Book Review: The Elfstones of Shannara (The Shannara Trilogy: Book 2)


Rating: 4/5 stars.

Being the second book by this author that I’ve read, it really didn’t disappoint. It was a great tale that was quite different from the first book that was so much like The Lord of the Rings.

For a very long time has the magical tree, known as the Ellcrys, lived, cared for by the elves. The tales of the Ellcrys protecting the world from demons that would destroy it are believed to be myths. Until now. The Ellcrys is dying. Now the Forbidding is crumbling, the demons that were held in captivity for many years are breaking free. The elves must call on the other races to help fend off what could annihilate them all. Meanwhile, Wil Ohmsford and the Elven girl Amberle journey to a dangerous place where Amberle will make the Ellcrys’s seed into a force that will restore the Forbidding and save the world. But a demon who has never failed in a mission to kill someone, is after them and cannot be stopped by any physical means.

This book was great. The book was mainly told from the points of view of Ander Elessedil and Wil Ohmsford besides a few other instances. So I must say it didn’t jump around as much as the first book. Probably my favorite character was Ander, unless you take Allanon into the equation, in which case he is like my absolute favorite. I have a feeling that he will make an appearance in almost every book about Shannara. Anyways, Ander was such a great leader, when he didn’t even want to be one. Wil was pretty good too. He only wanted to be a Healer. Amberle was very stubborn and strong, but also felt very vulnerable. Eretria. I don’t know what to think of her. She was bold, stubborn, and definitely wouldn’t take no for an answer, while also very protective for those she cared about, if they gave her what she wanted. You did not want to get on her bad side. Oh, and I can’t leave out Stee Jans. He was awesome. Such a brave and courageous person who didn’t fear death one bit.

The book didn’t feel as much like The Lord of the Rings, as the first one did. But that doesn’t mean that it was any less good. I think the only problem with it was that I just wasn’t as interested in it for some reason. I’m not exactly sure why, but I wasn’t, though it was still very fast paced and filled with tons of action. Then that ending blew it out of the water. It was fantastic.

I recommend this to fantasy lovers who don’t mind some magic. I can’t wait to read more!

-G. Paige

Book Review: The Sword of Shannara (The Shannara Trilogy: Book 1)

Rating: 5/5 stars.

I fell in love with this book from the start. It. was. epic. I mean, epic. I can’t wait to read more by this author!

In a land of Men, Elves, Dwarves, Gnomes, and Trolls, mankind, led by the Warlock Lord, revolted against the other races. This led to the First War of the Races and the rebellion was crushed. The Second War of the Races happened less than five hundred years ago. The Elves and Dwarves fought the Gnomes and Rock Trolls who were led by the Warlock Lord. King Jerle Shannara of the Elven people was given a special sword by a Druid to defeat the Warlock Lord. But in the final battle where the Elves and Dwarves fought the Trolls, the Druid and the Warlock Lord disappeared in battle. Now, a giant named Allanon, with strange powers, has come to the Shady Vale to reveal to the half elf Shea that the Warlock Lord is alive and planning to destroy the world. The one weapon that can defeat him is the Sword of Shannara, but only a true heir of Shannara can use it. The fate of the races rests on Shea, the last heir of Shannara.

This book was wonderful. The author really captures fantasy at its best. Terry Brooks really is a student of J.R.R. Tolkien’s. You can tell from how much he pulls from Tolkien’s works. It has quite the same epic fantasy feel to it as The Lord of the Rings. But, it was much easier to read and understand. Also, it was went along at a faster pace.

I loved all the characters of the company. The mysterious Allanon, the natural born leader Balinor, the Dwarf strategist Hendel, the Elven brothers’ Durin and Dayel, the reckless Menion, and, the always faithful brother to Shea, Flick. Every one of them was so special for different reasons. There were many other characters that I knew for only a short amount of time, but I felt like I knew everything about them. They were all so well developed.

The plot was amazing and fantastically thrilling. My nerves were on edge so many times throughout the book. A few times I stopped reading and yelled, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” while laughing. Even more so, I stopped to squeal and think, “I’m going to die if these characters don’t figure a way out of this situation.”. Then there were other times that I felt ready to cry.

Other than that, I will say that there was a good bit of magic and sorcery involved, though for the most part it was portrayed as an evil thing. This is not a Christian author. This book was great, I just don’t know how the rest of his books are going to be.

I recommend this to older teens and adults, especially all those Tolkien fans out there. It was a bit bloody, so I wouldn’t give this to younger kids. So come on and read it!

-G. Paige