Friday, August 24, 2012

Review: The Elves of Cintra 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.


A fantastic sequel to Armageddon’s Children, really loved this book. The story continues on with relentless action and interesting new characters were introduced. After reading Armageddon’s Children, you cannot help yourself but wonder on what the next journey for Hawk, Tessa, Logan and the others will be. They all have such engaging story-lines; Terry is a master when it comes to character development. He makes sure that each and every one of them is properly handled in the story. Every one of them is given the chance to connect with readers. Although I was a bit saddened by some deaths in this book, I really loved Erisha’s character by the way, it can’t be helped. Terry wrote off some characters because it is essential to the story, I know that, but it is sad nonetheless to see beloved characters go down the drain…Why can’t it the other one that’s not doing anything but whine or the bad ones who does atrocious things? I highly recommend for you to check out The Elves of Cintra, be transported to a world of wonder, excitement every corner and relentless adventure to top it all.

One thing I admire about Terry is how he give names to his characters: Logan Tom, Angel Perez, Khyber Elessedil, Rue Meridian, Morgawr, Shadea a'Ru and Grianne Ohmsford are just to name a few. These names can’t be forgotten so easily. I can still remember them even though some have appeared from the previous books. I use them to name characters for pc games and sometimes as account names for various social networks. Cool, right? They can really be sometimes. Alhough, I can’t help but compare them to some J.R.R. Tolkien names like Elendil, and Terry’s Elessedil, they sound alike, right? I’ve read an article regarding Terry’s first Shannara books, it was an attack on his novels and the article said that the Shannara novels were carbon copies of The Lord of The Rings trilogy, which I think is a bit absurd. The Shannara novels are unique and it should be put on top of the shelf alongside other classic fantasy novels of our time… 

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars

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