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The Elves of Cintra (Genesis of Shannara, #2) (Genesis of Shannara #2)

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Terry Brooks'sThe Measure of the Magic.

With his groundbreaking New York Times bestseller The Sword of Shannara and its acclaimed sequels, Terry Brooks brought a new audience to epic fantasy. Then he gave the genre a darkly compelling contemporary twist in his trilogy of the Word and the Void. Last year, in Armageddon’s Children
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Published (first published 2007)
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Jul 09, 2016 Squire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#5/29 in my Epic Shannara Quest.

The second book in Brooks' Genesis of Shannara series is full of exciting, escapist fun; but some of the characters introduced in the book seem perfunctory and it reads like about 100 pages were cut from the story (the second half seems rushed). Still, it is an engrossing continuation of the story begun in Armageddon's Children, full of strange wonders and mystery with some surprisingly hefty life and death issues, that left me wanting to read the concluding volu
Feb 04, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Elves of Cintra is the second book in the Genesis of Shannara series by Terry Brooks. I've been a Brooks fan since I first read Sword of Shannara back in Junior High School. While I haven't absolutely loved all of his books, I've really enjoyed most of them. Over time, he's had two series that take place more or less in "our world." The first was the Landover series which was generally more light-hearted fun with some tongue-in-cheek elements (not as farcical as say the Xanth series, but als ...more
Cody Westberry
Jan 16, 2014 Cody Westberry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For some recap, this book is the sequel to the hit novel "Armageddon's Children." Following its story, it continues the adventures of Hawk, Logan Tom, and Angel Perez in their struggle to free humanity from the demon menace. This time, Hawk sets out to reunite with the Ghosts and lead them to a safe place. Logan Tom has met up with Hawk and is leading the ghosts on a similar mission to reunite with him. Angel Perez, however, is attempting to rescue the elves from a demon which threatens their sa ...more
David Fox
Elves & Demons & Faeries & Goblins & Ghosts, Oh My

Prior to reading "Armageddon's Children" a few year's back I had neither read anything by Terry Brooks nor for that fact, had I ever heard about him. Also, for the most part, except for reading books like "The Road" or "The Stand" , I've had little experience with post apocalyptic, fantasy based literature. To my sincerest delight I do believe I've discovered a genre that I know will provide me with hours of blissful contentment.
Patrick D'Orazio
Nov 05, 2010 Patrick D'Orazio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As is the case with so many titles that are the middle stretch in a trilogy, this book suffers from being highly anticipated with a sense of trepidation at the fact that even before reading it you already have a good sense of the outcome, at least in broad general terms. An author who writes knowing, essentially in advance, that they are producing a trilogy must accept that certain plot points cannot be resolved by the end of book two though some others must be drawn further out.
With that said,
Dec 12, 2010 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After what my wife was saying was a fairly bad review of "Armageddon's Children", I can safely say that Terry Brooks more than made up for the slow start with the second of the trilogy, "Elves of Cintra". This is probably one of the best examples of a solid "2nd" in a trilogy, when so many trilogies tend to tank in the middle.

The merging storylines, action, and mix of fantasy/post-apocalyptic fiction were done artfully. Sure, there were predictable events and interactions, but Brooks kept the wr
Lisa B.
Mar 10, 2016 Lisa B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review is based on the novel, read before the new TV Series which started in January, 2016. *The Book was terrific ... just like the TV series. Hmm, I've never been able to say that before.

Shannara Chronicles. Did you like ... The Lord of the Rings? Druids? 3-D demon creatures? Fast paced action, adventure, and three unlikely, but destiny chosen young adults? Love, magic and more ... OK ... you missed a great series! Shannara Chronicles are based on the literary novel by Terry Brooks, The Elves
Conan Tigard
Nov 15, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Genesis of Shannara series started off with a bang in Armageddon's Children and continues with a explosion in The Elves of Cintra. I am now started to remember why I loved Terry Brooks when I first discovered him in the mid-1980's and read his first published book. This series has excellent character development, exciting action scenes, and wonderful plot advancement.

