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With notes from Terry Brooks placed in the book’s margins to illuminate the history of his debut novel, The Annotated Sword of Shannara is now available!


Thirty-five years ago, Terry Brooks brought to life a dazzling world in The Sword of Shannara. Nineteen more Shannara volumes would follow, making the series one of the most popular fantasy epics of all time. Now comes a fully annotated collector’s edition of the novel that started it all—featuring never-before-shared insights into the classic tale, an all-new introduction by the New York Times bestselling author, and replicas of the original sketches for some of the long-lost, black-and-white paintings by the Brothers Hildebrandt that decorated the original edition.

Long ago, wars ravaged the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. Then the giant, forbidding Allanon reveals that the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.

Soon a Skull Bearer, dread minion of a mighty evil, flies into the Vale, seeking to destroy Shea. To save his home, Shea must flee, drawing the Skull Bearer after him in menacing pursuit.

Thus begins the enthralling Shannara epic, a spellbinding tale of adventure, magic, and myth.

Shawn has catalogued the progress of The Annotated Sword of Shannara from its inception a year ago through its various stages of production. Click the links below:

  • Part I – Why I was hired to work on this project!
  • Part II – Interviewing Terry at his Oregon home!
  • Part III – The final annotations being edited by Anne Groell!
  • Part IV – Placing the annotations where they belong!
  • Part V – Proofing the final book!
  • Part VI – Creating Cover Art!

As the last entry in Creating The Annotated Sword of Shannara series of blog posts, Terry will be answering questions about the book! That interview will come in early November!

Rare Signing: Terry will not be touring for this book. The Signed Page is making signed copies available for those of you who love to collect Terry’s work! Also, Terry’s long-time webmaster Shawn Speakman worked alongside the author and is partially credited with creating the annotations in this new edition. Shawn is more than happy to sign the book as well if you select that choice.

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)!