carry it so much further than just any "standard" fantasy. I've read this series before, and I'll read it again! Love it.
Timothy Stone
Jan 29, 2014 Timothy Stone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For The Sword of Shannara Trilogy, author Terry Brooks wrote three separate, but loosely-connected tales. In The Heritage of Shannara, he tells one large, epic tale over the space of four books. It was quite a departure from the pattern of the previous stories, and, if the first book is any indication, this seems to have worked quite well for Brooks.

As the first book, The Scions of Shannara, opens, the world is a radically different place from the world that Brin and Jair Ohmsford inhabited at t
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Mitali
I first read this book about 3-4 years ago, but it was apparently so forgettable that I couldn't remember a thing about it apart from the very bare bones of the plot. Even when I started skimming through it to remind myself of more details (so that I could read its sequels), I had almost no memory of most of the scenes or even important characters, so I finally decided to reread the whole damn thing. Perhaps it's an exercise in masochism to reread something that my mind didn't think was worth ...more
Squire
Jul 09, 2016 Squire rated it really liked it
#14/29 in my Epic Shannara Quest.

Three-hundred years after his death, the druid Allanon is at it again, calling upon the descendants of the Elven house of Shannara to stamp out evil threatening the Four Lands. This time he has three of them to contend with, each with their own personalities and egos.

?"...There is a history that needs repeating. There are adventures to be shared and battles to be won. This is what Fate has decreed for you and me!"

This is the problem with the beginning of this new
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Dark-Draco
Sep 06, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the second series of Shannara books. 300 years have passed since Brin destroyed the Ildatch, but the Four Lands are in turmoil. The Federation have begun to take over, enslaving the dwarves, fighting the trolls and banning magic. The elves have disappeared and dark Shadowen take over the bodies of the people they destroy. The shade of Allanon sends dreams to the three Ohmsford chidlren. Par has the power of the wishsong and is ordered to seek out the legendary Sword of ...more
Kelanth
Mar 21, 2016 Kelanth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Gli eredi di Shannara, in originale "The Scions of Shannara" è il primo libro della tetralogia de Gli Eredi di Shannara di Terry Brooks, ambientata trecento anni dopo gli eventi narrati nella trilogia di Shannara. Il romanzo, come i successivi, segue le vicende degli Eredi di Shannara: i fratelli Par e Coll Ohmsford, Walker Boh e Wren Ohmsford.

Gli Eredi di Shannara è il primo libro della tetralogia dell'eredità di Shannara, tetralogia che presenta una sostanziale differenza rispetto alla precede
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Roman Kurys
Jan 19, 2016 Roman Kurys rated it it was amazing
So while I though the first Trilogy good, this has been GREAT! A fantastic ride through a good adventure courtesy of Terry Brooks.

I really love how he continually brings up events from the last 3 books in a non invasive manner that flows well with the story and also at the same time serves as a reminder of the times in the past. This has made it much easier to get immersed in the story and plenty of times I found hours slip by unnoticed and had to make myself stop reading to go on about my day.
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Jeffery Moulton
Jan 03, 2011 Jeffery Moulton rated it really liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy
I am a longtime Terry Brooks fan but have primarily focused on his Magic Kingdom and Word and the Void stories. So I haven't yet completed all of the Shannara books and decided it was time to do so. This book is the first I've read since Wishsong. Wishsong wasn't my favorite Brooks book, so I wasn't sure how much I would like this one. I am happy to report that I really enjoyed this story and the characters. It was interesting to see what Brooks had done with the world and the battle sequences ...more
Terri
Jul 30, 2016 Terri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, shannara
I don't remember how many times I've read this book, it's quite a few, but the last time was probably over 10 years ago. Picking it up and reading it again was like meeting up with a friend I've not seen in years but we talk as it it was last week. All the classic parts of a great fantasy novel and a great read, I'll be reading book two later today.
John Taylor
Jul 23, 2012 John Taylor rated it it was amazing
This is the book that started it all for me, the one that got me reading, that got me into fantasy, and introduced me to a lifelong fansession with Terry Brooks. And although I've read and enjoy Sword of Shannara more, this was the one that started it all for me. If Mr. Brooks ever happens upon this review, thank you for a life made more fantastic through your stories.
Martti
Oct 14, 2015 Martti rated it did not like it
The whole of this book annoyed me, because in a sense this is just an introduction to the next book. An annoyingly long introduction. It was kind of a same emotion when reading Harry Potter books, where you discover that the first four-five books have been just a wait for the Real Plot to surface. I think I would have been fine just to read the couple of last chapters and be done with it.
Ian McGaffey
This was good story, but it got off to a slow start. As the first book in the trilogy it makes sense that it wasn't all resolved, so I'm interested in finishing the trilogy to find out how the characters finish their quests.
Ariel Paiement
Apr 23, 2013 Ariel Paiement rated it it was amazing
Exciting and enthralling. It kept me turning pages the entire time. The first two chapters were a little slow, but the rest of it was good. I would highly recommend this book to others!
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
This is the first book in the 'Heritage' series of Shannara and I absolutely LOVED it! This series just keeps getting better and better!
Anita
Aug 13, 2012 Anita rated it did not like it
Dull and unimaginative. Gave up after about 70 pages when I lost the will to read any more.
Octavia Cade
Oct 31, 2016 Octavia Cade rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
"It was ok" really does sum this up for me. I've read a number of the Shannara books, and some of them work for me more than others. The ones I like better tend to have more women in them for a start - Wren and Teel are only bit players here, and the beginning relationship between Damson and Par (who I cannot, cannot help but think of as Plum and Golf Boy, the names in this series are truly terrible) is something I find deeply unconvincing.

