Angel Fire East

Angel Fire East was written by Terry Brooks and published by Del Rey Books in 1999.

The next installation of this series ranks right under A Knight of the Word. While parts of it were fun and entertaining I found the book on the whole to be a little too heavy for my tastes.

In this third installation of The Word and The Void trilogy we return to Hopewell where 29-year-old Nest Freemark lives alone in her grandparents old house. She thinks that she’s spending Christmas all alone but a demon informs her that that is not so, he expects that John Ross should be paying her a visit in the future. When she comes home from church she sees a figure sitting on her backsteps. It’s not John Ross but Bennett Scott and her daughter, Harper. Nest welcomes them into her home and invites them to stay through the holidays.

Late that night there is a knock at the door. Nest opens it to see John Ross and a little boy she doesn’t recognize. John introduces the boy as a gypsy morph and explains that he is the reason all of those demons are in Hopewell. Both sides want to try and unlock the power of the gypsy morph and they feel like Nest might be the key.

I enjoyed this book. Like I said before, it ranks under the previous book in this trilogy but it’s still a solid book.

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A Knight of the Word

A Knight of the Word was written by Terry Brooks and published by Del Rey Books in 1998.

We return to the story of John Ross and Nest Freemark but their lives are completely different. Nest is in college and John Ross no longer considers himself a knight of the Word. If you are looking for another book about Nest in her friends this is not the book for you. Nest has been moved from the main character spot to an important supporting character and the only person from her group of friends in the previous story that makes an appearance is Robert and his part is barely a cameo.

At the beginning of this book Nest is pondering over whether or not she should sell her house in Hopewell. With both of her grandparents dead and Nest spending most of her time at college she doesn’t know whether it is worth it or not to keep the house. She doesn’t even know if she plans to move back to Hopewell after college.

Meanwhile, John Ross, after a traumatic failure, has resigned from being a Knight of the Word. He will not head the people the Lady sends to tell him that it’s not his choice to decide whether or not he is still a knight or not. He refuses to believe that right now he is easy prey for demons and that he will easily be turned by the Void. That is why the Lady sends Nest to see if she can change his mind and get him to resume his position as a Knight.

As you can probably tell, I wasn’t happy that this story focused mostly on John Ross and not Nest. I think that Nest is a much more interesting character than John is and that John does better in the supporting character role. I think this is a good book as a stand-alone but as a sequel it disappoints.

Running With the Demon

Running With the Demon was written by Terry Brooks and published by Del Ray Books in 1997.

Nest Freemark is a 14 year old girl who at first glance might seem completely average. You would be very wrong in your assumption. She’s best friends with a sylvan named Pick and is very familiar with the magic side of the park that Pick is caretaker of. Some of that magic lives inside her too. She can make people lose complete control of themselves with just a thought. It scares he though and her grandmother warns her to never use it unless it is a life or death situation. She never needs to use it anyway since she has Wraith, a huge dog who sometimes seems like a ghost, to protect her from the feeders, creatures who serve the Void and feed off of the bad feelings and actions of people. When something mysterious and possibly terrible about her family history is revealed to her by the ghosts of the Sinissippi and John Ross appears in town saying that he knew her mother Nest struggles to come to terms with her family history.

I enjoyed this book. I think it is much better than the original Shannara trilogy and worth the read. Would recommend to fans of Lord of the Rings and people who don’t get dissuaded from books due to overly long descriptions of every little thing.