Terry Brooks

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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 graduate degree from the School of Law at Washington & Lee University.

A writer since high school, he wrote many stories within the genres of science fiction, western, fiction, and non-fiction, until one semester early in his college years he was given The Lord of the Rings to read. That moment changed Terry's life forever, because in Tolkien's great work he found all the elements needed to fully explore his writing combined in one genre. He then wrote The Sword of Shannara, the seven year grand result retaining sanity while studying at Washington & Lee University and practicing law. It became the first work of fiction ever to appear on the New York Times trade paperback bestseller list, where it remained for over five months.

Terry Brooks has written more than 20 New York Times bestselling novels. But what is more marvelous about this fact is that those novels vary greatly in the type of fantasy they present to the reader. The novels of Shannara are epic fantasy, grand and serious in scope. The Landover novels are light-hearted fantasy. Nearly the exact opposite from the Landover novels is the Word & Void series—a dark, contemporary fantasy. Terry is now writing a pre-Shannara trilogy titled the Genesis of Shannara that focuses on the events leading into the Great Wars.

Terry Brooks books reviewed



  • The Word/Void Trilogy
  • Running with the Demon
  • A Knight of the Word
  • Angel Fire East


  • Genesis of Shannara Trilogy
  • Armageddon's Children
  • The Elves of Cintra
  • The Gypsy Morph


  • The Original Shannara Trilogy
  • The Sword of Shannara
  • The Elfstones of Shannara
  • The Wishsong of Shannara

A Shannara Short Story

  • Indomitable – An epilogue to The Wishsong of Shannara

A Shannara Graphic Novel

  • Dark Wraith of Shannara
    The past is always with us, but sometimes we fail to recognise it for what it is.' These were Jair Ohmsford's final thoughts as he walked away from the carnage at Dun Fee Aran, having destroyed at last the book of dark magic known as the Ildatch. Following this great event, told in The Wishsong of Shannara, Jair discovers that he can draw on a form of magic that allows him to transform into other living creatures, both human and non-human. The magic is both powerful and seductive, for Jair can feel himself wanting to remain in each new form that he tries. Jair sets out for the family home of Shady Vale, seeking peace from the temptations of his unwanted gift. But fate has other plans for the heir to the elven magics of Shannara, and the shade of the Druid Allanon sets him, and his sister Brin, on a new path. The way is perilous, but Jair can provide protection with his new magical ability. Of course, that may be the most dangerous path of all...
  • The Heritage of Shannara
  • The Scions of Shannara
  • The Druid of Shannara
  • The Elf Queen of Shannara
  • The Talismans of Shannara

A Shannara Prequel

  • First King of Shannara
  • The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara
  • Ilse Witch
  • Antrax
  • Morgawr
  • High Druid of Shannara
  • Jarka Ruus
  • Tanequil
  • Straken


  • Magic Kingdom for Sale–Sold!
  • The Black Unicorn
  • Wizard At Large
  • The Tangle Box
  • Witches' Brew
  • Book Six Untitled (forthcoming September 2009)

Critical acclaim

"A marvellous fantasy trip" Frank Herbert

"If Harry Potter has given you a thirst for fantasy and you have not discovered the magic of Terry Brooks, you are in for a treat" Rocky Mountain News

"Confirms Terry's place at the head of the fantasy world" Phi