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Terry Brooks was born in Sterling, Illinois on January 8, 1944. He received a bachelor's degree in English literature from Hamilton College and a graduate degree from the School of Law at Washington and Lee University. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a practicing attorney for many years. His first book The Sword of Shannara (1977) was the first work of fiction to appear on the New York Times Trade Paperback Bestseller List. He made the list again with his title The High Druid'd Blade: The Defenders of Shannara. His other works include the Word and Void trilogy, The Heritage of Shannara series, Magic Kingdom of Landover series, The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara series, High Druid of Shannara series, Genesis of Shannara series, and the novelization to Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Magic Kingdom For Sale—SOLD! 4,054 copies, 59 reviews
The Scions of Shannara 3,628 copies, 13 reviews
First King of Shannara 3,376 copies, 27 reviews
The Druid of Shannara 3,284 copies, 12 reviews
The Elf Queen of Shannara 3,205 copies, 13 reviews
The Talismans of Shannara 3,098 copies, 9 reviews
The Black Unicorn 2,832 copies, 18 reviews
Wizard at Large 2,557 copies, 12 reviews
Ilse Witch 2,523 copies, 12 reviews
Running With the Demon 2,484 copies, 24 reviews
Antrax 2,150 copies, 10 reviews
The Sword of Shannara Trilogy 2,103 copies, 28 reviews
Morgawr 2,030 copies, 9 reviews
The Tangle Box 1,945 copies, 9 reviews
A Knight of the Word 1,924 copies, 12 reviews
Jarka Ruus 1,885 copies, 11 reviews
Angel Fire East 1,683 copies, 8 reviews
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Witches' Brew 1,636 copies, 7 reviews
Straken 1,584 copies, 10 reviews
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The Gypsy Morph 1,308 copies, 21 reviews
Bearers of the Black Staff 907 copies, 20 reviews
A Princess of Landover 824 copies, 13 reviews
The Measure of the Magic 665 copies, 37 reviews
The Wards of Faerie 637 copies, 25 reviews
Bloodfire Quest 478 copies, 14 reviews
Witch Wraith 424 copies, 11 reviews
Hook 413 copies, 5 reviews
The High Druid's Blade 404 copies, 20 reviews
Dark Wraith of Shannara 385 copies, 10 reviews
The Darkling Child 319 copies, 12 reviews
The World of Shannara 312 copies, 1 review
The Black Elfstone 272 copies, 9 reviews
The Sorcerer's Daughter 239 copies, 10 reviews
The Word and the Void 227 copies, 2 reviews
The Skaar Invasion 190 copies, 5 reviews
Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy 170 copies, 2 reviews
Indomitable 146 copies, 3 reviews
Allanon's Quest 138 copies, 2 reviews
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Child of Light 68 copies, 6 reviews
Imaginary Friends 54 copies, 3 reviews
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Once Upon a Time: A Treasury of Modern Fairy Tales (Contributor) 349 copies, 4 reviews
Unfettered: Tales by Masters of Fantasy (Contributor) 334 copies, 11 reviews
Legends II: Dragon, Sword, and King (Contributor) 303 copies, 7 reviews
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Terence Dean Brooks (born January 8, 1944) is an American writer of fantasy fiction. He writes mainly epic fantasy, and has also written two film novelizations. He has written 23 New York Times bestsellers during his writing career, and has sold over 25 million copies of his books in print. He is one of the biggest-selling living fantasy writers.

Brooks had been a writer since high school, writing mainly in the genres of science fiction, western, fiction, and non-fiction. One day, in his early college life, he was given a copy of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, which inspired him to write in one genre. While Tolkien inspired the genre, Brooks stated during his TEDxRainier talk "Why I Write about Elves", as well as at the Charlotte Literary Festival that he credits the inspiration of his style of writing to William Faulkner's works. With this inspiration, he then made his debut in 1977 with The Sword of Shannara.

After finishing two sequels to The Sword of Shannara, Brooks moved on to the series which would become known as the Landover novels. Brooks then wrote a four-book series titled The Heritage of Shannara. For the next fourteen years, he wrote more Landover books, then went on to write The Word and Void trilogy. Continuing the Shannara series, Brooks wrote the prequel to The Sword of Shannara, titled First King of Shannara. He then wrote two series, The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara and High Druid of Shannara and finished a third, Genesis of Shannara, a trilogy bridging his Word and Void and Shannara series. The sixth book in the Landover series, A Princess of Landover, was released in August 2009. Returning to Shannara, a duology, Legends of Shannara, taking place after the events of Genesis of Shannara, was written next. The first book, entitled Bearers of the Black Staff, was released in August 2010 and the second, The Measure of the Magic, was released in August 2011. He next completed a trilogy entitled The Dark Legacy of Shannara. The three books are; Wards of Faerie (Feb 2013), Bloodfire Quest (June 2013), and Witch Wraith (Dec 2013). He followed this with the trilogy Defenders of Shannara, which include The High Druid's Blade (July 2014), The Darkling Child (June 2015), and The Sorcerer's Daughter (May 24, 2016). According to his website, he is currently working on the final and concluding tetralogy of the Shannara series known as The Fall of Shannara. The first book in the tetralogy is The Black Elfstone and was released on June 13, 2017. The second book in the series is The Skaar Invasion released on June 19, 2018. The third book in the series is The Stiehl Assassin published on May 28, 2019. The fourth and final book in the tetralogy is The Last Druid, scheduled for publication on October 20, 2020.
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