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"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 ...
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"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.
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Del Rey editor-in-chief Betsy Mitchell's declaration that longtime fans of Terry Brooks should be prepared for a "dramatic surprise" in this book could quite possibly be the understatement of the year. "Momentous," "jaw-dropping," or "mind-blowing" would be much more fitting terms to describe this singularly shocking publishing event: Armageddon's Children is the first installment of a new saga that will bridge Brooks's contemporary fantasy trilogy Word/Void (Running with the Demon et al.) with the story lines of his celebrated epic Shannara sequence!

Set in a near-future United States ravaged by nuclear fallout, widespread plagues, and chemical contamination, Armageddon's Children follows a handful of unlikely heroes as they struggle to survive in a poisoned world infested by demons, insane "once-men," and other mutant creatures too horrific to describe. Logan Tom is a young man on a vision-inspired quest to somehow find a child prophesied to be humankind's savior. Angel Perez is also on a mission -- to find a mythical talisman. Standing in their way is nothing less than pure evil itself…

After years of rampant speculation about whether or not the events of the Word/Void saga are a precursor to the Great Wars that led to the creation of Shannara's Four Lands, Brooks has finally set the record straight with an emphatic "Yes!" The jaw-dropping events chronicled within Armageddon's Children will, simply stated, blow away fans of both fantasy series. How do the last remnants of humankind survive planetary apocalypse to eventually populate the magical realms of the Four Lands? Only Terry Brooks could pull this off! Paul Goat Allen
Publishers Weekly
In a postapocalyptic America, legions of demons and mutants known as "once-men" roam the landscape. Two teens, Logan Tom and Angel Perez, are the last surviving Knights of the Word, and may be humanity's last hope against the forces of darkness. Although the characters here are sketchily drawn, and many of the postapocalyptic tropes Brooks employs are either overly familiar or not fully developed, Hill does an admirable job of breathing life into the story and characters. He skillfully gives voice to a panoply of child characters, and alters his voice just enough to indicate their youth without becoming overly cutesy. Hill's overall tone is dark and somber, giving an appropriate ambiance to the narrative. As good as Hill is, though, this audio might have benefited from a second narrator; since the narrative unfolds in two primary threads (Logan's and Angel's), it would have been easier for the listener to keep track had there been a different narrator for each. Which is not to say that Hill's performance is in any way lacking; quite the contrary: it is exemplary. Simultaneous release with the Ballantine hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 7). (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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In a North America all but destroyed by war, fragments of humanity struggle to survive. Ruined cities shelter small communities in fortified enclosures, while mutants and outcasts inhabit tiny hidden outposts. Armies of demons and their minions roam the land, enslaving all whose lives they spare in labor camps and genetics labs. A hidden group of Elves has lost both their magic and their will to protect the land. Two Knights of the Word, Logan Tom and Angel Perez, are converging on the Pacific Northwest in an attempt to locate and protect the gypsy morph, a magical being unaware of its own power and purpose. A demon stalks Angel as she races north, and Logan has his own obstacles as he moves west across a ruined landscape. The abrupt ending is one of the author's standard cliffhangers, leaving listeners anxious for the next episode. Dick Hill reads with his usual excellence, providing a satisfying listening experience. Appropriate for both adult and young adult audiences and recommended for all collections that include fantasy fiction.-Janet Martin, FirstHealth of the Carolinas, Pinehurst, NC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
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 Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Sequel to Brooks's Word and Void contemporary fantasy trilogy (Angel Fire East, 1999, etc.) wherein, despite all the scuffling between the Void (demons) and Knights of the Word, the bad guys won. Now, a century later, the world lies in ruins. In ghastly slave camps, adults undergo unimaginable tortures while their children are transformed into demons. Dwindling human communities hold out by hunkering down in fortress-like enclaves, awaiting the day when they'll be besieged by armies of zombie once-men, and eerie gangs of street children scavenge in the rubble of cities, where, thanks to climate change, it hardly ever rains, even in Seattle. For Findo Gask, the ancient demon of the previous trilogy, one task remains before his triumph is complete: to find and destroy the gypsy morph. This 100-year-old child, the son of Nest Freemark and the last hope of humanity, knows nothing of the past or its pedigree. Only two white-hat Knights of the Word survive, and both must protect the gypsy morph against the demons. Logan Tom approaches from the west; Angel Perez, meanwhile, runs ahead of a huge, vengeful demon. Young Hawk, leader of the Seattle Ghosts, struggles to preserve his strange, talented gang members despite threats from other gangs, mutants, giant arthropods and other horrors. Meanwhile-in a subplot that may strike readers as one complication too many-the Elves have problems, too. They kept the demons at bay, but lost their magic; now their tree of life, the Ellcrys, must be moved, and to do that they need the magical Loden Elfstone. Like the prequel trilogy: steady, absorbing storytelling, if, typically, lacking narrative tension. And don't expect any sort of ending: In anticipation ofsequels, the book just ceases.
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Praise for Terry Brooks

