The Sword of Shannara was written by Terry Brooks and published in 1977 by The Random House Publishing Group.
Brooks writes about the conflict between man and the supernatural. It is not a fair fight but with planning and ingenuity, not to mention a magic sword, man just has a chance.
Shea Ohmsford was a normal guy until he met Allanon and his whole world got turned upside down. Allanon tells Shea that he is the only heir to Jerle Shannara and so only he can use the Sword of Shannara to destroy the Warlock Lord. Together with some friends, Shea and Allanon embark on a quest to find the Sword of Shannara and destroy the Warlock Lord.
This book was a little slow at the beginning but it picked up towards the middle and the end. Overall, I liked this book.