After the terrible misuse of magic during the First War of the Races, the Druids at Paranor devoted themselves to the study of the old sciences. But dark forces were on the move from the Northlands, and it was left to Bremen and those few who supported him in his work with the arcane arts to stand against the enemy's seemingly-invincible Troll ...
After the terrible misuse of magic during the First War of the Races, the Druids at Paranor devoted themselves to the study of the old sciences. But dark forces were on the move from the Northlands, and it was left to Bremen and those few who supported him in his work with the arcane arts to stand against the enemy's seemingly-invincible Troll army. For 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 when 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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Looking for sward play, knive battles, bravery, sacrafice, and true love of mankind (elfkind, dwarfkind, Boardermen, etc.) paired with the Druid magic and secrets of the dark magic that is to be both savior and killer throughout this series of books (The First King of Shannara, The Sword of Shannara, Ehte Elfstones of Shannarah and The Wishsong of Shannara)? Start at the beginning and enjoy the fantacy of what is to come.
The first book in this series by Terry Brooks, the First King of Shannara, begins the saga of the downfall of the evil Druid Brona and the terrible grip he has on the weak minded Gnomes and Trolls. Individual groups of the four lands unite in a death battle to save their beloved land and families, the future of all and start the beginning of a new era...The Kingdom of Shannara itself as Jerle Shannara steps into his rightful place in this tale of awsome magic, dark Druid secrets, entwined emotions of love and hate, brotherhood and Kingship.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-03-25 You can't find the Four Lands on any map of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth; but, given all the elves, dwarves, warlocks, trolls and gnomes that run rampant in the setting of Brooks's many Shannara novels (The Talismans of Shannara, etc.), readers can be forgiven for trying. Tolkien's influence is so strong in this prequel to The Sword of Shannara (1977), which launched the series, that many of the events here seem predictable or repetitive. Set 500 years before the events of Sword, the novel chronicles the destruction of ivory-towered Paranor and its Druid scholars, tracing the subsequent adventures of the outcast Druid-magician Bremen. With a handful of companions, he must find and hide the Black Elfstone from the Warlock Lord and forge a magic sword for Elven King Jerle Shannara to wield against the warlock. Brooks's prose generates a breakneck pace, but it lacks depth of characterization and also the wealth of linguistic invention that the most satisfying high fantasy offers. As an allegory of the eternal struggle between good and evil, the vital basis of fantasy, Brooks's mythical universe also suffers from a crucial dearth of those magical moments of heart-stopping revelation when, against all hope, against all reason, against all the forces of evil, salvation comes at last. Author tour. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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