History Literature / Shannara

8th Jan '16 2:55:31 PM FordPrefect
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By the time ''Sword of Shannara'' kicks off, Allanon is the only surviving good Druid. He arrived in a small village, told the hero, Shea Ohmsford, that he was actually the [[ChangelingFantasy last of the bloodline of the famous Elf King, Jerle Shannara]], and the only person able to use the titular McGuffin to kill the Warlock Lord. He [[YouWillKnowWhatToDo refused to explain how to use it, though.]] After a long journey many mishaps, a lot of CharacterDevelopment, and one hell of a surprise ending, Shea manages to put the Warlock Lord back in his grave. A few decades later, in ''The Elfstones of Shannara'', Allanon returns, having spent the intervening years in magical sleep, and conscripts Shea's grandson Wil and elven princess Amberle to save the world. It seems that long before human history, the elves (revealed to be the real thing, not mutant humans) and other good faeries locked all the evil faeries, known as Demons, [[SealedEvilInACan inside the Forbidding]], using a magic tree called the Ellcrys. Now the Ellcrys is dying, and the Demons are beginning to escape. Amberle, as the last of the Ellcrys Chosen, must make the journey to the Bloodfire, to fertilise one of the trees seeds. Since Allanon will be busy helping the Elves defend their homes from the Demons, he convinces Wil, who has inherited the anti-dark magic Elfstones that the Druid gave to Shea, that he must protect Amberle on her dangerous trek. A generation later, in the third book, ''The Wishsong of Shannara'', we discover that using the Elfstone's gave Wil's children Brin and Jair the inherent magic of the [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]] Wishsong. Unable to penetrate the GardenOfEvil known as the Maelmord to destroy the Ildatch, the TomeOfEldritchLore that corrupted the Warlock Lord, Allanon recruits Brin, believing that she may be able to succeed where he has failed. Easily the darkest of the three, it explores the idea of the inherent unpredictability of magic and the addiction to it in far greater detail than ''Sword'' or ''Elfstones''.
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By the time ''Sword of Shannara'' kicks off, Allanon is the only surviving good Druid. He arrived in a small village, told the hero, Shea Ohmsford, that he was actually the [[ChangelingFantasy last of the bloodline of the famous Elf King, Jerle Shannara]], and the only person able to use the titular McGuffin to kill the Warlock Lord. He [[YouWillKnowWhatToDo refused to explain how to use it, though.]] After a long journey journey, many mishaps, a lot of CharacterDevelopment, and one hell of a surprise ending, Shea manages to put the Warlock Lord back in his grave. A few decades later, in ''The Elfstones of Shannara'', Allanon returns, having spent the intervening years in magical sleep, and conscripts Shea's grandson Wil and elven princess Amberle to save the world. It seems that long before human history, the elves (revealed to be the real thing, not mutant humans) and other good faeries locked all the evil faeries, known as Demons, [[SealedEvilInACan inside the Forbidding]], using a magic tree called the Ellcrys. Now the Ellcrys is dying, and the Demons are beginning to escape. Amberle, as the last of the Ellcrys Chosen, must make the journey to the Bloodfire, to fertilise one of the trees tree's seeds. Since Allanon will be busy helping the Elves defend their homes from the Demons, he convinces Wil, who has inherited the anti-dark magic Elfstones that the Druid gave to Shea, that he must protect Amberle on her dangerous trek. A generation later, in the third book, ''The Wishsong of Shannara'', we discover that using the Elfstone's Elfstones gave Wil's children Brin and Jair the inherent magic of the [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]] Wishsong. Unable to penetrate the GardenOfEvil known as the Maelmord to destroy the Ildatch, the TomeOfEldritchLore that corrupted the Warlock Lord, Allanon recruits Brin, believing that she may be able to succeed where he has failed. Easily the darkest of the three, it explores the idea of the inherent unpredictability of magic and the addiction to it in far greater detail than ''Sword'' or ''Elfstones''.

In ''Druid'', [[DungeonMaster The King of the Silver River]] sends Walker on a quest to stop an independent BigBad and retrieve the Black Elfstone, a magical object that he needs to fullfill his mission.
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In ''Druid'', [[DungeonMaster The King of the Silver River]] sends Walker on a quest to stop an independent BigBad and retrieve the Black Elfstone, a magical object that he needs to fullfill fulfill his mission.

