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Starred Review. 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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In a sequel as riveting as its postapocalyptic predecessor, Brooks meticulously draws out the threads running through Armageddon's Children (2006). Demonkind seems to be winning the war against humans and elves. The principal characters on the side of good are back in action, and when Hawk disappears in a flash of light after being thrown off the wall of one of the compounds, Knight of the Word Logan Tom finds himself caring for the group of street kids that Hawk had led as they fled south from a devastated Seattle. Unbeknownst to them, Hawk has been rescued by the King of the Silver River, who informs the boy that he is the Gypsy Morph, destined to lead thousands of children to the Promised Land. Meanwhile, stalked by a demon that wants to kill her, Knight of the Word Angel Perez teams with the young elf Kirisin and his warrior sister on a treacherous trek through the wilds in search of the long-lost, almost forgotten blue Elfstones needed for the desperate battle with Demonkind. Each of the youngsters matures and grows in power, making this a coming-of-age story as well as a thrilling adventure. As before, the third-person narrative shifts seamlessly from one group to the other as all make their way to the shores of the Columbia River. Estes, Sally --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Genesis of Shannara (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (July 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345484134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345484130
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
So many middle books lag -- just look at A FEAST FOR CROWS by George RR Martin -- but this one doesn't! It goes somewhere with likable characters that develop with each page turned.

The Elves of Cintra takes the characters from Armageddon's Children -- characters who are wholly unique -- and pushes them along toward the inevitable conclusion to come in the third and final book of the series. But unlike some author's middle books, this book has a climax all its own for most of its characters. No cliffhangers here, folks! I was satisfied with how the story unfolded and finished up.

The characters are fantastic and despite what one of the other reviewers said are new and invigorating. There has been no character like Angel Perez in Terry Brooks's other stories -- a hispanic woman who speaks in her native tongue sometimes and has been given great power. Angel must overcome her own doubts, doubts that have plagued her since the beginning in this deteriorated world, and she grows over this middle volume to a great final confrontation with evil.

Logan Tom is another example of a new character for Terry Brooks. He is no John Ross, no Allanon, no Balinor. He is a man destroyed from losing his family and conflicted with the new family he has been given despite not being able to follow the command of the Word. Revenge drives him. This is unlike anything Brooks has tackled before and allows him to talk about responsibility in dark times -- times much like we are living in now.

Then you have the street kids, the Ghosts. All of them are unique, all of them have never been in a Shannara book or Word/Void book.
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Format: Hardcover
Following in the footsteps of Armageddon's Children, the first book in the Genesis of Shannara series, The Elves of Cintra (2007) seamlessly advances the major plotlines from before, and brings about new truths, excitement and character history to an already great story.

In the previous book, the reader is left with a literal cliff-hanger. Logan Tom has found Hawk, the leader of the Ghosts and also the powerful gypsy morph, only to realize that Hawk is to be executed by being tossed from a compound's high-level wall. Just as Logan gained entry to the complex, Hawk and Tessa were being tossed to their death from high above.

Logan Tom realizes this too late, but during a frenzy at the compound he learns that when Hawk and Tessa are thrown from the compound wall, a great burst of light emerged, whisking them away into nothingness. After learning of this, Logan Tom seeks to regroup with the Ghosts sans-Hawk, and protect them/travel with them towards a safer destination. While doing so, he looks upon the harbor and realizes that hundres, if not thousands of ships approach to take on the compound. He knows that the ships carry once-men and demons, and it's time to leave.

Meanwhile, Panther flees the compound without Logan Tom, seeking to reunite with the rest of the Ghosts. He meets up with Sparrow at Pioneer Square only to be swarmed by croaks, feeders, and all sorts of other madness. It appears that the oncoming attack at the compound has all in the area in complete chaos. They finally escape to meet up with Logan Tom and the rest of the Ghosts.

Later, the Ghosts and Logan Tom encounter incredible battles, death, freaks, a long lost Knight of the Word, and a group of mutant kids.
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Format: Hardcover
I have been an avid fantasy reader since grade school, but have not touched a Terry Brooks book since Sword/Shannara 20 + years ago. Unlike many books in the fantasy genre, Cintra is an extremely well written book , with outstanding character development woven throughout. A must read, especially for those fantasy buffs looking for a little intellectual stimulation along with their fire, spells and brimstone. Definitely a must read. I can't wait to rediscover the other books in the Shannara series. Enjoy!
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This second book of the Genesis of Shannara series picks up where Children of Armageddon left off. The Elves of Cintra continues to follow the paths of the two knights of the Word, Logan Tom and Angel Perez, and the gypsy morph, Hawk, as they each try to fulfill the tasks assigned to them by the Lady. Logan must guide the Ghosts, Hawk’s band of street kids, from Seattle to the Columbia River where they will somehow meet up with Hawk and Tessa.

Hawk and Tessa, meanwhile, have survived being thrown from the wall of the Safeco compound and are transported into the vast Willamette Forest of the Pacific Northwest, which the Elves call the Cintra, to begin their journey to find the others they have been told will join them.

Angel Perez has been sent by the Lady to the Elves in Arborlon, accompanied by a tatterdemalion named Ailie, to warn the Elves of how to save the Ellcrys. The Ellcrys herself has spoken to members of the Chosen, Kirisin and Erisha Belloruus, cousins, but their tale is not believed by Erisha’s father, Arisson Belloruus and King of the elves. The four of them must find a way to save the Ellcrys on their own.

All of these people must complete their given tasks in order to lead the remains of the elves and humans to a promised land where they will be able to safely wait out the destruction of the world they now and the rise of a new world where they will be able to live in peace and safety. Will they be able to do so and find the promised haven?

The Elves of Cintra is well worth reading for anyone who loves fantasy and it is a must read for fans of Terry Brooks and his Shannara series.
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