It took me at least three to four attempts before I would start reading this book; I enjoyed very much the Shannara's saga and I was worried it would ruin my memories.
But I've been aching to know what was before since when I stumbled in that chapter - of one of the Shannara's books, I can't recall which one - where the action was inside one of the OLD World cities.
So eventually I took my chance and started reading this, and I'm happy I did it.
I won't make any comparison with the Shannara's former books as I read them too long ago; however, this Armageddon's Children works pretty well and I'm happy to be allowed to read about fantasy placed in a well known context instead of in a imaginary land, world and time.
There is one problem only: like many authors nowadays do, here also the writer ends the book abruptly on the verge of at least three or even four crucial events; don't make the mistake of not having the follow-up ready at hand when about to finish this one.
The Old Shannara universe emerging into the modern world??? AWESOME! To appreciate this, read all other Shannara books first, and I suppose it would be good to read the Knight of the Word series too, although I haven't read that yet.
ADDITION, MAR 2012:
Re-read and enjoyed it once again as I'm planning to read through the whole Shannara series. Good book, maybe not as good as the Shannara books written earlier. The one thing I found annoying was that Brooks couldn't seem to stop hammering home the description of the ruined, post-Armageddon world. At the beginning to set the mood yes, but I feel he was labouring it after that and throughout the book.
Overall, a very enjoyable read, and as always with his Shannara books, very hard to put down in the last 1/4 of the book....Continua