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With his groundbreaking New York Times bestseller The Sword of Shannara and its acclaimed sequels, Terry Brooks brought a new audience to epic fantasy. Then he gave the genre a darkly compelling contemporary twist in his trilogy of the Word and the Void. Last year, in Armageddon’s Children, Brooks undertook the stunning chronicle that united two unique worlds. Now that story of clashing forces of darkness and light, of Shannara’s beginnings and the human race’s possible end, marches forward into an unforgettable ...
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Overview

With his groundbreaking New York Times bestseller The Sword of Shannara and its acclaimed sequels, Terry Brooks brought a new audience to epic fantasy. Then he gave the genre a darkly compelling contemporary twist in his trilogy of the Word and the Void. Last year, in Armageddon’s Children, Brooks undertook the stunning chronicle that united two unique worlds. Now that story of clashing forces of darkness and light, of Shannara’s beginnings and the human race’s possible end, marches forward into an unforgettable second volume full of mystery, magic, and momentous events.

Across the ruined landscape that is America–hopelessly poisoned, plague-ridden, burned, and besieged by demon armies bent on exterminating all mortal life–two pilgrims have been summoned to serve the embattled cause of good. Logan Tom has journeyed to desolate Seattle to protect a ragged band of street urchins and the being known as “the gypsy morph,” who is both mortal and magical, and destined to save mankind unless he is destroyed. Likewise, Angel Perez has her own quest, one that will take her from the wreckage of Los Angeles to a distant, secret place untouched by the horrors of the nationwide blight–a place where the race of Elves has dwelled since before man existed. But close behind these lone Knights of the Word swarm the ravening forces of the Void.

As the menacing thunder of war drums heralds the arrival of the demons and their brutal minions in Seattle, the young survivors who call themselves the Ghosts are forced to brave the dangerous world of gangs, mutants, and worse to escape the invasion. And Logan Tom must infiltrate a refugee compound to rescue Hawk, the leader of the street urchins, who has yet to learn the truth about who and what he is. Meanwhile, Angel Perez has joined an equally urgent mission: to find the Ellcrys, a fabled talisman crucial to protecting the Elven realm against an influx of unspeakable evil from the dread dimension known as the Forbidding. But Angel and her Elf allies must beware–for a demon spy, with a monstrous creature at its command, walks among them.

As the legions of darkness draw the noose tighter, and the time of confrontation draws near, those chosen to defend the soul of the world must draw their battle lines and prepare to fight with, and for, their lives. If they fail, humanity falls.

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Extinction or survival? Brooks keeps readers hanging with the hair-raising second installment (after 2006's Armageddon's Children) of a trilogy blending his bestselling Shannara and Void series. A plague-ridden future Earth faces annihilation from Void demons, once-men and other monstrous creatures. What chance do innocent children have? A pretty good chance when Logan Tom and Angel Perez, the last Knights of the Word, have pledged to defend them. Hawk, a child suffused with unpredictable magic, also helps the Seattle street kids called the Ghosts, but when he's whisked away to the magical Gardens of Life to learn of his heroic destiny, the kids come to depend on Logan and Cat, a part-lizard girl. Playing another important role is Kirisin, a Cintra elf hiding in the Oregon woods, who finds the blue Elfstones that can lead him to the powerful, myth-shrouded Loden Stone. Celebrating his 30th year as a professional writer, Brooks provides another fascinating group of characters tackling harrowing and inspiring life and death issues. (Aug.)

