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Armageddon's Children (Genesis of Shannara) by Terry Brook

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LOVE THIS NOVEL! I am a huge fan of Terry Brooks, and this is definitely one of his better novels! Completely nail-biting at places, lots of strong characters (male and female), and rarely a dull moment.

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.
First book in the three book series on how the Shannara World came into being. If you like Shannara, this book is worth reading to understand the ending of the human world that led to the beginnings of the Human/Elf world of Shannara! Nice plots on several different levels.
Armageddon's Children is the first of a trilogy that follows the Nest Freemark/Running With the Demon series, taking place about 100 years after in fictional time, so I gather about the 22nd century. They are both tied into the Shannara series as back story, if I understand correctly. This whole series is an amazing feat of imagination and writing, and thoroughly enjoyable to any reader of the fantasy genre.
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 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.
I read the early books of Shanara and loved them as a younger man, Now in my mid fifties I have found the the lure of magic again. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books of a post apocalyptic world. The strength of the characters and the emotions are brought to life. I can’t wait to read more, and I will probably start reading the early material again. Pick up this book and you will feel the magic too.
grand star
i love fantasy and science fiction, and find this series deliveries on both. Terry Brooks at his best. I got little sleep in reading this series! Brooks manages multiple characters and plots well, after all he is a master story teller! I'm proud to be a North-westerner livint in Washington. If you have ever lived in the Seattle area or visited it, this series well feel comfortable to you.
Long ago I read the Elfstones, Wishsong, and Sword of Shannara and loved them all. Terry Brooks is a master storyteller. The new MTV show The Chronicles of Shannara renewed my interest in these books and I learned that Mr. Brooks had written prequels to the earlier Shannara series. I quickly downloaded Armageddon's Children and read it voraciously. So good...I'm now deep into The Elves of Cintra (excellent) and excited about the rest of the books in the Shannara saga.
It has been a few years since I'd read a Shannara series book and picking up where 'd left off with Armageddon's Children reminded me how much I'd enjoyed this continuing saga. It started back in 1977 with "The Sword of Shannara" and 38 years later Terry Brooks is still weaving this tapestry with it's threads connecting the modern world of human kind and that of ancient and current Faerie. This edition of the saga is riveting and suspenseful with characters you cheer for and worry about and others you want to see meet very bad ends. I'm now on the next book, "The Elves of Cintra" which I most highly recommend, as well.

ISBN: 184149478X

Rating: 4.7/5

Votes: 124

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ISBN13: 978-1841494784

Publisher: Orbit; First Edition edition (2006)

Language: English

Subcategory: Fantasy

Pages: 384

Armageddon's Children (Genesis of Shannara)
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Terry Brook
Title: Armageddon's Children (Genesis of Shannara)