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Il ciclo di Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy #1-3 )

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La spada di Shannara, "Le pietre magiche di Shannara", "La canzone di Shannara": l'intera celebre trilogia in un'unica elegante edizione.

Le Quattro Terre, un mondo in cui l'equilibrio imposto dall'ordine del Bene vive sotto la costante minaccia di antiche forze demoniache, deve lottare a ogni generazione per preservarsi dall'invasione del Male. A vegliare su di esse, attra
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Cofanetto, Oscar Bestsellers #605, 612 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Mondadori (first published January 1st 1979)
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Danae
Jan 17, 2015 Danae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jackie
Nov 10, 2008 Jackie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
Shelves: fantasy, epic

The world of Shannara (the Four Lands) is reminescient of Tolkien's LOTR, not in style but in the classic struggle of good vs. evil on an epic scale. An easier read than Tolkien, Shannara has it's merits. Loveable characters, mysterious characters, characters to despise. A quest and all it's inherent dangers.
This original trilogy is by far my favorite in the enitre series.
THE SWORD OF SHANNARA: Two stories interwoven, one follows the protagonist Shea Ohmsford on his quest to obtain the Sword of
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Samuel
May 18, 2012 Samuel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My bleeding goodness...

I was recommended this book by my sister a few years ago. I started reading it and then switched off, but I decided that must be because I was tired or something else...basically. I gave the book a second chance. I'm a school teacher; you get a second chance, but you ain't getting a third.

I started reading it, again, hoping it could be one of those books I could read a few pages a day because of my busy work schedule. I was hoping I wouldn't have to dedicate lengthy perio
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Amy
Feb 02, 2010 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I went specificly looking for an Epic Fantasy series that could engross me as much as A Song of Ice and Fire, The Lord of the Rings, or The Wheel of Time. I found this highly reccomended and went into it expecting to love it. I was very surpised to find it so disappointing. I am unsure why this gets listed as being on par with the other series I listed. The writting is really sub-par. You don't care about the characters, it's narrated like somone decided to write out their DnD adventure, it seem ...more
Aoife
Mar 04, 2016 Aoife rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition


The Sword of Shannara 2.5/5 Stars
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Coming into this series, I had already watched and read a lot of mediocre reviews. I was well aware that this book was very heavily inspired by Lord of the Rings and I'm glad I was prepared for this because even though I knew it, throughout the book I found myself saying 'Lord of the Rings', 'Lord of the Rings,' and 'oh, more Lord of the rings!'

I wish I liked The Sword of Shannara more than I did because I do feel, despite being inspired by Tolkien's
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Melissa Martin
Apr 20, 2015 Melissa Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fantasy-all
This book is a trilogy so I'm going to break it down into each book. There will be ***SPOILERS***

The Sword of Shannara:

This is the beginning of many books in the series. A Druid named Allanon comes looking for the half elf Shea so he can get the sword to destroy the Warlock Lord. Shea's brother Flick comes along for the journey. They have to fight for their lives with all sorts of evil creatures. They pick up some friends along the way and Allanon recruits more to help. Menion Leah is a friend o
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Shean Pao
Mar 18, 2016 Shean Pao rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well nothing can equal Brook's stories when it comes to high fantasy. He is a master. You simply won't be dissapointed by any of his books. Who doesn't love elves, griffins, orcs and demons? (Ok not the demons but they are necessary for the story). If you want to be taken to another world and time - this is it
Will
Sep 04, 2015 Will rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's rare that I leave a full review on here. A book has to be exceptionally good or truly terrible.

Unfortunately this was the Latter. I'm a huge fantasy fan and someone recommended this to me with the immortal tag line " If you liked LOTR you'll love this".
Well of course I would. It's LOTR! A young hero is sent away from the home he loves because his life is in danger from an evil lords creatures ( Check ). He is joined on his journey to a safe haven by his stocky, stout and faithful companion
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Sara
Jul 10, 2015 Sara marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-read-next
After seeing the trailer for this (new TV show on MTV!) I really want to read it!
joshigaya
Jan 21, 2016 joshigaya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this series. I started watching the TV adaptation because of Jed Brophy, and though the series has its faults, I was enjoying myself. I then learned the show was based on a book series, and I knew I had to read them. I bought this with high expectations--it had been heralded as a cornerstone of the fantasy genre, after all.

