Terry Brooks

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.

"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

Terry Brooks reviews

Paladins of Shannara: Allanon’s Quest

written by Terry Brooks

The legendary hero Allanon takes center stage in the first of three gripping new stand-alone eBook short stories set in the world of the fantasy-fiction phenomenon that is [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 7.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Bearers of the Black Staff

Legends of Shannara: Book 1 written by Terry Brooks

Five hundred years have passed since the devastating demon-led war that almost exterminated humankind. Those who escaped the carnage were led to sanctuary by the boy saviou [...]

Published: 2010

Our rating: 9.2 | 3 positive reader reviews

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The Measure of Magic

Legends of Shannara: Book 2 written by Terry Brooks

For five hundred years, the survivors of the Great Wars lived peacefully in a valley sanctuary shielded by powerful magic from the blighted and dangerous outside world. But [...]

Published: 2011

Our rating: 6.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Dark Wraith of Shannara

NA written by Terry Brooks

Science has become an outmoded concept, in its place magic is born as a power source in the world of Shannara where Elves, Gnomes, Trolls and Dwarves, even men have tried u [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 7.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Wards of Faerie

The Dark Legacy of Shannara: Book 1 written by Terry Brooks

With the discovery of ancient powers, a legend begins... There was an age when the world was young. It was a time before the coming of humans, a time when magic was the dom [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 8.7 | 1 positive reader reviews

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The Black Elfstone

The Fall of Shannara #1 written by Terry Brooks

The age of peace that has reigned across the Four Lands is now at an end. An army of invaders, wielding a terrible new magic, is cutting a bloody swathe across the far nort [...]

Published: 2017

Our rating: 7.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Sword of Shannara

The Shannara Trilogy: Book 1 written by Terry Brooks

Long ago, the world of the Four Lands was torn apart by the wars of ancient Evil. But in the Vale, the half-human, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford now lives in peace - until the m [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 5.9 | 6 positive reader reviews

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The Elfstones of Shannara

The Shannara Trilogy: Book 2 written by Terry Brooks

Thousands of years after the destruction of the age of man and science, new races and magic now rule the world, but an imminent danger threatens. A horde of evil Demons is [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 7.4 | 1 positive reader reviews

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The Wishsong of Shannara

The Shannara Trilogy: Book 3 written by Terry Brooks

The Druid Allanon needs Brin Ohmsford to help win through the vile growth that protects the Ildatch, ancient source of evil--for only Brin holds the magic power of the wish [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 7.6 | 0 positive reader reviews

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