The Scions of Shannara (The Heritage of Shannara #1) - Terry Brooks 5.90   111

Three hundred years have passed since the death of Allanon, and the Four Lands are sadly changed. The Elves have vanished, and the Dwarves are enslaved. The Southland is no under the totalitarian rule of the Federation, and magic is strictly forbidden.

Yet Par Ohmsford, descendent of the fabled Shea, still has some of the power of the Wishsong. He and his brother Coll have come to Varfleet, where Coll recites the old legends while Par brings them to life with his Wishsong. They are arrested by a Seeker for using magic, but escape with the aid of Padishar Creel, who claims to be the descendent of Panamon Creel.

In their flight to the Rainbow Lake, they are confronted by a hag-woman, but a man calling himself Cogline, the last Druid, drives her off. He tells them that she is a Shadowen – known only in rumors until then – and that the Shadowen are horrors that endanger all life. He also brings a message from shade of the ancient Druid, Allanon, demanding that Par appear at the dread Hadeshorn, where Allanon will reveal more.

Then he leaves to summon the other Scions of Shannara – Wren, who lives in the Westlands and Walker Boh, somewhere in the Eastlands.

After further adventures with the Shadowen, all meet at the Hadeshorn. There Allanon's spirit reveals a terrible future where Shadowen have destroyed all life in the Four Lands. To prevent that, he orders Par to recover the long-lost Sword of Shannara, Wren to discover the vanished Elves, and Walker Boh to bring back the Druids and their ancient, vanished stronghold of Paranor.

All those tasks are manifestly impossible!

Here, in this long-awaited and richly rewarding novel of the Shannara, Terry Brooks again proves himself a master of epic fantasy.


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Release date 1990
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The Heritage of Shannara :: Series

Series contains 4 primary works and has 5 total works.

Main series Shannara

The Scions of Shannara (The Heritage of Shannara #1) 5.90   111
The Druid of Shannara (The Heritage of Shannara #2) 5.86   99
The Elf Queen of Shannara (The Heritage of Shannara #3) 6.08   89
The Talismans of Shannara (The Heritage of Shannara #4) 5.76   81
The Heritage of Shannara 5.40   5

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Seregil of Rhiminee
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The Scions of Shannara is the first book of The Heritage of Shannara. In my opinion The Scions of Shannara is one of the weakest Shannara books. When you read it, it's easy to see that it's clearly the first part of The Heritage saga. This book is readable, but the other books in this series are much better. By the way, if you're familiar with the translations (the Finnish translations) and have read them, you should read The Sword of Shannara Trilogy before you begin to read this series. It's good to know what has happened earlier or you won't enjoy this series.

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