The Sword of Shannara is by Terry Brooks. The first of the Shannara books is a fantasy with much of the depth of The Lord of the Rings. While Brooks is no Tolkien, his story is magnificent. One day the mysterious Druid, Allanon, arrives in Shady Vale and informs the orphan Shea Ohmsford that he is the missing, and only, heir of Jerle Shannara who alone can save the world from the evil Warlock Lord. Shea and his half-brother Flick flee their home to escape the dreaded Skull Bearers seeking to destroy the missing heir of Shannara and the adventure is on. Filled with suspense, deadly battles against overwhelming odds, betrayal, honor, friendship, and soul searching moments of personal discovery this is a great tale for fantasy adventure lovers.
Ratings: 7th grade - 9 out of 10.