If you're looking for swords, the Silver River, elves etc- they aren't here... yet. A prequel series (capable of standing on its own), this first book introduces us to the world that spawned Shannara and (not entirely surprisingly) it turns out to be our own. The first few chapters seem a bit 'off' (because they are? Or because you've already read the rest?) but if you stick with it you'll find a good story and if you read the next 2 in the series you'll see where it ever so slightly starts to pull toward Shannara just in time for the newest series (Genesis of Shannara) to finish piecing it together for you.
Eric S. (Shooter) reviewed Running with the Demon (Word and the Void, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 2
It wasn't a bad book, exactly, but I found the storyline to be a bit sparse and mundane, and I skimmed the last half of the book because I thought it was really pretty boring. I don't quite understand how other reviewers found it "enthralling" because so much of it seems plodding. Also, how many times does Brooks really need to tell us that the feeders are at the edges of our vision or invisible to most people? And how many times does he have to remind us that only certain people can see the demon? It seems like this is the author's way of avoiding lengthy visual descriptions -- it's easier just to portray the creatures as "indistinct", or to say that Nest's magic just "happens" without explaining the mechanisms.
To me, compared to many of Terry Brooks' books in the Shannara series, this seems like an amateur attempt. Of course, I also think some of his later books in the Shannara series become too repetitive, so a departure from his usual formula is a change for the better -- even if it didn't hold my interest at all.
this book stands on its' own..One the hottest 4th of july weekend in decades, 2 m3n have come tho Hopewell, Illinois, site of a lengthy , bitter steel strike..one is a demon dark servant of the void,who will use the anger and frustration to attain a secret goal..the other is am man, a Knight of the Word, a man Who while he sleeps lives in the hell of the would will become if her fails to change its course..he has the ability to see the future..will he have the power to change it..and they are both tied to a 14 yr-old girl who is tied to hopewell, the people and the fate of humanity....a great read
I'll add my 2 cents here. I have read almost everything Terry Brooks has written. This book and the trilogy are among his best work. While the book is a prequel many of the topics he touches on are relevant today. His exploration of good, evil and human weakness are very thought provoking. These facts put it among all time my favorite books.
a breathe taking run of near-catastrophes and revelations...Now the future humanity depends upon a man haunted by his dreams and a gifted young girl-two souls who will discover what survives when hope and innocence are shattered forever....
First book in the trilogy. With this book, I had a hard time staying focused on the first half. Very descriptive about the area and current events in the small town. Just lost my focus while I was waiting for the story to begin. I was glad that I stayed with it and enjoyed the rest of the book. The other books are much better. I loved the idea of the Indian and Wraith...possibly my favorite characters.
This is the first book I've read by Terry Brooks and I loved it. I listened to the abridged version of the audiobook and it makes me really want to listen to the unabridged version for the remaining books in the series. The writing is spectacular and the scene-setting is truly amazing. You can feel and see everything that is described as if it is happening right in front of you. I was very impressed by everything about this story.
Nest Freemark is a 14 year old girl with magic. She patrols the park near her house with a sylvan (who looks like a stick figure) and a barn owl, fighting feeders which are some kind of scary demonic monster. A war is coming and the feeders are the precursors of death. They are stealing children and mauling them to death. Nest is very compassionate and feels it is her duty to help others so she teams up with John Ross, a Knight of the Word to defeat the demon who is terrorizing her town. This is the first book in The Word and the Void series and it is wonderfully creative and imaginative. I will definitely be getting my hands on A Knight of the Word to continue the adventures of John Ross and Nest Freemark.
In a sleepy steel-mill town, the ultimate battle between Good and Evil is about to begin.
Sinnissippi Park, in Hopewell, Illinois, has long hidden a mysterious evil, locked away from humankind by powers greater than most could even imagine, But now the malevolent creatures that normally skulk in the shadows of the park grow bolder, and old secrets hint a violent explosion.