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The Gypsy Morph (Genesis of Shannara #3)

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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 August 26th 2008 by Del Rey (first published 2008)
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Nick Brett
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
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Chris
Sep 01, 2011 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Jenna
Sep 14, 2008 Jenna rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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Richard Radgoski
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 Nicolae Capitanoiu
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
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Coligne
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

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Jennifer
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.

-Spoilers-

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
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Brian Schiebout
The Gypsy Morph by Terry Brooks is the third book of the Genesis of Shannara series set in the Shannara universe. This book completes the journey and the stories that began in the earlier books in this series. The main theme deals with of course the Gypsy Morph discovering why what he must do is important. At different times as friends and others around him are killed he finds himself doubting whether there is anything worth fighting for anymore. This is a dangerous as there is still the army of ...more
Scott
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
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Teri
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.

Jim C
The third book of a trilogy. The other two MUST be read to understand this novel.

This book continues the story of how the world is about to meet its destruction. Will Kirisin be able to save the Elven society and will Hawk be able to lead his group to a safe haven? This novel continues with these separate storylines and does a nice job of weaving these lines into one storyline.

Terry Brooks does a nice job with the progression of the storylines and the actions of his characters. They will suffer
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Lisa
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.
Kelly
Feb 15, 2011 Kelly rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
Cory
Despite not having read anything from Terry Brooks since I read the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy in high school I have been a huge fan of his. I love the post-apocalyptic genre and enjoy fantasy and this trilogy gave me both of these and in an excellent way.
The characters in these books are well developed and easy to care about. Each one has a background story that doesn't take up too much space but makes me feel like I know them. Despite the fact that I knew how successful this journey
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Renée Korver-Michan
It is quite a ways from the modern day world to the fantasy realm of Shannara. Through the Word and Void, Genesis of Shannara and Legends of Shannara series Terry Brooks attempts to relate how one led to the other throughout a series of events. Genesis of Shannara is the second of the prequel series, and although the first one is definitely the best, this one is pretty good as well. The story is told from the viewpoint of several characters, among which Hawk and his gang of street kids is the mo ...more
Caleb
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
Angela
The Gypsy Morph is the final book in The Genesis of Shannara trilogy, finishing the story began in Armageddon's Children and continued in The Elves of Cintra. Will the boy, Hawk, lead the children to safety? Will the elves survive their journey in the Loden? Will the Knights of the Word survive at all? How does the world end?

Brooks again masterfully weaves together the separate tales that he has created for each main group of characters, finally connecting them so the reader can gain a different
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Jackie
A good part of it deals with children who were born into this really messed up world. It reminds me of what someone posted about The Road in another thread in Scifi/Fanstasy Book club: how she couldn't believe the level of fear the boy was experiencing because he was born into it. Children are highly adaptable, even to the worst of situations and they have nothing to compare it with, screwed up world is normal to them if they were born when everything was already messed up.
The children in this
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Jason (RawBlurb)
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
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Tanabrus
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Christine
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Tranylle
I think I got myself so excited for this to come out, that now I'm disappointed. Maybe it's because I'm listening to it on an audiobook and I can't stand the guys voice who is reading. Maybe it is because I read the first two so long ago I can't remember a lot of what happened. I liked the first chapter a lot, and now I've gotten into the chapters about Hawk and the rest of the Ghosts, which I think I like better than the chapters on the Elves for some reason. I'm sure I'll get more into it as t ...more
LeiAnn
Terry Brooks and his world of Shannara, after 15 years of reading his books, is still one of my absolute favorite ways to escape into fantasy. He is still creating memorable characters and interesting situations for them to prove themselves. He has this great vision for epic fantasy and somehow weaves his characters together for the desired outcome.

This trilogy takes place immediately following the "Great Wars" that destroyed the world as we know it. It follows the children, Elves, and a few ad
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David Fox
Genesis

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
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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
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Ziyanda Xaso
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Patrick D'Orazio
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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Chris
Sep 18, 2008 Chris rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teenagers
Not my favorite book. Hearing what is going on in every characters head was too much. I think the story would have been stronger had he concentrated on developing just a couple characters. The characters were very much the same, all of them behaved the same when confronted with a challenge. Nearly all of them had the same doubts same fears. I think Terry Brooks has one model of "woman" in his mind and all women are that one character. Only Logan Tom was different. The fact that in order for anyo ...more
Paul
It ended like that? Really? I wanted so much more detail. I felt cheated out of a better description of an incredible ending to an incredible epic story. Yet, I loved this book and I will read anything by Brooks because I love what this man writes. He is getting better, as well. His work has the same themes, but they have become richer, fuller and deeper. The protagonists are flawed people in a broken world thrust into seemingly impossible situations and simply required to avert the utter annihi ...more
Dave
An excellent conclusion to a very unusual series. As is the case for Brooks' trilogies, many story lines are tied up very well (view spoiler) while others are left hanging just so.

Also like the other series, there are things that I wanted to know in greater detail, but sometimes it works better when those things aren't explained ... maybe there will be short stories down the road to explain things, maybe other trilogies, or ma
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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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