The Elves of Cintra (Genesis of Shannara #2) Review

The Elves of Cintra (Genesis of Shannara #2) is a 2008 post-apocalyptic fantasy adventure novel written by Terry Brooks and published by Del Rey Books.  Set as book two of the Genesis of Shannara trilogy, the story follows a hero who flees Seattle with a group of orphaned street kids, while another leads a group to the Oregon wilderness to meet the long-hidden Elves of Cintra. Positives: Great writing Engaging plot Immersive world-building Great, well-written characters Great action Awesome bad guys Negatives: n/a Plot:  After the events of the previous…

Read More

Armageddon’s Children (Genesis of Shannara #1) Review

Armageddon’s Children (Genesis of Shannara #1) is a 2006 fantasy adventure novel written by Terry Brooks, published by Del Rey Books.  Set as the book one of the Genesis of Shannara trilogy, the story follows the quest of two Knights of the Word in protecting two powerful magics in a post-apocalyptic Earth. Positives: Deep, rich characters Well-written story Memorable antagonists Great world-building Writing is well-rounded Negatives: n/a Plot:  There are four main story lines; the Ghost trying to survive in post-apocalyptic Seattle against both man and mutants. A Knight of the…

Read More

Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader (Star Wars) Review

Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader (Star Wars) is a 2005 science fiction space opera novel written by James Luceno, published by Del Rey Books.   The story is set in the immediate aftermath of Revenge of the Sith and focuses on Darth Vader and his rise to prominence in the newly formed Galactic Empire. Positives: Vader is badass Great characters Intense action Strong developing arcs Complex story Compelling writing Negatives: Story can be slow here and there Plot:  When a contingent of clone troopers on the planet Murkhana refuses to open fire on Jedi Masters Roan…

Read More

The Approaching Storm (Star Wars) Review

The Approaching Storm (Star Wars) is a 2002 science fiction space opera novel written by Alan Dean Foster, published by Del Rey Books.  The story follows Obi-Wan Kenobi and padawan Anakin Skywalker are sent to the planet Ansion to join Jedi Master Luminara Unduli and her padawan Barriss Offee to settle a dispute as growing unrest threatens the Republic’s stability prior to Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. Positives: Great writing Awesome, well-written characters Great world-building Compelling story Negatives: Slow paced read Forgettable antagonists Plot: The plot is set on the world Anison, where…

Read More