The Elves Of Cintra: Genesis of Shannara, book 2 Paperback – 3 Jul 2008
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Brooks has always aimed for a Tolkien level of epic, fantasy swagger in his work and The Elves of Cintra is no exception . . . a worthy sequel to Armageddon's Children and a pretty damn intelligent fantasy opus. . . The Elves of Cintra is metaphorically rich and politically smart. (DEATHRAY)
What a gripper of a story! In the second book of the Genesis of Shannara series, Brooks delivers a tension-fuelled tale mixing Shannara fantasy with the contemporary world of the Knights of the Word (SFX)
A brilliant apocalyptic fantasy novel that will have readers on the edge of their seats from the start. (WATERSTONE'S BOOKS QUARTERLY)
The second in Terry Brooks' landmark new series linking the worlds of Shannara and The Word and The VoidSee all Product Description
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I didn't rush out to buy Armageddon's Children when it first came out for the simple reason that I wanted to wait until the entire trilogy was released. There aren't many books I will do this for, but Terry Brooks' "The Word and the Void" series is one of them.
For those of you who may not be aware yet, the "Genesis of Shannara" is a trilogy written to link two of Terry's best series together. Set after the events "Angel Fire East" and before the world of the Four Lands, Armageddon's Children and Elves of Cintra follow the journeys undertaken by two Knights of the Word in a post-apocalyptic world.
To some the premise of linking the two series together (rather than writing a straight sequel to the original Word and Void) may seem like a bit of a contradiction for an author who usually prefers to let his readers fill in the blanks.
However, any misgivings are sure to disappear just a few pages into Armageddon's Children. Any worries or disappointments at Terry's latest works like Straken are sure to fade, as it is soon delightfully obvious that he is back on top form.
Despite Brooks' entertaining Shannara and Landover series, Word and Void is where he really shines. This new series is a lot bleaker than the original trilogy, as the future foreseen in them has come to pass. Arthurian themes have diminished considerably, replaced instead with Messianic themes and references to Exodus (which were quite painful to read, I must admit)--not particularly disappointing, but not exactly subtle.Read more ›
As an eager (to say at least) reader of the former book "Armageddon Children", I could not wait to start reading the instalment of the series.
Let me start by saying that if you enjoyed the first book of the trilogy you will not be disappointed by this one, as the story continues with no solution of continuity between the two books.
What else to say? The fast-paced action, the plot twists, the great narrative style of Mr. Brooks, the focus on every single character, the thrilling setting suspended between two worlds we know are still all there.
Do I have to find a flaw? All right. I'll tell you two:
1) The last page arrives suddenly and unexpectedly, and you will find yourself very upset by reading the words "...to be continued";
2) as usually the case with Terry Brooks' books you will probably skip a few dinners and neglect some of your hobbies once you start reading ;)
This is Terry Brook's latest offering, sequel to the New York Times Bestselling Armageddon's children. The story continues following the stories of Hawk and the band of street kids known as the Ghosts, the elvin boy Kirisin and the two knights of the word, Logan Tom and Angel Parez.
The story has all the trademarks that Terry Brook's fans have come to associate with him: a character driven plot, a fast pace that carries the reader along and unexpected developments that keep the reader on their toes.
As always, Terry Brooks allows the reader to engage fully and sympathise with his characters. A couple of interesting new characters are added in to the mix and the relationships and unexpected bondings grow and strengthen over the course of the book. All of Terry's novels are gripping, but this book I found literally impossible to put down once begun and am already champing at the bit for the final instalment.
The audio book is read by Phil Geganti, a narrator I had not previously heard of. He does a great job, but once again the narrator has been altered mid series. I've never seen this happen more than with Terry's novels. It's lucky that the narrators for this series were both good, but there is always the risk that the narrator for book three won't be. Why can't publishers just settle for one narrator per series and be done with it? At least listeners would know what to expect.
However, this is no reflection on Terry Brooks. As usual, The Elves Of Cintra did not disappoint, and if he continues churning out novels of the same quality, he'll be bringing enjoyment to his fans for years to come.
His latest offering is up and down - up in the first half and down in the second half. Half way into this book, I was gripped and absolutely loving it. If it had carried on that way, it would have been Brooks' best book in years. But then it began to drag. The main culprit of this is all the scenes starring Logan Tom and the street kids. They were dull and tedious, and a couple of new characters are introduced in this thread that did little for me.
The main plot follows Angel Perez and the Elves of Cintra as they attempt to find the Elfstones which are needed to protect the Ellcrys against an imminent threat. This part of the story is much more entertaining, generally, although once again towards the end it gets bogged down when Brooks introduces a new character for one chapter just to build the characters a boat.
EoC rushes to something of a predictable ending, and none of the cliffhangers are exactly amazing. But there are plenty of easter eggs and clues here about how the world of the Genesis series is going to connect with and become the Four Lands, which is very interesting. And there is some good intrigue and excitement along the way. That makes it worth reading. Unfortunately, the second half of the book is a let-down, though, and didn't match up to the page-turning quality of the first.
As always, though, it is perhaps best to judge any book once you have read all the volumes in the series to which it belongs. That means that this review isn't really valid until this time next year, but these are my initial thoughts.
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Elves of Cintra, great read and gripping story, always on the edge and maybe an indication of where we are going with our destruction of the environment and the each other. Read morePublished 1 month ago by phoenixbots
Loving the whole Shannara Chronicles and this is another great book in the series.Published 3 months ago by Mr P.
The entire "Genesis of Shannara" trilogy could (and once would) have been released as one larger book. Feel I'm been bled by the publisher here.Published 3 months ago by A. G. Peck
i think i have read about 10/11 of terry brooks books - right up my streetPublished 4 months ago by isle of wight gal