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The Elves of Cintra: Genesis of Shannara

The Elves of Cintra: Genesis of Shannara

Written by Terry Brooks

Narrated by Phil Gigante


The Elves of Cintra: Genesis of Shannara

Written by Terry Brooks

Narrated by Phil Gigante

ratings:
4.5/5 (38 ratings)
Length:
13 hours
Released:
Aug 28, 2007
ISBN:
9781423322696
Format:
Audiobook

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Across the ruined landscape that is America - hopelessly poisoned, plague-ridden, burned, and besieged by demon armies bent on exterminating all mortal life - two pilgrims have been summoned to serve the embattled cause of good. Logan Tom has journeyed to desolate Seattle to protect a ragged band of street urchins and the being known as the gypsy morph, who is both mortal and magical, and destined to save mankind unless he is destroyed. Likewise, Angel Perez has her own quest, one that will take her from the wreckage of Los Angeles to a distant, secret place untouched by the horrors of the nationwide blight - a place where the race of Elves has dwelled since before man existed. But close behind these lone Knights of the Word swarm the ravening forces of the Void.

As the menacing thunder of war drums heralds the arrival of the demons and their brutal minions in Seattle, the young survivors who call themselves the Ghosts are forced to brave the dangerous world of gangs, mutants, and worse to escape the invasion. And Logan Tom must infiltrate a refugee compound to rescue Hawk, the leader of the street urchins, who has yet to learn the truth about who and what he is. Meanwhile, Angel Perez has joined an equally urgent mission: to find the Ellcrys, a fabled talisman crucial to protecting the Elven realm against an influx of unspeakable evil from the dread dimension known as the Forbidding. But Angel and her Elven allies must beware - for a demon spy, with a monstrous creature at its command, walks among them.

As the legions of darkness draw the noose tighter, and the time of confrontation draws near, those chosen to defend the soul of the world must draw their battle lines and prepare to fight with, and for, their lives. If they fail, humanity falls.
Released:
Aug 28, 2007
ISBN:
9781423322696
Format:
Audiobook