“A great storyteller, Terry Brooks creates rich epics filled with mystery, magic, and memorable characters. If you haven’t read Terry Brooks, you haven’t read fantasy.”
–Christopher Paolini, author of Eragon and Eldest

“Terry’s place is at the head of the fantasy world.”
–Philip Pullman, author of The Golden Compass

From the Hardcover edition.

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Meet the Author

Terry Brooks
Terry Brooks published his first novel, The Sword of Shannara, in 1977. It was a New York Times bestseller for more than six months. He has published twenty-five New York Times bestsellers since. Two of those--the novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word--were chosen by the Rocky Mountain News (Denver) as among the best fantasy novels of the twentieth century. A practicing lawyer until his third book was published, Brooks now writes full-time. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Judine.

Biography

"I found my way to fantasy/adventure. When I got there, I knew I'd found a home," said Terence Dean Brooks, creator of the blockbuster, New York Times bestselling Shannara, Landover, and Word & Void series. Not only is Brooks at home in the highly competitive realm of fantasy literature, many would call him the genre’s modern-day patriarch – Tolkien’s successor. While that title is debatable, Brooks is, without a doubt, one of the world’s most prolific and successful authors of otherworld (and our world) fantasy. Few writers in any genre can boast a more entertaining collection of work – and a more ravenous and loyal fan base -- than can Terry Brooks.

The most rewarding aspect to writing for Brooks is “when someone who never read a book reads [one of mine] and says that the experience changed everything and got them reading.” Because of his very engaging, quick-flowing writing style, countless numbers of young people have been introduced to the wonderful world of reading through Brooks’s adventures. The miraculous thing, however, is that these same fans – whether they’re now 20, 30, or 40 years old – still devour each new release like a starving man would a steak dinner. Credit Brooks’s boundless imagination, endearing characters, fresh storylines and underlying complexities for keeping his older, more discerning audience hooked.

Brooks began writing when he was just ten years old, but he did not discover fantasy until much later. As a high school student he jumped from writing science fiction to westerns to adventure to nonfiction, unable to settle on one form. That changed when, at the age of 21, Brooks was introduced to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien provided Brooks with a forum “that would allow him to release onto paper his own ideas about life, love, and the wonder that fills his world," according to his web site.

In 1977, after six trying years, Brooks published novel his first novel, The Sword of Shannara. And quickly it gave him – and his publisher (the newly created Ballantine imprint, Del Rey) – quite a thrill; the fantasy adventure featuring the young Halfling, Shea Ohmsford; the mysterious wizard Allanon; Flick, the trusty companion; and the demonic Warlock Lord, was not only well received -- it was a smash, spending over five months on The New York Times bestseller list. In 1982 Brooks released the follow-up, The Elfstones of Shannara (which Brooks says may be his favorite), to equal success. He closed out the initial trilogy in 1985 with The Wishsong of Shannara, and has since completed two more Shannara sets, The Heritage of Shannara books and the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara books.