Where as the first book in this series was really great, The Elves of Cintra is stupendous. Wow! I just couldn't get enough.
Hawk is missing, having vanished into a blast of white light after being thrown from a wall in ARMAGEDDON'S CHILDREN. His family, the Ghosts, hunts for him in desolate Seattle. Invading demons and horrifying creatures beyond description are hot on their trail, looking to overrun all that once was about our world. In the meantime, Hawk learns of his past, of his magic and of his destiny to lead thousands to safety, though he refuses to believe his own worth.

Kirisin struggles to persuade the Elves
Terry Brooks will always be associated with Shannara, in the same way as David Eddings will probably never escape the lands of the Belgariad and Raymond Feist and Riftworld will always go together. All of them have branched off and written other series, but they cannot escape the stories they are best known for. However, what Brooks is trying to do with the "Genesis of Shannara Trilogy" is combine his Shannara and "Word and Void" trilogies into something that his website claims will appeal to ne ...more
Jon Borah
Jan 09, 2015 Jon Borah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

With his groundbreaking New York Times bestseller The Sword of Shannara and its acclaimed sequels, Terry Brooks brought a new audience to epic fantasy. Then he gave the genre a darkly compelling contemporary twist in his trilogy of the Word and the Void. Last year, in Armageddon’s Children, Brooks undertook the stunning chronicle that united two unique worlds. Now that story of clashing forces of darkness and light, of Shannara’s beginnings and the human race’s possible end, marches forw

Brian Schiebout
Jun 06, 2014 Brian Schiebout rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Elves of Cintra by Terry Brooks is the second book of the Genesis of Shannara series set in the Shannara universe. The book continues the story began in the first book as the two main heroes and their supporting casts attempt to make their journey towards their eventual goal. Logan Tom continues his journey toward the gypsy morph this time with the morphs little gang as his companions. At the same time Angel Perez finds the elves and with them an eager partner in Kirisin. Neither of these jo ...more
Apr 23, 2014 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Continuing the story begun in Armageddon's Children, Brooks finally commits to the crossover between his Shanarra series and his urban fantasy trilogy, The Word and the Void. In the first book we see a post-apocolyptic Pacifuc Northwest ravaged by demons and once men, inhabited by Freaks, mutant creatures, the citizens reduced to street children, slaves, and the scared residents hiding in compounds. Knights of the Word Logan Tom and Angel Perez struggle to keep the world together, entrusted to s ...more
Jeremiah Johnson
Jun 13, 2016 Jeremiah Johnson rated it really liked it
Unlike most of the recent books in the Shannara series, I didn't want to put this one down.
The pace of the book is frantic, in a good way. There are constant conflicts that push the characters forward in their journey. They undergo far more loss then I can ever remember happening in the series.
The four groups from Armageddon's Children are merged into 2 (then split into 3 for a time...) so you get more time with each character than you did in the previous book. Like the last book, the characters
RATING: 3.5 stars-ish.

It's not that I didn't like it, but something feels off to me in these books. The elves suddenly being there and all the random mutations for one. The once-men (how are they different from regular men, except that they don't seem to have morals at all?). The wars that destroyed civilization. I wanted more background I guess.

