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Allanon's Quest

(Paladins of Shannara #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,928 ratings  ·  133 reviews
The legendary hero Allanon takes center stage in the first of three gripping new stand-alone eBook short stories set in the world of the fantasy-fiction phenomenon that is Shannara—by beloved New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks.

The history is thus: The once-Druid Brona, seduced by his pursuit of dark magic, was forever transformed into the Warlock Lord—whose evi
Kindle Edition, 40 pages
Published July 9th 2012 by Del Rey
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Verity Brown
Jul 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Fans who want ANYTHING Shannara

Allanon is and always has been my favorite character in all of fiction, and I would have been happy to read a story about him when he was younger and less indomitable...but that story should NOT take place right before The Sword of Shannara. The Allanon from whose POV we see this story has very little resemblance to the Allanon whose POV we get a few glimpses of in Sword.

In fact, you'd think that if an author was going to write a story that takes place immediately before one of his previous book
Michael S.
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
About the literary equivalent of one of those little, bite-sized snickers. For 99 cents, it's worth reading...barely.

Brooks continues to squeeze the Shannara grape for every last drop he can get...but sadly that grape ran out of juice about 6 or 7 books ago. Now it's just this barely moist, mushy pulp stuff and it's gone sour...not pleasantly fermented...just sour.

Brooks can be such a great writer. I just wish he could come up with a new world and a new story.

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I admit it. I'm a Shannara fan, for all its blatant borrowing from The Lord of the Rings, for all its cliched and predictable plotlines, I can usually find a lot to enjoy in Terry Brook's fertile imagination. I've read more than my far share of the Shannara series in all its spin-offs and sideways travels, and though it's far from great literature, or even great fantasy, this short ebook reminds me of why I had such fondness for this author, and this wi
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 4-not-on-shelf
A novella chronicling Allanon’s quest to find the last Shannara heir? Count me in! I was expecting this novella to be an eye-opening read that answered a lot of the questions I had and still have about the events between The First King of Shannara and The Sword of Shannara. But I found myself disappointed – mainly because this novella is so short it really can’t do justice as a prequel to The Sword of Shannara.

Repetitive and lacklustre are the two words that come to mind when I think about the w
Timothy Boyd
Nov 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Very nice short story telling the prestory to the Sword of Shanarra book. Nice and interesting read. Recommended
William Tyler Davis
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great Short

Really enjoyed this brief glimpse into a series I haven't read for a long while. I will definitely read more of Brooks' shorts!
Quite useless: it’s just a fistful of pages about Allanon’s quest of the Shannara scion, the one who will wield the Sword against the new-reborn Warlock Lord.
Half of this brief tale it’s just a summary of the previous events that you can read in “The first King of Shannara” or in “The Sword of Shannara”.

Praticamente inutile: si tratta di una manciata di pagine relative alla ricerca di Allanon dell'erede Shannara che potrà brandire la Spada contro il Signore degli Inganni appena risorto.
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Pretty good little short story from Brooks. I really would only recommend it to longtime Shannara readers or someone about to start The Sword of Shannara. It might still be enjoyed otherwise, but wouldn't pack the same punch. Still, this is a good way to spend 30 minutes if you enjoy the Shannara world. ...more
Mar 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Actually 3.5 stars but Goodreads doesn't do half stars.

It's a 3 star story with mediocre writing but if you've read Brooks before or are in any way invested in the Shannara history it's probably 4 stars because it fills in some of the gaps specifically how Allanon found the heirs of Shannara.

Recommended only if you are invested in the story and have read the other books
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a fantastic short intro for the "Sword of Shannara." Anything with Allanon never disappoints. I probably would have given it 5 stars but I would have preferred if this story would have been longer and more fleshed out. Highly recommend for any Terry Brooks fan. ...more
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, shannara
It was so nice to go back and re-visit this world that first introduced me to the world of fantasy literature. I found it fascinating to see the journey Allanon went on to find Shea and begin the story that would span so many years.
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This short story is awesome. Is a great addition to the Shannara timeline, if you like Terry Brooks then you will love this.
Seth Lee Straughan
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great the wait for the next two installments.
M.A. Kropp
Jul 23, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a short piece written, along with two others, as add-on stories in the larger Shannara world. As such, none really add a whole lot to the bigger picture, but do give us a bit of a spotlight on events not essential to the novels.