As fans of Brooks know, the man doesn’t like to stay put. “I lived in Illinois for the first 42 years of my life, and I told myself when I left in 1986 that I would never live any one place again,” Brooks said. He now spends his time between his homes in Seattle and Hawaii; he and his wife also spend a great deal of time on the road each year connecting with the fans. These same nomadic tendencies are also apparent in his writing. Instead of staying comfortably within his proven, bestselling Shannara series, Terry frequently takes chances, steps outside, and tries something new. His marvelous Landover and Word & Void series are the results. While both are vastly different from Shannara, they are equally compelling. Word & Void – a contemporary, dark urban fantasy series set in a fantasy-touched Illinois – is quite possibly Brooks’s most acclaimed series. The Rocky Mountain News called the series’ first two books (Running with the Demon and The Knight of the Word “two of the finest science fiction/fantasy novels of the 20th century.”

Good To Know

When The Sword of Shannara hit The New York Times bestseller list, Brooks became the first modern fantasy author to achieve that pinnacle.

The Sword of Shannara was also the first work of fiction to ever hit The New York Times trade paperback bestseller list. Thanks to a faithful and growing fan base, the books continue to reach the list.

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was not Terry's first novelization. He also novelized Steven Spielberg's 1991 movie, Hook.

Brooks’s The Phantom Menace novelization is also not his only connection to George Lucas. Both The Sword of Shannara and the original Star Wars novel, A New Hope, were edited by Judy Lynn del Rey and published in the same year (1977) to blockbuster success.

The Sword of Shannara was initially turned down by DAW Books. Instead, DAW sent Terry to Lester del Rey, who recognized Terry’s blockbuster potential and bought it. And the rest, they say, is history.

Brooks’s influences include: J.R.R. Tolkien, Alexander Dumas, James Fenimore Cooper, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Mallory's Morte d'Arthur.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Terence Dean Brooks (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Pacific Northwest and Hawaii
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 8, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Sterling, Illinois
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, Hamilton College, 1966; J.D., Washington and Lee University
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Armageddon's Children


By Terry Brooks

Random House

Terry Brooks
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0345484088


Chapter One

One

He is fast asleep in his bed on the night that the demon and the once-men come for his family. They have been watching the compound for days, studying its walls and the routine of the guards who ward them. They have waited patiently for their chance, and now it has arrived. An advance party is over the walls and past the guards. They have opened the gates from the inside to let in the others, and now all are pouring into the compound. In less than five minutes, everything has been lost.

He doesn't realize this when his father shakes him awake, but he knows something is wrong.

"Logan, get up." Urgency and fear are apparent in his father's voice.

Logan blinks against the beam of the flashlight his father holds, one of two they still possess. He sees his brother dressing across the way, pulling on his shirt and pants, moving quickly, anxiously. Tyler isn't griping, isn't saying anything, doesn't even look over at him.

His father bends close, his strong features all planes and angles at the edges of the flashlight's beam. His big hand grips his son's shoulder and squeezes. "It's time for us to leave here, Logan. Put on your clothes and your pack and wait by the trapdoor with Tyler. Your mother and I will be along with Megan."

His sister. He looks around, but doesn't see her. Outside, there isshouting and the sound of gunfire. A battle is being fought. He knows now what has happened, even without seeing it. He has heard it talked about all of his life, the day their enemies would find a way to break through, the day that the walls and gates and guards and defenses would finally give way. It has happened all across the United States. It has happened all over the world. No one is safe anywhere. Maybe no one will ever be safe again.

He rises quickly now and dresses. His brother already has his pack strapped across his back and tosses Logan his. The packs have been sitting in a corner of his bedroom for as far back as he can remember. Each month, they are unpacked, checked, and repacked. His father is a careful man, a planner, a survivor. He has always assumed this day would come, even though he assured his family it would not. Logan was not fooled. His father did not speak of it directly, but in the spaces between the words of reassurance were silent warnings. Logan did not miss them, did not ignore their implications.

"Hurry, slug," Tyler hisses at him, going out the door.

He finishes fastening his boots, throws his pack over his shoulder, and hurries after his brother. The shouts are growing louder now, more frantic. There are screams, as well. He feels curiously removed from all of it, as if it were happening to people with whom he had no connection, even though these are his friends and neighbors. He feels light-headed, and there is a buzzing in his ears. Maybe he has gotten up too fast, has rushed himself the way he does sometimes without allowing his body to adjust to a sudden change.