In the final volume, ''The Talismans of Shannara'', the heirs manage to reunite, despite the Shadowens' best efforts to kill or subvert them, barely manage to avert the BigBad's plan to pull a GrandTheftMe on TheHero and gain unlimited power, but eventually triumph.
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In the final volume, ''The Talismans of Shannara'', the heirs manage to reunite, despite reunite (despite the Shadowens' best efforts to kill or subvert them, them), barely manage to avert the BigBad's plan to pull a GrandTheftMe on TheHero and gain unlimited power, but eventually triumph.

The Elves send a recently invented airship, named after the Ohmsfords' illustrious ancestor, in pursuit of an ancient library from our near future. Unfortunately they aren't the only ones looking for it, the psychotic Ilse Witch is after the same treasure. Upon finally reaching the site indicated on the map they have to get through the library's guardian.
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The Elves send a recently invented airship, named after the Ohmsfords' illustrious ancestor, in pursuit of an ancient library from our near future. Unfortunately Unfortunately, they aren't the only ones looking for it, it; the psychotic Ilse Witch is after the same treasure. Upon finally reaching the site indicated on the map map, they have to get through the library's guardian.

Grianne has become the High Druid, but one of her subordinates stages a coup by [[TrappedInAnotherWorld trapping her in the Forbidding]] with all the faerie demons, releasing a single shapeshifting demon in exchange. The coup was actually [[TheManBehindTheMan instigated by a demon-lord]] in the Forbidding, as part of a plot to release all the demons. Grianne's nephew Pen manages to rescues her, but his girlfriend is turning into a spirit. Grianne volunteers to take her place, which for frees her from all guilt due to the LossOfIdentity.
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Grianne has become the High Druid, but one of her subordinates stages a coup by [[TrappedInAnotherWorld trapping her in the Forbidding]] with all the faerie demons, releasing a single shapeshifting demon in exchange. The coup was actually [[TheManBehindTheMan instigated by a demon-lord]] in the Forbidding, as part of a plot to release all the demons. Grianne's nephew Pen manages to rescues her, but his girlfriend is turning into a spirit. Grianne volunteers to take her place, which for frees her from all guilt due to the LossOfIdentity.
8th Jan '16 2:51:26 PM FordPrefect
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These three loosely connected books dealing with the Druid Allanon and his relationship with three generations of the Ohmsford family, the Heirs to the House of Shannara.
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These three loosely connected books dealing deal with the Druid Allanon and his relationship with three generations of the Ohmsford family, the Heirs to the House of Shannara.
7th Jan '16 10:36:48 PM FordPrefect
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* AllDeathsFinal: You can be brought back from the brink of death. You can be healed from gaping chest wounds, lethal poisons, you name it. But once you're dead in the Shannara universe, once you're all the way gone? You stay gone. Your shade can come back and talk to people, but the real physical you? That's all folks.
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* AllDeathsFinal: You can be brought back from the brink of death. You can be healed from gaping chest wounds, lethal poisons, you name it. But once you're dead in the Shannara universe, once you're all the way gone? You stay gone. Your shade can come back and talk to people, but the real physical you? That's all all, folks.
7th Jan '16 10:35:46 PM FordPrefect
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A generation later,in the third book, ''The Wishsong of Shannara'', we discover that using the Elfstone's gave Wil's children Brin and Jair the inherent magic of the [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]] Wishsong. Unable to penetrate the GardenOfEvil known as the Maelmord to destroy the Ildatch, the TomeOfEldritchLore that corrupted the Warlock Lord, Allanon recruits Brin, believing that she may be able to succeed where he has failed. Easily the darkest of the three, it explores the idea of the inherent unpredictability of magic and the addiction to it in far greater detail than ''Sword'' or ''Elfstones''.
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A generation later,in later, in the third book, ''The Wishsong of Shannara'', we discover that using the Elfstone's gave Wil's children Brin and Jair the inherent magic of the [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]] Wishsong. Unable to penetrate the GardenOfEvil known as the Maelmord to destroy the Ildatch, the TomeOfEldritchLore that corrupted the Warlock Lord, Allanon recruits Brin, believing that she may be able to succeed where he has failed. Easily the darkest of the three, it explores the idea of the inherent unpredictability of magic and the addiction to it in far greater detail than ''Sword'' or ''Elfstones''.
7th Jan '16 10:20:03 AM AzureOwl
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One of the first second-generation fantasy series, and among [[LongRunners the longest running]], {{Terry Brooks}}' Shannara began in 1977 with a {{doorstopper}} called ''The Sword of Shannara'', but is now a nineteen-volume series which includes a trilogy of urban fantasies. It should be noted that ''The Sword of Shannara'' was the first high fantasy novel to become a mainstream bestseller, demonstrating to the publishing industry that there was a market for fantasy; the genre, at least as we know it, might not exist otherwise.
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One of the first second-generation fantasy series, and among [[LongRunners the longest running]], {{Terry Brooks}}' Shannara began in 1977 with a {{doorstopper}} called ''The Sword of Shannara'', but is now a nineteen-volume series which includes a trilogy of urban fantasies. It should be noted that ''The Sword of Shannara'' was the first high fantasy novel to become a mainstream bestseller, demonstrating to the publishing industry that there was a market for fantasy; the genre, at least as we know it, might not exist otherwise. \n The series was later adapted for television by MTV as ''Series/TheShannaraChronicles'', based on the second book of the series and premiering in the United States on January 5, 2016.
25th Oct '15 8:39:28 AM NOYB
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A duology which starts 500 years after Hawk led humans, Elves, and mutants to safety. The cocoon of magic that has protected their valley is coming undone. One Knight of the Word is left and must find a successor.
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A duology which that starts 500 years after Hawk led humans, Elves, and mutants to safety. The cocoon of magic that has protected their valley is coming undone. One Knight of the Word is left and must find a successor.
19th Oct '15 7:19:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* LegendaryWeapon: The Sword of Shannara is the legendary sword which the Elven King Jerle Shannara used to defeat the Warlock Lord and end the Second War of the Races. Five hundred years later, the entire plot of TheSwordOfShannara is a quest for said sword.
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* LegendaryWeapon: The Sword of Shannara is the legendary sword which the Elven King Jerle Shannara used to defeat the Warlock Lord and end the Second War of the Races. Five hundred years later, the entire plot of TheSwordOfShannara Literature/TheSwordOfShannara is a quest for said sword.
14th Oct '15 1:43:28 AM msq
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* EndOfAnAge: The ''Genesis'' books take place at the very tail end of civilization as we know it. The recent ''Dark Legacy'' trilogy meanwhile is poised to evoke this trope for the existing Shannara order.
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* EndOfAnAge: The ''Genesis'' books take place at the very tail end of civilization as we know it. The recent ''Dark Legacy'' trilogy and ''Defenders'' books meanwhile is poised to evoke this trope for take place more or less at the existing end of another era of history, as the status quo of Shannara order.unravels and more of the old sciences are reintroduced into the world.

