When Running with the Demon appeared, it was recognized at once as a masterpiece in the making, a bold departure that promised to revitalize contemporary urban fantasy and showcase Terry Brooks' vast storytelling gifts as never before. The second book of the series, A Knight of the Word, raised expectations even higher. Now, in Angel Fire East, sure to be hailed as his most ambitious, most accomplished work yet, Terry Brooks brings his best-selling epic trilogy of good and evil to an unforgettable close.
As a Knight of the Word, John Ross has struggled against the tireless dark forces of the Void for 25 years. A rootless wanderer scarred as deeply by the magic he wields as by the unspeakable horrors he has witnessed in its service, Ross is driven by dreams that show the world reduced to blood and ashes by the Void and its minions. The grim futures he dreams each night will come true unless he can stop them now, in the present. But for all his power, John Ross is only one man, while the demons he hunts - and which hunt him in turn - are legion.
Then Ross learns of the birth of a gypsy morph, a rare and dangerous creature formed of wild magics spontaneously knit together. If he can discover its secret, the morph could be an invaluable weapon against the Void. But the Void, too, knows the value of the morph and will not rest until the creature has been corrupted - or destroyed.
Desperate, Ross returns to the town of Hopewell, Illinois, home of Nest Freemark, a young woman with magical abilities of her own. Twice before, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance, the lives of Ross and Nest have intersected. Together they have prevailed.
But now they face an ancient evil beyond anything they have ever encountered, for a demon of ruthless intelligence and feral cunning awaits them in Hopewell. As a firestorm of good and evil erupts, threatening to consume lives and shatter dreams, Ross and Nest have but a single chance to solve the mystery of the gypsy morph - and of their own profound connection.
"Terry Brooks is one of a handful of fantasy writers whose work consistently meets the highest literary standards." (Rocky Mountain News)
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Great conclusion to this series
The Origin of the Shannara World
Simply Effing Amazing
The introduction of the demon known as Findo Gask.
I love the Dreams which haunt John Ross. Those who love The Genesis of Shannara will find these dreams familiar.
He's not my favorite character, but the introduction of the Demon the goes by the name Findo Gask is truly amazing. You can't but picture the Rev. Henry Kane (Poltergest 2) when Findo Gask is 1st introduced to us.
Negative...Who would want a great story to ever end???
F.Y.I - I might be one of the few Terry Brooks fans who prefers the prequels more than those based in the Shannara World. This includes The Word & Void Trilogy and The Genesis of Shannara Trilogy (especially Armageddon's Children).
The 1st book in my audible library is Running with the Demon. Since then I've been waiting for books 2 & 3 to become available. I was able to listen to them with the help of youtube (theyve been deleted since then).
Running with the Demon uses a different narrator. This is especially obvious when you compare the voice used for Pick. In regards to books 2 & 3, I don't believe the narrator is the same one used in the original audiotapes.
- Fernando Zepeda