Reviews of Elfstones of Shannara, the (1982)
Review by SlowRain (2005-06-23)
I was a huge fan of fantasy in high school, Shannara and Dragonlance being my favorites. I left off reading fantasy as my reading tastes changed throughout college. I recently picked up Terry's original three Shannara as well as his Heritage series.
This one is by far his best book. It has an interesting story, good characters, great adventure, and surprisingly good writing for the genre.
You don't need to read the first book to understand this one, but it would help. The rest of the books seem to go downhill from here.