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VOYA - Nancy K. Wallace
In a desolate post-apocalyptic earth, several diverse groups struggle to survive as demons stalk the countryside. Logan Tom, Knight of the Word, arrives too late to avert Hawk's and Tessa's executions but continues his mission to guide a ragtag collection of children southward. Thrown from the compound walls by their executioners, Hawk, a Gypsy Morph, and Tessa disappear in a flash of white light. They waken in the Gardens of Life, where Hawk's destiny, "to lead his children to the Promised Land," is revealed by the King of the Silver River. In Cintra, Kirisin and his sister, Simralin, defy the Elven King, joining Angel Perez, another Knight of the Word, to locate the missing Loden Elfstone. The stone, wielded by Kirisin, one of the Chosen, will shield the Ellcrys, the elven tree that maintains the Forbidding and holds the demons at bay. The end leaves Tom unconscious, Simralin and Angel near death, Hawk assuming leadership and Kirisin in possession of the Loden. Part of The Genesis of Shannara series, this continuation of Armageddon's Children (Del Rey, 2006) is reminiscent of the seemingly impossible quest of the Lord of the Rings. Permeated by sadness and despair, every chapter brings death and destruction, persistent plagues, deformed and mutilated children, ruined land and water. Brutality, sorrow, and pain pervade the pages. The only hope lies in the tenacity and expectation of the children and the dedication of their protectors. Although occasional flashbacks written in italics tend to interrupt the narrative, strong storytelling compels the reader forward.
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Logan Tom, Knight of the Word, journeyed across the North American wasteland to find Hawk, the gypsy morph, the only hope for the survival of humans. Logan is too late to save Hawk from being thrown from the walls of the Seattle survivors' compound, but instead of being dashed to the concrete far below, Hawk and his sweetheart are magically whisked away. With a demon-led army in the harbor, Logan escapes from Seattle with the ragtag group of street children known as the Ghosts. Coming from the south, Angel Perez flees Los Angeles with a demonic pursuer close on her tail as she makes her way to the Elves, who have demon problems of their own. Two young guardians of the magical Ellcrys enlist Angel's help in their attempt to locate the legendary elfstones and reignite the forgotten magical powers of the Elves. Events move fast in this second leg of Brooks's trilogy, with little time for character development or introspection. The story picks up where Armageddon's Childrenleft off, with no summary of the previous action. Listeners will want both volumes and eagerly await the concluding book. Phil Gigante reads well, and the recording quality is excellent. Appropriate for both adult and young adult audiences and recommended for all collections that include fantasy fiction.
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A handful of humans and Elves continue their battle against the demons in the moderately gripping middle volume of a post-apocalyptic fantasy trilogy that links the Shannara and the Word/Void series. At the close of the previous book, Hawk, the human-shaped gypsy morph with dormant, but undoubtedly vast, powers, and his friend, Tessa, were thrown off the walls of the Seattle compound. Thanks to some last-minute magic from an unknown source, they're only missing, not dead. Their friends, the band of street kids who call themselves the Ghosts, go on the road to find them, guided by Knight of the Word Logan Tom. Meanwhile, fellow Knight Angel Perez and her Faerie companion Ailie journey to the Elves of Cintra to help them find the long-missing Elfstones, key to saving the Elves from destruction. Unfortunately, Angel and Ailie's mission is hampered by the Elves' habitual mistrust of humans and by the machinations of a shapeshifting demon masquerading as an Elf. Brooks (Armageddon's Children, 2006, etc.) fans will enjoy the ride, as always; others will simply be confused.
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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

Armageddon’s Children

“In this exciting first of a new fantasy trilogy, bestseller Brooks effortlessly connects the Tolkien-infused magic of his Shannara books with the urban, postapocalyptic world of his Word and the Void series. . . . Longtime Brooks fans and newcomers will be riveted.”
–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Dynamic . . . compelling . . . mesmerizing . . . [with] a cliff-hanger that leaves readers salivating for the sequel.”
–Booklist (starred review)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345484116
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Series: Genesis of Shannara Series , #2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.47 (h) x 1.28 (d)

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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Logan Tom had climbed out of the lower levels of the compound and was starting up the steps to the walls when he heard the cries. They were sudden and sharp and signaled shock and excitement. He was still inside and could not tell what was happening, but he redoubled his efforts instantly, charging ahead, abandoning stealth, throwing caution to the winds.

If he was too late . . .

If they had already thrown Hawk and Tessa from the walls . . .

If, if, if!

The words burned in his mind like live coals. He couldn’t be too late. Not after coming so far and getting so close. He should never have left Hawk in the compound. He should have found a way to take him out when he had the chance. Relying on breaking him free now was a fool’s game, and anyone with an ounce of common sense would have known it!

He was running hard, his black staff held ready in front of him, his concentration complete. He passed dozens of the compound’s inhabitants on the way up, but while a few turned to look, no one tried to stop him. Maybe they could see in his eyes that getting in his way for any reason was a bad idea. If what he was thinking was reflected there, mirrored in eyes that were hard-edged and enraged, they couldn’t miss it.

He was up the steps all the way now and outside, the sports field spread away below him. The spectator seats in this section had been ripped out long ago to provide space for makeshift housing, and he found himself in a cluster of small one-level cottages built out of bricks and wood that were cobbled together to form rooms and stacked from one level to the next. They registered in his mind as he tore through them, following the lanes purposely left clear for passage, charging upward toward the top.

But something unexpected was happening. Those gathered on the walls to watch the death sentence on Hawk and Tessa being carried out were rushing back down almost as fast as he was rushing up. He stopped where he was, bracing himself against the swarm, trying to pick out something that made sense from the babble of words being exchanged.

“. . . nothing ever like it before this, a demon’s work if ever there was one—did you see that light . . .”

“. . . bright as a flare or maybe a . . .”

“. . . wasn’t a trace of them on the ground, and then it got dark again and you could see down . . .”

Logan moved into the shelter of a narrow aisle made over into a walkway between huts, waiting for the way to clear. Whatever had happened, it was all over now. But what had happened?

He grabbed a young man who got close enough and pulled him out of the swarm of bodies. He put his face close. “Tell me what’s going on. Why is everyone running?”

The young man stared at him a moment, seeing something that might have scared him even more than what he had witnessed on the wall. He tried to speak and couldn’t, then yanked his arm free from Logan’s grip and threw himself back into the surging mass of the crowd.

Logan shifted his approach from the common lanes and began making his way upward between the huts in a less direct fashion. He went as quickly as passage would allow, dodging or knocking obstacles aside. Buckets, brooms, pots, and other cooking implements went flying, and shouts of anger from their owners followed after him. In another time and under different circumstances, he would have drawn more attention. But the majority of the compound population was either coming down off the walls or fighting to get to the front gates, anxious to see whatever was out there.

Not the boy, he prayed. Not the girl.

He reached the upper levels where the housing grew sparse and scattered, a concession to the winds and the chill that made living higher up less desirable. The smells of the population gave way to the odors of fish and seaweed floating off the water, and the darkness deepened as the fires and generator lights were left below. Up here, what few lights there were pointed outward toward the gates and the approach to the walls. He passed out of the tangle of huts and walkways, the bulk of the crowd gone past now, and moved along the high wall toward an opening that led out onto what was once the concession area.

He found more buildings here, the same makeshift huts, these mostly for storage, not living. A scattering of the compound’s residents still remained on the wall, looking down over the rim. He chose a young girl standing with her back to him, her attention on whatever lay outside below the walls.

“Where are the boy and girl?” he asked, walking up to her.

She turned and stared at him. She was no more than fourteen or fifteen, her freckled face squinched up as if she had swallowed something unpleasant. “What?”

“The boy and girl?” he repeated. “What happened to them?”

She hesitated. “Didn’t you see?”

“I wasn’t here. Tell me.”

“Well, wow, what didn’t happen! It was so amazing! They threw them— the guards threw them off, together, you know. They flew right out into space like—like scarecrows or sacks of sand. Then a light appeared all at once, a brilliant light. It came right out of nowhere and swallowed them up. When the light disappeared, they were gone, too.”

She glanced over her shoulder and looked down at the rubble-strewn pavement as if to make certain. “I’ve never seen anything like it. No one knows what happened.” She turned back. “I heard one man say it was demon magic! Do you think?”

Logan didn’t know what he thought. “No,” he said. “Did the light seem to come from one of them—from the boy, maybe?”

She shook her head. Her long, sandy hair rippled in the dim light, and she brushed strands of it from her eyes. “No, it didn’t come from anywhere. It just flared up out of thin air and surrounded them. You couldn’t see them at all after that. Everyone just went crazy! It was wonderful!”

He took a moment to consider what this meant. The most logical explanation was that Hawk’s magic—the wild magic of the gypsy morph— had surfaced in an unexpected way. But if the girl was right, if it wasn’t Hawk’s own magic manifesting itself in some unknown way, then it had to have been an intervening magic. Yet where would such magic have come from? Had Hawk and Tessa been saved or tossed from the frying pan into the fire? He knew he wouldn’t find the answer here.

“Hey, mister, do I know you?” the girl asked him suddenly.

He shook his head. “No.”

“You look familiar.”

He peered down over the walls to the rubble below. Nothing, not even the feeders, was there now. Whatever had happened, it had disrupted their plans to absorb the combination of magic and life force expended by Hawk’s death. All those feeders, he thought, gone in the blink of an eye.

The girl was leaning on the railing next to him, studying his face. She must have seen him when he’d come to the compound earlier in the day. She would remember soon enough. It was time to go.

Suddenly her gaze shifted. “Look at that. See all the lights out on the water? Like a million little fires or something.”

He looked to where she was pointing, but what he saw that she couldn’t were the feeders massed along the waterfront, a surging horde of smooth dark bodies writhing and twisting in an effort to get closer to whatever was approaching on the water. He looked beyond to the lights, hundreds of them, couldn’t make any sense of it at first, and then heard the drums and went cold.

At almost the same moment a horn blew from somewhere farther down the walls of the compound, high up in a watchtower, a mournful wail that signaled danger in any language. Someone else had spotted the lights and, like Logan, knew what they meant.

He turned away from the girl. “I have to go. Thanks for helping me.”

“Sure. Weren’t you here . . . ?”

He wheeled back, cutting short the rest of what she was going to say. It was an impulsive act, one born of frustration and despair. He was tired of people dying. “Go find your parents and your brothers and sisters and anyone else you care about and get everyone out of here. Tell anyone you meet. Those lights come from boats carrying an army that will besiege this compound and eventually destroy it.”

She started to speak, but he grabbed her shoulders and held her. “No, just listen to me. I know what I am talking about. I know about this army. I have seen what it can do. Get out of here, right away, even if no one else will go with you. I know you don’t want to, but do it. Remember what I said. If you stay, you will die.”

He left her staring after him, her eyes wide, her face rigid with shock and disbelief. He had no further time for her, nothing more he could do for her. She would believe him or not. Probably not. They seldom did, any of them. They thought it was as safe as it could get inside the compounds. They thought it was so much more dangerous out in the open. None of them understood. Not until it was too late. It was why they were being wiped out. It was the reason the human race was being annihilated.

To his surprise, she came after him, grabbed his arm, and pulled him around. “You’re not serious, are you? About what will happen? None of that’s true, is it?”

He studied her a moment. “What’s your name?”

“Meike,” she answered uncertainly.

“Well, listen closely to me, Meike. Everything I said is true. There are madmen on those boats. They were human once, men and women like those in this compound. But they’ve shed their humanity to serve demons that intend to destroy us all. They kill humans or put them in slave camps. They’ve done it everywhere, all across the country. They will do it here, too. The compound leaders think they can stand against them, think they are safe enough here behind their walls. But other compounds thought the same, and they all fell in the end. This one will fall, too.”

“I don’t have any parents or brothers or sisters,” she said. She brushed at her long hair, her eyes filled with fear. “I don’t have anyone. I don’t know what to do. Where should I go?”

He wished suddenly he hadn’t told her. All he had done was scare her half to death. Besides, it was one life. What difference did saving one life make to what was going to happen here? Even if telling her got her out of here, what did it matter? She would end up dying in the countryside instead of in the city, nothing more. He was suddenly furious with himself. That was his problem, trying to save people like her. He was wasting his time when what he needed to do was what he had come to do in the first place—find the gypsy morph.

He gave her a quick glance and shook his head. “Go anywhere away from the city. Go into the country. Look for others who might want to go with you. There’s safety in numbers.”

He turned away abruptly and started down the walkway for the stairs, intent on getting out of there before anyone realized who he was. Once he was identified, things would become considerably more complicated.

“Mister!” she called after him.

He ignored her, moving faster now, hurrying deliberately to get away, reaching the stairs and descending them two at a time. The crowds had dissipated. He could hear them at the gates below, milling about in confusion as the watchtower horn continued to sound its warning. Already, squads of defenders were forming up in the parade grounds at one end of the field, soldiers carrying weapons, buckling on light armor and belts of ammunition. Well trained and organized, they would go out to meet the threat. They would try to stop the invaders at the docks, to prevent them from landing. They would fail, and then retreat through the streets to the compound, where they would feel safe. They would not be safe; they would be doomed. But it had nothing to do with him. The fighting at the docks and in the streets would last through the night. By tomorrow, he would be far away.

He glanced ahead at the clusters of compound inhabitants, choosing his path. He would go back down to the lower levels and out through the underground passageway. Panther would be waiting, and together they would find the other Ghosts and decide where to go to get away from what was about to happen.

But how in the world, he wondered, was he going to find out what had become of Hawk?

He turned down out of the arena and into the building interior and ran right up against a squad of compound defenders coming out.

“Hold it right there,” one said, and he pointed his weapon at Logan.

Panther hunkered down in the rubble at the edge of Pioneer Square, waiting impatiently. An awful lot had happened since Logan Tom had gone into the compound, and most of it was a mystery to him. He had carried out his assignment, going to the front gates and providing the diversion that Logan needed. He had done a good job of it, yelling up at the guards, demanding that Hawk be freed, that he be allowed to talk to him, that they give him food. He had made it look like he was a half-crazed street kid, and he must have succeeded because the guards on the walls laughed at him. After he’d shouted at them for what he thought was twice as long as necessary for Logan to sneak past them to where the old transportation shelter would give him access to the compound, he had backed off and returned

to the spot where he’d been told to wait, finding a place to hide and settling in.

For a long time, nothing had happened. Then he had seen the flash of light at the gates and heard the cries of those gathered on the walls, but he didn’t know what it meant. He thought about moving to a better position, one closer to the gates, in an effort to find out. But he was worried that if Logan Tom returned with Hawk and couldn’t find him, he might leave him behind. So he stayed where he was, frustrated and edgy. Night deepened until only a pale gray light remained in the western sky and the lights of the compound began to switch on. More time passed, and he found himself increasingly unsettled.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

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    A Must Read for Shannara Series readers

    In this bridge novel, Brooks ties together the apocalyptic world of the Knights of the Word Series to his distant future world of Shannara with all its magic. With the mysterious disappearance of Hawk, Logan Tom takes on the shepherding role of Owl's street family in response to The Lady's summons. Uncertain of his mission, he must decide how much faith to put into the missing magic of the Gypsy Morph. Meanwhile, Angel Perez is pursued by her nemesis demon to the Elven Home of Cintra where she finds herself embroiled in a dangerous search for the fabled Elfstones. But Cintra is not without its own taint of the Void. Angel Perez soon finds herself caught in a demonic plan she cannot understand. Brooks is a master at weaving storylines together, and here he doesn't disappoint. Connections are made in believable fashion while more mysteries are left to be answered in his concluding novel to this series THE GYPSY MORPH.

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    Posted January 25, 2014

    Ash

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    Posted January 26, 2014

    Ember

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Flint

    "Hello." He said. He took out one of his knives and started to sharpen it.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Great reading

    I would recommend this book. Some parts were slow but the over all was good. Fantasy writing was good, keep up the good work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Very good. An exciting mix of fantasy and post-apacylpse

    Very good. An exciting mix of fantasy and post-apacylpse

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

    Can't wait to start the final book in the series

    I've been a Terry Brooks fan for almost 15 years now, and this book and the series are not letting me down. As usual for him, this second book in the series was an incredibly fast read because he has so much action going on. Armageddon's Children seemed to bounce around a little too often between different story lines, but this one was much more streamlined. In all of his previous three part series, the second book has always done a great job of setting up the conclusion, and this one is no exception.

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

    Could'nt put the book down.

    every book terry brooks writes is a must read, and this book live up to that.

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    A must read by Brooks fans

    Great story line and follow on from the Armageddon's Children...plot flows and you are left wanting more!

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  • Posted May 23, 2010

    Another hit

    I have loved everything I pick up by this writer and this was the same wonderful escape book. I found myself drawn into the book and almost feel like I lived it. Wonderful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

    One of Brooks' best series

    I thoroughly enjoyed this series. The story evolved through three books to a beautiful ending. I didn't want the story to end and now I wonder if any of the other books may be a continuation of this story? Weeks later the story still comes to mind and I may have to read it again! One word of advice...be sure you have all three books before you begin!

