Armageddon’s Children by Terry Brooks

Armageddon's Children by Terry BrooksBlurb

Fifty years from now, our world is unrecognisable. Pollution and warfare have poisoned the skies, the water and the soil. Pockets of society still exist, living in highly fortified strongholds, while those outside the walls roam the landscape – either predator or prey. But even these isolated compounds are not safe; armies of demons and once-men assault their defences, and inevitably, one by one, they succumb. Civilisation has fallen and anarchy is the only law.

Logan Tom and Angel Perez are the last two Knights to stand against the forces of chaos. These two extraordinary people have the ability to resist the dark tide, and to them will fall twin tasks: to find and protect a very old and a very new magic. They are humanity’s last hope. Although the odds are stacked against them, Logan and Angel have the power to halt the destruction of the Old World.

It will be up to others to usher in the New . . .

My Perspective

I’m an avid fan of Terry Brooks. I absolutely love the Shannara books. Armageddon’s Children is the first book of the second prequel series to The Original Shannara Trilogoy. I have read one of the books in the first prequel series so i did jump ahead a little bit however i found this at the same time as Saved By Cake by Marian Keyes so i couldn’t resist. One day i want to go through and read them all in chronological order.

The story is set in a post apocalyptic world. The earth has become a poisoned place to live and is slowly becoming more and more inhabitable, not just because of the land but also the creatures that roam the earth as well. People are flocking to major cities, finding safety in walled compounds however even they cannot withstand the terror and destruction of the demons and the once men. In the underground of Seattle, a group of children and teenagers lurk, outcasts and orphans, trying to survive the aftermath. One of them carries the key to the destruction of evil, and it’s up to Logan Tom, a Knight of the Word to find them.

Although the story was action packed at the beginning, it was still a little bit slow to start off with. I did find however that the pace throughout never actually changed. There was a lot of action however it was quite slow paced. You would think that wouldn’t work but it did. It made it even more heart stopping because you had to wait that much longer for the resolutions.

I really liked the way the author chose to develop his characters. You were practically still just meeting some of them towards the end of the book. It also kept you guessing at as to who was “the one”.

I really, really like how the author has gone about the prequel. If you haven’t read the Shannara books then i don’t want to spoil it for you so all i have to say is that i think it’s so freaking COOL. I am in two minds whether you should read them in chronological order or in the order that they were written.

As a stand alone book, it was really well written and a great read however it doesn’t shine like the Shannara books do.

I would definitely recommend this book if you like fantasy, however like i said before i am in two minds whether you should read the Shannara books before you read these ones.

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