Saturday, October 4, 2008

The Elves of Cintra (Genesis of Shannara: Book 2)

By Terry Brooks

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 Elf 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. *Blurb source Random House
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The Elves of Cintra by Terry Brooks

| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Mix of Urban, High and Dark Fantasy, 16+
| ISBN-10: 0345484134
| ISBN-13: 9780345484130
| Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (July 29, 2008)
| Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
| Source: Author/Publisher
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| Rating: 4/5 Stars
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The Elves of Cintra (Genesis of Shannara, #2)

♥ Mini Review ♥
Angel Perez, accompanied by a creature of Faerie, sets off to find the remaining elves and convince them that the Elfstones must be found. But there are dark forces working from within the elven community and her task may prove to be fruitless. The Gypsy Morph has his own problems. His magic is coming alive and he is becoming the creature that the King of Silver River has made him to be. This is alot to absorb for a young boy and he must come to terms with the fact that not only is he a creature of magic, but it is up to him to save both human and elven kind. But lets not forget The Ghosts, that resilient bunch of street kids now championed by Logan Tom. They must leave behind everything they have ever known and journey to the Columbia River, with only their belief in Hawk to sustain them and dangers from mutants and disease dogging every step. With Demons and Once-Men after them and the ever present dangers of their world impeding their respective paths, can our assorted cast of heroes accomplish their goals in time?

Fantasy Series Book Review by 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, Kirisin and his sister Simralin discover that they must complete their task without any support. There is plenty of tension in this storyline, an ongoing mystery as to the identity of the demon and lots of tragedy thrown in for good measure.

The storyline concerning the Gypsy Morph was everything I could hope for. Terry Brooks has taken an already well developed, lovable character and added depths and challenges that would throw anyone for a loop. But the Gypsy Morph manages to deal with the sudden changes in his life in a very heartwarming and believable way. Only Tessa seemed shallow to me but I'm sure she serves some greater purpose that hasn't been revealed yet. That or she is just added fluff and I'd hate for that to be the case.

The Ghosts and Logan Tom get less attention in book two but what little they get is revealing and dramatic. Terry Brooks throws in some extra back story to further flesh out the kids then tosses plenty of obstacles and challenges their way to keep the reader entertained.

I do have a couple complaints. For one, as much as I love well developed and developing characters, I caught myself annoyed on more then one occasion at how much time I was spending inside their heads. Good, you have doubts, you question what you are doing, you think about giving up, thats good, natural, real, but not for page after page after page. My other complaint is minor but I would have liked more mystery, more uncertainty. The only real surprise was who the elven Demon was and I wasn't all that surprised even then. Too much time was spent going over that possibility while Angel, Sim and Kirisin were traveling, which alone pretty much gave it away.

All in all, I enjoyed this book slightly more then book one, but I usually do. Unlike some, I typically like the second book in a trilogy because now I know the world, I pretty much know the characters, I'm not expecting much to happen, so now it is time to just sit back and watch the story unfold. At the conclusion of this book, once again everything is left open. There are a few resolutions but as is typical for a middle book, most of the action is left for book three. Which is where I'm heading myself. See you when I'm through!

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Epic Fantasy Book Review of The Elves of Cintra (Genesis of Shannara: Book 2) by Terry Brooks - Reviewed by Mulluane - on October 04, 2008 - Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

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