The Sword of Shannara

You know, I’ve pretty much given up on my ‘Reading List’ page. It’s fiddly to keep sorted, and I’m keeping my Goodreads profile updated so I don’t entirely see the point any more. I’m just kind of glad that I’ve actually kept with the reading this time. I finished Colour of Magic and read The Light Fantastic in a few days, then decided, as I’d already started it a while back, that I should get on with reading the Sword of Shannara.

This book, as I own the triology in one book, is huge. It’s 1200 pages, those pages are quite big and average sized text I guess, it’s neither small or big. To read roughly 10 pages, a chapter, it takes me about an hour. That’s not really anything huge I guess, I’m quite a slow reader, but his writing style doesn’t help. For years I’ve heard people say on various authors, “the problem with their book is that they take too long to describe things, it makes it difficult to read,” and I never entirely understood what they meant, none of the authors they mentioned really seemed to do this, until I picked up Terry Brooks. It took him 2 pages to describe the landscape and what the weather is like and as aforementioned that’s probably 3 or 4 pages in a normal sized book. Though the story is good and I am enjoying it, it’s taking me a long time to get through. When they get to a bit where stuff happens, the action scenes, namely, or a bit of dialogue, it’s much more fun to read through. I want to know where the story is going to go, which I guess is the main thing when you’re reading, but as there is this trilogy, and 4 books afterwards as well, I believe he’s releasing another one soon, I won’t be reading the Elfstones just yet.

4 thoughts on “The Sword of Shannara”

  1. I’ve read nearly all of the Shannara books and the Sword is really the one I struggled with most. It is quite ponderous as you’ve noticed. However, all the rest of the other books I think are much better in that regard. The Elfstones ended up being my favorite of the series for a long time. Stick with ’em, I bet it’ll be worth it!

    1. That’s quite reassuring to hear! Though I’ll still read something else after the Sword of Shannara, trying to break up my reading a bit so I don’t end up making myself bored of one series, the way I did with Discworld when I was a kid. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Just a quick FYI, the Shannara series are as follows:

    1) Sword of Shannara Trilogy (3 Bks),
    2) Heritage of Shannara Trilogy (4 Bks, set some 400 years later),
    3) First King of Shannara (1 Bk, prequel to first series and set 000’s of years earlier)
    4) The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara (3 Bks, Set hundreds of years after 2)
    5) High Druid of Shannara (3 Bks, sequel to 4 relatively soon after)

    So yes, just a few to be getting on with. I won’t mention the Word and the Void trilogy 😉

    1. Oh God.. that man writes a lot… /flail.
      I’d read the prequel about a year ago, wasn’t aware of points 4 and 5 D:

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