Shannara is an epic fantasy series of novels written by Terry Brooks, beginning with The Sword of Shannara in 1977 and continuing through The Gypsy Morph (2008). Shannara is not the name of the world in which the series takes place(that being the Four Lands) but it is instead the name of an Elven noble family. Many of the protagonists in the series belong to this family, the first one to appear being Jerle Shannara.