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Armageddon's Children (The Genesis of Shannara, Book 1) Hardcover – August 29, 2006

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If you have never read anything by beloved fantasy writer Terry Brooks, take your chance with Armageddon's Children, a rich and absorbing epic in which the world lies in ruins as the powers of darkness and light battle for control. Want to learn more? Watch our video featuring Terry Brooks:


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    Starred Review. In this exciting first of a new fantasy trilogy, bestseller Brooks effortlessly connects the Tolkien-infused magic of his Shannara books (First King of Shannara, etc.) with the urban, postapocalyptic world of his Word and the Void series (Running with the Demon, etc.). The author envisions a chilling near-future U.S., where civilization has collapsed from environmental degradation, plagues, global warfare and supernatural threats. The last surviving members of the Knights of the Word, Logan Tom and Angel Perez, seek to keep the "balance of the world's magic in check" as they battle the Void—embodied by demons, their leader Findo Cask and their vicious human mutant counterparts known as "once-men." The Ghosts, an endearing tribe of street teens led by the resourceful Hawk, also scrabble for survival. Meanwhile, the human-demon war threatens the coexisting Elven nation. Longtime Brooks fans and newcomers will be riveted as the fate of the human and Elven worlds hangs in the balance. (Sept.)
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    Product Details

    • Hardcover: 384 pages
    • Publisher: Del Rey; First Edition edition (August 29, 2006)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0345484088
    • ISBN-13: 978-0345484086
    • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    By Joe Sherry on October 19, 2006
    Format: Hardcover
    Terry Brooks revisits the world of his greatest work: The Word and the Void. That original trilogy was set in a modern day United States where there are demons working for the Void trying to turn humans to acts of evil to twist the world to be a more violent, dangerous, and lost place. John Ross, a Knight of the Word, fought daily against visions of the future that he had to try to prevent. Ross's visions were of events that could happen in his own lifetime and for all of Ross's success, all he did was delay the inevitable. Armageddon's Children is set some eighty years after Angel Fire East and the world is a ruined place and things are only fixing to get worse. Pollution is out of control, a nuclear war occurred, the humans which are "safe" live in compounds (like Seattle's Safeco Field) warded off against the outside world. Those compounds are all under siege and they are falling day by day until there will be nowhere left to run or hide. In Seattle there are gangs of children calling themselves Tribes. Adults have failed them and street children are not allowed in Compounds so they must survive by becoming their own families and looking out for each other. Humans who had been caught outside for too long and who somehow survived drinking radioactive water and eating off of the poisoned land have mutated. This is our world, only broken. This could be our future.

    Terry Brooks works on four storylines in Armageddon's Children. One storyline is of a Tribe of children in Seattle called the Ghosts. The Ghosts are led by an older boy named Hawk who is just trying to keep his family alive. It is through Hawk's eyes that we see what his world and our world has become. Two storylines have to do with the two known remaining Knights of the Word: Logan Tom and Angel Perez.
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    Here's the biggest thing I can tell you.

    MAKE SURE YOU READ THE WHOLE WORD/VOID TRILOGY FIRST. It also doesn't hurt to make sure you read First King of Shannara and perhaps Elf Queen of Shannara beforehand.

    There's a reason for this. The book is attempting to bridge the worlds of Word/Void with the Shannara world in very subtle ways. Reading the Shannara series isn't vital, it will just give you clues into some of the content that's discussed, but reading the Word/Void seems to be a prerequisite, because if you don't, you won't understand why this book is explaining certain things. Indeed, the very subname of this book is a direct link to the Word/Void's future.

    Reading the book the first time I had never read the Word/Void and I was thusly confused. There is one small section that links back to the Shannara world and I loved that part, but the rest seemed very unappealing. I went back and bought that trilogy and read it through, went back and read this book and finally understand the connections being implied. It's an intriguing approach, to be sure.

    So why did I give this 3 stars? Well, I don't like how the book ended. I realize the intent; it's a trilogy, so let's cliffhang it ala Voyage and High Druid, but I hate that. I much prefer the way the Heritage series did it, where there was at least some closure in each book, even though the books were all connected together, it felt as though I could read any of the four books and feel a sense of satisfaction, rather than having to read one book and then wait a whole year for the next one, while having forgotten the events of the one before it. It's frustrating, especially when you really enjoy the author's work.
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    Armageddon's Children (2006) is the first fantasy novel in a new series bridging the Word and Void series with the Shannara novels. In the previous series, John Ross and Nest Freemark liberated Harper and Little John from the demon Findo Gask and his minions, but Ross was fatally injured by the evil creatures and then was released from his tasks by the Lady. Gask confronted Nest briefly, but departed without a battle when he learned that the gypsy morph had disappeared after Wraith destroyed the ur'droch. Nest knew, however, that the gypsy morph had become an embryo within herself.

    In this novel, Hawk is the leader of the Ghosts, a tribe of children within the ruins of Seattle. He has had a vision of leading the children away to Paradise, but he is holding off until he can persuade Tessa to leave the local compound and her parents. When a monster from deep below the city attacks their home, he knows that the time has come for them to leave.

    Logan Tom escaped from a compound overrun by once-men at the age of eight, but all his family were killed during their flight. Logan got a good look at the demon who leads the assault; the dead eyes will haunt his dreams for decades. He was saved at the last minute by Michael Poole, leader of a group resisting the demons and once-men, and he stays with Michael for the next ten years.

    After Michael's death, Logan roams the country for awhile in a solar-powered S-150 assault vehicle, but is soon recruited as a Knight of the Word by the Lady. A decade later, he is wondering if his warnings about demon armies and his raids on slave camps have accomplished anything.
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