In a new series with all the magic of a PowerPoint presentation, Terry Brooks’ Armageddon’s Children focuses on the here and now — or at least the nearby and soon. Dark days have come to what used to be the U.S. Surviving humans cower in armed compounds or scrabble across a poisoned landscape scavenging for bottled water and packaged snacks, while mutants — Lizards, Croaks, Spiders, Moles, and worse — scavenge for the scavengers. Against this backdrop, a few brave elves, faeries, knights, and plucky street urchins set out to rescue humanity as well as a very important tree. If only they did it with a little more style and depth.