Maybe it is just the first of many adjustments he is going to have to make in his life.

He knows what is going to happen now. His father has told them all, taking care to use the word if rather than the word when. They are going to have to escape through the tunnels and flee into the surrounding countryside. They are going to have to abandon their home and all their possessions because otherwise they will be caught and killed. The demons and the once-men have made it clear from the beginning that those who choose to shut themselves away in the compounds will not be spared once their defenses are breached. It is punishment for defiance, but it is a warning, too.

If you want to survive, you have to place yourself in our hands.

No one believes this is true, of course. No one can survive outside the compounds. Not as a free man or woman. Not with the plagues and poisons in the air, water, and soil. Not with the slave camps to take you in and swallow you up. Not with the Freaks and the monsters running amok in cities and towns and villages everywhere.

Not with the demons and once-men seeking to exterminate the human race.

Not in this brave new world.

Logan knows this even though he is only eight years old. He knows it because he is dreaming it, reliving it twenty years later. His understanding of its truths transcends time and place; he embraces the knowledge in the form of memories. He knows it the way he already knows how things will end.

He is standing with Tyler in front of the trapdoor when his father reaches them, ushering his mother and sister into place. "Stay together," he tells them, glancing from face to face. "Look out for each other."

He carries a short-barreled Tyson 33 Flechette, a wicked black metal weapon that when fired can tear a hole through a stone wall a foot thick. Logan has seen it fired only once, years ago, when his father was testing it. The sound of its discharge was deafening. There was a burning smell in his nose and a ringing in his ears afterward. The memory stays with him to this day. He is afraid of the weapon. If his father carries it, things are as bad as they can possibly be.

"Jack." His mother speaks his father's name softly, and she turns and takes him in her arms, burying her face in his shoulder. The shouts and screams and firing are right outside their door.

His father lets her hold him for a moment, then eases her away, reaches down, and flings back the trapdoor. "Go!" he snaps, motioning them in.

Tyler doesn't hesitate; carrying the second of the two flashlights, he goes down through the opening. Megan follows him, her green eyes huge and damp with tears.

"Logan," his father calls when he sees his youngest hesitate.

In the next instant the front door blows apart in a fiery explosion that engulfs both his mother and his father and sends him tumbling head-over-heels down the stairway to land in a twisted heap on top of his sister. She screams, and something heavy falls on the dirt floor next to him, barely missing his head. In the waver of Tyler's flashlight he looks down and sees the Tyson Flechette. He stares at it until his brother jerks him to his feet and snatches up the weapon himself.

Their eyes meet and they both know. "Run!" Tyler grunts.

Together the three children hurry down the long dark corridor, following the beam of the flashlight. In the darkness ahead, other flashlight beams and flickering candles appear out of other tunnels that join this one, and the sound of voices grows louder. He knows they all come from homes close to his own. The tunnel was the joint project of many families, spearheaded by his father and a few other men, a bolt-hole in case of the unspeakable. Quickly the tunnels are packed, and people are pushing and shoving. Tyler, fighting to keep Megan in tow with one hand while wielding his flashlight with the other, shouts his name and shoves the Tyson Flechette at him.

Logan takes it without thinking. His hands close over the cool, smooth metal of the barrel and work down to the leather-bound grip. Curiously, the weapon feels right in his hands; it feels like it belongs there. His fear of it dissipates as he cradles it to his chest.

Ahead, there is a convergence of lights, and a wooden stairway leads upward. People are pouring out of the tunnel and up the steps into a night filled with flashes and explosions and the sounds of death and dying. He can feel the heat of an intense fire as he gains the opening. As he breathes in the night air, he can smell the acrid stench of smoke and charred timbers.

He has just paused to look around, not three steps back from Tyler and Megan, when an explosion rips the earth beneath him, flinging him backward into the night. An eerie silence descends over his immediate surroundings. Everything he hears now is distant and strangely muffled. He cannot see at first, cannot even move, lying on the ground clutching the flechette as if it were a lifeline.

