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Armageddon's Children (Genesis of Shannara #1)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  12,045 Ratings  ·  595 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 371 pages
Published September 30th 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Dec 02, 2015 Danae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Wow wow wow. If Wishsong wasn't so close to my heart there's a good chance Armageddon's Children would be my favorite Terry Brooks novel to date. I finished reading this over a month ago and I'm still speechless.

I loved absolutely every second of this book. Actually, I've been putting off starting the next one because the thought of 'what if it isn't as good?!' keeps popping up. I shouldn't worry though, Terry Brooks hasn't disappointed me yet.
Aug 14, 2007 Eric rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: teens
I read the Shannara books as a young teen and loved them. It was such a letdown when I tried to read them years later and they didn't hold up. Pretty thin, really. But I got suckered in to reading multiple new ones set in that world afterwards. Since I knew the world, they were comfortable and familiar. I kept wanting to recapture the original feeling, but they just weren't very good.

This one is the same thing. The concept isn't entirely bad but the mediocre writing continues. There are too man
I listened to this while driving to and from North Texas twice - once for Easter and once for my daughter's college graduation. I had extreme difficulty finding a satisfactory volume level for Dick Hill's voice. He had a tendency to whisper breathily in an overdramatic way for character's dialogue. This contrasted steeply with his narration, which boomed forth, sometimes unexpectedly. Male voices with deep resonance do not a gentle listening experience make.

I selected this title to 'fill in the
Jul 09, 2016 Squire rated it it was amazing
#4/29 in my Epic Shannara Quest.

Part Mad Max, part Charles Dickens, but definitely all Terry Brooks, Armageddon's Children is a riveting bridge between Brooks' Shannara books and the urban horror of his Word and the Void trilogy. Full of rich characters and storytelling wizardry, this first volume of the Genesis of Shannara series lives up to the promise of the episodic W&V books and will leave the reader craving the next volume. (I'm glad I don't have to wait a year for the next book--but
Dec 03, 2008 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: loved-it, i-own
I've loved Brooks' writing for many years now and this new series continues his great tradition of excellent stories with great thoughts and values.

With this novel, Terry begins to bridge the gap between two of his main story threads...that of the world of Shannara and that of the world in the "Word and Void" series.

The characters are approachable and each filled with their own strengths and flaws. As readers, we are taken on a voyage of self discovery along with the characters as they interact
May 16, 2012 Carole rated it really liked it
If you’ve never read a Terry Brooks novel, then I don’t advise you start here. That’s not to say I don’t recommend reading it because I do, you just have to read some other books first. Armageddon’s Children is set some time after The Word & The Void Trilogy and sometime before The Sword of Shannara.

The Word & The Void Trilogy was set in, for want of a better term, the real world, in present day. The Shannara series was set in a traditional fantasy land. You know the type, elves, dwarves
Andrea Yargeau
Aug 02, 2009 Andrea Yargeau rated it really liked it
Having never read Terry Brooks before, I was not sure what to expect from this book. It begins in a post apocolyptic world, where humans are shutting themselves into compounds to save themselves from a world run amok by demons, mutants, and something called once-men, who seek only to destroy and follow orders from the demons not caring if they live or die. The book follows three separate people with the promise that they will all be brought together. (However, they are not, you got to go to the ...more
Apr 11, 2012 Tandra rated it it was amazing
I've never seen an author go quite as in-depth with a world as Terry Brooks has with Shannara, and it's only been for good. Since Sword of Shannara was published forty years ago, Brooks's world has only gotten deeper and richer, and we can see how it began with Armageddon's Children.

Armageddon's Children picks up about 100 years from our here-and-now, after the world has been virtually destroyed and the only survivors are scattered, hunted, and often mutated. It, like most of Brooks's work, has
Nov 08, 2014 Dy rated it really liked it
It was a trap. I didn't pay attention before diving in, and found myself at home at nine o'clock at night, wrapping up not a full story, but book one in a series. And the library and book stores are closed! (Although in my defense, the copy I had was a first run, so no mention was made of it being the first of a series. Still, I've read enough Terry Brooks to have been at least a little suspicious at the thought of a one-off title from Mr. Brooks.)

That said, this was an engaging read, and a fun
Chris Dietzel
Jan 31, 2015 Chris Dietzel rated it liked it
In terms of tone and setting, this had a lot in common with Stephen King's 'The Gunslinger.' This book is more scattered and fantasy-based than the first installment to the Dark Tower series, though, which is why I preferred that much more. A fan of Terry Brooks said this isn't a very good book of his to start off with (it's the first book of his I've ever read), so if I ever do read another of his books I'll definitely move to the first book in one of his more commonly adored series rather than ...more
Half way through I was debating whether to give this four stars or five. Then the elves showed up, and it got silly. Characterization good, but too many incidental characters. Exciting, if predictable, plot. The usual logical and physical impossibilities one expects from folks who apparently failed high school chemistry and physics.

Think of this as 400 pages of prologue to the rest of the series. I won't be there to see how it turns out.
Jacob Aitken
Jan 29, 2016 Jacob Aitken rated it really liked it
Basically Fallout 3 New Vegas, with demons. Better than the early Shannara stuff.
Jul 29, 2016 Scott rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Brooks is a good author, but not a great one. I read this because it was post-apocalyptic fiction, and because I read his Word and the Void series years ago, and learned that this was a continuation of that and a bridge with his earlier Shannara, so it sounded intriguing.

