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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Terry Brooks's The Measure of the Magic.

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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First King of Shannara
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4.5 / 5
Predictable, but fun
February 1st, 2016
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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First king of Shannara
January 15th, 2016
I Love how Terry Brooks brings the magic to life and takes you on the journey of a lifetime, one you never knew you needed to take. This is my third time reading the Shannara series and it still holds the same magical wonder as it did the first time I read it 15 years ago. Thank you Terry for sharing your imagination with the world.
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Great fun to look in on old friends
December 13th, 2014
I have been reading this series off and on for the past 30 years just finally got around to this one and thoroughly enjoyed every page. I of course knew exactly how it would turn out but still smiled every time something of the past or the future was revealed.
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An okay read
February 20th, 2014
This is a good prequel but it is the weakest one in the series so far.
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First king of shannara
March 3rd, 2013
First book of his I've read and the beginning of an adventurous read. I love this genre when laced with elegant prose, we'll developed characters and battle scenes painted with such colour I can hardly believe that I am totally immersed in a fantasy.
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