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...
Terence Dean "Terry" Brooks (born 1944) is is a writer of fantasy fiction. Terry Brooks writes mainly high fantasy, and has also written two movie novelizations.
Terry Brooks was a practising attorney for many years, but now writes full time. His first novel, The Sword of Shannara (1977), remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 5 months.
Written by Seregil of Rhiminee (2007-10-14)
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.