A Knight of the Word

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Random House Publishing Group, 1998 - Fiction - 309 pages
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An unbroken string of fourteen national bestsellers has established Terry Brooks as today's leading voice in fantasy fiction, a writer whose magical creations and characters are beloved the world over. Now, in this no-holds-barred battle between good and evil, the dazzling sequel to his bestselling Running with the Demon, Brooks surpasses even himself.
In the eleventh century the Welsh hero Owain Glyndwr was chosen to combat the demonic evil of the Void and disappeared from history to fulfill that mission. Armed with powerful magic, Glyndwr became a Knight of the Word--a draining and demanding legacy passed on eight centuries later to John Ross, a professor of English literature on tour in Wales.
In accepting the black runestaff that channeled the magic of the Word, John Ross accepted a solemn trust--and an awful burden. Each night he dreams of hellish futures wrought upon the world by the Void. And each dream is of a future that will come to pass unless Ross prevents it in the present. Crippled in body and soul by the searing magic he wields and the horrors he dreams, sustained only by his faith in the goodness of the Word, Ross drifts across America, a modern-day knight errant in search of the agents of the Void.
Then an unspeakable act of violence shatters his weary beliefs. Haunted by guilt, John Ross turns his back on the Word. With the help of beautiful Stefanie Winslow, Ross slowly builds a new life--a life whose only magic lies in Stefanie's healing love.
But a fallen Knight makes a tempting prize for the Void, and merciless demons soon stalk Ross and all close to him. His only hope is young Nest Freemark, who wields a powerful magic all her own. Five yearsearlier, Ross had aided Nest when the future of humanity rested upon the choice she would make between Word and Void. Now Nest must return the favor. She must restore Ross's faith, or his life--and her own--will be forfeit . . .

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Terry Brooks is an amazing writer. - Goodreads
again, i guessed the plot twist. - Goodreads
The characters are memorable and the pace is fast. - Goodreads
Predictable ending but still entertaining. - Goodreads
The plot is well thought out. - Goodreads
I generally really enjoy his writing. - Goodreads

Review: A Knight of the Word (Word & Void #2)

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Second in the Word and Void series, and it shakes things up with a reversal of roles between Nest and John Ross. Now John Ross is the one who is in danger and needs saving. The relationship between ... Read full review

Review: A Knight of the Word (Word & Void #2)

User Review  - Christopher Adams - Goodreads

couldn't put down the last 150 pages. Eager for the third and final book of the trilogy. Read full review

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About the author (1998)

A writer since high school, Terry Brooks published his first novel, The Sword of Shannara, in 1977. It became the first work of fiction ever to appear on the New York Times Paperback Bestseller List, where it remained for more than five months. He has published fourteen consecutive bestselling novels since.

The author was a practicing attorney for many years but now writes full-time. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.

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