7. The Sword of Shannara

7. The Sword of Shannara (Shannara Trilogy, Terry Brooks): Its “only power is the ability to confront all who touch it with the absolute truth of their being. That doesn’t sound like much until you start really thinking about how devastating it might be to be deprived of all of the comforting lies we tell ourselves. It could be enough to destroy one’s life…or end it, in the case of one powerful villain.