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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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Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2007)
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Chris
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
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.
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Patrick D'Orazio
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.
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Mark
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
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Soho_black
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

SUMMARY:
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

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Brian Schiebout
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
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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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
David
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
Moiraine
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
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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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Wendy
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
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Carole
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Wendy
Oct 20, 2010 Wendy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Dave
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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Aaron Mills
If you have not read Armageddon's Children, the first book in this trilogy, you need to read that first. This book is an amazing sequel to the first and focuses primarily on the elves of Cintra. In the first book the elves were a much smaller part, however in this book they take center stage and we watch as they attempt to save their race from the destruction of the demons.

Just like the first book Brooks develops a few characters a bit more by doing some flashbacks, but what I liked is he did it
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Tom
I'm such a sucker for Terry Brook's formula. It's the same in all of his books... fate of the world rests on a hero/heroine finding some hidden inner strength at a pivotal moment - his/her confrontation against some unspeakably evil villain.

It's much the same here. This is the 2nd book in the "Genesis" series. All the characters move toward the end of our world (the real world) and the beginning of the "Shanarra" world. Each of the major characters (Tom Logan, Angel Perez, Hawk and Kirrisin the
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Pam
This story picks up where Armageddon's Children left off. Logan Tom has reached Seattle in his search for Hawk, a street child he believes to be the Gypsy Morph. However, although he finds the "Ghosts," the band of children living with Hawk, Hawk himself is not there. He has gone after Tessa, a compound girl, that he loves. Both Hawk and Tessa have been imprisoned in the lowest basements of the compound after being found guilty of the compound's highest law...thievery. The punishment...death! Th ...more
Dark-Draco
The second novel in this trilogy is as excellent as the first. In this post-apocalyptic America, the focus shifts to the Elves who have hidden themselves away on the deep forests, appalled at what the humans have done with the world, but unwilling to get involved. When young Kirisinis told by the magical Ellcrys that the city is in danger, he thinks it important enough to confront the King. But there are dark influences at work and the only way that he can do as the tree asks, is to go against ...more
Al
SUMMARY:
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
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Tandra
Terry Brooks has been one of my favorite authors since the sixth grade, when I was first given a copy of "The Sword of Shannara" for Christmas. I've always enjoyed his books and been drawn in by his deep themes, dynamic characters, and unique way of looking at things. The Elves of Cintra was no different.

This is a continuation of Armageddon's Children, Brooks's post-apocalyptic story of a world destroyed by mankind's greed and inaction. But what makes it unique isn't the dystopian aspect, but th
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Crowinator
Posted to my Livejournal in March 2008, saved here for posterity:

This series bridges his Word and the Void series and his Shannara series, and in a pretty clever way, too. In this one, Hawk, who is a street kid trying to survive in a (pre? post?) apocalyptic Seattle, turns out to be the Gypsy Morph, a magical being who is supposed to lead his chosen people to a safe haven where they can wait out the war happening between humans and demons. (Ya got that?) He has Logan, a world-weary Knight of the
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Jim C
This is the second book of a trilogy. The first one must be read to understand this novel. This book is the continuation of the modern world which is in ruins and how it becomes the setting of the author's Shannara books.

I thought this book was better than the first book in the trilogy. Maybe because there was no setup and the action starts right away. I also thought this novel had more fantasy elements with elves, demons, magic, and a journey to rediscover something. I thought the author did a
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Mason Hall
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Al Gritten
"Elves..." continues the trilogy that links the "Word and Void" novels and the Shannara novels. From the beginning of the first of the Shannara novels it was obvious that the world built by Brooks was a post-apocalyptic world in which magic reigned anew. In the Word and Void trilogy, Brooks begins to explore the fall of the world that leads us to Shannara. In this trilogy he has moved us farther along that decline as humanity's pollution and disregard for nature creates a world peopled with demo ...more
Angela
The Genesis of Shannara series is dark and depressing. Humans continue to fight each other as well as the demons and once men and the humans are clearly losing the battle. The elves have internal political workings that could cost them their chance at survival as well. It seems the fate of both the humans and elves lie in the hands of two Knights of the Word and the children they protect. One magical creature, disguised as a human teenager, must gather the survivors and lead them into their next ...more
Shadean Shadean
Sep 03, 2008 Shadean Shadean rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
This book was great, definitely an awesome read as far as im concerned..

You get pleasantly surprised when 'enter the elves' who we ignorant humans thought didnt exist anymore but in stories and movies when they've actually co-existed alongside us for centuries..

Its a nice blend of mythical with modern day the only problem is you read the book to fast and have to sit around and wai for the last book of this trilogy to grace the shelves of book stores whic i swhat im doing..

But if there was ever
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Shari  Mulluane
I got my wish. In this book I got to spend alot more time with my beloved elves. Now these are not the same elves of the early Shannara works. These elves have lost most if not all of their magic and what is left is barely understood. When Angel arrives she is faced not only by the native mistrust of elves for humans, but a carefully engineered disbelief that, with the exception the Ellcrys, magic no longer exists. Someone in a position of power within the elven community is a demon and Angel, K ...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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Genesis of Shannara (3 books)
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  • The Gypsy Morph (Genesis of Shannara #3)
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