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First King of Shannara Mass Market Paperback – January 29, 1997
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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 a
About the Author
Terry Brooks has thrilled readers for decades with his powers of imagination and storytelling. He is the author of more than thirty books, most of which have been New York Times bestsellers. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.
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For the story, this is the kind of writing and story telling that some people like
and some do not. I happen to like it, sometimes. It is what it is, and I don't
have much to say about it from that point of view.
I am moved to write a review specifically because of the quality of the Kindle edition.
Simply put, this is a poorly edited version of this book. It's not unreadable by any means,
and it is far from the worst example I've seen, but there are typos on what seems like
every few pages, and it is distracting and annoying.
Clearly the person(s) responsible for producing the Kindle edition did not bother proofreading
the text. You simply cannot read more than a few pages of this without finding some obvious
I have read the original paperback edition, a few years ago. I am not going to bother
comparing the printed text with the Kindle text, but I do not recall that original edition
being so poorly edited.
Also I will say that I just finished reading the Kindle editions of the first two volumes
of this series, and they were much more carefully produced editions.
I would like to urge the publisher to go back and do a better job on this.
For some Kindle books I have received updates from Amazon for corrections in editions of
a few other books. I would hope that would occur in this case as well because this
is a much more outstanding example of a book very obviously needing correction.
I really have to laugh at the self-important critics though, who lambast fiction, fantasy in particular, as "derivative"; as if a book can't be both derivative and good....or as if there has ever been a non-derivative piece of fiction.
Look, the writing is not some literary masterpiece and a bunch of it probably should have ended up on the cutting room floor. But he puts out these 700-1000 page books in the space of a year or two...and they are entertaining and readable. He has great characters that I care about. He weaves a complex tale with a bit of depth and manages to stay reasonably, internally consistent. Sure he relies too much on du ex machina plot devices (but what fantasy doesn't?) and his 900 page tomes would be better if he let his editor trim half the fat.................but at the end of the day, this is good, fun fantasy.
Back to Blood of the Fold: These characters are the kind you love to hate and also the kind that make you nervous. They are fanatics to the 'nth' degree. It reminds you of some of the factions that have and still exist in our own culture. It was a real nail biter for me because I could not see where Terry was going with this book. He brought it to a climax that I didn't see coming. It was a good read.
Since finishing these books I have started a few other books and series and have found them lacking when it comes to what Terry seems to find very easy to install in a book, loyalty to Terry and the sword of truth series is pretty much guaranteed after the very first book.
I find this book series high on my list of must reads. I purposely waited months for the last one to come out so I could buy them all at once and not have to wait for the last book.
I cannot recommend this book series high enough what a talented Terry is.