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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 Elven 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.

Listen to more in Terry Brooks' Shannara series.
©2007 Terry Brooks (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

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  • Neil
  • St Petersburg, FL, USA
  • 08-29-09

Don't be so harsh on the narrator

I have listened to 80 or so audiobooks and lots of different narrators. The hardest thing for a narrator to do is follow someone else who has started the series and already given the characters life. Though the female characters are a little rough and kind of sound the same, I think his pace is right on and a lot of the characters sound the same from the first book. I think he had an almost impossible task in matching the first narrator but he does an admirable job. Phil at least did his homework. I listened to one series where the second narrator did not even pronounce the main characters names the same. That will throw you WAY off.

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outstanding !!!

the book was outstanding, with excellent character dramatizations by the narrator - I found it hard to believe that this was one person making all these different voices! it is a great apocalyptic story filled with hope, faith, and the supernatural! lots of great biblical references too.

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Second of a Trilogy

What did you love best about The Elves of Cintra?

Elves continues the story created by Terry Brooks in the Genesis of Shannara trilogy. The well-written characters develop very well, growing out of old problems and confronting new ones.

If you’ve listened to books by Terry Brooks before, how does this one compare?

I've listened to Book 1 from this series, Armageddon's Children. Unfortunately they had to switch readers for this book, and it suffered a little for it. The content has the same great setting and pace, but suffers a little for being the second of third book in a cliffhanger series. So it seems to wrap up the first book, but only set the stage for the third, with nothing to help it breathe on it's own.

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Great 2nd book

Really liked this second book in the series but don't think I would have enjoyed it without reading the first book. make sure you start with book one.

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Good, but not Traditional Terry Brooks

Again, the 2nd book fell short as the first did. Too many times it felt like the author was attempting to drag the story along. There were very few times that I doubted the outcome of any situation that happened.

I could not get into this book, no matter how hard I tried. In some cases, I felt the book became preachy... and yes I know the book is fantasy, but it felt like as if the author was trying to gently cudgel me over the head about how we are destroying the Earth.

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Great book, less than stellar performance

I really like this book and the trilogy it comes from a lot. Not necessarily Terry Brooks' best, but it's good.

The narration of it - I've heard a whole lot worse, but I've heard a lot better too. I give it a solid "average".

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Another worthy story to the trilogy

While the fight sections between the each of the four heroes and their foes seem a bit repetitive (hero forced into fight, hero fears the loss, hero reflects on something inspiring in their past, hero wins the battle), the rest of the novel is not as predictive and, actually, very much more interesting. This book introduces several new characters along the way along with odd and enjoyable encounters and challenges.

Onto the final book.

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Mistake changing reader

The reader was significantly better. The narrator was dry and made everything feel blue. Story was excellent.

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loved it

I have loved this series, better each time I read it. takes me away.

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Reader hurts a decent story.

I like Terry Brooks stuff. I love the universe, so hearing about all the various adventures is fun. So even if it's bulk manufacture inside Brooks' canon and universe, I generally like the telling. But, this reader kills me. I almost stop listening at the change of every character voice. He whimpers like every character is a weakling, and when a character is strong and astute he still sounds like he never got his man voice. He tends to over do characterization like he is on Sesame Street on Broadway or something. He reads well and portrays each character in their own light, but can't seem to nail a compelling tone.