Running with the Demon (Word and the Void, Bk 1)
Running with the Demon - Word and the Void, Bk 1 Author:Terry Brooks Twenty years ago, Terry Brooks turned fantasy fiction on its head with The Sword of Shannara, the first fantasy novel to make the mainstream bestseller lists, and the first in an unbroken string of thirteen bestselling books. Now, in Running with the Demon, Brooks does nothing less than revitalize fantasy fiction again, inventing the complex and... more » powerful new mythos of the Word and the Void, good versus evil still, but played out in the theater-in-the-round of the "real world" of our present.
On the hottest Fourth of July weekend in decades, two men have come to 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 of the community to attain a terrible secret goal. The other is John Ross, a Knight of the Word, a man who, while he sleeps, lives in the hell the world will become if he fails to change its course on waking. Ross has been given the ability to see the future. But does he have the power to change it?
At stake is the soul of a fourteen-year-old girl mysteriously linked to both men. And the lives of the people of Hopewell. And the future of the country. This Fourth of July, while friends and families picnic in Sinnissippi Park and fireworks explode in celebration of freedom and independence, the fate of Humanity will be decided . . .
A novel that weaves together family drama, fading innocence, cataclysm, and enlightenment, Running with the Demon will forever change the way you think about the fantasy novel. As believable as it is imaginative, as wondrous as it is frightening, it is a rich, exquisitely-written tale to be savored long after the last page is turned.« less
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.
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 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