ByMona Torgersen, writer at
Staff Writer, lover of all things fantastical and supporter of House Martell. Follow me on twitter @monatorgersen
Mona Torgersen

With a new year comes new TV shows, and if you're into sci-fi and fantasy this one might be right up your alley. 'Might' being the key word.

The Shannara Chronicles is a new TV show produced by MTV, and it's based on the Shannara books written by Terry Brooks. He has written 28 books in the series so far, and the TV adaption is mostly based on The Elfstones of Shannara.

So what is 'The Shannara Chronicles' all about?

The Shannara Chronicles is actually set in the distant future, in a world where technology has died out, magic is a thing, but that also kind of died out. Elves, Trolls and Goblins exist, as well as humans. The Elves are running everything, and humans are second-class citizens. Evil demons are also real, but they're locked away with the power of a magical tree. But the tree is dying, and the world is in danger of being filled with said demons.

And if we've learnt anything from Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, it's that if a world needs saving the ones most suited for the job is obviously a group of teenagers. Chosen ones, you might say. The only ones with the power to save the world from dismay.

Meet the trio

The heroic teenagers in question are Amberle, Wil and Eretria. The three of them each have their own unique characteristics, making sure that readers/watchers of all kinds have someone they can relate to.


Amberle (Poppy Drayon) is an elvish princess, who is the only one who can save the tree from dying. She goes on a quest to prove herself, much to her grandfather's disliking. Her parents are both dead, and her grandfather is the king of the elves.


Wil (Austin Butler) is a human-elf hybrid, and orphan, embarking on a journey to become a healer. He crosses paths with Amberle and joins her on her quest to save the world.


Eretria (Ivana Baquero) is a human thief, skilled with a knife and also quite seductive. Tumblr will probably love her is what I'm saying. She is trying to live her life on her own terms, and is a morally ambiguous character. She is a smart girl, and often comes up with crafty ideas to get the trio out of trouble.

So should you watch it?

If Game of Thrones is your type of fantasy, then The Shannara Chronicles might not be your cup of tea, but if you're in the mood for a more light-hearted, destiny-filled storyline you should give this show a go. If you enjoyed The Hunger Games and The Divergent Series it is probably right up your alley, and the CGI looks very impressive for a TV show.

The show premieres January 5 this year, so it's almost here already. If you want to know more about the show, here's the trailer:

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