This one is set before the events of Sword of Shannara and endeavors to tell how Allanon first learned that there was a Shannara descendant that the Warlock Lord had not managed to track down and kill. It's got a lot of the familiar in it- Allanon, of course, the
Jeremy Michael Gallen
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This Shannara short story focuses on the Druid Allanon generations after First King of Shannara and his restoration of Paranor to the world of Men, visiting the Elven village of Archer Trace, fifty miles northeast of the city of Arborlon. After entering a tavern, he beseeches information on Eldra Derrivanian, a keeper of genealogical records for the Elessedils. The Warlock Lord’s return is imminent, and Allanon sees the young Elven King Eventine Elessedil, seeking to protect the relatives of Jer ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Joe Pranaitis
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Author Terry Brooks brings us a short story focusing on the Durid Allanon who is searching for the last of the Shannara blood line. During his quest we find out that the Warlock Lord has returned and that his skull wraths are also are also looking for anyone in the Shannara line in order to kill them. This short story reminds me of the series that has come out the Shannara chronicles but the series has adapted events differently than they are in the books but that's not a bad thing. It was the s ...more
Gilda Felt
Sep 23, 2020 rated it liked it
There’s not much to the story. Allanon’s quest to find a Shannara heir is already known to be successful, as this story was written long after The Sword of Shannara, so there’s no real suspense. It’s basically a small filler to the Shannara mythology. Not a necessary filler, or even what one might call a good one, but a filler, nevertheless.

So far I’ve enjoyed the Shannara books, but I’d prefer Brooks go on to something else.

Crazy Uncle Ryan
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, that was a good, quick read. In some ways it could probably function as a prologue for The Sword of Shannara. It didn't give quite as much information about Shea's background and parents as I would have preferred but it was still a good addition to the Shannara story. ...more
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Way too short, way too fast and not well developed. The majority of the narrative was spent going over the past or repeating what had already happened or describing the journey of Allanon from here to there. I could have gained the extra knowledge that added to the Shannara story here in a short excerpt from something like one page in Allanon' s journal. I'm terribly disappointed. ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
The Four Lands were at war long ago than peace came but when the Warlock returns Allanon must seek out the last heir of the Shannara throne to wield the Sword of Shannara once more.

I really like the story of the Druid Allanon and it takes place early in the Shannara cannon. It helps fill in the gaps of what he was doing and how it helped developed his character.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Allanon's quest is a short story that immediately precedes the events in The Sword of Shannara. Brooks treats us to a rare glimpse inside the mind of his enigmatic and iconic character, the druid Allanon. ...more
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I was excited to see this Shannara short ("Kindle Singles Exclusive") as I thought I had read all of Terry Brooks' Shannara series. Ultimately, due to the length of the novella/short story, it really is one basic story with a pretty simple plot line. So, certainly not as engrossing as the traditional novels. Still, it's nice to see some familiar characters back in action. ...more
Stephanie Trosper
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Was well worth the read!

I have long been a fan of Terry Brooks. I have read everything he has ever written. He never disappoints me even though some of my favorite characters die I cannot get enough of his books. This particular book answers questions that you did not know before you read The sword of Shannara.

Suzie Davis
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Didn't realize this was just a short story, and I mean short...less than 30 pages. Disappointing to say the least, I was really looking forward to reading more about Allanon after finishing Season 2 of the Shannara Chronicles on Netflix. Oh well. What I did read was great, just not enough. ...more
Louise Harcarova-Geary
Loved it

I really love the way that Terry Brooks writes and the stories are so involving that they are hard to put down. This one was no exception and nicely completes the picture of how Shea managed to 'disappeared' as a child.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nice little addition to a great series of books.

I am going through the entire series via audio book driving in my car to work and back. This is not on audio so, I read it in my spare time in two sittings. Thank you Terry for adding this to answer your readers questions!
Ian McGaffey
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I always rather enjoyed Allanon as a character. It was nice to get a brief glimpse into his search for the last of the Shannara line. I look forward to the next book in the paladins of shannara series.
Kenneth R. Sherman
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another Great Work by Terry Brooks

If you like fantasy the short stories by Terry Brooks are wonderful. I am warning you if you read them you will become a devoted fan and want to read all his books.
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome as ever...

I have rad TB for years and was hesitant to read his short stories for reasons unknown to me but I finally decided to read this one. I loved it!! Adventurous and nail biting to a sigh of “oh good” 😌🗡👑
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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 his ...more

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