allantine Books shockingly was not Terry's first choice to publish The Sword of Shannara. Terry chose DAW Books to send his first manuscript to because Ballantine already had Tolkien. DAW Books however rejected The Sword of Shannara and instead sent Terry to Lester Del Rey, the new Fantasy Editor at Ballantine. Del Rey Books, with Terry Brooks as its major foundation, was born.
         From this humble beginning Terry has written 22 New York Times bestselling novels. But what is more marvelous about this fact is that those 22 novels vary greatly in the type of fantasy they present to the reader. The novels of Shannara are epic fantasy, grand and serious in scope. The Landover novels are light-hearted fantasy with a serious underlying morality hidden within them. Nearly the exact opposite from the Landover novels is the Word & Void series; a dark, contemporary fantasy.
         Note: For Terry's suggested reading order of Shannara novels, click HERE .


Terry's
Suggested Shannara Reading Order
A Shannara Trilogy Prequel
   · First King of Shannara

The Original Shannara Trilogy
   · The Sword of Shannara
   · The Elfstones of Shannara
   · The Wishsong of Shannara

A Shannara Short Story
   · Indomitable

The Heritage of Shannara
   · The Scions of Shannara
   · The Druid of Shannara
   · The Elf Queen of Shannara
   · The Talismans of Shannara

The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara
   · Ilse Witch
   · Antrax
   · Morgawr

High Druid of Shannara
   · Jarka Ruus
   · Tanequil
   · Straken


A Shannara Companion
   · The World of Shannara

The Collected Shannara
   · The Sword of Shannara Trilogy
   · The Heritage of Shannara
   · The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara (forthcoming)


The Magic Kingdom of Landover
   · Magic Kingdom For Sale -- Sold!
   · The Black Unicorn
   · Wizard At Large
   · The Tangle Box
   · Witches' Brew

The Word & the Void Series
   · Running with the Demon
   · A Knight of the Word
   · Angel Fire East
   · Armageddon's Children
   · The Elves of Cintra (August 2007)
   · Untitled Book Three (August 2008)

Other Works
   · Imaginary Friends (short story)
   · Hook (novelization)
   · Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (novelization)
   · Sometimes the Magic Works (memoir/writing guide)
   · Why I Write About Elves (memoir/writing guide)

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