Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Gypsy Morph (Genesis of Shannara: Book 3)

By Terry Brooks

Eighty years into the future, the United States is a no-man’s-land: its landscape blighted by chemical warfare, pollution, and plague; its government collapsed; its citizens adrift, desperate, fighting to stay alive. In fortified compounds, survivors hold the line against wandering predators, rogue militias, and hideous mutations spawned from the toxic environment, while against them all stands an enemy neither mortal nor merciful: demons and their minions bent on slaughtering and subjugating the last of humankind.

But from around the country, allies of good unite to challenge the rampaging evil. Logan Tom, wielding the magic staff of a Knight of the Word, has a promise to keep–protecting the world’s only hope of salvation–and a score to settle with the demon that massacred his family. Angel Perez, Logan’s fellow Knight, has risked her life to aid the elvish race, whose peaceful, hidden realm is marked for extermination by the forces of the Void. Kirisin Belloruus, a young elf entrusted with an ancient magic, must deliver his entire civilization from a monstrous army. And Hawk, the rootless boy who is nothing less than destiny’s instrument, must lead the last of humanity to a latter-day promised land before the final darkness falls.

The Gypsy Morph is an epic saga of a world in flux as the mortal realm yields to a magical one; as the champions of the Word and the Void clash for the last time to decide what will be and what must cease; and as, from the remnants of a doomed age, something altogether extraordinary rises.*Blurb source Random House
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The Gypsy Morph by Terry Brooks

| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Mix of Urban, High and Dark Fantasy, 16+
| ISBN-10: 0345484150
| ISBN-13: 9780345484154
| Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (July 28, 2009)
| Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
| Source: Author/Publisher
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| Rating: 4/5 Stars
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The Gypsy Morph (Genesis of Shannara, #3)

♥ Mini Review ♥
All that was needed and sought for is coming together in preparation for the promised journey to a place of peace and safety. Hawk, part boy, part wild magic, Logan Tom, tormented Knight of the Word, Kirisan, Chosen of the Ellcrys and wielder of the Elfstones, Angel Perez, also a powerful Knight of the Word all head towards the Columbia River to fulfill their destinies. But Findo Gask, the most powerful of the demons of the Void, has other plans. He will stop this migration and in a single blow destroy both the Knights and their magical charges, thus wiping out the last hope for human, elven and mutant kind.

Fantasy Series Book Review by Mulluane

Ok, I admit it, I loved it! Not enough to start reading Urban Fantasy, but this was much more then your normal Urban Fantasy book. Some of the writing in this book was genius. The ending to chapter 25 was brilliant and the conclusion to the series, well I loved that most of all. The action was close to being relentless. There was still too much time, in my opinion, spent inside the characters' heads but in this book at least, the action, drama and suspense made it much less annoying. The "oh wow!" elements I had felt were missing did happen several times here and while we all knew how the story ended, the beauty was in the details. There was more romance too and while I have no problem reading a book that doesn't include a love story, I have to admit my romantic side rejoiced to find some in book three.

My favorite characters in this book ended up being Panther and Cat. As far as character development goes, I think these two showed the most advancement and I enjoyed watching them do so. I also believe that Terry Brooks left their storyline open for a reason, at least I hope so. I really liked them both and I'd love to see them again someday in another story. Most of the Ghosts actually tugged at my heart strings. I loved and admired the whole bunch, both as a group and as individuals.

This was, for me, the best of the three books. Maybe because Terry Brooks had done his job and really sucked me into the story. I cared about the characters and I suffered, cheered, loved and mourned with them and that is the mark of a truly great writer. Especially considering the fact that I normally avoid this type of book like the plague. Because of the level of violence and the horrific nature of the world he creates, I don't think that younger teens would enjoy this as much as older ones, especially right before bedtime! Heck it gave me nightmares and I'm in my 40s! Other then that though I'd say this book has a wide appeal among age groups but again, when I make this sort of suggestion its only that, a suggestion. It largely depends on the person as to the appropriate age to read something. In any case it was well worth reading and a great tie in between both the Word and the Void and the extensive Shannara series. It promises a reread from me sometime in the future.

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Epic Fantasy Book Review of The Gypsy Morph (Genesis of Shannara: Book 3) by Terry Brooks - Reviewed by Mulluane - on October 1, 2008 - Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

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