A friend of Bremen, helping him in unrevealing the truth about the return of Brona and the uniting of the trolls. Tay: An elven druid, friend of bremen and also an adept in using magic but not nearly as good as bremen. He grew up in the capital city of the elves and was a friend of jerle shannara and the king, courtann, when he was young. He became a druid and studied magic, learning from Bremen but keeping it secret from the druid council.
Risca: Dwarven druid, friend of Bremen and Tay. He grew up in the east and had a rough life. His father and mother died when he was only thirteen but he learned to use weapons at a young age and avenged their deaths. Master of arms. Adept in using magic. Jerle Shannara: Elf, cousin of courtann, the elven king, and very capable with sword and shield.
Always dreamed of becoming captain of the elven hunters, but became more important and promoted to military advisor. Mareth: Druid girl. Very young when she decided to come with Bremen on his quest. She joined Bremen for two reasons: she wants to learn from him and she suspects him to be her father. I personally liked Tay the most.
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He is very easygoing, respecting people for what they are and thinking of other people first. He is very capable with a sword but also can call upon his magic when needed. When he has to fight, he does things calm and thinks things through before doing them. Take Bremen for example, he is stubborn and keeps way to much information to himself, not trusting others to deal with it properly.
Risca is aggressive and arrogant. When he sees the troll army he actually thinks he can strike brona down, even if bremen could not when he saw him in the northland. Tay knows when he is beaten, like when he is cornered by gnomes and skull bearers but does have the black elfstone. Bremen warned him not to use it because all kinds of magic will subvert you to it. And the black elfstone, being so powerful subverted him right away. Tay knew this and ended his own life when he destroyed the enemy.
Subject and theme: I think the most important subject in the book is power. The power of magic is very important. The high druid, athabasca, despises bremen for declining the position of high druid, and instead of leading the druids, studying magic. He turned all the other druids against bremen, which finally lead to his outcast.
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That hunger for power is condemned in the book. At first by the druids, which relate the hunger for power to magic. Bremen disagrees but also blames the hunger for power for causing the war.
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Summary: The story begins when kinson and Bremen meet each other on the edge of a great plain. Kinson is human and a skilled tracker, Bremen is an outcast druid, old wise and an adept in the use of magic. Bremen tells kinson that Brona, an old rebel druid, united the trolls in the north and is marching east towards the dwarves.
He is also planning to destroy the druids, as they are a threat to him. Bremen pays a last visit to old friends, and two of them decide to come with him, Risca and Tay. They take food and supplies and leave. But when they set up there base camp for the night, another young druid approaches them, asking if she is also allowed to come. Her name is Mareth and she says she has some powerful innate magic, but still has things to learn and therefore wants to learn from Bremen. When they talk about what to do next, Bremen suggests they go to the hadeshorn, where he will contact the dead and ask their council in what to do next.
He approaches the lake, starts his chanting, and calls upon the spirits. The way to destroy Brona is by forging a sword, which contains the eilt druid, an amulet worn by the leader of the druids. They split up into three parties. Tay will go to the elves and start a search for the black elfstone but also try to convince the king in aiding the dwarves. Risca will go to the dwarves and try to mobilise them to counter the attack.
He is surprised and instantly destroys one with his druid flame. Then mareth rushes in and disintegrates the other two, proving her claim to have powerful magic. They take the eilt druin and travel south where a blacksmith lives capable of forging powerful weapons. Bremen helps the blacksmith with his magic to increase the temperature needed in forging the sword, and gives him the eilt druin, which is placed upon the hilt.
Tay travels west to inform the king. The king agrees that they have to act swiftly, and convinces the council that the black elfstone must be found and the dwarves aided. But that night, a goblin raid party sneaks into the palace and murders the entire royal family. Because the council is busy with ensuring the safety of the elves, tay and jerle decide to search for the elfstone.
They form a party and leave the next morning. They encounter many gnomes on their way, and are very lucky in surviving the journey south but when they finally find the elfstone, another raid party has cornered them.
Tay, having no other option left, uses the elfstone against the enemy, and destroys every single creature. But the elfstone has taken its toll and tay dies, completely drained in using the stone. Jerle takes it back to the elves, where he is crowned king, being the only one capable in leading the elves left in the remains of the royal family. Risca goes east. The first King of Shannara is a prequel to the Sword of Shannara. It also First King of Shannara. Terry Brooks. Horrified by 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.