The whole Shannara series is a must read for any fan of fantasy. Those who've read any of the previous ones (my personal favorite being the original Sword of Shannara) will love this one. It gives more of a background to certain characters that I found interesting.
**A book I would also recommend is The Unsuspecting Mage by Brian S. Pratt. This, the first installment of The Morcyth Saga is a great beginning for a new author. Battles, magic, gods, secret passages and intrigue, all the elements of a classic epic fantasy! Any fantasy reader will enjoy it. Also it didn't take 4-6 weeks to come as I had been worried about. Only about fifteen days. Still a wait but worth it!