Gifts For the Geek: Day 1: The Annotated Sword of Shannara


brooks-annotatedswordToday is Gifts For the Geek: Day 1!

Since it is the first day of the Gifts For the Geek daily posting that will run long into December, I thought it only appropriate to start with The Annotated Sword of Shannara. The Sword of Shannara launched Del Rey Books, with Terry Brooks the imprint’s foundational author. And without the overwhelming success of Sword in 1977, the fantasy genre and Unbound Worlds would look very different today.

Now, the book celebrates its 35 year anniversary! How time flies!

This book makes a great gift for the geek for several reasons:

  • It is a beautiful new hardcover with annotations from Terry where he talks about the book, its inception, and why the story unfolds the way it does.
  • It has the gorgeous Hildebrandt Bros. pencil artwork that led to their paintings.
  • It features a dust jacket that is double-sided, the back side of the jacket sporting the original full-color foldout from the original hardcover release in 1977.
  • With The Hobbit hitting theaters this December, readers will love this epic fantasy story that draws a great deal of inspiration from Tolkien’s work!
  • For many readers, revisiting The Sword of Shannara will make for a great re-read!

Not convinced yet? Here is a bit more about The Annotated Sword of Shannara:


Thirty-five years ago, Terry Brooks brought to life a dazzling world in The Sword of Shannara. Nineteen more Shannara volumes would follow, making the series one of the most popular fantasy epics of all time. Now comes a fully annotated collector’s edition of the novel that started it all—featuring never-before-shared insights into the classic tale, an all-new introduction by the New York Times bestselling author, and replicas of the original sketches for some of the long-lost, black-and-white paintings by the Brothers Hildebrandt that decorated the original edition, and a replica of the original Hildebrandt central color plate on the back of the jacket..

Long ago, wars ravaged the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. Then the giant, forbidding Allanon reveals that the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.

Soon a Skull Bearer, dread minion of a mighty evil, flies into the Vale, seeking to destroy Shea. To save his home, Shea must flee, drawing the Skull Bearer after him in menacing pursuit.

Thus begins the enthralling Shannara epic, a spellbinding tale of adventure, magic, and myth.

Still not convinced? Uber-geek Patrick Rothfuss said this about the book:

“I can’t even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks’s books I’ve read (and reread) over the years. From Shannara to Landover, his work was a huge part of my childhood.” —Patrick Rothfuss, bestselling author of The Name of the Wind

If you can’t trust Patrick Rothfuss, who can you trust? I mean, the power of the beard compels you!

The Annotated Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks is available in fine bookstores for geeks everywhere!

Make it a gift for the geek in your life!