First King of Shannara

First King of Shannara

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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 before. Only the Bremen and a few trusted associates still studied the arcane arts. And for his persistence, Bremen found himself outcast, avoided by all but the few free-thinkers 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...

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Banished from Paranor because of his study of forbidden arcane arts, the Druid Bremen discovers that Brona, the evil Warlock Lord, and his dark forces are once again on the move, destroying everything in their path, and only a powerful weapon wielded by a

Baker
& Taylor

Banished from Paranor because of his study of forbidden arcane arts, the Druid Bremen discovers that Brona, the evil Warlock Lord, and his dark forces are once again on the move, destroying everything in their path, and only a powerful weapon wielded by a united Four Lands can stop them. Reissue.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1996
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345396525
0345396529
9780345396532
0345396537
Characteristics: 489 p. : col. maps ; 25 cm

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CMLibrary_JLytal Jan 31, 2016

I really enjoyed this adventure. The works published after this (whether set before or after this one) stray further into Sci-Fi territory, tend to be shorter, and (to me, anyway) rather less original than Brooks' earlier works. "The First King of Shannara" is in many ways the last of the old-guard fantasy novels in Brooks' cannon. Although only just over half as long as Brooks' most famous work ("The Sword of Shannara"), it feels like a complete story and is a very satisfying read. It fleshes out the details of where many of the characters, ideas, and constructs of the "Sword" trillogy come from. Although written after "Sword," it takes place before. Readers can pick it up anywhere in the series, however. This is truly a must read for any Brooks fan.

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