First King of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy 0)
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I've read the original trilogy several times before I cam across this book. In fact just started reading it and I feel there is no need…moreI agree w/ "No"
I've read the original trilogy several times before I cam across this book. In fact just started reading it and I feel there is no need to read it before any of the other books.
The link is chronological order but doesn't have to be the best order(less)
I'm pretty sure it was Scott Brick who did the audio, so there's no complaints there.
Ok, I don't want to get a head of myself. Let me start from the beginning. Now, for a long time I ...more
In particular, I found the story of Tay Trefenwyd to be particularly moving. It also brought to ...more
If you are an RPG game nerd like myself then you may think that it was like 'reading' an RPG, quests, battles etc. The battles, wow, this author writes battle scenes extremely well!
The coming events hinted at, obviously moving onto the original trilogy and beyond, were exciting and equally mysterious....
#9/29 in my Epic Shannara Quest.
Lackluster prequel to the original Shannara series has the same feel as Lucas' Star Wars prequels: a story line that has already been noted, but with a few details filled in giving it a perfunctory feel. The writing doesn't hold up as well as his marvelous eight pre-Shannara books. To be fair, though, it was probably a mistake to read this before I started the Shannara trilogy (since it was published before the pre-Shannara books).
Oh, the irony!
Anyway, I thought this cookie-cutter fantasy epic was a great book when I was eleven. No way in hell I'm re-reading this, but it's safe to say that I don't think so anymore.
I read this book, about 4-5 years ago when I purchased my first Kindle. I have read ALL of Mr. Brooks books but did not review them at the time I read them because I didn't realize how important reviews could be.
Well folks, this is an author you all should get to know. I am reading the books again and the story is still AWESOME. It's even better the second time around.
The characters are original and the story is very exciting. There are a lot of great characters, good and bad.
Good, not great but valued for it's information of the Early days of Magic use and it's pitfalls.
Allanon has remained as a powerful image in my memory these 30 years or so, and it is wonderful to see him as a child and watch him becoming a Druid. I also found it ve ...more
Honestly, it isn't all bad. There are heroes, adventures, big bad enemy... from time to time I like some classic high fantasy, and it doesn't have to be Tolkien or Kay every time. So - if you want some oldschool fantasy, Brooks is ok. I, for one, can't live on grimdark alone.
But the worldbuilding is not up to our times' standards, and th ...more
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
There have been many comments about its likeness to Tolkien's LOTR, that characters are flat and the story not so engaging. However, I put these opinions from my mind and read it purely for what reading is ...more
I wouldn't say this is his strongest or best book, but it fits with the series and fills in some gaps. I love it, but not my favorite Shannara novel.