Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks
(Genesis of Shannara Trilogy)

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Terry Brooks's The Measure of the Magic.

Terry Brooks is one of a handful of writers whose work defines modern fantasy fiction. His twenty-three international bestsellers have ranged from the beloved Shannara series to stories that tread a much darker path. Armageddon’s Children is a new creation– the perfect opportunity for readers unfamiliar with Brooks’s previous work to experience an author at the height of his considerable storytelling powers. It is a gripping chronicle of a once-familiar world now spun shockingly out of control, in which an extraordinary few struggle to salvage hope in the face of terrifying chaos.

Logan Tom is doomed to remember the past and determined to rescue the future. Far behind him lies a boyhood cut violently short by his family’s slaughter, when the forces of madness and hate swept our world after decadent excesses led to civilization’s downfall. Somewhere ahead of him rests the only chance to beat back the minions of evil that are systematically killing and enslaving the last remnants of humanity. Navigating the scarred and poisoned landscape that once was America and guided by a powerful talisman, Logan has sworn an oath to seek out a remarkable being born of magic, possessed of untold abilities, and destined to lead the final fight against darkness.

Across the country, Angel Perez, herself a survivor of the malevolent, death-dealing forces combing the land, has also been chosen for an uncanny mission in the name of her ruined world’s salvation. From the devastated streets of Los Angeles, she will journey to find a place–and a people–shrouded in mystery, celebrated in legend, and vital to the cause of humankind . . . even as a relentless foe follows close behind, bent on her extermination. While in the nearly forsaken city of Seattle, a makeshift family of refugees has carved out a tenuous existence among the street gangs, mutants, and marauders fighting to stay alive against mounting odds–and something unspeakable that has come from the shadows in search of prey.

In time, all their paths will cross. Their common purpose will draw them together. Their courage and convictions will be tested and their fates will be decided, as their singular crusade begins: to take back, or lose forever, the only world they have.

In Armageddon’ s Children, Brooks brings his gifts as a mythmaker to the timeless theme of the unending, essential conflict between darkness and light–and carries his unique imaginative vision to a stunning new level. Prepare for a breathtaking tour de force. To those who are new to Terry Brooks, welcome. And to those who have read him for many years: prepare for a dramatic surprise.

About Terry Brooks

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Terry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the Shannara’s Dark Legacy adventure The Wards of Faerie; the Legends of Shannara novels Bearers of the Black Staff and The Measure of the Magic; the Genesis of Shannara trilogy: Armageddon’s Children, The Elves of Cintra, and The Gypsy Morph; The Sword of Shannara; the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy: Ilse Witch, Antrax, and Morgawr; the High Druid of Shannara trilogy: Jarka Ruus, Tanequil, and Straken; the nonfiction book Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life; and the novel based upon the screenplay and story by George Lucas, Star Wars:® Episode I The Phantom Menace.™ His novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word were selected by the Rocky Mountain News as two of the best science fiction/fantasy novels of the twentieth century. The author was a practicing attorney for many years but now writes full-time. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.
Published August 29, 2006 by Del Rey. 418 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sequel to Brooks’s Word and Void contemporary fantasy trilogy (Angel Fire East, 1999, etc.) wherein, despite all the scuffling between the Void (demons) and Knights of the Word, the bad guys won.

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And it is in Oregon where two Elven guards of a sacred tree seek to aid the Elfstone seekers, which will afford them passage to a new and peaceful world, but the King refuses to heed their words.

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Dark days have come to what used to be the U.S. Surviving humans cower in armed compounds or scrabble across a poisoned landscape scavenging for bottled water and packaged snacks, while mutants — Lizards, Croaks, Spiders, Moles, and worse — scavenge for the scavengers.

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A horrendous chemical and nuclear war has left the majority of humankind distorted into animalistic mutants, or at mercy to an even greater battle - that between good and evil - Knights of the Word, fighting for mankind's souls against the demons of the Void.

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Armageddon's Children takes place in a world that Knights of the Word have long feared.

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While Armageddon's Children can be read as a stand-alone book, you'll be better off starting with the Word-Void series and reading the books through in order as Brooks sets the foundation of his 'world' in the earlier books and does not fully rehash all the 'rules' in each subsequent book.

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