I'm a hoarder and builder by nature, and Brooks certainly isn't. Whenever he presents a great place to settle down, build, and acquire and amass stuff, it always seems to be at the leaving phase, or the arriving phase, but neve
Aaron Mills
Feb 14, 2013 Aaron Mills rated it it was amazing
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 t
Mason Hall
Jun 29, 2010 Mason Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 16, 2011 Janetlorraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Terry Brooks' novels, especially his novels about Knights of the Word. I felt like I was waiting forever to see this trilogy begin! I was very interested in what would become of the children and the others in the "Word and Void" series and was disappointed to find a lot of the middle was left unsaid. I hope there will be another book that more fully bridges the gap between this new trilogy and that one. Perhaps the middle would be too desolate to tell, except by including bits of the ...more
Mr. Pirkl
Feb 27, 2010 Mr. Pirkl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 2010
This book takes place in the world created in the books "A Knight of the Word" and "Running with the Demon" and "Angel Fire East" (I haven't read this one yet). I did not know that when I picked it up from the library yesterday during the 'snow' day. I just knew that it was by Terry Brooks, who I am a fan of, and it said that it was a new series. I didn't know it had the subtitle of "Genesis of Shannara" until I added it here. I loved the Shannara series and, now that I'm aware, can see how this ...more
Dean liapis
Feb 04, 2012 Dean liapis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Hate to give a book 1 star without finishing it, but I had to put it down. As i get older I'm finally breaking myself of the mentality that I "have to read a book all the way to the finish". So admittedly I haven't finished it, so take this review with that in mind.
With that said: Boring characters. My main problem is none of them seem fresh at all. Headstrong, young leader taking care of a pack of headstrong young kids...sighh. But SOME have special needs. For example, one likes to wander
Cody Westberry
Jan 16, 2014 Cody Westberry rated it really liked it
Armageddon's Children, in short, is a book about a post-apocalyptic future in which mankind has essentially destroyed itself. It's said early on that this is due to the influence of "demons" which drove man to inevitable war and violence. The story follows three protagonists: Hawk, leader of a group of street children known as the "ghosts;" Logan tom, a Knight of "the Word" who fights to find a specific person; and Angel Perez, another Knight of the Word fighting to free humanity as a whole from ...more
May 04, 2010 chucklesthescot rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans who like elves in their story
A group of children are living on the streets of a deserted city,inhabited by the sick,the supernatural and the unwanted while people live in fortified sport stadiums to protect against the forces of evil.When a rival gang are murdered by some new monster the children decide they have to escape.Meanwhile,a protector is on his way to the city to find one special child with the power to defeat the evil.One of the few others to stand against the evil forces is trying to outrun a demon sent to kill ...more
Mar 31, 2016 Becky rated it it was ok
I listened to this book (and the Genesis trilogy) but had a really hard time getting immersed in it. It was very bland, redundant, and drawn out. The second book with the elves had a much better, more progressive storyline. I just did not get that sense of excitement from this book or the Gypsy Morph that just made me eager to keep listening to the story.

I actually started the series in the wrong order - I had downloaded The Ward of Faerie when I was just looking for something fantasy to listen
William Middleton
Since this is 1st of a trilogy - it is a setup book, the action is less interesting than what I like- I give it onby 3 stars.
I am now in the middle of the 2nd book Genesis of Shannara so far it is more of a 4 star read,
Genesis of Shannara, which is really getting into the action.
One of the things I love/hate is how Terry kills off interesting characters in the middle of things,
characters I would have liked to see more of
Sean Pieretti
Apr 23, 2013 Sean Pieretti rated it liked it
This was a decent set up book. If you had read the Knight & the Void trilogy much of what is expounded comes as no surprise. One thing I did not like was that the Elves were included as we already had 3 other plot lines going and the book is less than 400 pages long - they seemed tacked on unnecessarily where introducing them in the next volume would have been better.

I wouldn't say its among his best work but overall the book kept me entertained and interested and that is all I can ask.
May 16, 2016 CarolAnn rated it really liked it
CLIFFHANGERS galore!! Not just one cliffhanger but "4". No resolve so one must go on without any rest between. It is a post apocalypse tale of humans being destroyed, mutated, demonized. It is one of Brooks more darker novels - I love it. Terry Brooks knows how to weave his stories in such rich, detailed words. 40 years of writing is evident in his writing skills.
Jonathan Yanez
Jan 11, 2016 Jonathan Yanez rated it it was amazing
Great author I don't know how I haven't heard of him before. I'm going to read another one of his books now!
Lucy Sobey
who invading tho lol
Bad, bad writing. Didn't care about the story. Couldn't finish it.
May 25, 2012 Pam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brooks-terry
Armageddon's Children begins another trilogy in the Shannara series (the Genesis of Shannara). The story begins approximately 100 years after the ending of Angel Fire East, the last book in the Word and Void trilogy. Nest Freemark and John Ross, Knight of the Word, are long dead. The world has sunk into anarchy. Mankind has all but annihilated itself. Nuclear bombs, biological weapons, poisoning of the soil and waters, burning off of the ozone layer...billions have died worldwide and the few ...more
Jul 22, 2013 Kathy rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, action, demon
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Jan 16, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Terry Brooks was born in Illinois in 1944, where he spent a great deal of his childhood and early adulthood dreaming up stories in and around Sinnissippi Park, the very same park that would eventually become the setting for his bestselling Word & Void trilogy. He went to college and received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, where he majored in English Literature, and he received ...more
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