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am 9. Mai 1999
Like many young readers of my generation, I grew up with The Sword of Shannara. The easy to read text, the episodic adventures reminiscent of Alexander Dumas, and the thrilling Brothers Hilderbrandt illustrations made this book a juvinile classic. However, I never liked the two immdeiate sequels [Elfstones; Wishsong]. Their major problems were uninteresting premises and lots of intangible magic. The "Heritage" series gradually restored the feel of the original book, introducing fun influences from the Oz series. But First King is the only Shannara book as good as the original. Although Brooks [like Baum] can be deadly dull, First King has the same brisk air of high, childish adventure. The characters are broad [described in a few lines - in the manner of a good Jr. High-School book report], the battles big and exciting, the conclusion satisfying. I hope that Brooks indulges in a few more "prequels".