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  • Great classic fantasy

    By Sekia V
    I received a free copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Years and years ago I read every book Brooks wrote that I could get my hands on. It has been so long that I could not begin to tell you what I read in those books, but I do remember how much I loved spending time in his world. That is something that I felt again upon reading this book. The Darkling Child is great fantasy with a classic feel. I have seen this novel described as a great starting point into his already well established world and I would agree. Brooks does a good job of giving you all of the back info that you need for this book in the story itself. I do think that if you are a long time reader of his, you will get more out of the story because I can see that there are a lot of tie-ins and well loved characters and themes being used throughout the story. Again though, I didn't feel lost at any point during the book, which is a big deal. A lot of times, when I jump into a series that has been going on for a long time, I feel like I am missing out on a lot of things, so hats off to the author for pulling that off successfully. Looking forward to reading more of his Shannara novels, hopefully soon. I would recommend this to any fan of fantasy, specifically those who like Jordan, Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance and Lord of the Rings style fantasy.