I got about 150 pages in before it started to go downhill. It wasn't the similarity to Tolkien. In fact, The Tolkien comparisons aren't a huge turn off
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Zack Parks
Aug 19, 2011 Zack Parks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed this ride through the Four Lands. At the very beginning, I did think it felt kinda like a Tolkien rip-off, but that fairly quickly subsided. What struck me the most was the character development. I really liked and related to the main characters in all 3 books of the trilogy. Brooks seems to really love jumping around during exciting moments though, to other story threads, to keep you reading 'till the end. I think I'm invested now in moving on to the Heritage of Shannara four-v ...more
Ben
Nov 29, 2009 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this collection to finish the series after having read Sword. I read Elfstones and, while I thoroughly enjoyed it, decided that I needed to take a break before reading Wishsong. While Elfstones was a good read and much better written than Sword, it had many of the same plot devices and many of the characters from Sword were recycled into "new" characters in Elfstones. I'm guessing that Wishsong will be similar and I'm afraid that if I read them all at once, I'll get annoyed at the si ...more
Shawn
May 02, 2010 Shawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit that it took me a few years to get around to actually reading this one all the way through—I was constantly acquiring new books and could not focus on the first book of the series; it was slower than most and had difficulty holding my attention. I recently decided to take up this famous work again, and this time I would not stray until it was completed.

The similarities between The Sword of Shannara Trilogy and another famous body of work can be found at every turn while searching the int
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Chad
Jul 28, 2008 Chad rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who thot Tolkien was too long winded.
This is like a weird acid-tripped reader's digest version of The Lord of the Rings. Replace "The Ring" with a sword, the wizard with a druid, and hobbits with humans and apparently that is enough to not get sued for copyright infringement.

On the other hand, even though the plot is stolen whole cloth from Tolkien, Brooks is much better at characterization. I remember Allanon and Menion Leah more fondly than Gandalf and Aragorn. The characters definitely carried me through what was an annoyingly
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Chris Witt
A mysterious magic user petitions a simple farming person to help save the world from the powers of darkness.

Where have I heard this story line before?

Anyhow, parts of the book were well-written, but that first line up there was just the first in many instances of what seemed to be direct rip-offs of one very famous fantasy trilogy which this author admits was a big influence on him deciding to become a writer. Witness, for example, the third book in the trilogy - in which the heroine must take
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Mary
Mar 05, 2009 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great trilogy. The Sword of Shanarra I actully read back in 1979/1980 time frame and I have to say it drew me into the story just like it did 30 years ago.

This time I noticed that Terry Brooks seemed to like the word awesome alot. I didn't notice this so much the first time I read it probably because I was a teenager and that was literally a major part of my own vocabulary.

The use of awesome did not distract from the story at all and I mean nothing negative by it. It's just an observa
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Damien Sulla-Menashe
This was a fun series and so easy to read. Each book is a slightly different but similar adventure describing an against all odds battle between good and evil. While I enjoyed the first of these the most, the world Terry Brooks has invented is full of interesting characters and has a well developed backstory. One thing that's very interesting is to see his development as a writer since these were three of his earliest novels before he pursued writing as a full time career.
Jessica Baker
Feb 07, 2016 Jessica Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terry Brooks never fails

Terry can write one hell of an epic fantasy.
This book was a great ending to an amazing trilogy!
I had some much fun reading these books!
Paul
Dec 20, 2012 Paul rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I like fantasy based books.
I didn't like this one.
It basically tells the same story three times while switching the coveted object and the names of the characters... every chapter has a deus ex machina getaway. It was pretty obvious that the author tried to emulate Tolkien... tried and completely failed. How I even managed to read all three stories, I'll never know, and now it's something I'll never be able to erase from my memory.
This book was given to me by a friend who obviously just wanted t
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Robin
Jan 20, 2009 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Difficult one this - I read these books as a teenager and really liked them. It's actually 3 books, and the first - the sword of Shannara is really just a thinly veiled knock off of Lord of the Rings. Re-reading it as an adult was a bit of a disappointment to be honest, but the next book (Elf stones) is actually really good... (still half way through the final book wish song).

Some of Brooks recent books are brilliant, but mostly seem to be based on the same world as his first book. I do think it
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Niharika Mudgal
Feb 20, 2015 Niharika Mudgal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book years and years ago and really enjoyed it. Now, picking it up as an adult, I enjoyed it less for two very distinct reasons.

