Armageddon’s Children


Author: Terry Brooks

Title: Armageddon’s Children

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Publication Date: August 29, 2006

Number of Pages: 384

Geographical Setting: United States (North West mainly)

Time Period: Sometime in the future

Series: Book #1 in The Genesis of Shannara series

Plot Summary:

In a futuristic United States destroyed by nuclear warfare, citizens are forced to live in compounds to protect themselves from the demons and once-men that seek to kill and imprison them.  Two knights of the Word, Angel Perez and Logan Tom fight against the evil magic in an attempt to save what is left of the world.  Logan seeks a being born of magic who will lead a select group to their salvation.  Meanwhile, Hawk and his family of outcasts live in the city streets outside the security of a compound waiting for Hawk’s vision of redemption into a world safe from demons and malicious forces to come true.

Subject Headings: Post-Apocalyptic, Survival, Plague, Demons, Elves, Mutants, Magic

Appeal: fast paced, detailed, haunting, foreboding, multiple points of view, series (characters), descriptive, engrossing, and cinematic

3 terms that best describe this book: compelling, stark, and well-crafted

Similar Authors and Works:

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

The Atomic Baazar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor by William Langewiesche

This book examines the spread of nuclear technology into unstable, undeveloped, and hostile nations.  It opens with the effects of nuclear explosions and discusses the possibility of nuclear warfare.  Fans of Terry Brooks might be interested to learn about nuclear weapons and their destruction after reading his novel.

Apocalypse 2012: A Scientific Investigation into the Civilization’s End by Lawrence E. Joseph

Readers interested in the apocalypse will enjoy reading about the scientific research and theories, as well as writings from ancient civilizations to explore the end of the world as predicted in 2012.  This book shares topics such as disasters and the world’s end with Terry Brook’s Armageddon’s Children.

America’s Prophet: Moses and the American Story by Bruce S. Feiler

This author explores how the story of Moses has influenced American history, inspirational leaders, and civil rights movements.  Brook’s novel discusses the story of Moses in the bible and parallels that story with his own characters.  Readers might be interested to see other ways in which the story of Moses can be seen throughout history.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

 A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin:

Similarly, this book is about a society existing after unexpected changes (climatic) that create a crisis that is draining the magic.  The tone is bleak and dramatic but the story is compelling and richly detailed.  Both stories contain magic, good vs. evil, and demons.

Shadow Raiders by Margaret Weis

In a quest to find Royal Armorer, a secret super weapon, Lord Stephano and his group is attacked by demons riding giant bats.  They have the help of his dragon allies, but even so, it could be the start of an apocalypse.  This fast-paced, arms race has a parallel story line to that of Armageddon’s Children.

The Demon Awakens By R. A. Salvatore

Another apocalypse novel (series) where a monk with magical powers, a woman marked with misfortune, a man trained by elves, and a centaur, journey to the mountain of Aida to fight an evil demon who threatens to destroy the world.  Readers will enjoy similar appeals such as intricate plots, strong sense of place, and fantasy characters.

Name: Christina Freitag



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