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The First King Of Shannara [Kindle Edition]

Terry Brooks
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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After the terrible misuse of magic during the First War of the Races, the Druids at Paranor devoted themselves to the study of the old sciences. But dark forces were on the move from the Northlands, and it was left to Bremen and those few who supported him in his work with the arcane arts to stand against the enemy's seemingly-invincible Troll army. For 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 when united, they would need a weapon, something so powerful that the evil magic of Brona, the Warlock Lord, would fail before its might...

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A marvellous fantasy trip (Frank Herbert)

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The prequel to the classic Shannara series, the tale that redrew the boundaries of modern fantasy

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1205 KB
  • Print Length: 538 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (23 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006L9GAUS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,941 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Terry Brooks was a practising attorney for many years, but now writes full-time. His first novel, THE SWORD OF SHANNARA, remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 5 months, and this was followed by 13 consecutive bestselling novels.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book has a diamond edge 15 Jan. 2000
By Marco Busani VINE VOICE
This novel is a Brooks masterpiece and I would strongly disagree with the guy that gave this book a flawed rating of one.This book opens powerfully;the fall of the Druid's keep with the loss of good characters Caerid Lock and Kahle Rese is particularly engaging.The 5 survivors from the slaughter at the keep embark on an epic quest to help save the Four Lands.Risca rouses the Dwarf nation,Tay unlocks the power of the Black Elfstone, whilst the remaining trio forge the Sword of Shannara.This book has a strong storyline,involving characters and excellent swords and sorcery action.Brooks has a habit of endearing the reader to his characters and then killing many of them off, as the vast majority of the cast for good in this novel perish.It is also good to be introduced to Allanon in this story as he is the central protagonist of the Sword/Elfstones and Wishsong Trilogy.Add this book to your fantasy collection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A prequel better than the original. 29 Jan. 2005
By Ian Tapley VINE VOICE
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The complacency of the Druid Council has allowed the rogue Druid Brona to become the Warlock Lord. The Druid Bremen and a small group of followers seek to counter the Warlock Lord by creating a magical artifact; the Sword of Shannara.
'The Sword Of Shannara' was well written, but far too much like LotR to be a satisfactory read (I'm not saying LotR is bad! I'm saying lesser copycat novels are). Here, however, Brooks tells a much more original story that can either be read first or to reveal more about the people and events of the later books. I enjoyed seeing Bremen and his friends in action, each representing a different aspect of the Druid magic. This book also goes some way to tying together 'The Sword...', 'The Elfstones...' and 'The Wishsong...' as well as dropping strong hints towards the Heritage of Shannara series (things like Cogline's Druid origins and the Black Elfstone). Best of all in this book is the substory of a young orphan boy who becomes attatched to Bremen's mission. A boy named Allanon.
People who've read Brooks' other Shannara books will not only be largely aware of what's going to happen here, but also will experience a 'read one, read them all' feeling in regard to his descriptions of battles against larger armies in which some magic or other turns the tide at the last minute.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantasy Masterpiece 17 Jan. 2006
This is the first Terry Brooks novel that I read, and it blew me away. For a relatively short novel (copared to the Sword of Shannara Trilogy, and the later Heritage of Shannara and Voyage of the Jerle Shanarra) the storyline is surprisingly deep.
Although initially I was put off this book by thinking it was going to be Brooks attempt at being Tolkien, there is sufficient difference for any reader to be able to enjoy this book. I found it to be very well written, with characters that you can really believe in and come to love.
If you haven't read any of Terry Brooks then the Sannara series is a must, and will surely rank very highly in your fantasy collection. I highly recommend this book, and other Shanarra books. Now that Terry Brooks has finished writing the Shanarra series I feel pretty lost. I enjoyed these books immensely.
One thing I can guarantee is that once you pick this book up, you will not put it down until you are done. A brilliant series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece 4 Mar. 2003
By Tasha
Terry Brooks has drawn together the stories presented as history in the first Shannara books and skilfully made them into the most exciting and best book he has written. I must say that I did hesitate before buying this, as sometimes a Prequel is just a way of cashing-in on previous successes, but this is a real masterpiece. The background was all so familiar, the events new and quite gripping. I could not put this book down and was most disappointed when I had finished it . I only hope that Terry is busy with the next one, - which MUST, most surely, be the continuation of the story of Allanon from his boyhood and the hitherto unknown years in between.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A deeply emotional read 14 Aug. 2005
By Nadia
I've read all of Terry Brook's works, starting with The Sword Of Shannara, but I only recently managed to obtain The First King Of Shannara. From the reviews I've read, it seems this book has been very under-rated. I've seen it written off as a book not really worth reading unless you're a die hard fan. Well, anyone who has been put off by this is missing a huge treat. One of Terry Brook's gratest talents is to delve deeply within the thoughts and emotions of his characters, displaying the good and bad points of each. First king is a classic example. The reader's heart will ache for the main protagonist Breman as he struggles to convince his fellow druids of the threat to the four lands. There are also his small band of devoted followers who must aid in the fight for their people's survival, as well as fighting personal demons of their own. The battle scenes are on the scale of Lord Of The Rings. If you're interested in a history of Shannara, but don't want just a book of facts, then this is ideal. A must read for Terry Brooks fans and fantasy fans alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The first trilogy relates a great deal back to the storyline of First King, leaving the reader with unanswered questions and a pestering ignorance of what the first war of the races was like. However I found reading this book fulfilled expectations and answered my questions. Brook's mixture of love, hate and adventure is evident throughout the book and left me wanting to read it again. The story revolves around Bremen, father of Allanon and Jerle Shannara, King of the Westland Elves. It tells of the forging of the sword of Shannara, which in my opinion was particularly well writin, and of the fall of Paranor to the Warlock Lord. As always, i was left reading all the other books of Shannara once again! And i hope Terry Brooks never stops writing this amazing fantasy epic although I'm sure his books shall still be read in years to come!
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