He rises with difficulty, dazed and in shock. He sees bodies strewn everywhere on the ground in front of him, all around the tunnel opening, dozens and dozens of crumpled forms. He climbs to his feet and staggers over to where Tyler and Megan lie still and bleeding, their eyes wide and staring. He feels his chest tighten and his strength drain away. They are gone. His whole family is gone. It happened so fast.

Sudden movement catches his eye as a knot of dark forms converges on him from out of the darkness. Once-men, wild-eyed and feral, their faces the faces of animals. Without thinking, without even knowing how he remembers what to do, he snaps off the safety on the Tyson Flechette, whips up the barrel, and fires into their midst. Dozens of them disappear, blown backward into the night. He swings the barrel to the right and fires again. Dozens more fly apart. He is exhilarated, become as maddened as they are, as consumed by bloodlust. He hates them for what they have done. He wants to destroy them all.

Then he sees another figure, an old man standing off to one side, tall and stooped and ghost-gray in a cloak that hangs almost to the ground. His eyes are fixed on Logan, peering out from beneath a slouch-brimmed hat, and in those eyes is a cold approval that terrifies the boy. He does not understand what it is the old man approves of, but he does understand one thing. Without ever having come face-to-face with one before, he knows instinctively that this is a demon.

The demon smiles at him and nods.

A hand jerks him about sharply and whips the flechette out of his hands. Eyes as hard and black as obsidian stare out of a face streaked with grease and sweat. "Good enough, boy, but it's time to leave now. Let's live to fight another day!"

He takes Logan's arm and begins to run with him into the darkness. Others with faces painted in the same way join with him, shepherding the strays they have gathered from the ruins of the compound. A rear guard forms up to protect their retreat, weapons firing into the waves of once-men that seek to reach them.

"Run, boy." The man who holds him shoves him away.

Fighting down the pain he feels in his gut, struggling to hold back his tears, he does. He does not look back.









the midmorning sunlight blinded Logan Tom when he opened his eyes, and he blinked hard to clear away the sleep as he peered out through the windshield of the Lightning S-150 AV. The Indiana countryside, empty of life, spread away to either side of the little copse of elms he had pulled into the night before. The highway he had followed west toward Chicago stretched back the way he had come and ahead the way he must go, cracked and weed-grown and littered with debris. His gaze shifted. Fields fallow and dried out from weeks without rain formed a broken brown patchwork to the south. North, about half a mile off, a farmhouse and barn sat abandoned and derelict in a small grove of oaks turned wintry and leached of life.

On the four horizons, nothing moved. Not even feeders, and feeders were everywhere there were humans to consume.

He reached over for the staff, gripped it tightly for a moment, then ran his hands slowly along its polished black length, feeling the reassuring presence of the runes carved into its surface.

Another day in the world.

He checked the gauges of the AV, a cursory examination of several banks of lights that glimmered a uniform green in the daylight brightness. The red lights were dark, reassuring him that nothing had approached the vehicle during the night. He would not have slept through their audible warnings in any case, but it didn't hurt to make sure. The assault vehicle was his favorite weapon against the things that hunted him, and he relied on her the way you relied on a best friend. Not that he had ever had a best friend. Michael had been his last real friend, but mostly he had been Logan's teacher. It was Michael, a genius with anything mechanical, who had acquired and modified the AV. When he was gone, the Lightning had become Logan's, a small legacy from a man larger than life.

He thought momentarily of his dream, of that last night with his family, with his childhood. Twenty years ago now, but it seemed an eternity.

Don't dwell on it. Don't give power of any kind to the past.

Satisfied that nothing threatened, he glanced at the solar battery readings. Full power. He was good to go. Solar had its advantages in a world in which the climates had been so drastically altered that the sun shone 350 days a year all the way from the equator to Canada. When you crossed the Mississippi, there was nothing but desert until you reached the mountains, then more of the same after that until you got close to the coast. The ozone layer had mostly burned away, the polar ice caps all but vanished. Temperatures had risen everywhere, and the land that had once been Middle America had turned stunted and dry. Old news; it had happened more than thirty years ago. So lots of sunshine was the forecast for today, tomorrow, and the next few centuries.

Rainfall? Six to eight inches a year in the wet spots.

