THE ELVES OF CINTRA
Brooks returns to Shannara in this second post-apocalyptic prequel. Although somewhat more coherent than the previous book in this series, this novel is in no way a complete story. There's
a wide cast of characters in several groups, many of whom never meet. Fans of the series would be advised
to wait for the next (and presumably final) book in the series to read all three as a coherent whole.
Hawk's would-be mentor and Knight of the Word, Logan Tom, is forced to lead Hawk's friends on a desperate trip cross-country after their home city is overrun by demons, while fellow Knight Angel Perez finds herself entangled in the affairs of the last secret enclave of elves, now threatened by demonic schemes. (Del Rey, Sep., 400 pp., $26.95)