Terry Brooks writes mainly high fantasy, and has also written several movie novelizations.
He is an alumnus of Hamilton College and Washington and Lee University. Before becoming an author he was a practicing attorney.
His first novel, The Sword of Shannara, was an immediate bestseller, but some critics accused Brooks of having plagiarized the plot from J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings - something that he strenuously denies. The chief similarity is that is a heroic fantasy featuring various races who form an alliance against a dark lord and set out on a quest to defeat him - but this is of course the template for a great many other fantasy epics as well.
Magic Kingdom series: