The Gypsy Morph: Genesis of Shannara
Del Rey, 2008 (2008)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
he Gypsy Morph
The Elves of Cintra
in Terry Brook's superb
Genesis of Shannara
trilogy. It's set in a post-apocalyptic future, in which armies of
led by demons systematically exterminate enclaves of humanity. Logan Tom and Angel Perez, the last living
Knights of the Word
, are assigned by a mysterious, magical Lady to protect humanity and fight the evil of the Void.
n the first book, Logan Tom sought a
a creature formed of the Word's magic
' and born as a human boy to provide mankind's last hope. In the second episode, the Knight led a street gang named the
(initially led by Hawk who loves Tess) from a Seattle engulfed by monsters towards the banks of the Columbia. In parallel, Angel Perez sent children north to the river from a dying LA, under the care of her friend Helen Rice, while she herself sought out the Cintra Elves. Young Elf Kirisin Belloruus (tasked by the sacred tree, the Ellcrys, with finding the
and saving his people), his Tracker sister Simralin, and Angel then embarked on a perilous quest, which they barely survived.
The Gypsy Morph
opens, Kirisin and Simralin gather their forces, take a desperately wounded Angel to refuge, and return to find their people beset by a demonic army. After yet another in a long string of betrayals, Kirisin fulfills part of his destiny by magically enclosing the Elven home city in the Loden Elfstone and flees, closely guarded by his sister and other Trackers. Given Angel's injuries, Logan Tom is sent by the Lady (guided by owl Trim) to their aid, while the Ghosts (rejoined by Hawk and Tess after separate adventures) struggle on in a race against time to find the promised land that will offer refuge to humans, Elves and other races, from the monsters pursuing them and '
the end of the world
his final thrilling episode in the brilliant trilogy that bridges Brooks'
Word and the Void
trilogy and extensive
series is book-ended by an account of a '
last man standing
' slowly succumbing to madness in a missile command complex '
deep in the bowels of the earth
'. Logan Tom - who has fought for so long with great courage, great endurance and great sacrifice - finds unexpected love, while engaged in '
the most important struggle of his life
'. And Hawk, a future Moses born of magic, gives his all to protect those under his charge from ultimate evil.
Genesis of Shannara
is the best of all that Terry Brooks has written, and an
absolute must read
for any fantasy fan.
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