First King of Shannara
Horrified by the misuse of Magic they had witnessed during the First War of the Races, the Druids at Paranor devoted themselves to the study of the old sciences, from the period before the collapse of civilization a thousand years earlier. Only the Druid Bremen and a few trusted associates still studied the arcane arts. And for his persistence, Bremen found himself an outcast, avoided by all but the few freethinkers among the Druids.
But his removal from Paranor was not altogether a terrible thing, for Bremen learned that dark forces were on the move from the Northlands. That seemingly invincible armies of Trolls were fast conquering all that lay to their south. That the scouts for the army – and its principal assassins – were Skull Bearers, disfigured and transformed Druids who had fallen prey to the seductions of the Magic arts. And that at the heart of the evil tide was an archmage and former Druid named Brona!
Using the special skills he had acquired through his own study of Magic, Bremen was able to penetrate the huge camp of the Troll army and learn many of its secrets. And he immediately understood that if the peoples of the Four Lands were to escape eternal subjugation they would need to unite. But, even united, they would need a weapon, something so powerful that the evil Magic of Brona, the Warlock Lord, would fail before its might...
Terry Brooks was born in Illinois in 1944, where he spent a great deal of his childhood and early adulthood dreaming up stories in and around Sinnissippi Park, the very same park that would eventually become the setting for his bestselling Word & Void trilogy. He went to college and received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, where he majored in English Literature, and he received his graduate degree from the School of Law at Washington & Lee University.
A writer since high school, he wrote many stories within the genres of science fiction, western, fiction, and non-fiction, until one semester early in his college years he was given The Lord of the Rings to read. That moment changed Terry's life forever, because in Tolkien's great work he found all the elements needed to fully explore his writing combined in one genre.
Series contains 3 total works. Current series reading order on below.
Related series The Shannara Trilogy
Related series The Heritage of Shannara
Related series The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara
Related series High Druid of Shannara
Related series Genesis of Shannara
Related series Legends of Shannara
Related series Paladins of Shannara
Related series The Dark Legacy of Shannara
Related series The Defenders of Shannara
Related series The Fall of Shannara
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The First King of Shannara is a nice and entertaining fantasy book. I liked reading it. Although this book is entertaining, there's one very bad thing, which annoyed me - when I started to read this book, it felt like I was reading the same story again. The story isn't original and the reader knows what's going to happen before the book is over. That's why I'll give this book only two stars. By the way, this is not the first Shannara book and it should not be read before you've read The Sword of Shannara Trilogy and The Heritage of Shannara.