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* EndOfAnAge: The ''Genesis'' books take place at ** By the very tail end of civilization as we know it. The recent ''Dark Legacy'' trilogy meanwhile is poised to evoke this trope for time the existing Shannara order.first in the ''Defenders'' series comes around, industrialization and the return of Old World technology has reach the point wherein firearms are coming back.
13th Aug '15 6:41:52 PM NOYB
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A generation later,in the third book, ''The Wishsong of Shannara'', we discover that using the Elfstone's gave Wil's children Brin and Jair the inherent magic of the [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]] Wishsong. Unable to penetrate the GardenOfEvil known as the Maelmord to destroy the Ildatch, the TomeOfEldritchLore that corrupted the Warlock Lord, Allanon recruits Brin, believing that she may be able to succeed where he has failed. Easily the darkest of the three, it explores the idea of the inherent unpredictability of magic, and the addiction to it in far greater detail than Sword or Elfstones.
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A generation later,in the third book, ''The Wishsong of Shannara'', we discover that using the Elfstone's gave Wil's children Brin and Jair the inherent magic of the [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]] Wishsong. Unable to penetrate the GardenOfEvil known as the Maelmord to destroy the Ildatch, the TomeOfEldritchLore that corrupted the Warlock Lord, Allanon recruits Brin, believing that she may be able to succeed where he has failed. Easily the darkest of the three, it explores the idea of the inherent unpredictability of magic, magic and the addiction to it in far greater detail than Sword ''Sword'' or Elfstones. ''Elfstones''.
2nd Aug '15 5:29:12 PM Troper555
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** And then averted in the ''Defenders'' series, with the introduction of hand-held "flash rips".
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