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3.00012158793848 out of 53.00012158793848 out of 53.00012158793848 out of 53.00012158793848 out of 53.00012158793848 out of 5 3.00 (16,449 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry Brooks Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Shannara Series Release Date: April 2003 ISBN: 9780736698207
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Horrified by the misuse of magic they had witnessed during the First War of the Races, the Druids at Paranor devoted themselves to the study of the old sciences, from the period before the collapse of civilization a thousand years before. Only the Bremen and a few trusted associates still studied the arcane arts. And for his persistence, Bremen found himself outcast, avoided by all but the few free-thinkers among the Druids.

But his removal from Paranor was not altogether a terrible thing, for Bremen learned that dark forces were on the move from the Northlands. That seemingly invincible armies of trolls were fast conquering all that lay to their south. That the scouts for the army--and its principal assassins--were Skull Bearers, disfigured and transformed Druids who had fallen prey to the seductions of the magic arts. And that at the heart of the evil tide was an archmage and former Druid named Brona!

Using the special skills he had acquired through his own study of Magic, Bremen was able to penetrate the huge camp of the Troll army and learn many of its secrets. And he immediately understood that if the peoples of the Four Lands were to escape eternal subjugation they would need to unite. But, even united, they would need a weapon, something so powerful that the evil magic of Brona, the Warlock Lord, would fail before its might... Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April Teran | 2/19/2014

    " If you enjoy fantasy books like harry potter then you need to read these books. the characters are great and very intriguing. The books are well wriiten and I could not put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 2/11/2014

    " Is it fair to say that I tend to forgive Brooks mistakes in the story just for the opportunity to spend a few days back in the world that he's created? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Branwen | 2/10/2014

    " The prequel to the Sword of Shannara series! Loved it! It was great to see Allanon and Cogline again and to see what Bremen was really like! Also of course a host of new characters to come to know and love. Great installment of the Shannara series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelsey | 2/9/2014

    " I started reading this series in Jr. High thanks to Stephanie, so I thought it would be fun to finish. This isn't my favorite series of Terry Brooks so far. The Magic Kingdom of Landover is the best, but not nearly as famous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Hively | 1/28/2014

    " Great book, high fantasy. Can't complain. Four stars easy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 1/28/2014

    " If you enjoyed reading Lord of the Ring you may enjoy this series. Both authors use the same story formula. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alunsina | 1/27/2014

    " I read Sword after LOTR ages ago and my view of that experience was the same as this one. Totally unimaginative and utterly boring. These kind of books make me believe that I can be a writer too! Lol. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tee Jay | 1/25/2014

    " I actually read it as a prequel, before delving into the trilogy. It is much better written than The Sword of Shannara, more concise and tight. If you are not already familiar with The Sword of Shannara series want to start the series, start with this prequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 1/20/2014

    " I can't believe I haven't read this series yet. I loved this prequel to the classic series, I can't wait to tear through the rest of the story. I read the jackets of the next few books to get a hint at what was coming and I remain absolutely engaged to what Brooks has set up with this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyler | 1/20/2014

    " To all those retards who think this was a rip-off of LOTR, go get a life. Why don't you go out and write a book like this and see if you can even do it? First of all, nothing in here reminds me of LOTR, and the entire shannara series is different in many ways. Simply put, read the book and agree with me :P "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig Halloran | 12/20/2013

    " I got bored and never finished. Pretty much the same stuff as the rest. Sorry to be vague, I'll most likely pick it up and finish later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Forcebolts99yahoo.com | 11/12/2013

    " this is the prequel to Sword of Shannara and is just great. It was written years after the trilogy. It therefore feels a little incomplete, I would not be surprised if terry came back and wrote yet another trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Germain | 11/5/2013

    " Loved getting some back story on how/why the Sword of Shannara was forged, how Allanon became Bremen's successor, and seeing Cogline. I always liked that crazy old man! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lydia | 10/28/2013

    " Really good--glad that I found it so I now have a new series to read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 10/26/2013

    " This was the book that stared it all for me in the Shannara series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 10/16/2013

    " This is the second time around for this book - just wanted to read it again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danail Yovev | 10/1/2013

    " My favorite Shannara book! Totally awesome prequel! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 9/15/2013

    " This book was weird in the beginning. It took me a while to actually get into it. But once all the character development was completed, I couldn't put it down. I haven't started reading the rest of series yet, because there are a lot of them and I need to finish a few others first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Horizon | 4/6/2013

    " I can't believe I haven't read this series yet. I loved this prequel to the classic series, I can't wait to tear through the rest of the story. I read the jackets of the next few books to get a hint at what was coming and I remain absolutely engaged to what Brooks has set up with this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed Schwartz | 1/14/2013

    " I liked this book a lot more than the other Shannara books. Brooks' writing seems to be getting a little bit better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Gourley | 8/29/2012

    " I devoured this book quickly. It was a fun read, and seeing the origin of characters, the sword, and other elements of the world of the following Shannara books was quite satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 12/19/2011

    " A prequil to sword of shannara "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirk Aulenbach | 9/6/2011

    " This book drags in a few places, but for the most part keeps you on the edge of your seat! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Snufkin | 9/4/2011

    " This was in fact the first Terry Brooks I read. Amazing!!! And some imagery I will never forget...like the ripping out of the heart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerry | 5/4/2011

    " The prequel...moves very fast, too fast...not enough time spent on the characters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 4/27/2011

    " Great transition into the classic Shannara series. If you like you fantasy reading, you'll enjoy this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vampiress_demitri | 2/27/2011

    " Beginning of a great fantasy series! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Victoria | 2/26/2011

    " The writing was rich, detailed and professional. But, I'm just going to say it, enormously boring. Not enough interaction between the characters and the story went waaaaay to slow. Plus, it was to much like Lord of the Rings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 11/29/2010

    " This book clears up a lot of things that have been alluded to in "The Sword of Shannara" Trilogy and "The Heritage of Shannara" four-book series. Brooks has an excellent and easy to read writing style. His books can stand alone as well as be read as series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dpolonczyk | 11/23/2010

    " I love the Shannara series of books -- this was the third time of read this book and still love it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 11/16/2010

    " This was the book that stared it all for me in the Shannara series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Biz | 10/21/2010

    " This book was enjoyable, but not good enough to get me to read the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 10/6/2010

    " I read this book first before starting the series. A great way to start off the world of Shannara. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate | 8/2/2010

    " I really enjoyed this tale. While it is not up with Martin or anybody, It is still a fun read. "

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About the Author
Author Terry Brooks

Terry Brooks has thrilled readers for decades with his powers of imagination and storytelling. He is the author of more than thirty books, most of which have been New York Times bestsellers.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.