The Sword of Shannara

by Terry Brooks. Random House, $12.95; $6.95 paper. Subtitled “an epic fantasy,”and adorned with monsters out of Lovecraft, morals from the Sunday School teacher, and adjectives from everywhere. This cannon is aimed at the Tolkien troops and may hit, since there are heretics who find Tolkien similarly unreadable nonsense. The illustrations by the Brothers Hildebrandt are well suited to the lumbering text.