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BOOK REVIEW: THE GYPSY MORPH
THE GENESIS OF SHANNARA
BY TERRY BROOKS

We hope you enjoy this book review by Cynthia Baxter.





The Gypsy Morph, latest in The Genesis of Shannara trilogy does what is expected as the last bit in a trilogy – it pulls together the first two books into a great finale of a very well written trilogy. Having said that – this book does not stand alone and it is highly recommended that readers start with the first installment, Armegeddon’s Children followed by The Elves of Cintra. For reader’s new to Terry Brooks and his epic series regarding the fantasy world of Shannara – this latest trilogy may be the best starting point.

It is difficult to review a third of a great series when all are so intricately connected. Where Armegeddon’s Children left off with the human race struggling in a post-apocalyptic world (assumptive since the entire series focuses only on the United States), The Elves of Cintra picks up with the Elven race and focuses on their plight. Finally, in The Gypsy Morph, the two come together in the age-old struggle of good against evil. Boiled down, this is the gist of it all but it is the skill of Terry Brooks in weaving together complex stories and characters that make for an enjoyable read.

The Earth has succumbed to massive environmental damage. Terrible wars have left the planet mostly destroyed and poisoned. Nevertheless, humanity survived somewhat, and leaders emerge to take charge of the straggling survivors. Hawk, a young boy with a special destiny, tries to lead the rag-tag group to safety before the next disaster strikes. The world is not comprised solely of humans, there are other creatures amongst them for mutations from the chemical and nuclear warfare have forced new species to emerge. And some of these newer species are definitely not on the good-guy list. Therefore, protection is needed and Hawk can only do so much – this is where Logan Tom comes in. As a Night of the Word, a sect of warriors chosen by the Word (the embodiment of good in the world) to fight evil, and equipped with magical staves, Logan Tom is tasked to protect Hawk during his mission. Tom also provides protection to Kirisin, an Elf who has a similar task to move the entire Elven civilization to safety.

Between these groups and the constant onslaught of Demons and other mutated beings creates a tightly packed series of action and suspense. Some may find the high body count a bit disturbing, as the characters are mostly juveniles. Moreover, Brooks is not afraid to kill off his characters so you are never quite sure who will survive this – but that is what keeps you so engaged with the story. It is not predictable and that is very refreshing.

REVIEWED BY CYNTHIA BAXTER

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, CYNTHIA BAXTER


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