Not to mention the characters are mostly generic. Very much fantasy type heroes in an apocalyptic world. Just doesn't seem to make sense. Also some char
Jun 08, 2015 Karmakosmik rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Dopo un interessante "I Figli dell'Armageddon", dove Brooks si era reinventato un mondo da incubo post-atomico, in questo seguito della saga "La Genesi di Shannara", l'autore americano ritorna un pochino sui suoi passi, cercando ad inserire la razza degli elfi in tale contesto. L'operazione riesce un pochino a metà, lasciandola sempre separata, almeno per il momento, da quella umana. Infatti, se la parte di Logan e degli Spettri rimane affascinante e piena di ritmo, interessante il personaggio d ...more
Apr 28, 2015 Stine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
I have no self-controlled so I immediately read this after Armageddon's Children.
Norman Howe
May 22, 2015 Norman Howe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Armageddon's Children did not warn me that the "Word and Void" series would segue into "Shannara","" so I was loathe to continue reading the "Genesis of Shannara" books. I"m glad I did. Not so happy about being left with a cliffhanger ending"," but at least the concluding volume has been published. Hope it keeps up the pace.If this sounds like a "Grinch" review"," it's because when I read "Sword of Shannara" it felt like "Tolkein Lite." A rereading of that book didn't change my opinion. Perhaps ...more
Apr 15, 2015 Jerome rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first Shannara book I read, so it was a little confusing and I will have to take a look at some of the other entries. Brooks does a fine job with characters, who all have different motivations. Apparently the book before this ended in a cliffhanger, and this entry has the characters deal with a good amount of battles, mutants, knights and freaks.

Enjoyable and gripping, even if the plot is rather short and a little slow. Brooks does a fine job creating strong characters, a cohesive story, and
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
Jan 25, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brooks continues his reputation as a modern master of Epic Fantasy with his vivid and dynamic, sensory writing style. While he has been writing the Shannara saga for nearly 40 years now, this trilogy breathes new life into it. Some readers feel that his later books have become self derivative and stale, however, this trilogy brilliantly blends Epic Fantasy, post-apocalyptic science fiction, and Urban Fantasy to create a whole new unique genre. The only Shannara readers who may not enjoy this are ...more
Sep 01, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Penney Nile
Mar 21, 2015 Penney Nile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This second book of the Genesis of Shannara series picks up where Children of Armageddon left off. The Elves of Cintra continues to follow the paths of the two knights of the Word, Logan Tom and Angel Perez, and the gypsy morph, Hawk, as they each try to fulfill the tasks assigned to them by the Lady. Logan must guide the Ghosts, Hawk’s band of street kids, from Seattle the Columbia River where they will somehow meet up with Hawk and Tessa.
Hawk and Tessa, meanwhile, have survived being thrown fr
For a middle book, The Elves of Cintra surprised me.

Most middle books in a trilogy, particularly those in fantasy and especially those with a simple concept in play, tend to be horrifically shallow. They lack its own story as most of its energies are focused towards building to an ultimate climax, but often doesn't reach said event at all. And it leaves its reader walking away frustrated and feeling as if they haven't gained much from the story at all.

This book certainly had its fair share of a
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
May 11, 2013 Wendy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, series
This is the second book in the Genesis of Shannara series so expect spoilers if you have not read the first, Armageddon's Children, which I reviewed here. The second thing to note is that I am not a previous fan of the Shannara series. When I first attempted to read it, I gave up due to boredom. My brother told me this series was really good, so I'm working my way through with an eye on possibly attempting the original Shannara books again.

The Elves of Cintra jumps right in where Armageddon's Ch
Jun 05, 2012 Carole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 20, 2010 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wendy by: Mommy
I'm sorry, dear mommy, but I just can't like these books. The characters and plot are interesting but the author just fills up space by saying the same thing over and over again. Each character has the same exact thoughts. "Can I do it? Can I fulfill my destiny? I am weak. I can't do it. I know I did it before. I felt the power. I have the power. I can do it! I'm strong! yay! Wait, I don't think I can do it." Arrrrgh! All 4 main characters have these thoughts every 5 seconds as they travel, trav ...more
Mar 12, 2011 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than the first in the series, perhaps because more of it takes place in Elven settings. I'm not sure why I like those better. Maybe it's because the Shannara stories tend to be more like "good fights evil and eventually wins in the end" and these are more like "good fights evil and wins the battle, but it doesn't matter because evil will win the war." (Right now, I seem to prefer the former.)

One thing that seems to happen in this series is that in confrontations, the good characters seem
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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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