I really enjoyed this adventure. The works published after this (whether set before or after this one) stray further into Sci-Fi territory, tend to be shorter, and (to me, anyway) rather less original than Brooks' earlier works. "The First King of Shannara" is in many ways the last of the old-guard fantasy novels in Brooks' cannon. Although only just over half as long as Brooks' most famous work ("The Sword of Shannara"), it feels like a complete story and is a very satisfying read. It fleshes out the details of where many of the characters, ideas, and constructs of the "Sword" trillogy come from. Although written after "Sword," it takes place before. Readers can pick it up anywhere in the series, however. This is truly a must read for any Brooks fan.