"Begin at the beginning...and go on till you come to the end: then stop."
List by: Danielle
Quote by: Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)
Prequels (and sequels) can be a good or a bad thing, depending on your point of view... this theme brings you a selection of prequels to popular fantasy series.
First king of Shannara
by First king of Shannara
Set 500 years before "The Sword of Shannara", this is the story of the fall of the Druids and their city, Paranor. Using the special skills he acquired through his study of magic, Bremen, the last and mightiest of the Druids, plans a magical weapon to destroy the forces of evil.
The magician's apprentice
by Trudi Canavan
In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer. Her mother would rather she found a husband. But her life is about to take a very unexpected turn. When the advances of a visiting Sachakan mage get violent, Tessia unconsciously taps unknown reserves of magic to defend herself. Lord Dakon, the local magician, takes Tessia under his wing as an apprentice. The long hours of study and self-discipline also offer more opportunities than she had ever hoped for, and an exciting new world opens up to her. There are fine clothes and servants - and, to Tessia's delight - regular trips to the great city of Imardin. But along with the excitement and privilege, Tessia is about to discover that her magical gifts bring with them a great deal of responsibility. For great danger looms on the horizon for Tessia and her world.
Belgarath the sorcerer
by David & Leigh Eddings
The story of Belgarath, the great sorcerer learned in the Will and the Word, on whom the fate of the world depends. This is his own account of the struggle that went before "The Belgariad" and "The Malloreon". Only one man could tell of those near-forgotten times. That man is known as the Old Wolf.
Heaven's net is wide : the first tale of the Otori
by Lian Hearn
Lord Shigeru, heir to the Otori clan, faces hostility from the shrewdly ambitious Iida family in the east and treachery at home from his own uncles. His noble education and training has prepared him for leadership but he must endure tragic defeat before he can win back the Middle Country and the woman he loves, the Lady Maruyama.
The new spring : the novel
by Robert Jordan
Before the war against the Shadow began, the Aes Sedai hunted the land for the Dragon Reborn. It was the destiny of one warrior and one of the most powerful Aes Sedai to find him. But first they must find each other. This novel was first published (in shorter form) in the "Legends" anthology.
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