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Armageddon's Children (Genesis of Shannara #1)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  10,389 ratings  ·  508 reviews
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Terry Brooks'sThe Measure of the Magic.

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 read
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2006)
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Aug 14, 2007 Eric rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Cody Westberry
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
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
Mason Hall
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May 04, 2010 chucklesthescot rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
Mr. Pirkl
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
Aaron Mills
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
Dean liapis
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
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 in-b ...more
Bad writing. Didn't care about the story. Couldn't finish it.
Brian Schiebout
Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks is the first book in the Genesis of Shannara series set in the Shannara universe. The book and series is in many ways the tie together of the Shannara universe and the Word and the Void universe both by Brooks. I have never read the Word and the Void books and so I found myself somewhat confused at the beginning of this series as many of the main characters are Knights of the Word like the heroes of that series. Obviously the efforts of the Word have been un ...more
Sean Pieretti
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.
Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks
3 Stars

Apparently, for Terry Brooks, every path leads back to Shannara, for in Armageddon's Children, he bridges the gap between the fantasy series he began approximately 35 years ago, and his more recent Word and the Void trilogy, set in a contemporary United States. 100 years after the closing of the Angel Fire East, the Void has managed to gain the upper hand. The entire infrastructure of the world's governments has collapsed, much of the land is unpopulat
This book is really tough for me to rate. I didn't like it at first and thought I would give up without finishing the book. there is just so much going on and it doesn't all seem to fit together. We start with a post-apocalyptic world where there are people who have been mutated by pollution and experimentation. those things fit together then we add in demons of the void and guardians of the word, not exactly angels but humans appointed and given a special task and a powerful staff, and I decide ...more
Isaac Ballwahn
Armageddon's Children is a fantasy novel set in the post-apocalyptic United States. The story revolves around 3 main characters: Logan Tom, Angel Perez, and Hawk. All three characters have relatively interesting backstories, and none of them are less interesting to read about than the others. The three different points of view throughout the book are excellent, as they give multiple view as to what is going on in this hectic world. It also lets you know more about what is going on in more places ...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.
I bought this book for less than a dollar at a library book sale, so how could I go wrong? As a Fantasy enthusiast, I had certainly heard about/ wanted to read Terry Brooks' Shannara series for a while, but there were so many that I had no idea where to start! As far as I can tell, "Armageddon's Children" and its sequels are kind of a prequel to Brooks' universe, so I think this is a good place to start?

I'll be honest: I was expecting more magic/ fantasy than post-apocalyptic dystopia, so that w
Dopo due trilogie di davvero basso profilo, Terry Brooks risolleva in maniera decisa l'infinita saga di Shannara con questo nuovo romanzo che si pone a cavallo tra gli eventi relativi alla "trilogia del Verbo e del Vuoto" e la nascita del mondo di Shannara. In un mondo desolato e devastato dall'inquinamento e dell'incoscienza umana, sopravvivono gli ultimi Cavaliere del Verbo, oltre che sparuti gruppi umani rinchiusi in fortezze ben difese, in continua lotta con demoni ed ex-umani, ormai padroni ...more
I first read The Sword of Shannara almost 30 years ago, and loved it, and yet it has been long enough that I had forgotten how much I enjoy Terry Brooks' books. This series is meant to act as the bridge between the Shannara and the Word and Void books. And it does it well. I'm actually kind of torn about which direction to go in reaquainting myself with the authors other books. I'm leaning towards Running with the Demon, since the connections to that series are explicit, while by necessity the f ...more
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I really enjoy apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic books. This one (and the other two in the series) stood out because of the story of Hawk, a 17 year old kid leading a gang of other children. Hawk has visions, and is marked to lead the children and other people to a safe place to live. I identified with Hawk, and his desire to help others, starting with the children in his own gang, to the sister of a rival gang leader, and everyone in between. Interwoven in two other character's stories who fight ...more
This is the book that finally links the Word and the Void series with the Shannara books and WOW does it do it in style. The book is about a post apocalyptic world where the demons have won and mankind is splintered into groups of survivors that seem only to be awaiting their own end. The Bearers of the Black staff here, Knights of the Word, are Logan Tom and Angel Perez, and for this book they follow separate roads which take them to different places. The book's main characters, however, are a ...more
As this is the first book in a new sub-series, the characters are 98% new to the reader. At first, (coming off the Word/Void sub-series, reading as a 'revisiting reader' based on Terry Brooks's suggested order) this slows down the flow a bit as you have to re-meet a whole story line and wonder how it ties in to the previous sub-series. Once bits and pieces start arc'ing over from earlier books the story moves along smoothly and the adventure unfolds. The transition from the 'post apocalyptic onc ...more
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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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