I just finished reading The Scions of Shannara and figured I’ write about Terry Brooks’ expansive fantasy series. I’ve written about Terry Brooks before, a couple of times via reviews on sites like GoodReads.com, and I believe once in an old blog that may be in existence somewhere on the net – though possibly not.
Either way, my coming across Terry’s work was an accident (or perhaps another stroke of fate, if that’s how you look at it) from picking a random book in the library, which happened to be Bearers of the Black Staff. I read the book and was pretty impressed, looking for The Measure of the Magic and being disappointed that it wasn’t available at the library. It was then surprising to me to find out, after some searching, that Terry had been writing for years and that Bearers of the Black Staff was preceded by a substantially large number of books within the same series. So I decided to start from the beginning with The Sword of Shannara and have been steadily reading the books since, at the moment finishing up the last book in The Heritage of Shannara, The Scions of Shannara.
Suffice to say, Brooks’ Shannara series isn’t the best fantasy work ever – or even to me personally when compared to some of the other works I have read, but it has been an enjoyable read and was a surprise to see that so many books had been written in the series before I even knew it existed. I look forward to reading it in its entirety.
If you haven’t read anything by Terry Brooks before, I personally recommend starting off with The Sword of Shannara. Mainly, it’s the beginning of his most recognized series, but also because it is also one of the better books in the series – at least of what I have read so far.