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The Gypsy Morph (Genesis of Shannara #3)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  9,773 Ratings  ·  386 Reviews
Terry Brooks won instant acclaim with his phenomenal New York Times bestseller The Sword of Shannara. Its sequels earned Brooks legendary status. Then his darkly enthralling The Word and the Void trilogy revealed new depths and vistas to his mastery of epic fantasy. Armageddon’s Children and The Elves of Cintra took Brooks’s remarkable mythos to a breathtaking new level by ...more
Hardcover, 402 pages
Published September 18th 2008 by Del Rey Books (first published 2008)
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Kyle Johnson
Oct 08, 2008 Kyle Johnson rated it liked it
Terry Brooks' Shannara series has always been very pulp. While that was pretty common-place when he first wrote Sword of Shannara, nowadays that lack of originality usually leads to a drop in readership, and ultimately a loss of publishing deal. Yet somehow, Brooks continues to take a very basic Lord of the Rings-esque plot, and make it his own.

This, the final "Genesis of Shannara" book, came in about where I expected it to be. It was nothing special, it offered no huge revelation in the transit
Sep 01, 2008 Teri rated it liked it
i was disappointed with how this ended.. I kept waiting for soome big connection to the shannara books, but there is still a big leap there. Some stories still let untold. I found the end to be a little abrubt as well. This was also the first book, where he referenced things in previous books where I couldn't remember who or which event he was referring back to.

Sep 06, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Always with the trilogies. I hated that this one didn't end. Still loved the characters and monsters. Great intro on the elves. Really liked the back stories on everybody.
Sep 14, 2008 Jenna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes fantasty novels.
Recommended to Jenna by: I've been reading the entire series.
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I did a marathon one day read on this puppy! It's hard for me to give it less than 5 stars because I have loved just about everything Terry has written.

It is the third in a trilogy and you definitely need to read the others to really enjoy it. That said, if you like the others, this will make you happy. =)

Terry pulls all the threads together nice and neat and even threw in a couple of surprises that I really enjoyed.

I tend to be a little vague in my reviews as everyone's taste is a little diffe
The Gypsy Morph is the third book in the Genesis of Shannara trilogy.

With the United States fallen into ruin, the Knights of the Word, Logan Tom and Angel Perez face a challenge in facing the evil that is rampaging towards them.

Logan Tom has to keep the promise that he made to the boy Hawk and his band of survivors called the Ghosts. Hawk, a magical being called the Gypsy Morph, is leading the ghosts to meet with other survivors in the wilds of Oregon. He is charged with leading them to a plac
Ben Babcock
Feb 04, 2009 Ben Babcock rated it really liked it
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Jun 09, 2012 Pam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brooks-terry
The Gypsy Morph is the third book in the Genesis of Shannara trilogy. It begins where The Elves of Cintra leaves off. As bad as the world had become...with the air and earth poisoned by chemical and nuclear attacks and the systematic killing off of the human race by the demons and once-men, it was about to get worse!! Decades ago, in the former USA's southwest, five men had been locked in a nuclear missile silo to wait for instructions on when to fire their missiles. When they went in, they all ...more
Jason (RawBlurb)
Jan 05, 2015 Jason (RawBlurb) rated it really liked it
I have long been told that Terry Brooks was a writer i would enjoy, but i really had no strong desire to start reading his mammoth Shannara series. 19 books is quite a commitment to a single author, as such, i just never got around to reading any of them.

