The Scions of Shannara : Heritage of Shannara

  • by Terry Brooks
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • Series: Heritage of Shannara
  • 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Since the death of Allanon, life in the Four Lands has drastically changed. Yet Par Ohmsford still has some power of the Wishsong. And when a message from the ancient Druid, Allanon, reaches them, Par is ordered to recover the long-lost Sword of Shinnara and the glory that once was the Four Lands....


What the Critics Say

"If Harry Potter has given you a thirst for fantasy and you have not discovered the magic of Terry Brooks, you are in for a treat." (Rocky Mountain News)
"If you were delighted and entranced by Michael Ende's The Never Ending Story, you will definitely want to sample one of more of Terry Brooks' books." (Santa Cruz Sentinel)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

The best of Shannara.

I've been a Brooks fan since I read Sword of Shannara at age 12 in 1991 on vacation. I didn't put the book down the entire drive. I love the world and the characters.

Some years later I discovered books on tape and my audio book life began. Since I discovered Audible, I've been hoping this four book Heritage of Shannara series would receive the full, unabridged treatment (an abridged book is an appalling blasphemy).

I couldn't be more pleased with the results. If you wish to pick apart some oft-used or too-familiar fantasy tropes in this series, you can certainly do so. Good on you and I hope it makes you feel smugly pleased with yourself. But, if you genuinely love Brooks's Shannara world with all its rich life and wonderfully familiar groups like the Leahs, Ohmsfords, Druids, Elves, Rock Trolls, Dwarves and all the familiar landscapes, lineages and a beautiful and reliable narrative with enough changes to stand apart from past series, then you owe it to yourself to listen to these books and immerse yourself in the stories.

The narration is just right, neither dominating the tone nor detracting from the story. It is inviting and at no point forces you out of the Four Lands.

I always loved this series for the separate but equal storylines followed in the four books. I can't wait to begin The Druid and follow it immediately with The Elf Queen. This is a must-listen for Brooks fans.
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- Neill

Self doubt is the main trait of all the characters

What disappointed you about The Scions of Shannara?

If you took out all of the self doubt, unwarranted negativity, pointless arguing and overall mistrust among supposed friends in this book it would half as long.

What was most disappointing about Terry Brooks’s story?

Every quest in the story is a let down. Even the whole goal of the book is to get the sword of Shannara and (spoiler alert) when he finally gets it instead of being the most powerful magic talisman of the lost ages it has no magic at all and does nothing.

Which scene was your favorite?


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?


Any additional comments?

The author only tries to make one character, the hero, likable but even he is so full of self doubt and self blame that even he is not heroic. Instead he's just pitiful. I love fantasy and have read many, many books in this genre, but the more I read this book the more the story and characters just aggravated me to the point that I could barely finish it and when I did I was sorry that I had wasted my time.

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- Meglyn Huber

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-21-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio