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Armageddon's Children

Armageddon s Children 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 mu

  • Title: Armageddon's Children
  • Author: Terry Brooks
  • ISBN: 9780345484086
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 readers unfamiliar with Brooks s previous work to experience an author at the height of hiTerry 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 readers 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 While 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.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. I read the Shannara books as a young teen and loved them. It was such a letdown when I tried to read them years later and they didn't hold up. Pretty thin, really. But I got suckered in to reading multiple new ones set in that world afterwards. Since I knew the world, they were comfortable and familiar. I kept wanting to recapture the original feeling, but they just weren't very good. This one is the same thing. The concept isn't entirely bad but the mediocre writing continues. There are too man [...]

    2. I listened to this while driving to and from North Texas twice - once for Easter and once for my daughter's college graduation. I had extreme difficulty finding a satisfactory volume level for Dick Hill's voice. He had a tendency to whisper breathily in an overdramatic way for character's dialogue. This contrasted steeply with his narration, which boomed forth, sometimes unexpectedly. Male voices with deep resonance do not a gentle listening experience make. I selected this title to 'fill in the [...]

    3. #4/29 in my Epic Shannara Quest.Part Mad Max, part Charles Dickens, but definitely all Terry Brooks, Armageddon's Childrenis a riveting bridge between Brooks' Shannara books and the urban horror of his Word and the Void trilogy. Full of rich characters and storytelling wizardry, this first volume of the Genesis of Shannara series lives up to the promise of the episodic W&V books and will leave the reader craving the next volume. (I'm glad I don't have to wait a year for the next book--but I [...]

    4. If you’ve never read a Terry Brooks novel, then I don’t advise you start here. That’s not to say I don’t recommend reading it because I do, you just have to read some other books first. Armageddon’s Children is set some time after The Word & The Void Trilogy and sometime before The Sword of Shannara.The Word & The Void Trilogy was set in, for want of a better term, the real world, in present day. The Shannara series was set in a traditional fantasy land. You know the type, elve [...]

    5. 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 threadsat 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 [...]

    6. Wow. Hate to give a book 1 star without finishing it, but I had to put it down. As i get older I'm finally breaking myself of the mentality that I "have to read a book all the way to the finish". So admittedly I haven't finished it, so take this review with that in mind.With that said: Boring characters. My main problem is none of them seem fresh at all. Headstrong, young leader taking care of a pack of headstrong young kidsghh. But SOME have special needs. For example, one likes to wander off! [...]

    7. I've never seen an author go quite as in-depth with a world as Terry Brooks has with Shannara, and it's only been for good. Since Sword of Shannara was published forty years ago, Brooks's world has only gotten deeper and richer, and we can see how it began with Armageddon's Children.Armageddon's Children picks up about 100 years from our here-and-now, after the world has been virtually destroyed and the only survivors are scattered, hunted, and often mutated. It, like most of Brooks's work, has [...]

    8. Reading chronologically, I have now reached the second Shannara trilogy. Where The Word and the Void books were all set more or less in the world we have now, these are in the after, almost a century later. After world wars and climate changes and disasters and plagues wiped through humanity, after the demons saw their chance and declared war on what was left, this is a bleak environment of struggle and fear. But still, through it all there is family and selflessness and love. Following street k [...]

    9. Having never read Terry Brooks before, I was not sure what to expect from this book. It begins in a post apocolyptic world, where humans are shutting themselves into compounds to save themselves from a world run amok by demons, mutants, and something called once-men, who seek only to destroy and follow orders from the demons not caring if they live or die. The book follows three separate people with the promise that they will all be brought together. (However, they are not, you got to go to the [...]

    10. Normally, fantasy/science fiction books are not what I like to read, however lately I’ve been getting a bit bored with the regular authors that I read. So, I started looking around for a different type of author and book to spark my interest. I remembered my mom and a few friends, who constantly were reading Terry Brooks, so I thought to myself I’ll give him a shot and read his Shannara series.After logging on his website and looking at recommended reading orders and trying to figure out whi [...]

    11. This book takes place in the world created in the books "A Knight of the Word" and "Running with the Demon" and "Angel Fire East" (I haven't read this one yet). I did not know that when I picked it up from the library yesterday during the 'snow' day. I just knew that it was by Terry Brooks, who I am a fan of, and it said that it was a new series. I didn't know it had the subtitle of "Genesis of Shannara" until I added it here. I loved the Shannara series and, now that I'm aware, can see how this [...]

    12. It was a trap. I didn't pay attention before diving in, and found myself at home at nine o'clock at night, wrapping up not a full story, but book one in a series. And the library and book stores are closed! (Although in my defense, the copy I had was a first run, so no mention was made of it being the first of a series. Still, I've read enough Terry Brooks to have been at least a little suspicious at the thought of a one-off title from Mr. Brooks.)That said, this was an engaging read, and a fun [...]

    13. In terms of tone and setting, this had a lot in common with Stephen King's 'The Gunslinger.' This book is more scattered and fantasy-based than the first installment to the Dark Tower series, though, which is why I preferred that much more. A fan of Terry Brooks said this isn't a very good book of his to start off with (it's the first book of his I've ever read), so if I ever do read another of his books I'll definitely move to the first book in one of his more commonly adored series rather than [...]

    14. Half way through I was debating whether to give this four stars or five. Then the elves showed up, and it got silly. Characterization good, but too many incidental characters. Exciting, if predictable, plot. The usual logical and physical impossibilities one expects from folks who apparently failed high school chemistry and physics.Think of this as 400 pages of prologue to the rest of the series. I won't be there to see how it turns out.

