The Sword of Shanara by Terry Brooks

The Sword of Shannara - Terry Brooks

This was a fun book, but it seemed to pull a lot of elements that I had read in other books. We have the unlikely hero and his sidekick setting off on a quest given to them by a strange figure that seems mythical and extremely powerful. So powerful that many times throughout the story I wondered why he didn't just do more to help the group out.

I enjoyed the history of the world very much. It was a different look at some of the traditional races of dwarves, elves, gnomes, and humans. This history and the way mysticism had replaced technology was great. The few times they ran into relics and remnants of the past were some of my favorite part. I wish I had seen more of them.

There were several scenes that were too descriptive. There is only so long that I want to read about how they walk through the tall grass or wander through tunnels. The story was a good one, but I think it was a little too hyped up for me and didn't live up to expectations.