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ARMAGEDDON'S CHILDREN (LARGE PRINT) Hardcover – 2006

4.3 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 552 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846326117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846326110
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,477,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Oct. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Many years ago I read some of the Shannara stories but I have to confess, I found them okay but not very memorable. I can remember books by Fiest, Eddings etc, but nothing stuck from Terry Brooks.

It wasn't until I picked this up and read the reviews that I realised that it linked into the Shannara stories and some of Brooks' other works, but you can read this in isolation.

This is a blend of post apocalypse survival with more then a bit of dark fantasy slung in. While the remains of mankind try to survive a holocaust, they have to defend themselves against emerging demons and those of mankind who are turning towards the emerging darkness.

I enjoyed this far more then I thought I would, with an interesting slant on the usual post apocalypse stuff. I was engaged quickly and keen to keep turning the pages to find where it was going. It does end on a bit of a cliffhanger which was a little frustrating and this probably pushed me to a three star score rather then four and it will be a frustrating wait until the next one.
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Format: Hardcover
I have not been reading Terry Brooks in years, and I have to say "finding" him again with this book was a most pleasant surprise.

If you have read the Shannara books, please be wary and do not approach this book with the same ideas: this is no fantasy, or at least, not fantasy in the classic sense: the story unfolds in a post-apocalyptic scenario like has been told hundreds of times, but Mr. Brooks manages to add a new soul to it, avoiding all clichés you could expect.

The book unfolds "slowly", but this slowness does not affect the eagerness to go on, to turn page after page: as I see it, it is simply the price we have to pay to get to know well the main characters that will star in the next books, and once again I have not been disappointed by the level of insight that we are provided on each of them.

What truly crowns this book as a must-have for any Shannara fan, however, is the hints you get in the beginning (and the confirmations you get later on) that this story might have to do more with the world we learnt to know in the Shannara series than you might expected by a first glance.

The only warning I feel to give concerns the ending: this is a major cliffhanger, so if you think this may be a bother and maybe spoil a truly good story, then you might want to wait for the whole trilogy to be published before buying this book.
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Format: Hardcover
Those of you who read Terry Brooks will know what to expect from this book. It will be written tightly with precise brush strokes of storytelling from a masterful writer. What I am going to tell you is simple: More than any other Terry Brooks book, I cannot wait for Book Two of this trilogy to be released! The first book centers around the destruction of the world and those who have been called upon to save a sliver of it. The two Knights in this book are written extraordinarily real - I honestly felt their plight and what it means for them to serve the Word. The story is dark and eager to be told, the characters real, and the only bad thing about this book is the wait for Book Two! Note: New readers to Terry Brooks can read this book without having read a single thing from the man! So buy it, enjoy it as I did!
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Format: Paperback
When i first saw this book i was not sure what to make of it, as I had always bin unsure of Brooks' setting for his "word and the void" books. Mixing fantasy with modern day seemed a strange combination, but in the end, the fact the book also contained elements of the shannara series (which i loved) meant i had to read it. I made sure first however, that i overcame my trepidation about his word and the void series first by reading all three of those books.

This book is definitely worth reading, its very engaging and i found it really hard to put down for too long. If your a fan of the word and the void and/or the shannara series then it is really a must read. I would recommend that you read Brooks' original word & the void trilogy first before reading this since, whilst its not essential, it certainly helps to understand whats going on and just who the Knights of the Word are and so forth.

All in all the concept behind this series is very interesting and whilst this book was fantastic, I cant wait to see where the other two go.
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This is the fourth in the prequels to the Shannara original series. Following on some 80 years from The Word and the Void trilogy, the story picks up again on Earth in the near future, where war, plague and the work of demons have driven what remains of humankind either into secure communities, or living in gangs on the streets. We follow the stories of some of these people as they fight against the demons, the once-men and the feeders.

I've found, so far in these prequels, that I am somewhat disappointed that, even though they are prequels to the original Shannara series, there is still no real explanation of things such as the magic, or the demons. They just `are', even in these early stories. That's a little disappointing I think, yet I'm taking these apocalyptic novels as stories in their own right without being too dependent on what I know (confusing) takes place in the future of this world that we are now reading about. Yet I found myself flummoxed when I turned the page part way through the book to find a new chapter that dives straight into the lives of some Elves! What the ...?! Did I miss something? No - it just stops at one page about the struggle for survival of humanity, and then ... bang ... into the Elves. Yes, I know there ARE Elves in the Shannara world ... but where did they come from? How is it that they've just being living on Earth with us? Along with the sylvan, the demons and the feeders? Again ... no explanation, no background? Just whop them into the apocalypse so it fits in further on? Is that how it works? Okay, just go with the flow and see where it takes you I guess. Abrupt as this advent of the Elves was, I actually enjoyed the story more once they were involved - familiar ground?
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