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Aug. 30 2011 Genesis of Shannara Series (Book 1)
Terry Brooks is one of a handful of writers whose work defines modern fantasy fiction. His twenty-three international bestsellers have ranged from the beloved Shannara series to stories that tread a much darker path. Armageddon’s Children is a new creation - the perfect opportunity for listeners unfamiliar with Brooks’s previous work to experience an author at the height of his considerable storytelling powers. It is a gripping chronicle of a once-familiar world now spun shockingly out of control, in which an extraordinary few struggle to salvage hope in the face of terrifying chaos. Logan Tom is doomed to remember the past and determined to rescue the future. Far behind him lies a boyhood cut violently short by his family’s slaughter, when the forces of madness and hate swept our world after decadent excesses led to civilization’s downfall. Somewhere ahead of him rests the only chance to beat back the minions of evil that are systematically killing and enslaving the last remnants of humanity. Navigating the scarred and poisoned landscape that once was America and guided by a powerful talisman, Logan has sworn an oath to seek out a remarkable being born of magic, possessed of untold abilities, and destined to lead the final fight against darkness. Across the country, Angel Perez, herself a survivor of the malevolent death-dealing forces combing the land, has also been chosen for an uncanny mission in the name of her ruined world’s salvation. From the devastated streets of Los Angeles, she will journey to find a place - and a people - shrouded in mystery, celebrated in legend, and vital to the cause of humankind . . . even as a relentless foe follows close behind, bent on her extermination. Meanwhile, in the nearly forsaken city of Seattle, a makeshift family of refugees has carved out a tenuous existence among the street gangs, mutants, and marauders fighting to stay alive against mounting odds - and something unspeakable that has come from the shadows in search of prey. In time, all their paths will cross. Their common purpose will draw them together. Their courage and convictions will be tested and their fates will be decided, as their singular crusade begins: to take back, or lose forever, the only world they have. In Armageddon’s Children, Brooks brings his gifts as a mythmaker to the timeless theme of the unending, essential conflict between darkness and light - and carries his unique imaginative vision to a stunning new level. Prepare for a breathtaking tour de force. To those who are new to Terry Brooks, welcome. And to those who have read him for many years: prepare for a dramatic surprise.

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Starred Review. In this exciting first of a new fantasy trilogy, bestseller Brooks effortlessly connects the Tolkien-infused magic of his Shannara books (First King of Shannara, etc.) with the urban, postapocalyptic world of his Word and the Void series (Running with the Demon, etc.). The author envisions a chilling near-future U.S., where civilization has collapsed from environmental degradation, plagues, global warfare and supernatural threats. The last surviving members of the Knights of the Word, Logan Tom and Angel Perez, seek to keep the "balance of the world's magic in check" as they battle the Void—embodied by demons, their leader Findo Cask and their vicious human mutant counterparts known as "once-men." The Ghosts, an endearing tribe of street teens led by the resourceful Hawk, also scrabble for survival. Meanwhile, the human-demon war threatens the coexisting Elven nation. Longtime Brooks fans and newcomers will be riveted as the fate of the human and Elven worlds hangs in the balance. (Sept.)
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Adult/High School–Fans of Brooks, best known for his Shannara series (Del Rey), will be delighted by this novel. Set on Earth some 80 years from now, it is the first volume in an untitled pre-Shannara series that continues the story of the author's Word/Void trilogy (Del Rey). The Earth has been ravished by ecological disasters and demons, and once-men and horrible mutated monsters roam the planet. Any remaining humans are holed up in fortresses, except for the outcasts and the unwanted street children, including a group called the Ghosts, who have formed tribes to survive. Logan Tom and Angel Peres, who are Knights of the Word, have been recruited by The Lady to save and protect the gypsy morph, the offspring of Nest Freegard, previously featured in the trilogy. Brooks has an easy and fluid style; he makes a complicated plot less difficult to understand. Teens new to his work will love this introduction to his best-selling fantasies. And there are enough characters (and some surprises) from the other books to make any fan happy. Be warned, however, that the ending is literally a cliff-hanger, and readers may find it difficult to wait patiently for the next volume of this sure-to-be popular series.–Jane Halsall, McHenry Public Library District, IL
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning new fantasy series! Sept. 25 2009
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In a horrifying blend of post-apocalyptic terror and new age urban fantasy, "Armageddon's Children" describes a world ravaged by nuclear war, plague, pestilence, famine, mindless zombie-like creatures, demons and terrifying creatures born out of devastating mutations. Deaths have numbered in the billions and humanity teeters on the very brink of extinction. Most of those few humans who have survived have reverted to a dark age in which they remain walled up in fortified compounds brutally scavenging from one another and scratching out a mean subsistence life in much the same fashion as tribes would have done during the earliest periods of mankind's existence.

