THE SWORD OF SHANNARA: Long ago, the world of Shea Ohmsford was torn apart by war. But the half-human, half-elfin, Shea now lives in peace - until the forbidding figure of Allanon appears, to reveal that the long dead Warlock Lord lives again
THE ELFSTONES OF SHANNARA: Ancient evil threatens the
Elves and the Races of Man. For the Ellcrys, the tree of long-lost
Elven magic, is dying - loosing the spell of Forbidding that locks the
hordes of Demons away from Earth. Only one source has the power to stop
it: the Elfstones of Shannara.
THE WISHSONG OF SHANNARA: Evil
stalks the Four Lands as the Ildatch, immemorial book of evil spells,
has stirred to eldritch life. Once again Allanon, ancient Druid
Protector of the Races, must seek the help of a descendant of Jerle
Shannara. @ goodreads
This book is a trilogy so I'm going to break it down into each book. There will be ***SPOILERS***
The Sword of Shannara:
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 of Shea's and he decides he is going. He is the
prince of Leah. Balinor is a borderman and the Prince of Callahorn. You
have Hendel the dwarf and Durin and Dayel who are elf brothers. They
fight off gnomes and all sorts of this and that creatures. At one point,
they get separated when Shea falls off of a cliff into the water that
takes him away. He is eventually taken prisoner by the gnomes who are
taking him to the Warlock Lord.
I just know I'm leaving some
stuff out! So the others keep traveling as they are all headed in the
same direction. OH and duh! I forgot to mention Allanon gives Shea the
elfstones which has magic to the one who has them. He uses them to fight
off a few monsters when it's just him, Flick and Menion.
so they all make it to the city where the Warlock Lord is and all kinds
of stuff ensue as they are looking for the Sword. The sword isn't
there, they fight with gnomes and other such creatures, everyone gets
split up again. I mean they need to be attached at the hip.
gnomes who took Shea prisoner were killed by a funny character and theif
named Panamon Creel. He has a friend who is a Rock Troll named Keltset.
I loved Keltset. They find a gnome that was hiding and a little off his
rocker. He has all of these weapons and random stuff he stole and guess
what? one of the swords is the Sword of Shannara but everyone is too
stupid to look at them closely. By the time Shea figures it out the
gnome got loose and is on the run.
Closing this up before I tell
the whole story, Menion Leah finds a woman he saves and falls in love
with, a few of them die and the day is saved when they finally get the
sword and kill the Warlock Lord.
I liked this book, but I really wish that Keltset didn't get killed. I was hoping to have him in more of the stories.
THE ELFSTONES OF SHANNARA:
this book jumps ahead 50 years! I was sad because more of the people
are dead now :( I thought it would go on with their stories, but nope!
So we have in this book Wil who is a relative to Shea and Flick. They
are still alive and run an inn. They are his grandfather and great
Allanon comes to him to help with some more bad stuff
coming. He gets the elfstones but he doesn't have too much magic in him
and they only work a little bit.
What happens is the elves have a
tree called the Ellcrys. She keeps all of the evil demons, etc. in a
place called the Forbidding. But she is dying and they are starting to
escape. There are 7 Chosen to take care of the tree, but one of the
demons tears all but one to shreds! They are all males. The one female,
Amberle didn't want to do it so she was banished. Soooo, Allanon gets
Wil to go on the adventure and talk Amberle into taking the seed from
the tree to the Bloodfire. This makes the seed be reborn and has to be
returned to the earth.
So once again, we are off on a journey. I
fall in love with Amberle, she is really sweet. Her and Wil fall in
love for a short time. To make this one short, they find the place they
need to go and get the seed all set up.
Meanwhile, the elves and Allanon are fighting the demons that escaped when the ellcrys finally died.
When they finally get back Amberle goes to the dead tree and "She" becomes the new tree. Of course, Wil is heartbroken!
are other characters in the book but I didn't want to drag it out, but
one is a woman named Eretria who ends up staying with Wil. This story
was pretty good.
THE WISHSONG OF SHANNARA:
Twenty years later...
one is great. Eretria and Wil have two children, Brin and Jair. They
inherited a gift from the Elves called the Wishsong. They sing and it
causes magic. Well you can guess what I'm going to say next :) Here
comes good ole Allanon! He asks Brin to come on a journey with him to
use her wishsong to destroy a book or the same ole junk is going to
happen. Jair has to go off on his own journey.
Rone Leah goes with Brin and Allanon. He is Menion Leah's great grandson and a prince himself. He is in love with Brin too.
come upon some wonderful characters in this book. Jair runs into a
gnome named Slanter, who is a tracker. Him and his gnome buddies drag
Jair with them, but Slanter seems like he likes Jair.
They all run into Garet Jax who kills them all but Slanter as he is a good gnome and they escort Jair on his journey.
Slanter is freakin hilarious! He's always going on about this and that and thinks everyone is stupid! I love him.
and Rone come across some new friends. One is Cogline a crazy old man
who is hilarious, his granddaughter Kimber Boh and their moor cat
Whisper, which is huge. They go with them on their journey after Allanon
is killed. Yep, Allanon is killed, but he is still a spirit in the
Anyway, Brin does what she is supposed to do and puts an end to that evilness.
liked these books, but my review can't give them credit because I loved
so many people and there were so many things going on that it would
take forever to even mention. I thought I was just get to the point of
most things and mention some of the people that I really enjoyed. I have
a few more of the trilogies and I wonder how far in the future these
are going to go or if they are going to backtrack, I'm not sure yet.
At any rate, they are good books with loveable characters. 4 Stars