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  • (2/5)
    I chose Genesis of Shannara out of curiosity. I thought that if that author had been able to publish such a looooong series it had to have something good. Well, the something good is the blend of an apocaliptic world at its end with a coming new fantastic world full of magic. The theme could be really intriguing, but it's over simplified for a YA audience. Hey, I have nothig against YA fantasy books, some of them are my all time favorites. The problem is when books are too "dumbed up" to make sure they will hit their market niche.
  • (4/5)
    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 also not your sweeping epic fantasy, although some of the Landover books have some moderately engaging depth to them).His other venture into our "modern world" started with his Word and Void stories. The idea being that there are two basic forces in the world…the Word, which reigns over the good elements and the Void which reigns over the bad. Starting in the late 90s, he put out a trilogy following some encounters between the Word and the Void in modern day America. In the series he set forth some intriguing elements such as Knights of the Word (who are servants of the Word and strive to maintain goodness and order under the direction of the Word), the Demons and Once-Men (servants of the Void who try to subvert the world of Man and bring us into darkness and destruction) and the Feeders (invisible forms that prey on negativity and thrive on chaos, anger and other disagreeable emotions and actions of humanity).The Genesis of Shannara series picks up years after the Word and Void series and the world is in an essentially post-apocalyptic state. The government has collapsed…in fact, any real sense of civilization is all but gone. Most of humanity is huddling together for their survival either hiding in more remote areas and hoping to be left alone, or fortifying themselves in "compounds" created inside large structures such as sports arenas. Meanwhile, a variety of Demons and Feeders are subverting the land and creating an army of "Once-Men" to help seek out and exterminate mankind. Not a very pretty picture.The first book in the series (Armageddon's Children) primarily followed Logan Tom, a Knight of the Word, on a quest to travel across the country and find a "creature of faerie" masquerading in human form as a teenage boy. The first book ended with a rather climactic cliffhanger that raised uncertainty about much of the successful progress made in the first book.This second novel continued the story of Logan Tom but also, as the title suggests, brings in a new race of faerie creatures…the Elves. Apparently, the Elves have been essentially hiding out and living their lives for centuries, ignoring (and largely despising) Man. For those who have read some of the other Shannara books, you'll recognize some of the family and city names as well as the idea of Elcrys and the Chosen. For those unfamiliar, the Elcrys is a magical tree cared for by the Elves. This special tree has a very special function where it creates a sort of shield/barrier, called the Forbidding, behind which an immense population of extremely evil and ancient faerie creatures are trapped. Basically if the Elcrys/Forbidding fail, then our world will be overrun. With the fall of mankind, the Elcrys needs to be protected and so a quest is set out for a Chosen (one of those who cares for the Elcrys) to find a particular talisman and move the Elcrys and the Elves to safety.Meanwhile, Logan Tom escapes from the cliffhanger ending at the end of book 1 and begins a trek southward with the ragtag family of the Gypsy Morph Hawk (the faerie creature he went to save)…to try and reunite with Hawk and lead the kids to safety.In the style very well-known to Brooks readers, we get to follow multiple groups of characters on a variety of quests. Another Knight of the Word comes in to help the Elves. We're also given some close attention to a couple of Demons hunting the Knights, the Elves and the Gypsy Morph. So there are always at least two primary groups each on their own adventure and at times we are given some attention to the smaller groups as they slowly converge on their individual plans and get closer to one another.This book had a lot of intricate moments of suspense and intrigue where we are made to question the motives and trustworthiness of some of the individuals. This is another hallmark of Brooks's work that I enjoy…the fact that his heroes are never perfect, often quite flawed, and they also usually tend to be faced with such odds that it truly is questionable whether or not they will succeed. There is some foreshadowing in the book that definitely suggests some or many of the key characters will NOT survive through the entire series but will end up sacrificing themselves for the good of the others. Because of this, it added the tension to each suspenseful moment or action sequence because it was always very possible that one of the key characters could be killed off as part of this sacrifice. Thus the suspense felt more real…rather than the suspense often felt where you feel on edge but you know in the back of your mind that the hero will prevail because, well, he's the hero and that's the way it works.Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I'm having fun with this series both as a continuation of the Word and Void series and as a bridge to the world of magic and fantasy in the main Shannara series. I really like the ideas presented in the Word/Void series and the way they continue to develop here. It provides interesting theories and ideas related to the nature of morality, good/evil, and the overall psychology and mindset of Mankind. As this is the second book in a series, you need to be sure to at least read the previous book before starting this one (I'd suggest the Word/Void series as well, though it's not vital). Like book 1, this book ends with plenty of things unraveling. That said, the cliffhanger in book 1 was far more dramatic than the ending of book 2. In book 2 there is actually a lot more resolution and a greater sense of hope…although there is still plenty of despair hanging over the various groups since many of their key members hang on the verge of death.I definitely have a certain bias towards Brooks's work…as I said, I generally like almost everything I've read by him so I really feel like my own personal reading styles and tastes are very closely fitted to his writing style and stories.Still, I feel like I can recommend this series to a somewhat wider variety of readers, especially considering the recent influx of "urban fantasy" books. I'm not a reader of urban fantasy per se, so I don't know how well this relates to that genre, but I can say that this has a feel of post-apocalyptic dystopia blended with elements of epic fantasy. Which, as far as I'm concerned, is a very fun melding and one I definitely recommend. And with that, I now need to go read the final book in the series.****4 out of 5 stars
  • (4/5)
    The saga continues. On to the next.
  • (5/5)
     Who would have ever seen this storyline coming 30 years ago??
  • (2/5)
    Terry Brooks is back in action with this second book in the Genesis of Shannara series. I really didn't think much of the first book, but this one is vintage Brooks. The characters become so much more compelling and the story itself moves quicker and really pulled me into the action. Can't wait for the conclusion!
  • (4/5)
    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 world.Although the action slowed a bit in The Elves of Cintra, Brooks keeps the stakes high as each group must fight for their own survival and to accomplish the task they have been sent to do. Doubts creep in for many and the way is nearly lost yet somehow most keep going.Anyone who has read the Shannara books already knows where the Genesis of Shannara story must end but Brooks has captured my attention in taking us there.
  • (4/5)
    I find this trilogy to be a bit curious to read. We know where it came from, and we know where its going, somehow, the end result of this trilogy will be the Four Lands and the world of the Sword of Shannara. How we're going to get there is what this book is about, and even with all that knowlege, it was still interesting to read. Not very cheery, but still good.
  • (4/5)
    Before reading this review ensure you have already read Armageddon's Children, the excellent start to this trilogy.There's a warm glow to be had even before a single page is turned - the subtitle, 'The Genesis of Shannara' is now revealed. It's a great concept - the merging of both of Brooks' most famous fantasy worlds, revealed to us during the mystique and enthalling twists of the first book. The story in this second book continues straight from the cliffhanger ending in the previous installment. The story then continues to expand the two journeys of the Knights of the Word. One thread continues with Logan Tom and the Ghosts as they seek to be reunited with their leader Hawk. The other strand follows Angel Perez in the to Cintra, the home of the Elves. In true Brooks style there is no predicting who will join the companies, or indeed who will fall from them. There is a great deal of closure in this chapter, the finale very different from the myriad of cliffhanges that Armageddon's Children produced. That said, there is no less eagerness for the next part, the main story arc is left wide open as the twin journeys continue. The feeling of The Elves of Cintra is one of character building and plot progression. There are some great hints at old world events which later influence Shannara as we know it and there are plenty of fresh elements at work too. However, it lacks the mystery of the first part and cannot contain the endgame excitement that the final part will deliver - the hallmarks of a middle chapter. It's unpredictable and a real page-turner. Certainly a recommended read.
  • (2/5)
    This book suffers from being the middle book of a trilogy, and makes abundantly clear how much Brooks re-uses the same plot devices over and over. If you read Armageddon's Children, you'll want to read this one, but there's not much to recommend it otherwise.Although a post-apocalyptic world should allow Brooks to work with new themes and new ideas that would go beyond what he's done with Shannara so far. It should also fill in some more of the backstory for the world. This book doesn't really do either, instead doing little more than continue the various quests begun in the first book. I'm hoping for a better finale.
  • (4/5)
    Brooks is back on form after the last Shannara trilogy was a bit of a damp squib (and I'm a huge fan!) Armageddon's Children had a lot of promise and seemed to be a bit of a departure from the Shannara world, with Brooks choosing instead to go back to the Word and the Void trilogy world which had so much promise - this new book links the two worlds together in a brilliant way, keeping the pace, throwing in some twists, and some great fights and suspense, which is what I used to love about the earlier Shannara books. Can't wait for the next one!