    15. Terry Brook's writing style is slow but I was genuinely surprised to find that I just flew through this. (It took me 3 days to finish) It's great fantasy/fiction but WARNING after you read you'll be a bit paranoid about the apocalypse.

    16. I always loved the Sword of Shannara series. I can't tell you how excited I was to discover that there are actually a ton of other triliogies in the same world. This particular one starts probably at least 1000 years before Shea's story. Very cool to see how the old world (our world) ended and magic began to return. Also, a nice warning about the dangers of what we humans could potentially do to the world. The story takes place 50 or so years after a global nuclear war and is about the folks lef [...]

    17. This book is on my top three favorite books I have ever read. Terry Brooks is such an amazing writer, and these book grabs you from the beginning and leaves with with a cliffhanger that makes you want to start the next book in the series despite how sleepy you are.

    18. Brooks is a good author, but not a great one. I read this because it was post-apocalyptic fiction, and because I read his Word and the Void series years ago, and learned that this was a continuation of that and a bridge with his earlier Shannara, so it sounded intriguing. I'm a hoarder and builder by nature, and Brooks certainly isn't. Whenever he presents a great place to settle down, build, and acquire and amass stuff, it always seems to be at the leaving phase, or the arriving phase, but neve [...]

    19. The story is set in a post apocalyptic world. The earth has become a poisoned place to live and is slowly becoming more and more inhabitable, not just because of the land but also the creatures that roam the earth as well. People are flocking to major cities, finding safety in walled compounds however even they cannot withstand the terror and destruction of the demons and the once men. In the underground of Seattle, a group of children and teenagers lurk, outcasts and orphans, trying to survive [...]

    20. This review was originally done as the whole Genesis of Shannara series but I broke it up here.*Does contain some spoilers*The Genesis of Shannara series is the bridge series between The Word and the Void and The Sword of Shannara series, and I will review them all together, since that is basically how I read them.Armageddon's Children begins roughly eighty years after the events of Angel Fire East The story focuses on three main characters through the majority of the book, Hawk, Logan Tom and A [...]

    21. I've owned this book for years, and I finally got around to reading it on Sunday. Immediately upon opening it I realized exactly why it had taken me so long to even open it. It's slow, almost painfully so, with what felt like information. At some point it felt like the book was just listing facts, and if it hadn't been for the fact that I was travelling without any other form of entertainment, I probably would have given up on it. But I'm really glad I didn't.The worldbuilding is interesting, no [...]

    22. I love Terry Brooks' novels, especially his novels about Knights of the Word. I felt like I was waiting forever to see this trilogy begin! I was very interested in what would become of the children and the others in the "Word and Void" series and was disappointed to find a lot of the middle was left unsaid. I hope there will be another book that more fully bridges the gap between this new trilogy and that one. Perhaps the middle would be too desolate to tell, except by including bits of the in-b [...]

    23. With this series I did what I NEVER do - I read book 2 first. This was because I was looking for an e-audio book to listen to on long bus journeys to work, and started with Elves of Cintra not realising it was the second of a trilogy. Elves made fairly good sense, and I then downloaded the third - Gypsy Morph - but decided they were good enough that I wanted to read the whole set. Now I know why I never read out of order, because I got myself very confused about the sequence of events. Entirely [...]

    24. Well, on the strength of the writing alone, it is a good book. The characters (and if you've read any of my other reviews, you know I love good characters) are vivid and endearing. The world portrayed is a bit too real for my tastes so I'm taking from that that he did a great job there too. Not a book you should read before going to bed at night. My imagination was a bit shaken by the imagery since I can envision the very real possibility of such a place coming into being. The abysmal state of o [...]

    25. Armageddon's Children, in short, is a book about a post-apocalyptic future in which mankind has essentially destroyed itself. It's said early on that this is due to the influence of "demons" which drove man to inevitable war and violence. The story follows three protagonists: Hawk, leader of a group of street children known as the "ghosts;" Logan tom, a Knight of "the Word" who fights to find a specific person; and Angel Perez, another Knight of the Word fighting to free humanity as a whole from [...]

    26. I've been reading the Shannara books since I was fourteen and am wise enough to wait until an entire trilogy is published before starting it, knowing how quickly is will devour them once I begin! This first book in the Trilogy has a cliff hanger, making me even more glad I have the next to go onto straight away! Its great that Terry Brooks has a such a clear idea of how Shannara began, the post apocalyptic world it grew from and how the world slides into the apocalypse. Everything fits neatly to [...]

    27. A group of children are living on the streets of a deserted city,inhabited by the sick,the supernatural and the unwanted while people live in fortified sport stadiums to protect against the forces of evil.When a rival gang are murdered by some new monster the children decide they have to escape.Meanwhile,a protector is on his way to the city to find one special child with the power to defeat the evil.One of the few others to stand against the evil forces is trying to outrun a demon sent to kill [...]

    28. I listened to this book (and the Genesis trilogy) but had a really hard time getting immersed in it. It was very bland, redundant, and drawn out. The second book with the elves had a much better, more progressive storyline. I just did not get that sense of excitement from this book or the Gypsy Morph that just made me eager to keep listening to the story. I actually started the series in the wrong order - I had downloaded The Ward of Faerie when I was just looking for something fantasy to listen [...]

    29. Ok, so I've read almost all of Brooks' books and I had kind of given up on the Shannara series (which is great fantasy) when I started to read his Knight of Word series which has huge biblical references throughout (it is not a Christian fiction though). My Gramps has read everything by Brooks and told me not to give up, because this next book starts to bring the Shannara series and the Knight of the Word together. Which I thought was very interesting seeing as how they don't seem to have anythi [...]

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