A handful of humans and Elves continue their battle against the demons in the moderately gripping middle volume of a post-apocalyptic fantasy trilogy that links the Shannara and the Word/Void series.
At the close of the previous book, Hawk, the human-shaped gypsy morph with dormant, but undoubtedly vast, powers, and his friend, Tessa, were thrown off the walls of the Seattle compound. Thanks to some last-minute magic from an unknown source, they’re only missing, not dead. Their friends, the band of street kids who call themselves the Ghosts, go on the road to find them, guided by Knight of the Word Logan Tom. Meanwhile, fellow Knight Angel Perez and her Faerie companion Ailie journey to the Elves of Cintra to help them find the long-missing Elfstones, key to saving the Elves from destruction. Unfortunately, Angel and Ailie’s mission is hampered by the Elves’ habitual mistrust of humans and by the machinations of a shapeshifting demon masquerading as an Elf.
Brooks (Armageddon’s Children, 2006, etc.) fans will enjoy the ride, as always; others will simply be confused.