If you have followed the tales either from their chronological by release date of novel or chronological sequence of events in the world he created, then this may come as somewhat less than inspiring. It is a "must have" for all Shannara devotees and TB followers. Even his mediocre offerings are worth the time to immerse yourself in the rich world he has created. For any potential new readers of TB, it might not be the best place to start. Have a look at Amazon's or TB's web sites for guides to reading that will fit your preferred approach to a new author. It is somewhere between Tolkein & Feist in literary terms for my money, and they're both worth finding the the time to read. I had to dock him a star for this one though because it felt somewhat formulaic for someone who has read the "Scions" series already.