The Elves of Cintra (Genesis of Shannara, #2) (Genesis of Shannara #2)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
With that said, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Where as the first book in this series was really great, The Elves of Cintra is stupendous. Wow! I just couldn't get enough. ...more
Kirisin struggles to persuade the Elves ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Hawk and Tessa, meanwhile, have survived being thrown fr ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The Elves of Cintra jumps right in where Armageddon's Ch ...more
One thing that seems to happen in this series is that in confrontations, the good characters seem ...more