The power and excitement of this debut novel of Terry Brooks' latest series rests in his convincing blend of the reality of a burnt-out destroyed human landscape with the beguiling and utterly fascinating mythological beginnings of the fantasy world that was born in full bloom in his earlier Shannara stories.

Long, long ago in a place that was definitely not far, far away, the Elves conquered the demon hordes wandering Earth and sealed them away in a bleak existence called "the Forbidding". A biblical scholar might have suggested that "The Word" ruled over the Earth and the Earth was good - a kindly, warm and benevolent place to live.

But current events on the earth - the wars, the nuclear radiation, the burgeoning evil that mankind is both experiencing and causing - are weakening the walls between Earth and the Forbidding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terry Brooks at his best! Nov. 10 2007
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I fell in love with Terry Brooks's compelling storytelling back with the Sword of Shannara trilogy and, especially, the Heritage of Shannara, which is one the best Fantasy series I have ever read (and I have read a few). However, I was somewhat disappointed with the High Druid of Shannara and the Voyage of Jerle Shannara trilogy, which seemed to fall short of his previous works, so I had been shunning Terry Brooks for a while, not expecting to find again the exciting read I had found in his earlier works.

Well, I decided to give the Genesis of Shannara a try and boy! Was I in for a surprise - and a treat - with Armageddon's Children! This is definitely a must read for any fan of Terry Brooks, a real page turner; it has been some time since I read such a compelling story. In his usual fashion, Brooks interweaves the stories of different characters that eventually come together (well, most of them) in the end. Brooks's descriptions of a post-apocalyptic America are vivid and troubling at times.

The only aspect that I felt somewhat deficient is the storyline pertaining to the Elves; it somehow doesn't quite fit in with the rest of the book.

It still made for a fascinating read and I am sad it's over already - I can't wait to read the sequel, the Elves of Cintra, and find out what happens with Hawk and the others. Hopefully we won't have to wait too long for the third installment!
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By Odyssey
I've read all of Terry Brooks' Shannara books (and you can be sure I'll be reading the Word and the Void series in short order - somehow I just never got around to it before) and I have to say this installment comprises a promising start to his new post-Great War series. I still think his earlier work - consisting of the original Shannara trilogy and the four-part Heritage of Shannara - is better, but this is definitely an improvement upon the last two series. In my travels through Terry's worlds, I've rarely had the misfortune to encounter two less engaging protaganists than Bek and Pen Ohmsford, and please don't get me started on their love interests. Actually, the love department is one area in which I feel Armageddon's Children does falter - I didn't find Tessa to be a particularly sympathetic character and certainly didn't come to appreciate Hawk's depth of feeling for her. The scene between Tessa and her mother only served to make Tessa look like an idiot, in my opinion. Maybe a chapter or two from her point of view would have helped me to appreciate her character, but as it is, I can do without her. She's better than Cinnaminson though; I'll give her that! The rest of the character development was more than reasonable; I enjoyed reading each of the Ghosts' background stories, and characters like the Weatherman and the Preacher are vintage Brooks. I also enjoyed fereting out the origins of the spider gnomes, the spirits of the Wolfsktaag, the mwellrets, etc.

Much has been made of the ending, which didn't bother me as greatly as it appears to have irritated other readers. I agree with those who say the story could have been fleshed out more, but it didn't feel forced and I was eager to continue reading. Also, the political references went over my head, not being American.
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