This is the second book in a series. A very interesting blend of old world fantasy and modern world events. First in the series was Running with the Demon, and I recommend reading it first.
It will keep you reading, wanting more!
Excellent reading!! Fabulous storyline of good against evil.
Very good book...a bit predictable in parts, but worth the read.
Nest and John Ross return in the second installment of the series called "The Word and Void Trilogy." John Ross has forsaken his duties as a Knight of the Word and the Lady has assigned Nest to convince him to get his act back together.
While I found the story entertaining, I did not find it as gripping as the first book "Running with the Demon." Not to say I didn't like it, but we are talking apples and oranges here. Brooks slows down the pace considerably here and the characters do much more navel gazing. I did enjoy the chase scene between a demon and one of the characters . . . pretty intense.
If you liked "Running with the Demon" you'll like "A Knight of the Word" but just expect something different. Sometimes change is good.
This series of books are a great prelude to Armagedon's Children which is the following series. I really enjoyed them.
This installment opens with John Ross, a knight of the word, reneging on his promise to The Lady. He has rejected The Word and is living life as a human with Stephanie Winslow and working for Simon Lawrence at Fresh Start, a homeless shelter for women and children in Seattle. Nest Freemark is now 19 and attending college when an elemental spirit appears and tells Nest of John's fall from grace and the trap the Void is setting for his soul. Nest hightails it to Washington to help John see the light and return to The Word.
I enjoyed the continued story but I was almost lost with all the preaching about the homeless situation in America. Everyone knows about this problem and it was really irrelevant to John and Nest's problems. I did however, truly enjoy the surprise ending and can't wait to see where the series goes with the final installment, Angel Fire East.
one of my favorite terry brooks books ^_^ more alternate-reality-sci-fi than his usual high-fantasy stuff, but a rockin' read nonetheless.
Second book of the trilogy. Much better then the first and I loved the interplay of Nest and Wraith. He did a good job with the fight scene in the book. I really enjoyed it.
I loved the Knight of the Word series!
Haven't read this one yet, as I somehow got two copies, but if it's from Brooks, it's bound to be good.
From back cover: Eight centuries ago the first Knight of the Word was commissioned to combat the demonic evil of the Void. Now that daunting legacy has passed to John Ross--along with powerful magic and the knowledge that his actions are all that stand between a living hell and humanity's future.
Then, after decades of service to the Word, an unspeakable act of violence shatters John Ross's weary faith. Haunted by guilt, he turns his back on his dread gift, settling down to build a normal life, untroubled by demons and nightmares.
But a fallen Knight makes a tempting prize for the Void, which could bend the Knight's magic to its own evil ends. And once the demons on Ross's trail track him to Seattle, neither he nor anyone close to him will be safe. His only hope is Nest Freemark, a college student who wields an extraordinary magic all her own. Five years earlier, Ross had aided Nest when the future of humanity rested upon her choice between Word and Void. Now Nest must return the favor. She must restore Ross's faith, or his life--and hers--will be forfeit . . .
Not one of my favorite readings. It was slow to get started.
The Barnes & Noble Review
With Running with the Demon, bestselling author Terry Brooks turned his remarkable skills toward a much more horrific kind of writing than he'd ever attempted. He succeeded with one of the most critically acclaimed and impressive novels in his long and enduring career. In the sequel, A Knight of the Word, Brooks proves that he's as comfortable working in a modern fantasy world with darker underpinnings as he is in the light magical high-fantasy field where he's already so well known. For anyone uncertain if he or she will like the new tack Brooks is taking, rest assured, the author continues to enthrall and fascinate.
Five years after the close of the first book, we find that John Ross is not merely a reluctant hero but has actually given up on being a knight of the word, a position of great magical power entrusted to him by the Lady. He has nightmares of a future world created by the Void, an earth full of demons and un-men that can only be avoided if John prevents certain events from occurring. On one of his missions, John failed to see a demon's influence behind a hostage crisis at a grade school, and several children were killed in the ensuing shoot-out. Racked with guilt, John now works at a homeless shelter in Seattle, and though he still carries his black runestaff, he refuses to use magic in any form, not even to check for demons in his presence. Though he still dreams of one particular event that is to take place on Halloween night, he feels that by renouncing his position he can no longer be held responsible for whatever happens,andbelieves that the Lady will simply replace him with another knight.
Nineteen-year-old Nest Freemark, another enforcer of the word, has gone on to become one of the best long-distance runners in the nation's history, and she's bound to win a gold medal in the Olympics. More important, however, she is John Ross's last hope to again take up the mantle of his knighthood. If he continues to turn his back on his power, he will be subverted by the forces of the Void, and if she cannot persuade him to accept his fate, then the Lady will have no choice but to send another agent and have him killed. And time is running out: According to John's dreams, on Halloween night - in two days - something evil will happen to Simon Lawrence, the man in charge of the shelter, and Nest knows that a demon is loose among the homeless.
The author has simplified his follow-up story, paring it down substantially from the lengthy and intricate Running with the Demon. Brooks has focused all his high-powered attention on a limited cast: John, Nest, Simon Lawrence, and O'olish Amaneh, the Sinnissippi Indian agent of the Word who may or may not be dogging John in order to assassinate him. The plot builds slowly with a greater richness of passion and fear, showing the characters' struggles over whether to save those they love or be true to a hopefully greater and more worthwhile cause. A Knight of the Word is a meditation on responsibility and consequence as well as a dark fantasy page-turner. The novel effectively captures the difficulties and frustration one must deal with when warring with evil from the Void, or from within one's own heart.
Eight centuries ago the first Knight of the Word was commissioned to combat the demonic evil of the Void. Now that daunting legacy has passed to John Ross--along with powerful magic and the knowledge that his actions are all that stand between a living hell and humanity's future.
Great book by an excellent author. Terry Brooks always writes wonderful books.