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  • Posted December 28, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    The Elves of Cintra, Genesis of Shannara trilogy, Book 2

    Brooks never fails to exceed my highest expectations! The story picks up right at the end of Armageddon's Children. By the ways of the King of the Silver River, Hawk begins to learn his destiny as the gypsy morph, and to discover his magic. He is charged with delivering thousands to a promised land without knowing how. He'll discover it along the way. Logan Tom struggles with traveling with the Ghosts. They come across increasingly life threatening dangers (high tech robots, Croaks, the plague...), one after the other, along their way to the Columbia River. There is a demon hiding in the midst of the elves, as they begin to discover the Elfstones and their magic. Angel is there to help them along the way, but is troubled with the what ifs of what happened to Helen Rice and the group.

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  • Posted February 5, 2009

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    Loved it

    The entire series is great, but this book is the best so far. The action is nonstop and nothing ever quite works out like you think. This book is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2008

    A reviewer

    Terry Brooks has been accused of being a writer of formula fiction: DO NOT BELIEVE THEM! For many years now, Terry Brooks has been one of my favorite writers. His Shannara series is absolutely fantastic, from beginning to end. I was a little iffy when this book and its immediate prequel first came out, but I am absolutely blown away by how effortlessly Brooks mends the two series together. Terry Brooks is the greatest writer of contemporary fantasy alive, period. Brooks is able to create a believable world with compelling characters, and his exploration of both scenic description and psychological attitudes is unmatched. If you are a fan, you will not, I guarantee you, be disappointed by his latest work!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2008

    brooks is sadistic, only for the wait between books!

    i admit: i was rather skeptical when a new shannara trilogy was released. after all, how much more could there be to tell about the elves, druids, dwarves, gnomes, and humans? but i was VERY pleasantly surprised at how brilliantly this new tale unfolds! i would dare say some of the best shannara lore yet. i can't wait for the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2008

    Even better than the first!

    The first book was a great read and this one is even better. I am looking forward to reading the next in the series. I am sure it will be just as good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2007

    A reviewer

    If you have ever read a Terry Brooks book and enjoyed it. This book is for you. If you enjoy reading fantasy. This book is for you. I've read everything Terry Brooks has ever written. While I've always loved his work... this book goes above and beyond anything he's ever done. There were times where I was literally jumping from my seat with excitement... wiping a tear from my eye... or had my jaw dropped to the floor in utter shock. I won't leave anything remotely spoilerish in here. But this books is a MUST READ!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Five decades into the future earth is a terrible place to live as pollution is everywhere with plague being the norm. Most humans live inside fortifications never venturing outside the walls if they want to live as human predators are everywhere, but along with these ¿once-men¿ are powerfully magical evil Void demons. A few good souls remain with the strength to keep dwindling humanity safe, but these Knights of the Word are realistic as they know they are slowly losing the fight. Still they adhere to their pledge so that the remaining twosome Logan Tom and Angel Perez risk death or worse protect children. However, they are losing the battle of Seattle where they and a child with magic Hawk try to keep the Ghosts children of the street safe from the demons and their once-men minion. Hawk vanishes ending up in the mythical Garden of Life. However, there is no time to worry about the young practitioner as Logan and Angel split up in hopes of saving at least one group. Logan assisted by Cat the lizard girl lead one horde of kids out of the city Angel takes another group into hiding in the nearby woods where they meet Kirisina Cintra elf hiding there also. Hopes are slim, but Kirisin offers an idea, find the blue Elfstones that will lead him to the powerful Loden Stone. --- The second Word and Void fantasy thriller (see ARMAGEDDON'S CHILDREN) is a terrific bleak epic tale of an earth destroyed by human excesses especially the inability to see beyond the immediate bottom line of the ¿it¿s the economy stupid¿ philosophy. The post-apocalyptic world seems genuine even with magic working as the audience will accept Terry Brooks¿ theory that we of today killed the earth. Thus in this nightmarish future, readers quickly understand the courage of Logan and Angel, who could easily walk away to a safer nicer lifestyle. --- Harriet Klausner

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    Posted January 5, 2010

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