First, the similarities between The Lord of the Rings is too striking. Some of this book seemed taken directly from Tolkein - from a mysterious wanderer appearing to warn the main character of hideous danger and how the main character must suddenly flee from his peaceful existence to try to save the world to the fellowship of different races, each with thei
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Lori
Feb 20, 2011 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, series, fiction
A commonly recommended series, I wouldn't disregard it since it has some interesting aspects, such as the role of druids as leaders and various ancient talismans used by characters who are forced to develop in order to prove their worth. (This does not mean that you grow to like the characters, though.) However, the future/add-on series that eventually loop into a yet another, seemingly unaffiliated, further series slowly degrade in the quality vs. quantity of publishing. Quite sad.
Katrina Traylor
I am actually quite impressed with this original trilogy. I felt that the first book, Sword of Shannara, while good, was a bit slow. Not much happened in between the major events. It was a lot of travelling, but I enjoyed getting to know the characters and the backstory for the next two books.

Elfstones of Shannara was by far my favourite of the three. The characters were very interesting and there was a lot happening while Wil and Amberle made their journey to save the Four Lands. I liked that t
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Anne
Aug 20, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: npr-100-sci-fi
Brooks says that the publication of the Song of Shannara was a matter of luck. His was the first manuscript to cross a certain editor's desk after Lord of the Rings emerged from its counter-cultural shell and began to carve out a new genre in fiction. You can see why an editor would identify it as being of the same ilk. The many similarities between the books amazed and amused my father. But for me, as a high-school level reader when my family got this book, this was the easier saga to get into. ...more
Mekerei
This is the begining of the Shannara series. I have read the three (so far) in this series one after another and am only just reviewing all three.

The Sword of Shannara
The Bloodfire Quest
Witch Wraith

In all honestly this is not the best of the three, but it is worth reading as it gives background information and sets the scene for the other two books.

Only 3 stars
Ben Stern
Feb 16, 2014 Ben Stern rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
I read this book years and years ago and really enjoyed it. Now, picking it up as an adult, I enjoyed it less for two very distinct reasons.

First, the similarities between The Lord of the Rings is too striking. Some of this book seemed taken directly from Tolkein - from a mysterious wanderer appearing to warn the main character of hideous danger and how the main character must suddenly flee from his peaceful existence to try to save the world to the fellowship of different races, each with thei
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Amy
Mar 20, 2016 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book was a blatant knock-off of The Lord of the Rings. Luckily, the second two in the trilogy were much more original and therefore much more fun to read. The plots were good, if not exceptional, and the world is a fun one to get immersed in. Sadly, the character development is severely lacking and I never found myself caring a great deal for any of the characters...however, this made the numerous deaths in each book easier for me to take, so I guess that's not ALL bad. ;) Worth readin ...more
Nth Wolf
I read these a long time ago and decided to do a re-read to refresh my memory before the shows come out.

The first book was good but the rest of the books just followed the same plot.

Possible spoilers: Main characters are happy where they live. Mysterious man with lots of secrets comes into town and tells them they have to leave with him. Main characters do not trust mysterious man with secrets but go off with him anyway.
They save the world.

Now the second and third book take place a generation o
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Josh
Apr 16, 2009 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chris Casler got me into this series. It's awesome, and I've enjoyed all of them so far. Keep in mind if you're going to start it that it's a very long series. This is only the beginning.
Isabella Cavallari
Recensione completa qui: http://boscodeisognifantastici.alterv...

Devo dire che il primo approccio con questa ambientazione è stato piuttosto strong: arrivai a leggere metà libro e, poi, lo accantonai. L’ho poi ripreso daccapo dopo diversi mesi, lasciandomi così coinvolgere dalla storia e cercando quindi di proseguire laddove faticai la prima volta.
Risultato? Arrivai sino alla fine, soddisfatta, contenta e lieta del finale che, tra l’altro, non mi aspettavo.
Forse la narrazione è un po’ lenta, for
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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 Elfstones of Shannara  (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #2)
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“It’s the age-old tale of complacency, Shea.” The tall warrior sighed deeply and stretched as he rose. “We may be standing on the brink of the greatest war in a thousand years, but no one wants to accept the fact. Everyone gets in the same rut—let a few take care of the gates to the city while the rest forget and go back to their homes. It becomes a habit—depending on a few to protect the rest. And then one day … the few are not enough, and the enemy is within the city—right through the open gates …” 0 likes
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