Logan Tom wondered if anyone would ever again see anything that even resembled the old world. He thought it possible his descendants might, one extrapolated from the raw conditions of the present. But the world his parents and grandparents had known was gone forever, as dead as the moral and social fabric that had failed to hold it together. No one had thought it possible. No one had believed it could happen.

No one except the Knights of the Word, who had dreamed the nightmare and tried unsuccessfully to prevent it. Men and women conscripted to the cause, champions of and believers in the need to keep the magic that bound all things in balance.

For there was magic in the world, born out of the time before humankind, out of the world of Faerie, out of an older civilization. Magic that infused and sustained, that reached beyond what could be seen or even understood to tie together in symbiotic fashion all life.

Magic over which both the Word and the Void sought to exercise control.

It was an old struggle, one that dated all the way back to the birth of humanity. It was a struggle for supremacy between shadings of light and dark, between gradations of good and evil. Logan Tom didn't pretend to understand all the nuances.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2006

    Yet Another One Out of the Ballpark!

    I have been a fan of Terry Brooks for 13 years and counting and yet this was my first intro to the world of the Word. As a Shannara fan I had to pick his latest up and was worried that I'd be lost because of the crossover but boy was I wrong. Terry deftly combines the two series for fans and newbies alike and neither will be disappointed. I've already purchased all the books in the Word and Void collection and can't wait for the next installment!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2009

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    Armageddon's Children, Genesis of Shannara trilogy, Book 1

    Set 15 years after Nest, Knights of the Word, Logan is in search of the gypsy morph by the guide of Nest's bones. And, Angel is guided in search of the elfstone Loden. The Chosen are told by the Elcrys to move them to a safer home because the Void is threatening her survival. This is a fast and exciting read that I found very hard to put down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

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    A new beginning

    I've loved Brooks' writing for many years now and this new series continues his great tradition of excellent stories with great thoughts and values.

    With this novel, Terry begins to bridge the gap between two of his main story threads...that of the world of Shannara and that of the world in the "Word and Void" series.

    The characters are approachable and each filled with their own strengths and flaws. As readers, we are taken on a voyage of self discovery along with the characters as they interact with the struggle between good and evil in the post-apocalyptic society.

    You can certainly approach this story without having read Brooks before, but it would be advisable to have at least read the Word and Void series before starting on this journey. Even though set a hundred years or so beyond the first Word/Void book (Running with the Demon), it builds on the framework created there and your understanding will be greatly enhanced by starting with Word/Void and working your way into this novel. Reading the various Shannara series before this one are unnecessary and it could be argued that you should wait for this series to be done before you start Shannara, just to keep the chronology right...but then you're just depriving yourself of other fabulous works while you wait for this series to complete.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2010

    A wonder

    Like all the other books by this writer this was a wonderful read. Could not put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2009

    Typical sci fi/fantasy blend

    The premise is that the world is ending and humanity has to save itself. It's a good book, especially if you're just getting into fantasy, but I don't think I would have bought it if I could have found it in a library. The pace is slow moving and there are a lot of characters with side-stories to keep track of. I managed to power through it in two days, but I could have put it down at any time. It does bring up a few relevant points about human nature, technology, and the like, so if you're interested in the end of the world, give it a go.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2008

    New to Brooks

    I thouroughly enjoyed this book and am excited to read the books that follow. Armageddon's Children kept me on the edge of my seat and up late at night. It may be to my advantage that I do not have a history with the Brook's novels. I now consider myself a new fan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2007

    A reviewer

    If you have read this and not the Word and The Void series you should go back to the begining. This is the latest and best story in this line so far and I can't wait to read the next one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2006

    A Great Wars Beginning!

