Morgan Leah, art by David Cherry

The Freemarks. The Ravenlocks. The Shannaras. The Ohmsfords.

All are super important to Shannara and the tales that Terry weaves.

But the Leahs are often the most talked about family on the website and on its forum. Readers can’t get enough of them. If Terry writes a story that doesn’t have one, a rush of questions come into the site asking when Terry will include a Leah in the next story. It’s gotten almost comical to watch that response happen.

There are a number of Leah characters, all of whom have been important to the Ohmsfords and their fight to keep the Four Lands free from evil. Menion went with Shea to help defeat the Warlock Lord. Rone went with Brin to be her anchor when she needed it—and eventually married her. Morgan is arguably the fan favorite, his story with Quickening most reader’s favorite love tragedy. Then there is Quentin, who grew addicted to the magic of the Sword of Leah but survived his trip to Parkasia. And now we have the first female Leah, Mirai, on an adventure that will rock the Four Lands forever.

Who is your favorite? Why? Would love to hear from you!


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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)!