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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Terry Brooks  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1944 in Sterling, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Brooks was born in the rural midwestern town of Sterling, Illinois, and spent a large part of his life living there.

Biographical and Professional Information

Terry Brooks is one of the biggest-selling living fantasy fiction writers with 20+ New York Times bestsellers and over 21 million copies of his books in print. He has also written two movie novelizations. Brooks was a practicing attorney before becoming a full-time author and now resides in Seattle, Washington.

Published Works

    The Original Shannara Trilogy
  • The Sword of Shannara (1977)
  • The Elfstones of Shannara (1982)
  • The Wishsong of Shannara (1985)The Heritage of Shannara Tetralogy
  • The Scions of Shannara (1990)
  • The Druid of Shannara (1991)
  • The Elf Queen of Shannara (1992)
  • The Talismans of Shannara (1993)Prequel to the Original Shannara Trilogy
  • First King of Shannara (1996)Word & Void SeriesPrecedes the action in the Genesis of Shannara Trilogy and serves as the very start of the Shannara saga.
  • Running with the Demon (1997)
  • A Knight of the Word (1998)
  • Angel Fire East (1999)The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara Trilogy
  • Ilse Witch (2000)
  • Antrax (2001)
  • Morgawr (2002)High Druid of Shannara Trilogy
  • Jarka Ruus (2003)
  • Tanequil (2004)
  • Straken (2005)Genesis of Shannara Trilogy
  • Armageddon's Children (2006)
  • The Elves of Cintra (2007)
  • The Gypsy Morph (2008)Legends of Shannara Duology
  • Bearers of the Black Staff (2010)
  • The Measure of the Magic (2011)The Dark Legacy of Shannara TrilogySet 100 years after the events in the High Druid of Shannara Trilogy.
  • Wards of Faerie (2012)
  • Bloodfire Quest (2013)
  • Witch Wraith (2013)The Defenders of Shannara TrilogySet 100 years after the events in the Dark Legacy of Shannara Trilogy.
  • The High Druids Blade (2014)
  • The Darkling Child (forthcoming in 2015)
  • Book Three (forthcoming in 2016)Shannara related works
  • The Guide to Shannara (1986)
  • The World of Shannara (2001) - written with Teresa Patterson (Revised edition Fall 2009)
  • Dark Wraith of Shannara (2008)Magic Kingdom of Landover Series
  • Magic Kingdom for Sale — SOLD! (1986)
  • The Black Unicorn (1987)
  • Wizard at Large (1988)
  • The Tangle Box (1994)
  • Witches' Brew (1995)
  • A Princess of Landover (2009)

Selected Titles At Your Library

The sword of Shannara /
ISBN: 034524804x. OCLC Number:

Ballantine Books,. New York :. 1977.

A band of elves, dwarfs, and trolls, reluctantly led by orphaned Shea, set off to find the legendary Sword of Shannara and defeat the forces of evil.

The elfstones of Shannara /
ISBN: 1904233988. OCLC Number:

Atom,. London :. 2006.

First king of Shannara /
ISBN: 0345396529. OCLC Number:

Ballantine Books,. New York :. 1996.

In the fantasy country of Four Lands, good battles evil amid gnomes, warlocks, trolls, dwarfs and elves. The hero is a Druid magician who must find a magic jewel so the elves can defeat the warlocks.

Knight of the word.
ISBN: 0345492579. OCLC Number:

Del Rey,. New York :. 2007.

Ilse witch /
ISBN: 0345396545. OCLC Number:

Ballantine Pub. Group,. New York :. ©2000.

A cryptic map from a failed voyage leads to a race between Walker Boh, the last of the Druids, and the powerful and twisted Ilse Witch. The prize is an ancient magic more powerful than any other in the world.

The voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy /
ISBN: 0345492862. OCLC Number:

Del Rey/Ballantine Books,. New York :. [2006]

Chronicles the adventures of the heroes of the Four Lands as they match wits with the mysterious and deadly Ilse Witch and her minions in an epic confrontation between the forces of good and evil.

The heritage of Shannara /
ISBN: 0345465547. OCLC Number:

Ballantine Books,. New York :. 2003.

A novel of evil and magic in a land where magic has been forbidden but now must be used again.

The sword of Shannara trilogy /
ISBN: 0345453751. OCLC Number:

Del Rey,. New York :. 2002.

The first three novels of Terry Brooks Shannara epic of good and evil.

The magic kingdom of Landover .
ISBN: 0345513525. OCLC Number:

Ballantine,. New York :. ©2009.

An omnibus tie-in to the release of A Princess of Landover includes the titles, Magic Kingdom for Sale--SOLD!, The Black Unicorn, and Wizard at Large as well as a teaser chapter from the best-selling author's latest work.



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