About six months ago, i ran across a copy of Armageddon's Children on the cheap. I read the inside cover and it was pretty clear that this was a standalone book, and a nice introduction into Brooks, with out having to commit myself to a mass rea
Feb 15, 2011 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fantasy Lovers
I really enjoyed reading this. I loved following the characters in all their glory.
It is well written and kept me wanting more. Terry Brooks never fails to deliver.
Ziyanda Xaso
Mar 17, 2012 Ziyanda Xaso rated it really liked it
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Patrick D'Orazio
Nov 05, 2010 Patrick D'Orazio rated it really liked it
Here ends the trilogy that started with Armageddon's children but is far from the last foray for Terry Brook's into the realm of Shannara and its origins. We do get to close the book on OUR world, the one from which Shannara springs, with this story, but I leave it to the reader to discover exactly how that happens.
My own theories abounded as to how Terry would tie all the loose ends together in this book. A year ago I was mostly concerned that he would cram far too much into this final novel,
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Nick Brett
Nov 29, 2010 Nick Brett rated it it was ok
I've read the other reviews of this book from the many fans of Terry Brooks and his world of Shannara and I have to say I disagree. I am sure I will bear the brunt of their displeasure but this really didn't do it for me.
I read the original Shannara books many years ago and then kind of moved on. The same story kept being told and, frankly I got bored with the plotting and the repetitive and somewhat simplistic style of writing. But then out came Armageddon's Children which dealt with the end of
This was a good ending to the Armageddon's Children trilogy. I want to say a great ending - I really do - but I just can't. There are too many little details that are still kind of driving me nuts, even after I'm done reading.


1: Panther, Cat and Cheney. So they went through all that, and then they were wiped out with the rest of everything when the nukes went off at the end? I mean, I know that people could survive radiation, nuclear winter, etc. It's possible. But... really?

2: Tom an
David Fox
May 07, 2011 David Fox rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, owned-books

I eagerly devoured the "Gypsy Morph," Brooks' concluding tale to his quite satisfying trilogy prequel. Written 25 years after the publication of his first epic, "The Sword of Shannara," the Genesis trilogy lays the foundation for the work that preceded it so many years ago. Interestingly enough I read the first of this trilogy shortly before I became ill with cancer. I purchased the latter two while I recuperated, but did not begin them till last week, then consumed them in a fury. Glanci
Si conclude, almeno per il momento, con questo "L'Esercito dei Demoni" l'ultima fatica di Terry Brooks, il ciclo della Genesi di Shannara. Devo dire che, per fortuna, dopo un periodo in cui non mi aveva entusiasmato, con questo ciclo il buon vecchio Terry è tornato agli antichi splendori, scrivendo come lui sa fare.

Il libro, di per se, mi è piaciuto forse meno dei due che lo hanno preceduto; sembra infatti che ultimamente Brooks soffra di una "sindrome da finali", producendo finali delle sue sag

Sep 01, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own
The Gypsy Morph concludes the "Genesis of Shannara" trilogy. This trilogy worked to bridge the gap between Terry Brooks's fantasy world set in a more traditional fantasy setting (elves, dwarves, trolls, castles, knights, magic, etc) and Terry's books set in our own contemporary world (his Word and Void series). Granted, even though the Word and Void books were set in our current time, there was still plenty of magic, demons and other fantasy elements. The Genesis of Shannara examines the end of ...more
Richard Radgoski
Jan 29, 2013 Richard Radgoski rated it it was amazing
This was a very satisfying end to the series. There were several threads of plot and a few POC. Characters that were all integral to the story. I loved reading about what amounts to the world of Shanarra. I do wonder where the name Shannara will come from, but hope that will come out more clearly later. I hope Logan and his wife are the ultimate originators of the Shannara family. I am also intrigued with the last page... Will we see the return of The boy from the mists? Is he the origin of the ...more
Bogdan Capitanoiu
Jan 31, 2013 Bogdan Capitanoiu rated it it was ok
out of 6 books in this double trilogy, definitely I can only recommend the 1st one.

Anyway the most bothersome thing about this is that somehow no one mentioned that this is a Teen/Young Adult book ...all the themes are involving kids or adults that feel too old, and are always feeling defeated. Yes the apocalyptical theme of the 2nd trilogy might be considered mature, except that nothing there is mentally challenging, gruesome, or I don't know: interesting for a proper adult.

Terry writes well, j
Gareth Otton
From the start one of the hardest things to accept about this trilogy was that all of the events in the novel weren't about saving the world but instead about surviving its destruction. Where so many stories concern themselves with saving the world from Armageddon, it is refreshing to read a story that ensures that it actually happens, just in the right way.

