If you’ve read Armageddon’s Children you probably couldn’t wait until you got your hands on the sequel. This is due primarily to the excruciating cliffhanger left at the end of the first book.
Logan Tom has finally found the Gypsy Morph, the boy named Hawk, but he lost him when the boy was thrown from a building and disappeared in a flash of light. Now Logan Tom must guide the street kids who had allied themselves to Hawk to a place south that Logan has only seen in his dreams.
Meanwhile, the young elf Kirisin tries, against heavy opposition, to persuade the elf King and his council that their sanctuary is in danger. Arriving on the scene is Angel Perez, the Knight of the Word given the task of helping Kirisin. Together with Kirisin’s friend Erisha, and his sister Simralin, they must find the Blue Elfstones to lead them to the Loden Elfstone which will help save the Elves. This is not a small task, however, given that there is a Demon hidden among the elves and Angel Perez is being pursued by another.
The Elves of Cintra does an excellent job of continuing the gradual shift from The Word and the Void to Shannara. This time more Shannara-ish elements are present with the focus on the elves and the Elfstones. Encounters with dead elves, Demons, and monsters do much to heighten the overall epic feeling common in Terry Brooks’ Shannara series.
The novel is an easy read and quite enjoyable. It also presents a lot of opposition to be overcome including, a handful of Demons appearing at every turn, the stubborn political society of the elves, a rogue Knight of the Word, and confusion among the characters in general.
That said, this book is not perfect. Although it begins to turn things in the direction of Shannara, this causes many aspects to be unoriginal. I can’t count the number of times the Blue Elfstones have been used as the solution to any problem in the world of Shannara. The Loden has been used before as well, not to mention the King of the Silver River, or the Ellcrys, all of which have appeared multiple times in the Shannara series. I’d appreciate something new. The ending as well is not unique. While not giving the ending away, I can say that it was a tactic used many times before.
But despite these problems, The Elves of Cintra is a great addition to the Genesis of Shannara trilogy, and, among Terry Brooks’ books, one of my personal favorites. I recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy.