Caz’s 1st Unboxing Video

When Caz first picked up the Sword of Shannara, it was a conscious move to do research.

Having inducted himself into Tolkien and reading all the three main books, and subsequently the other supplementary works like The Silmarillion, The Unfinished Tales and the ones that his son, Christopher Tolkien has released, our Caz was ready for more. Like any reader whose appetite was whet by a good story, he was ready for another hero who needed to undergo a journey in order to find himself and find other people who are equally on a journey of their own. Caz felt he was eager for another story that would pull him in and never let him go. He wanted to read characters that were equally flawed but compelling. Characters that lived a world far removed from our own and yet were metaphors for the conditions that we saw and continue to see ourselves in.

Terry Brooks has been writing his Shannara series for the longest time. Since 1977 to be specific. And in that time, his books have been sold everywhere. Apart from Professor Tolkien, his name is usually the one being dropped, mentioned and recommended when you wanted a high fantasy fix.

Fast forward to the present.

Caz admits that although he has yet to finish the entire Shannara series that spans generations and consisting of 40 books, which includes short stories, novellas and a graphic novel, the series itself is still currently being wrapped up by Terry in a still yet-to-be-named last book. This  four-book arc of a series is collectively and tragically named, The Fall of Shannara.

When he chanced upon Terry’s memoir book about writing and his own process called Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons From A Writing Life, Caz knew that he was going to be schooled by a master of the craft and that readers would be given a rare glimpse into the life and behind the scenes craftsmanship of a genius at work. Had Tolkien written a book about his writing process, you can bet that Caz would be reading and collecting that too but regardless, any writer, or reader for that matter, would stand to benefit from Brook’s insight into the writing life.

So when Grim Oaks Press announced that they were publishing a limited edition of Terry’s memoir, he knew that he had to get one. Caz, who goes by his pen name, C.J. Edmunds, had already passed up on the limited hardcover run of The Elfstones of Shannara, which for him and a lot of other readers is the best Terry Brooks book ever. This time he could not possibly ignore this any longer. The editions have long been sold out but you can follow Terry Books and Grim Oak Press on the following links, below.

Terry Brooks Website –

Terry Brooks Facebook Page –

Grim Oak Press Website –

So f you are a big reader of High Fantasy, then Terry should be on your list. But if you have not read Terry Brooks, then it’s time that you start. You will love it.