I recently added Terry Brooks to my author links. I’ve had some of the Shannara books on my shelves for a while now, but somehow I’ve never managed to get around to reading them. There just has always been something more pressing to do or read. Shame on me! I recently purchased the 25th anniversary hardcover edition of The Sword of Shannara Trilogy (lovely cover, btw) and only a few chapters in I’m already hooked!
Of course, avid bibliophile that I am, I just had to check out what Terry’s up to next (although I have a feeling my summer is about to be spent with some elfstones and druids . . .)
Lo and behold, Mr. Brooks has a new novel, Armageddon’s Children, due for release on August 29th. Here’s part of the synopsis from Terry’s own site:
Logan Tom is doomed to remember the past and determined to rescue the future. Far behind him lies a boyhood cut violently short by his family’s slaughter, when the forces of madness and hate swept our world after decadent excesses led to civilization’s downfall. Somewhere ahead of him rests the only chance to beat back the minions of evil that are systematically killing and enslaving the last remnants of humanity. Navigating the scarred and poisoned landscape that once was America and guided by a powerful talisman, Logan has sworn an oath to seek out a remarkable being born of magic, possessed of untold abilities, and destined to lead the final fight against darkness.
Across the country, Angel Perez, herself a survivor of the malevolent, death-dealing forces combing the land, has also been chosen for an uncanny mission in the name of her ruined world’s salvation. From the devastated streets of Los Angeles, she will journey to find a place—and a people—shrouded in mystery, celebrated in legend, and vital to the cause of humankind . . . even as a relentless foe follows close behind, bent on her extermination.
While in the nearly forsaken city of Seattle, a makeshift family of refugees has carved out a tenuous existence among the street gangs, mutants, and marauders fighting to stay alive against mounting odds—and something unspeakable that has come from the shadows in search of prey.
In time, all their paths will cross. Their common purpose will draw them together. Their courage and convictions will be tested and their fates will be decided, as their singular crusade begins: to take back, or lose forever, the only world they have.
In Armageddon’s Children, Brooks brings his gifts as a mythmaker to the timeless theme of the unending, essential conflict between darkness and light—and carries his unique imaginative vision to a stunning new level.
Prepare for a breathtaking tour de force. To those who are new to Terry Brooks, welcome. And to those who have read him for many years: prepare for a dramatic surprise.
Okay, so I’m late to the party. But I am soooo looking forward to catching up.