The Elves of Cintra: Genesis of Shannara

Version: Unabridged
Author: Terry Brooks
Narrator: Phil Gigante
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: August 2007
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 14 hours
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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.

Reviews (7)

Written by Stephen domingue on June 20th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really enjoyed this book. Finding out about the origins of the the elves. was very interesting to me. Overall I enjoyed the story. There were times were it was too predictable, but still fit with the story well. I enjoyed listening to Phil Gigante's narration.

Written by Scott Mackay on August 15th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Fun. Better than the first in the series. Sets up a climatic finish.

Elves of the Throw It Back

Written by Bobthewalrus on August 14th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 2/5

If you are a Terry Brooks fan just dying to know the origin of his elves, you might enjoy this. I'm not, and for me, it's just a horrible book. The writing is technically poor. The descriptions are vague, mechanical, and lifeless. The story is boring, trite, cliché, and uninvolving. Even when a sympathetic character dies, it's hard to care. I wanted to love this book. Brooks is an immensely popular and prolific author, and I was hoping this book would hook me on him. It's even based in the future of the region where I live, the Pacific Northwest. And I kept listening, CD after CD, hoping the light would come on. It never did. Somewhere in the middle of Disc 7, I just couldn't take it any more. I ejected the disc, stowed the set back in the box, and threw it back in the mail. I know Brooks fans will be offended by this review, and many of them will probably enjoy the book. But if you're not one, steer clear. If all his books were this bad, he never would have gotten published.

A great sequel to Armageddon's Children

Written by Angie Teal on November 9th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is the second book in the trilogy about the Gypsy Morph and it is a really good book that will leave you glued to your car seat. It has been a long time since I was into Terry Brooks and the Shannara cycle, but this book has renewed my interest in the author. I like that the book takes place in the real world even if it is post-apocalytic and not some obscure fantasy world. A great fusion of fantasy and science-fiction. The book ends with a total cliffhanger and I cannot wait to listen to the last book 'The Gypsy Morph'.

Good story!

Written by Anonymous on January 27th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Really good story but you need to follow the series in order to get the best out of it. Very impersonal. There is no one character you can empathize with and the author leaves a LOT of loose ends. For example, he makes a big deal out of the dragon following Pen but never 'resolves' it. Where did it come from? Why is it mezmerized by the wand? Where does it go? Why doesn't it attack? And so on.....


Written by Mitchell Marsh from Heber City, UT on February 9th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I'm so glad terry brooks wrote this trilogy. It explains how shannara even came into existence. I very much loved this book. This series begins in the year 2050 of our world. If you have read any of terry brooks, shannara series you'll find its about elves and trolls and wizards and all that. But it actually began In Seattle Washington. Its so cool. Now so many things that happened in future books makes sense. You must read this series and then the rest.

The Elves of Cintra

Written by Anonymous on August 29th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is the second in the series after Armagedon's Children. I love the story, though I never thought fantasy would appeal to me. Dick Hill read the first in the series, and the reader was different, and not quite so good, in "The Elves..." Still, an excellent listen.

Author Details

Author Details

Brooks, Terry

Terry Brooks was born in Illinois in 1944, where he spent a great deal of his childhood and early adulthood dreaming up stories in and around Sinnissippi Park, the very same park that would eventually become the setting for his bestselling Word & Void trilogy. He went to college and received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, where he majored in English Literature, and he received his graduate degree from the School of Law at Washington & Lee University.

A writer since high school, he wrote many stories within the genres of science fiction, western, fiction, and non-fiction, until one semester early in his college years he was given The Lord of the Rings to read. That moment changed Terry's life forever, because in Tolkien's great work he found all the elements needed to fully explore his writing combined in one genre.

He then wrote The Sword of Shannara, the seven year grand result retaining sanity while studying at Washington & Lee University and practicing law. It became the first work of fiction ever to appear on the New York Times trade paperback bestseller list, where it remained for over five months.

During the spare time he could afford from his law practice, Terry wrote The Elfstones of Shannara, which followed in 1982 and once again brought the literary world an epic novel of wonder and adventure in the eagerly awaited sequel to The Sword of Shannara. The Wishsong of Shannara, published in 1985, finished the remarkable trilogy.

After publishing his first three Shannara novels, Terry knew that writing was not only his life's ambition but that he could make a living with it as well. Even though he was hesitant, he quit his practice of law to pursue a full-time writing career. He moved to Seattle and began writing Magic Kingdom for Sale--Sold!, which began a bestselling new series for him in 1986. After two more Landover novels—The Black Unicorn and Wizard At Large—Terry wrote The Heritage of Shannara, a four-book series returning to the very heart that had made him such a success. The publication of The Talismans of Shannara in 1993 concluded that storyline.

Terry can't write in one series for long. He needs, as a creative writer, to take time off from a project which inevitably allows him to explore new mythos and ideas that he is constantly thinking about; he recharges himself in this way for when he comes back to a series it is meaningful storytelling. Rather than start a new Shannara novel after he finished The Heritage of Shannara series, he wrote two more Landover books—The Tangle Box & Witches' Brew.

Once done with the Landover books and another foray into the Shannara series with the release of First King of Shannara, Terry decided to create something new. Since the beginning of The Heritage of Shannara series in 1990, Terry had been thinking of a new series; a dark, contemporary fantasy set in a town similar to the Illinois hometown he grew up in. The ideas for this new series grew, expanded, and grew some more over the next several years while he wrote other novels, and in September 1997 Terry released Running With the Demon, his darkest most complex masterwork yet. The story of Nest Freemark and John Ross continued in A Knight of the Word and Angel Fire East in what has been tentatively titled The Word & Void trilogy.

In the midst of writing The Word & Void trilogy, George Lucas, the esteemed creator of Star Wars, personally asked Terry if he would write the novelization to Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Being a Star Wars fan Terry agreed easily and soon found himself travelling to Skywalker Ranch to discuss the project with Lucas, and a month before the theatrical release of the movie the book was published with great success.

It was during this time that Terry decided to have an official website, one that a dedicated fan would devote time towards to ensure that the latest news, touring information, and book summaries could be available to his fans. Terry found his fan. Read that history here.

During the six years that followed the website's inception, Terry wrote two Shannara trilogies: The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara and High Druid of Shannara. The six books take place 130 years and 150 years respectively after the events of The Talismans of Shannara where Walker Boh is still a Druid and is still trying to form a new Druid Council.

This year's release of The Gypsy Morph, Book Three of the Genesis of Shannara series, finishes off a storyarc begun in Armageddon's Children and The Elves of Cintra. Terry has just finished writing a new Landover novel as well! Click here to get a glimpse of what Terry is up to right now.

Terry Brooks lives with his wife Judine in the Pacific Northwest and on the road meeting his fans.

To read a more comprehensive biography of Terry Brooks, read his memoir/writing book titled Sometimes the Magic Works.