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Armageddon's Children

Book 1, Pre-Shannara: Genesis of Shannara

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Terry Brooks's The Measure of the Magic.

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 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 Publishers Weekly

Aug 07, 2006 – 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.

Customer Reviews

Shanara in a new light.

This post apocalyptic American setting caught me off guard, especially when i learned it was the world that walker boh had walked.

The Druids are dead. The dwarves are gone. The trolls long defeated. The elves hide, still guarding the world from the faerie demons.

Perfect blend of elf stones and guns. Magic and chemical warfare. Enthralling til the last page, and well worth it.

A Good Read

Many will read Brooks for the first time and glory in his world and story-telling genius. Those of us who read the first story Sword of Shanara saw it as a very blatant attempt at ripping off Lord of the Rings. Mr. Brooks even admitted he loved LOTR. And it truly showed in the story. That, that aside, Brooks, like fine cheese or wine seems to age rather well. When the Word and Void series came on the scene I was skeptical not liking urban fantasy. Here, though were the underpinnings of the Vale and the world peopled by the likes of Strider er, uh Allanon and this was welcomed. Yet what I am most happy with is Brooks' story telling. His craft seems to have gotten better with each book he did. Yet he has become a little sloppy lately hence the lack of a star. I would recommend to my friends this book indeed the series which for me seems to become really good with the Elfstones. He has gotten from underneath Tolkien's shadow though I think it a farce to compare him to that writer. The world he gives us is realized only because he gives us our world. Tolkien on the other hand crafted one out of whole cloth complete with history and languages. Give the series a try. I would recommend the reader start with his original Sword of book then go back in time to really appreciate the stories and world fantasy he offers us.

Any of Terry Brooks Books

I have been reading every book that this FANTASTIC AUTHOR has written. He brings his stories to life in a way no other SciFi author I've read has come close to. I am 62 and enjoyed his works for at least fifteen to twenty years.

Thank you Mr. Brooks for fulfilling my love of science fiction literature all these years.

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Armageddon's Children
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  • Category: Epic
  • Published: Aug 29, 2006
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 416 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Pre-Shannara: Genesis of Shannara
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