Poll: Favorite Book of the Original Shannara Trilogy?

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Yesterday, I received my author copy of The Annotated Sword of Shannara, which will be coming to US bookstores on November 13!

Opening it up took me back 25 years to the first time I opened The Sword of Shannara. I had a very strong nostalgic response. I remember where I was at when I first started reading Terry’s work. I remember where I finished his debut novel. I remember pouring over the Hildebrandt Bros. artwork each time I came to a new piece of art while reading. That book was truly magical for me for so many reasons I can’t even begin to describe—just like it is for many of you.

The Christmas after I read The Sword of Shannara, my mother surprised me with The Elfstones of Shannara and The Wishsong of Shannara. I can’t remember any Christmas gifts from my youth but I do remember those gifts. To say they are probably my favorite two gifts ever is an understatement. I’ll never forget their magic. I devoured them as quickly as I had Sword and it would be many years before The Scions of Shannara was published.

All of this came flooding back to me and much more when I opened up my copy of The Annotated Sword of Shannara. It got me thinking. What book is my favorite out of those three? They were Terry’s first three books and since then I’ve read them numerous times at very different times in my own life. Has my favorite changed over time?

So I ask you all today:

What is your favorite book out of the original Shannara trilogy?

And why!


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Written by Shawn Speakman
I am the long-time friend and webmaster for Terry Brooks as well as the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban/epic fantasy hybrid novel Terry calls "a fine tale by a talented writer." Join me on Facebook and Twitter (@shawnspeakman)!