The Sword of Shannara
Living in peaceful Shady Vale, Shea Ohmsford knew little of the troubles that plagued the rest of the world. Then the giant, forbidding Allanon revaled that the supposedly dead Warlock Lord was plotting to destory the world. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness was the Sword of Shannara, which could only be used by a true heir of Shannara--Shea being the last of the bloodline, upon whom all hope rested.
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THE SWORD OF SHANNARAUser Review - Kirkus
A sword-and-sorcery narrative a la Tolkien, being introduced with some fanfare in simultaneous hard-cover and trade paperback editions. As in The Lord of the Rings, a small band of comrades—Man, Elf ... Read full review
Lighter than TokeinUser Review - johnsonrl - Borders
This series I would rate, on a difficulty scale, between Harry Potter and Tolkien. The major components are very similar to the Lord of the Rings trilogy but definitely easier to consume for a younger reader. I thoroughly enjoyed this series around eighth grade. I hope you will too. Read full review