Those who have been fans of Terry Brooks like myself will have read his works that take place after the great wars and the destruction, in
Tyler Grant
Sep 01, 2013 Tyler Grant rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This is really the 6th and last book in a series. Terry Brooks began his career with books set in the world of Shannara. Over time it became apparent that Shannara was probably a post-apocalyptic Earth set far after the apocalypse, where magic had reasserted itself as a force comparable to science.

These 6 books, culminating in The Gypsy Morph, connect todays world with the world of Shannara. I was most interested in seeing how he would make that transition, i.e., how exactly the apocalypse woul
Caleb Powers
Feb 24, 2014 Caleb Powers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The Genesis of Shannara trilogy is one of my favorite trilogies of all time. It is set in a post-apocalyptic world where everything is going wrong, but its still maintains a very positive, hopeful atmosphere despite the difficulties and dangers the characters face. Unlike many authors and series nowadays, Terry Brooks and his Shannara books center around good people trying to do what's right in a world where evil is a very real and present danger. But they always end up winning in the end. This ...more
Timothy Boyd
Feb 06, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it
Fantastic end to the trilogy. A great book. Awesome blend of fantasy and apocalyptic disaster stories. A smooth and easy read. Very recommended
William Middleton
Mar 09, 2016 William Middleton rated it liked it
I read this book way out of order, and so not familiar with the characters, nor what happened before, wondered if it would make sense and be enjoyable, or would I be confused and lost.
I am happy to report, it was a very satisfying read, after all I finished the 402 pages in 4 days,
and give it 4 stars plus.
Jun 11, 2016 Grace rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: the young, or novice fantasy readers
Recommended to Grace by: a friend
Somehow and someway, Terry Brooks has managed to effect what I thought was impossible on me. I came out liking the second book of this trilogy more than the climactic undertaking of its final installment.

On its own and as a book, The Gypsy Morph was a decent enough read. It was paced well and interesting in its own right. Most of the characters were still interesting and enjoyable to read about. You know, things that make it easy to read.

But as a penultimate climax of the Genesis of Shannara tri
Apr 03, 2016 Lauren rated it it was ok
Overall, I was not too impressed by this series. Maybe I'm missing something because this trilogy is my first experience with Brooks' Shannara world and I should have started with the other books? I can't say for sure, but "The Gypsy Morph" was a disappointing ending. The first and second books in this trilogy were all right, but certainly not the best fantasy/ dystopia novels I've ever read. The quality seemed to decrease so that by the 3rd book I honestly think Brooks might have just gotten ti ...more
May 17, 2016 Martti rated it did not like it
I've had it with Brooks. Enough with this Shannara nonsense.

I mean Brooks can decorate the story with nice words, but the story itself is so bland, uninteresting and the characters are so "normal" and stereotypic "confused, but special" and I cannot stress enough - the whole Shannara series of books is repeating the same things over and over and over.

"Oh, I'm just this guy/girl, don't know anything, much confused, but I'm the CHOSEN ONE"
"There's this difficult situation, but here's some elfst
Joy Wilson
Oct 01, 2016 Joy Wilson rated it it was amazing
The truth of the matter is that I really didn't want to like this series. Shannara was a touchstone trilogy for me in middle school and this prequel series seemed to me to destroy my love of the original books; however, this has been a truly epic read. I have loved the characters, they are rich in many ways, and although the apocalyptic nature of the series seems to common in today's fiction, Brooks wrote with hope embedded in all of the main characters. Hawk and the Ghosts were a wonderful trib ...more
Imran Ali
Sep 21, 2016 Imran Ali rated it it was amazing
Great transitional novel between the Word and the Void, and Shannara stories.
Rob B.
Oct 13, 2016 Rob B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That was one of the best series I read yet. It showed the beginnings of how the world of the 4 lands and the Shanara World began. Perfectly named The Genesis of Shanara!
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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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