Mostly, though, it's the length (too long for what it is
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Deanna_morley
Dec 04, 2016 Deanna_morley rated it it was ok
DNF at page 221.
The first Terry Brooks novel I read was The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, and that is still one of my favourite fantasy books of all times, but the issue is I'm just not a fan of Terry's earlier writing. Not every one of his books is great, which is totally normal and understandable, for it's clear to see how he's improved as a writer.
The Scions of Shannara started alright, I guess, but the plot moved so slowly. By the time I started to see that I was getting bored, they'd only
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Craig *ARISEN FROM THE ABYSS*
Set 300 years after the previous series...seems to be a Fantasy trope haha, it almost reads like a The sword of Shannara reboot or remake, a similar story flow but with new characters. The new guys where all a joy to read. The danger is twofold too because as well as the usual monstrous baddies there are also human baddies, the Federation, stakes certainly are higher. I loved all the throwbacks to previous characters and books. The final chapters where great because a few big twists where thrown ...more
Abigail
Oct 14, 2016 Abigail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Abigail by: David St louis
Shelves: fantasy
After finishing the original Shannara trilogy, my husband insisted we continue our journey into the world by starting this quartet. It's his favorite. It's definitely a different world you step into with this one. Taking place 300 years after The Wishsong of Shannara, we find a land that's owned by the big, bad "Federation," a place where the elves have disappeared, the dwarves are systematically oppressed and magic is forbidden. The stories from the previous trilogy are now myth and legend. Wha ...more
Scott Wade
Oct 18, 2016 Scott Wade rated it really liked it
At sea
Jamie
Oct 13, 2016 Jamie rated it liked it
This book was good, although I did not care for it as much as I cared for any of the three installments of the first Shannara series. This novel was clearly meant to be read with with other two books in the series, and was notably less of a standalone novel than any of the earlier books. It was, however, a great first part. The plot was slow to build, but did so steadily. The resolution was swift. Yet, even in resolution it had the distinct feel of a ledge, not the end of the story. Definite ...more
Jason Carpenter
Oct 12, 2016 Jason Carpenter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an awesome story, written as well as any other Terry Brooks book I've read. The characters are deep and interesting and the battle between good and evil is shown to be much more complex than just the good guys versus the bad guys. I highly recommend this book to anyone who appreciates a well-written, rich, and complex fantasy.
Camilla (Lettrice In Soffitta)
Potete leggere la recensione anche sul mio blog: https://lasoffittadiamelia.blogspot.i...

Sono passati trecento anni da quando l'avventura dell'ultima generazione degli Ohmsford incontrati ne La canzone di Shannara si è conclusa. Il mondo è cambiato. Gli Elfi sono scomparsi, i Nani vivono in misere condizioni e gli uomini sono sotto il dominio di una nuova fazione politica e militare: la Federazione.
La magia è proibita, ma Par e Coll Ohmsford trasgredisgono questa legge passando di taverna in tav
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Athimar
Aug 08, 2016 Athimar rated it really liked it
After re-reading the original Shannara trilogy, I decided once again to re-read the Heritage of Shannara quadrilogy - starting, as one always should, with the first novel in the series, The Scions of Shannara.

I have always liked this series. As opposed to the first set of novels, these four books, while having their own plot points, are part of a single large story arc. Instead of getting to know Brooks' characters for one novel only, we get to read about Par, Coll, Walker, Wren, and their frien
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Sakura87
Il primo capitolo della seconda saga di Shannara. Per me è una rilettura, in realtà, perchè essendomi appena stato regalato il quarto libro, I Talismani di Shannara, molto tempo dopo aver letto i primi tre, avevo bisogno di rinfrescarmi la memoria.

Sono passati più di trecento anni, ormai, e generazioni e generazioni di Ohmsford, dai tempi leggendari in cui mostri, elfi e magia erano la realtà del mondo.
Adesso sulle Quattro Terre incombe l’ombra della Federazione, che ha riunito le terre del Sud
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Conan Tigard
Nov 02, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it
The Scions of Shannara takes place long after the adventures of Brin and Wil Ohmsford in The Wishsong of Shannara. In the three hundred years that have past, the rule of the Federation has devastated the people and lands. The Elves are long gone, as are most of the Dwarves. the use of magic is no longer tolerated and the Seekers kill any magic users they can find. With the demise of the Druids, there is not anyone strong enough to stand up to the might of the Federation. The Shade of Allanon ...more
Brian Schiebout
Apr 27, 2013 Brian Schiebout rated it really liked it
The Scions of Shannara by Terry Brooks is the first book in the Heritage of Shannara series set in the Shannara universe. In many ways this book finally treats Shannara as it always should have been treated. The first three books written about Shannara were in many ways to short to really get a true feel for what was going wrong with the land but after reading this one which is a true series book I feel like the world and the characters came more to life. Of course as such it is a bit darker ...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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Heritage of Shannara (4 books)
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