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The Elves of Cintra

(Genesis of Shannara #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  13,078 ratings  ·  365 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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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
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
David Fox
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
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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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
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
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
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.
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!
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
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi, world
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 himse ...more
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,
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
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
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
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
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terry-brooks
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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
Rudy  Guglielmi
L'Armageddon, la battaglia conclusiva tra le forze del Bene e del Male, è giunta. E ha perso il Bene. I cambiamenti climatici hanno arroventato il suolo e le guerre biologiche hanno reso sterile la terra. Veleni ed epidemie hanno decimato l'umanità e le hanno tolto ogni speranza. Gli unici che possono sopravvivere in quell'inferno, gli ex uomini trasformati in demoni, hanno una sola missione: eliminare progressivamente i resti della razza umana. C'è ancora una possibilità: un Variante, una creat ...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
May 24, 2015 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
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
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
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
Terry Barber
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think this book would be able to live up to the first book in the series, Armageddon's Children, because of the middle book slump curse... I was so very wrong. I enjoyed this one so much more than the first one. I loved the way this one went into the backstories of the characters so we could see where they came from. This book also deals very heavily with life and death matters. It was super easy to get into, and the action just kept coming. I am about to start my journey through this p ...more
Norman Howe
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great book. I love Terry Brooks. He writes so that you can have a new book every year. The third in this triology comes out in August and I can hardly wait....I will have to divide my time between this and the new Stephanie Meyers novel that comes out in August too.
Charlotte Bird
Aug 09, 2011 rated it liked it
i didnt guess the plot twist! yay! good book. i got a little tired of the elves though, and wanted more from Hawk and the gang.
Sep 24, 2009 rated it liked it
I have read books one and two(this one) of this series. They are a bit strange but readable. I have book 3 here to read. I would like to try one of the other series too to compare.
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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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