- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; First Edition edition (July 31, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 034548410X
- ISBN-13: 978-0345484109
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Armageddon's Children (The Genesis of Shannara, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – July 31, 2007
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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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After logging on his website and looking at recommended reading orders and trying to figure out which trilogy to start with, I decided I would start as close the beginning as possible, with the Genesis Trilogy. I would preface saying, I wish I would have started with The Word & Void trilogy, because there are references to characters in those books. However, Armageddon's Children was not impossible to read without the back story.
This book focuses on four separate story lines: Logan Tom, Angel, Kirisin, and Hawk. The world has been pretty much destroyed and the demons are leading the once men in the destruction of the human race. Through this book you watch each of the three main characters and separate quests to either help man kind or a group they are supporting. There are also several chapters where main characters have flashbacks, which help you relate to the characters.
Being my first Terry Brooks book, I would say I'm hooked on him as an author and have already started reading The Elves of Cintra, which is the second book. I don't want to give too much of this book away, but the story is amazing and it is a super quick read, because you want to see what happens at the end.
If you are into Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and books of that nature, give this a try. One thing you may want to do, especially if traveling without Internet or access to a book store, go ahead and purchase Elves of Cintra. If you don't you are left with a huge cliff hanger.
HOWEVER, if you are new to this author, this is NOT a good one to start with, as it is the mid-point between two other major trilogies and refers to characters and events in his other works. If you want to start reading Terry Brooks, start with "Running with the Demon" or "Sword of Shannara", and save this one for later.
The Word and the Void series, (which I strongly encourage people to read before the Genesis trilogy) reveals something very intriguing and something that readers had suspected for a long time, that the world of Shannara is not set in an ancient world, but the future of our own world.
Armageddon's Children takes up where the Word and the Void series ends and starts the journey from a post apocalyptic Earth, to the world of Shannara.
The setting of the books - a post-apocalyptic America, with demons hunting the remnants of humanity, who have holed up in compounds - is fairly interesting, but the story itself isn't. There are four subplots (with flashbacks for some of the characters) that aren't treated equally, and the book jumps around between the subplots randomly. And finally, at the end, not only does Brooks not tie the story lines together, he ends the book with a cliffhanger.
I was ultimately disappointed in this book. The subplots jumped around too much, often confusingly, to make me really care about the characters, and even with the cliffhanger at the end, I doubt I'll read the rest of the series.