Armageddon’s Children is the first of a trilogy entitled, The Genesis of Shannara, intended to bridge the gap between the Word and the Void trilogy and the Shannara series. All I can say is, it does a good job. I quite enjoyed reading about our own world turning into a fantasy realm.
Logan Tom is a Knight of the Word, one of the last. While traveling the plains of the mid-United States he receives a mission from the Native American, O’olish Amaneh, to find the Gypsy Morph, born eighty years previously to Nest Freemark. He is told that only the Morph will be able to save humanity. Elsewhere, another Knight of the Word, Angel Perez, is given the charge to find and aid Elves, hidden in the forests of Oregon.
Meanwhile, a boy named Hawk, struggles for survival in the ruins of Seattle, Washington, with his group of street kids who call themselves, the Ghosts. Together they must take on plagues, mutants, giant insects, and other street kids, whilst trying to stay together as a group. But Hawk has a dream, he sees himself as someone who will eventually lead his “family” of Ghosts to safety.
This book has a lot of good things going for it. To be honest, I could find very little wrong with it, which is unusual because, while I’m a huge Terry Brooks fan I sometimes find his writing repetitive and unoriginal. While the book did end at a terrible cliffhanger that will leave you extremely irritated, the book’s antagonists do not make much of an appearance in this story, but this is countered by the threat against survival that all characters face in this world of plagues and atomic radiation.
Like most of Terry Brooks’ books, Armageddon’s Children is a quick and refreshing read, allowing the reader to finish without a month-long commitment. The characters are perhaps the greatest strength of this novel. Each one has a history and is unique in his/her own right. A large ensemble of characters exists in this book which, come to think of it, is typical of apocalyptic stories.
One thing that I very much enjoyed was the combination of a post-apocalyptic novel with magic and fantasy which Terry Brooks does very well in this book. It’s like you’re seeing the beginning of a epic fantasy world. The book, though bleak, provides that ray of hope that our world is not coming to an end, but is beginning anew.
I think anyone who has read either the Word and the Void trilogy or the Shannara series will enjoy this book. However, it may appear a bit confusing if you haven’t read the former. Even so, Armageddon’s Children stands alone and any fan of fantasy can pick it up to read.