First King Of Shannara (Prequel) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

First King Of Shannara (Prequel) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Terry Brooks


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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 united Four Lands can stop them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780613095570
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 03/01/1997
Series: Shannara Series
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 568,681
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

A writer since high school, Terry Brooks published his first novel, The Sword of Shannara, in 1977. It became the first work of fiction ever to appear on the New York Times Trade Paperback Bestseller List, where it remained for over five months. He has published twelve consecutive bestselling novels since.

The author was a practicing attorney for many years, but now writes full-time. He lives with his wife Judine in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.


Pacific Northwest and Hawaii

Date of Birth:

January 8, 1944

Place of Birth:

Sterling, Illinois


B.A. in English, Hamilton College, 1966; J.D., Washington and Lee University

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First King of Shannara (Shannara Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 168 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book has provided an awesome read for me and I am definitely reading the rest of the series(when time permits). I definitely recommend this book for anyone who enjoys fantasy/adventure books and wishes to start a new series. This book has made me gain respect for Brooks and his style of writing. Anyone wishing for a good novel to read should pick this book up whenever they are clueless to what they wish to read next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel by Terry Brooks was by far the best novel I had ever read. Before this, I hadn't been able to focus on books or read them with excitement or any enthusiasm whatsoever. This extraordinary novel held me in a trance, I could not put it down except for my obvious other needs. I totally recommend this fantasy novel to anybody. It was the first Terry Brooks book I read and probably the best. I loved how he described every last character and how he didn't make anything boring and too long. I liked how he found a way to keep things fresh in your mind and keep your blood pumping, almost as if your heart would never settle. The desrciption of the war was absolutely mind blowing, I loved how catastrophic the war seemed. For those of you deprived and under priveleged people that have not read this novel, I'll explain it a little, not too much but hopefully enough. It's all about this old Druid named Bremen and his trusted friend Kinson, they travel many long journeys to conceive a weapon that will destroy the evil Warlock Lord also known as Brona, a power hungry ex-Druid that was consumed by his hunger. Find out how the story goes in full detail. It was an epic adventure I'll never forget.
Bibliophile1954 More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed reading epic fantasy. I started off with Terry Book's The Sword of Shannara, & had read all the following books, (at that time). But I really enjoyed The First King of Shannara, because it gave us all the information of how the Sword came to be.I always prefer to read fantasy series in the chronological order of the storyline. It is well worth it to read this book first, if you wish to start the Shannara series from the , (more or less), current storyline!
wispywillow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Terry Brooks. I love Scott Brick. I hate "First King of Shannara."I've been going through the Shannara series in chronological order, starting with "Running With the Demon." Brooks has captivated me with his characters like Nest Freemark and John Ross and Hawk. Prue and Pantera weren't too bad, either.I didn't connect with a single one of the characters in "First King of Shannara." There seemed to be zero character development, the plot never seemed to change, and all this added to Scott Brick's over-dramatic reading left me exhausted. I couldn't wait to just get through the damn thing.The Knights of the Word and demons fascinate me. I'm sad to see them gone by this point in the series. (I'm hopeful they'll return!)All in all, I am a great fan of Brooks' works and of Scott Brick; however, FKoS fell well short of what I expected.
ireed110 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I listened to an Audible download of this book read by Scott Brick. I like Scott Brick, I really do -- but I've come to the conclusion that his voice and style do not belong anywhere near a fantasy novel. As far as the story goes, it was pretty much the same chapter over and over and over. I actually got to a point where I would fast - forward, only to end up listening to a scene exactly like the one I just left -- this one shoots the wizard fire, that one explodes in a flash of green light, the skull bearers are menacing, the northlanders are bearing down, yadda yadda yadda. Utterly predictable and a waste of my precious time.
SlySionnach on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a fan of Brooks original Shannara series, I can say that this book was rather underwhelming. I had to force myself to trample through the pages, trying to connect to the characters. It was a decent read, but not a re-read.
kiri_wren on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Shannara series is a truly outstanding work of fantasy. I was a little disappointed with the Sword of Shannara because it is so similar in plot to the Lord of the Rings, but Brooks really pushes outside of the proverbial box in all of his other works. The Heritage of Shannara set is by far the most superior. The books after that may be turned out too quickly to really live up to the older ones, but they are still a great read.
maailmaniag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Terry Brooks's work. This book had fantastic descriptions and a very good plot.
patience_grayfeather on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I remember reading The Sword of Shannara ages ago and being enthralled with it. I think my tastes have matured, or changed at least. I picked this up off my husband¿s nightstand because I was out of new stuff to read. My husband put down The Sword of Shannara because he¿s said there¿s too much traveling and not so much story. This book doesn¿t enthrall me and I¿m not sure why. There¿s good conflict. There¿s action. There¿s not too much traveling. Maybe it¿s too broad for the size of the book. Maybe not enough depth. Maybe I¿m in a funk and not responding to the story the way I normally would. And the title bothers me because Shannara is a person but the title indicates a country. That¿s a nitpick but it stays on my mind.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is basically a pre-quel to the Sword of Shannara, though set far in the past. As such, it parallels that novel in many ways. In this time, Brona has risen for the second time, which feels like the third time if you've read Sword often enough, and must be defeated by the usual alliance of Elves and Dwarves. This time, the Sword of Shannara has been created to help them, if they can use it. As a foreshadowing of many of the events in Sword of Shannara, this book does its job, though it really feels like a repeat of that book, not a prequel.
wkelly42 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Prequels are hard to do, especially with a popular series like the Shannara series. But Brooks does a great job, as if he'd plotted the whole thing out in advance and decided to begin publishing in the middle of the action (similar to Lucas in the Star Wars saga). Answers many questions, but not all of them. Maybe the new series will take care of the rest.
Redthing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An awesome prequel to an awesome series! It tells you so much about the world of Shannara, such as the forging of the Sword of Shannara. I highly reccommend this book, even if you haven't read the original trilogy.
Wiszard on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another superb book from Terry Brooks. Although this book starts slow, it soon becomes hard to put down. This adventure details the history of the land that Terry Brooks created in the Shannara series. If you like high fantasy, then you will love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the realm, the rich detail, and fabulous characters. Can't wait to dig in #2!
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Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
All those events you hear Allanon talking about - well here's the first hand look into the life of Bremen, the fall of the Druids and the first battle with Brona. Seeing the events unfold all together as a single story was a lot of fun. You pick up on the various parts of the legends and the histories that you hear in bits and pieces throughout the series. As such, it can easily be read as a stand alone and you will still get a lot of enjoyment out of it. In fact, you may get more enjoyment out of it. I found I had learned a little too much about the events and characters, and when they didn't live up to my expectations, especially Jerle Shannara, who I found to be very un-heroic and a little whiny at times. The druid Bremen, on the other hand, was great. I loved his tenacity and his sorrow that he wasn't able to make people (like the Druids) change their mind about how they would react to events. Overall the adventure was a little predictable (but I already knew what was going to happen), and the hero was a little too underwhelming, but it was still fun.
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SiennaHolm More than 1 year ago
As a long-time reader of the Shannara books, I was very excited to read this one. "First King of Shannara" doesn't disappoint, allowing you to explore the world as it was before the time of the first set of books. Yes, it does drag a little in certain spots, but justifiably so, at least in my opinion. This is definitely one of my favorites in the Shannara series, and I'll certainly be reading is again.
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Gryffyn More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, I was slightly worried with this book. After all, how do you prequel such a great series as the original Shannara series? He did it. I wish he would write a history of Allanon. he is such an important character.
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