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In this prequel to The Sword of Shannara, in which many details of the Four Lands' history are revealed, Druids, horrified by the misuse of magic, have eschewed it in favor of science. But Bremen the Druid studies magic, and becomes an outcast on its account. Bremen discovers that an invincible army of trolls are fast conquering all that lay to their south. Before them come the Nazgul-like Skull Bearers, disfigured and transformed Druids who have fallen prey to the dark arts. And at their head is an evil archmage and former Druid called Brona. Bremen realizes that if the peoples of the Four Lands are to evade slavery, they will have to unite. But to defeat Brona, they will need a mighty weapon: the Sword of Shannara.
©1996 Terry Brooks (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.

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Good book with really bad narration

It it probably good book no doubt about it but Narrator is soooo boring thats make you actually sick

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first king of shannara

loved this book as I do all the others in the series. Didn't enjoy American reader but got used to him.

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Good but not as good as the others

it was good but not as good as the others I have read. still good though!

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  • k
  • 26-10-17

awsome book

i loved this book couldnt stop listening .big story strong friendships awsome story.cant say more

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...AMAZINGLY GOOD...

Thank you for this complex and compelling story set in a time and place you will never forget.

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Excellent.

I read the book years ago and now listening to it being read is just as good. Would recommend this to all fans of these books.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-08-08

A True Pleasure

I have read and listened to a great number of books, this book in particular is one of my favorites. I find the desire to listen to it several times a year. I find that Scott Brick has a voice like no other clear, strong, precise, PERFECT.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Kristin
  • 09-07-04

A winning combination!

I was drawn to this author by my desire to listen to Scott Brick... what a find it turned out to be... every book in this series, read by Brick is simply outstanding... Brooks draws a picture and Brick fills in the color! You won't regret this purchase - or any of the others read by Brick.

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  • Robert Eric Koch
  • 14-09-13

Precitable and Fun, a Typical Brooks Fantasy

Any additional comments?

All of Terry Brook’s novels, at least the Shannara novels, follow the same basic template. You have a character who finds himself (or herself), typically through circumstances beyond his control, suddenly thrust into a quest with an assortment of companions of varying races to travel to ____ in order to find the mythical _____ so that he or she can usually do something to save the world. As a result, most of Brook’s novels tend to feel similar and are of a similar tone with characters that stray very little from the norm. That said, once you lower your expectations and accept the fact that these stories aren’t likely to stray very far from the template, this extended series can be quite enjoyable, particularly if you enjoy good, escapist, low risk fantasy (the diametric opposite of George RR Martin). As a prequel to Terry Brook’s original Shannara series, this book feels quite at home and does round out the story, the world, and the events of those first three novels. There’s some novelty here, revisiting familiar territory and a few familiar characters, and a decent adventure. As an audiobook, expertly narrated, this presentation is great, escapist fun, well worth a month's credit.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-01-14

A great start for a Terry Brooks adventure!

What did you love best about The First King of Shannara?

I've read the entire series many years ago, but I have to say that in revisiting the series, I think that the prequel, "The First King of Shannara" is a perfect refresher to prepare you for the journey ahead. I love that it set you up for "The Sword of Shannara" and introduces you to the characters and the history of the story line in a sense.

What did you like best about this story?

As a previous Brooks fan it is always a joy to jump in to his worlds. It isn't a question of what I like best because .. I enjoy it all!

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

Jerle is portrayed well and with his richly written cohorts are a joy to learn, but I have to say that Bremen and Kinson take the day ;)

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

In the dark .. an utter evil returns!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Brian Buch
  • 06-05-17

Heart warming

It made me feel more inspired then I ever thought a book could make me☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😧😧😧😧😧😧😧😧😧😤😤😤😤😤😤😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😨😱😱😱😨😱😨😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😐😕😕😐🙂

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  • Dan McGee
  • 17-05-16

predictable

the story filled in a few blanks but it was much too predictable and I really don't like the narrator. He puts in way to much emotion into passages that really don't need it

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  • Shane
  • 14-10-13

Terry Brooks, Literary Genius!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The first Terry Brooks novel i read was The Sword Of Shannara and i was forever attached to the four lands. Of course i immediately got my hands on all of the books i could! The First King really takes a good look at the past leading up to the series. Alot of prequels do not link themselves with the future of the series as greatly as First King. Its a wonderful read and an emotionally/intellectually stimulating book/series!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Id have to go with Bremen of course! He's the "dark avenger" style character that everyone looks up to yet hesitates to back at the same time! Always thinking of others over himself even if sometimes it doesnt seem like it.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

Consistent with the characters voices, thats a big plus! Also, a good range between them, very distinctive emoting and you could almost feel that he was enjoying reading the book as much as we loved listening!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Of course!!

Any additional comments?

Wonderfully written book being wonderfully read! Cant ask for more!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Annas
  • 10-05-04

A Masterpiece

I read it before reading the Sword of Shannara since I already played its adventure game version on the PC a few years ago and finished it.

The novel was simply a masterpiece. I could not believe how much emotions were involved in the story. It kept me on the edge of my seat (or bed :) ) most of the time. It's got wars on the scale of the wars in Return of the King and bigger. If you like Lord of the Rings, you'll love this novel.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Sean
  • 07-07-04

Excelent Addition to the series

I don't find the detailed descriptions and background uninteresting as others have reviewed, it helps make a full bodied story. Characters are well developed, and the story fits nicely as a prequel to the series. Listening was a true pleasure.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Howard
  • 26-04-04

Outstanding

This and all of Terry Brooks books a wonderful, I just wished that all of the unabridged versions of his book were on audible. Well they have been getting more, but I highly recomend this book.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful