Running With The Demon: The Word and the Void Series: Book One

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9780099602217: Running With The Demon: The Word and the Void Series: Book One

In a small Illinois town in contemporary America, Good and Evil do battle for domination of the world. The focal point for this trouble is Nest Freemark, who helps an unlikely paladin in his quest for victory, both in this world and in that of his dreams.

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John Ross, the tortured, conflicted A Knight of the Word from Terry Brooks's Running with the Demon, finally gets a good night's sleep in the sequel. He buys this moment's peace at the cost of his sacred oath to be a champion of the Word, renouncing that pledge after failing to prevent the slaughter of a group of schoolchildren. Duty and destiny are difficult to elude, though, and soon his former charge Nest Freemark, now a college student and Olympic hopeful, arrives to warn him of his imminent destruction or, worse still, his unwitting fall into the service of the Void.

The story winds lazily through sleepy, wet Seattle like a tour bus, steadily building. Everything eventually converges on the homeless shelter where John works with his new sweetheart Stefanie Winslow for über-activist Simon Lawrence, a man his dreams tell him he is fated to kill. A thin mystery clouds the identity of the demon conspiring to deliver John unto evil, but the book's real focus is John's fitful, foot- dragging attempt to fulfil his destiny. Knight of the Word doesn't provide the suspenseful energy of Running, a book that followed Nest through the dramatic loss of her childhood, but it rejoins her as she assumes the responsibilities of young adulthood and--like that period in life--still manages to deliver satisfying, if more subtle, rewards. --Paul Hughes

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By far the best of Terry Brook s' many wonderful novels: darker, starker, classically written. ( John Saul)

John Ross, the tortured, conflicted A Knight of the Word from Terry Brooks's Running with the Demon, finally gets a good night's sleep in the sequel. He buys this moment's peace at the cost of his sacred oath to be a champion of the Word, renouncing that ( The story winds lazily through sleepy, wet Seattle like a tour bus, steadily building. Everything eventually converges on the homeless shelter where John works with his new sweetheart Stefanie Winslow for über-activist Simon Lawrence, a man his dreams tel)

Paul Hughes ( 'His fans should embrace it as eagerly as they have THE SWORD OF SHANNARA')

- Publisher's Weekly ( 'as readable as it is thoroughly enjoyable.')

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