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Armageddon's Children (Genesis of Shannara #1)

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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  9,216 ratings  ·  486 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
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jon
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
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Eric
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
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Chris
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
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Carole
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
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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
Dy
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
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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
Mason Hall
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chucklesthescot
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
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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
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Tandra
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
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Janetlorraine
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
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
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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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.
Sara
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
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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
Ron
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.
John
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
Katie
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Heather
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
Simon
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
Jennifer
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
Sherflei
For the first half of this book, I was not enjoying it too much. I was thinking I'd finish it and be done with the series. The fantasy was a little too out there in the world a little too strange to accept and take in.

Then, I guess, I got acclimated to it and started to very much enjoy it. By the end of the book I knew that I was going to have to move onto the next book in the series. And so I have.

Interestingly, I find that the world described in Armageddon's children is similar in some ways t
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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
Rai
Jul 20, 2014 Rai rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: first time fantasy readers, post-apocalyptic fans
Recommended to Rai by: Good friend Jay
I am not a fan of Terry Brooks. Mostly because I find his stuff - especially his early works - derivative as far as fantasy books go, which is never good for someone who has read as many fantasy books as I have to this point.

But I actually found myself enjoying this book at times, the first in a three-part trilogy and a series that was recommended to me by a friend who swears by Brooks.

Now don't get me wrong here. This is far from a work of art. The author takes too long establishing the book to
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Laura
The story is set in a post apocalyptic world. The earth has become a poisoned place to live and is slowly becoming more and more inhabitable, not just because of the land but also the creatures that roam the earth as well. People are flocking to major cities, finding safety in walled compounds however even they cannot withstand the terror and destruction of the demons and the once men. In the underground of Seattle, a group of children and teenagers lurk, outcasts and orphans, trying to survive ...more
Noxi
There was a similar feeling to this as all the others I have read. But it really is hard for me to read from multiple POVs. And mostly because I end up liking only half of them. In this case Hawk was my favorite. He did what he thought was right, took care of those in his charge and had a big dog. Logan was second because he questioned the journey he was on but did not waver when he was confronted by hardship. I feel like he's a pillar of strength born from tragedy. Plus he reminds me of Allanon ...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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