Shannara Book Summery
Shannara Trilogy Series
The Sword of Shannara
Published in 1977, The Sword of Shannara served as the first of author Terry Brooks ventures into the Four Lands. Shea Ohmsford (adopted by the Ohmsford family) and his brother Flick are visited by Allanon at their home in Shady Vale. He tells Shea that he is a son of the House of Shannara (a half-son only because his mother was of the Race of Man). This ancient Elven family had been the rulers of the Elves for many years. Jerle Shannara was his distant relative and it was he who was given the Sword of Shannara by the Druid Bremen for the battle against the Trolls. Now the rebel Druid Brona
has appeared again in the Skull Kingdom of the Northland. Brona has killed all the sons of the House of Shannara because of the legend of the sword-- it states that a Son of the House of Shannara would come forth to take up the Sword against him. Brona didn't know about Shea because he had been raised with the race of Man in the Southland, not with the Elves. Allanon tells Shea there is no immediate danger, but soon a Skull Bearer is seen in Shady Vale with the obvious purpose of killing Shea. Skull Bearers are evil servants of the Dark Lord and are inherently dangerous, to say the least! And so begins this story which also introduces some of my favorite characters such as Menion Leah, Panamon Creel, and Hendel the Dwarf.