YMMV: The Sword of Shannara Trilogy

The Sword Of Shannara

  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Panamon Creel is a very popular character, for his morally ambiguous nature, general badassery, and dramatic flair. This led to both the creation of Padishar Creel in The Heritage of Shannara, and Panamon's starring role in the short story The Black Irix.
  • Gateway Series: While it doesn't differ much from The Lord of the Rings in terms of themes, The Sword of Shannara is a very good book for people who are new to High Fantasy.
  • Ho Yay: Menion Leah is very obviously head-over-heels in love with Shea Ohmsford. Which, when you think about it, might explain why Shea's older brother Flick dislikes Menion so much.
  • One-Scene Wonder: In Sword and High Druid. He gets a little more screen time in First King.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Thirty years ago, when the fantasy industry was in its infancy, The Sword Of Shannara was hailed as a worthy successor to Tolkien's epic. Now the prevalence of the tropes in it can make it seem rather cliché.

The Elfstones Of Shannara

The Wishsong Of Shannara

  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Garet Jax, the Weapons Master is one of the most consistently asked about characters in the series, due his mysterious air and incredible fighting skills. He now has his own short story, The Weapon Master's Choice, which explores who he was before the events of the story.
  • Tear Jerker: This is the one where Allanon dies. And then there's Jair's companions. Helt's is particularly poignant, as is Garet Jax's. In a nondeath related example, Slanter's goodbye to Jair is also quite touching.