    For those fans who want more of what Terry Brooks has to offer, as well as fantasy fans who have been too daunted to try a Terry Brooks book due to the length of his series, this book is for you! In a world that has been effectively destroyed by humanity's twisted misuse of power, a new world is about to be born. But for the phoenix to rise there must be death, and our world has reached its apocalyptic finale. Terry creates a world that is gray and desolate, and yet echoes all facets we can see in our own world today. Armageddon's Children is our future, and a bleak future it is. Attempting to bring light to the world's existence are two Knights - given great power and a far great responsiblity for those who need to survive the coming holocaust. The characters of Logan and Angel are particularly well constructed, and the reader really gets a sense of what it means to carry the Knight mantle for an extended amount of time in the worst of times. Logan's haunting ghosts and Angel's toughened heart remind us that although humanity has its difficulties, compassion and strength of character can overcome any evil that the world may have. Coming after them is an evil darker and more sinister than humanity has ever known. This book was great. It is a compelling story with real characters set in a world that could be our future. It is more literary compared to Terry's earlier work, and the only thing that keeps the story from being depressing is the hope that the characters light. I give this book a four stars, but it could have been five if I had the other two books of the trilogy in hand! It can be read by new readers without any prior knowledge of what Terry has written and it is assured to delight old Brooks fans.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

    A Great Read!

    This is the kind of a book that is really hard to put down. One event leads to another. Each character leads to the next. Everything ties together and leaves you wanting more. This book was recommended to me and I recommend it to anyone else who enjoys reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    I think that this book was amazing -random reader

    I think that this book was amazing -random reader

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Bmnmyi iomb tuvubyi

    Yiuytutyo

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Great book

    This book was good to lead up the the rest of the series. I read the entire series and thought it was good reading. Would recommend this series to all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    If you have enjoyed other books by Terry Brooks, you will like this one.

    Armageddon's Children kicks off another great series of books by Mr. Brooks. Terry does a great job at weaving multiple story lines together just to the point where you need to buy the next book to see what happens next. As with his other collections, it's worth reading the entire series.

    This particular series does suggest how mankind can bring about their own destruction if they can't learn to get along. But there is hope if our desire to live is strong enough and we work together to achive it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Brooks tells the story of Shannara's origin in this combination

    Brooks tells the story of Shannara's origin in this combination of his Knight & Word and Shannara series. If the Shannara series had been feeling a little repetative this is a great book to read to break that cycle. Even if you're not a Shannara fan this book was a great read. If you like apocolipitc fiction this is definatly for you

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  • Posted February 11, 2012

    loved it

    I loved the book but had not realized it may be book one but it is only a branch of the many books in the whole world of shannara. so I read this one and now have to start with the real book one and catch up to this bunch.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Readable over and over...

    This is most certainly a book I will be rereading in the future. It's such a fantastic melding of his Word and Void and Shannara series. It throws in the apocalypse element I love in other stories too. The world is so vivid and sometimes terrifying. One of the best he's written in my opinion.

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  • Posted September 21, 2010

    Fantastic!

    Once again, Terry Brooks gives readers a fantastic trip into new worlds. As always a good read, I never have to worry if I'm getting what I pay for.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

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    Good Start to the Armageddon's Children Trilogy

    Since I've enjoyed most of the Shannara books, I figured this would be no different and wasn't disappointed. I'm glad that Brooks has gone back to fill us in on the events that happened after the cataclysm that shaped the world in which he's told so many stories. The action/pace actually seemed faster than his previous works, which I was also thankful for as some of the longer Shannara books have dragged in places. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

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  • Posted June 14, 2009

    great begginning

    finnaly a beginning to shannara. this was and is one of my favorite series. the story arc, along with the elves of cintra and gypsy morph is the perfect origin for the later stories. highly recommended.

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  • Posted May 17, 2009

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    So good I have read it twice!

    Terry Brooks is bringing the Shannara world he created for us to escape to into, into the conflict of the Word which he created to captivate us. The result is this, the first book of the Genesis of Shannara series.

    I personally find this concept to be amazing and wonder ... was this planned over 20 years ago? If not, what compelled Mr. Brooks to bring them together? Whatever the case, I cannot thank him enough. It is delightful to be totally captivated (yet again) with the story he is weaving.

    If you have not read any of Terry Brooks' work, I would suggest starting with the Landover series. Yes, they are written for teens (and younger) but they are lighthearted and very interesting for a wonderful afternoon read. If you begin with the Shannara series, be prepared to read late into the night. In my opinion, they are that good. You will discover how easy it is to escape into the world of Shannara.

    Enjoy yourself and thank you Mr. Brooks

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