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The Elves of Cintra

(Genesis of Shannara #2)

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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  14,008 ratings  ·  399 reviews
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 sto ...more
Hardcover, 379 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Del Rey/Ballantine (first published 2007)
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Squire
Jan 25, 2016 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
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Matt
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shannara
The Elves of Cintra is the 2nd book chronologically in the Shannara series. (I’m doing a re-read of the entire series in chronological order this year culminating with the final one, The Last Druid, publishing this year.)

This is a really good story. Good characters, exciting plot, and the setting is really well done. Elfstones, demons, Knights of the Word, the lovable but tough street kids (The Ghosts), and even hot air balloons - all made for a very gripping story. It was pretty engrossing wit
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Chris
Apr 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own
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
Stine
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy
I have no self-controlled so I immediately read this after Armageddon's Children.
Barry Mulvany
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this was a much better paced book. The last book ended on a cliffhanger which I intensely dislike. This wasn't too bad here in that all the books are written but I still really do not like that book device. Anyway this book starts as you would imagine at this point and it resolves itself fairly quickly. It was a little Deus ex Machina but if you know Brooks it actually wasn't too surprising as it's been done before many times. There was surprisingly little time spent with Hawk in this book, m ...more
Grace
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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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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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. That is of cours
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Krista Ivy
Angel Perez heads out to find the elves, so that she may help them to fulfill their quest to find the Elfstones which lead to the Lodenstone. Magic has been lost to the elves, but with the right motivation; they will get it back. Also, Angel continues to fight the female demon that has hounded her since the last compound that she saved.

Logan has found the family of children that belong to Hawk, the gypsy morph, that he has been sent to help. Hawk must come into his powers in order to lead his f
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Mark
Dec 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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Bethany C
Oct 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was a little hesitant to read The Genesis books because I love the world of Shannara but I'm not really into post-apocalyptic lit. And I did enjoy the parts that were centered around the elves and their 'quest' a little more, at least for the first half of the book. But Brooks is such a great author that he had me emotionally invested in all the characters, including and especially the 'Ghosts.' I was a little lost initially because it had been so long since I read the first of the Genesis boo ...more
Lindsay
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really wished I had reviewed this series by book instead of lumping it under one book claiming how much I love it. I know I do, but I can't remember why!? Heading into another Terry Brooks book (say that 10x fast) and wanted to refresh why I love him. Oh, well. Note to self: always review books!
Sam Jones
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't wait until the next and last installment of this trilogy. Not the biggest fan of Terry Brooks writing style but his characterisation and plot more than make up for it. If you enjoy a good adventure try this trilogy on for size.
Timothy Boyd
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
A great continuation of the first book. Smooth read and excellent plot, you never go wrong with a Terry Brooks book. Very recommended
Steve See
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even better than the first!

I think the second book is better than the first. Maybe the third will be the best of all? On to boom three!
Paul Weiss
The breathtaking second instalment in "The Genesis of Shannara" trilogy,

In a horrifying blend of post-apocalyptic terror and new age urban fantasy, The Elves of Cintra continues the story of a world ravaged by nuclear war, plague, pestilence, famine, mindless zombie-like creatures, demons and terrifying creatures born out of devastating mutations. Deaths have numbered in the billions and humanity teeters on the very brink of extinction. Most of those few humans who have survived have reverted t
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Wrecker of Days
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You know Terry, it's not really a trilogy if you write one big story and then just cut it into three pieces. That's just one big book cut into three pieces...come on now :-). Running with a Demon, It of the Word, and Angel Fire East, that's a trilogy. It's not really a big deal though...unless you have to BUY MORE BOOKS TO FINISH THE "BOOK"!

ANYWAY, 5 stars cause The Elves of Cintra was perfect. I'm off to find the next book.

I like how you write. I think I'm going to start writing too. I'll call
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Marcin
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world, fantasy, sci-fi
Second part to the continuation and transfer from regular/mundane reality that got disturbed in W&V series, through the post-apocalyptic devastation of human civilisation with a glimmer of hope for new future given in GoS (this trilogy), to the magic-infused faerie-inhabited universe avid fantasy readers associate with the "more" Shannara placed books of this great cycle... With Hawk magically swept from the board filled with pawns and knights of both Word and Void Logan Tom takes onto himself t ...more
Micheal
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keep moving, keep healing,keep believing!

Very captivating, Brooks is the Stephen King of science fiction. The mental movie that he has helped me create as my journey with the children as they are being led toward salvation has captured and fascinated every part of my imagination. Character development is very well done, talents are discovered just in time to prevent catastrophic injuries from happening. Comradeship, integrity, and a fierce desire to overcome the demons and mutants has kept me re
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Patrick D'Orazio
Nov 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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,
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Ryan
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Took me a while to finish the book, mainly because I lost it by moving twice in a year, but overall good interesting book. If you like the Shannara series this is a good addition. Has a unique setting for the fantasy world. Curious how the trilogy will end
Emma Yoloswag
This is going to be a weird review, because I think this book was actually better than the first one, but still I rated it lower? Hang on, it's going to make at least a little bit sense.

I think the main reason is the writing style. My experience with Terry Brooks's writing is that when you start reading, he writes in such a way that even reading about things that have no relevance to the plot is pleasant, and this goes on for at least a whole book. But at one point, you grow tired, and then ever
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Lisa B.
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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Cody Westberry
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jennifer Kuo
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terry-brooks
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Dark-Draco
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Shadean Shadean
Sep 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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Mandy
I don't have too much to say about this book. Like most of Terry Brook's books, I enjoyed it. Knowing what I do now about writing and such, I think a lot people may accuse him of telling or being too much of an interrupting author. It didn't really hinder my enjoyment of it.

Although, in the Shannara books, I have noticed that a lot of the time, he uses the same character type for various roles. The names and backgrounds change, but the personalities are the same. With the Knight of the Word and
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Jim C
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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David
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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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 his ...more

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