A Knight of the Word

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Ballantine Books (Mm), 1999 - Fiction - 386 pages
"Superior to anything being written in the genre . . . Terry Brooks is one of a handful of fantasy writers whose work consistently meets the highest literary standards."--Rocky Mountain News

Eight centuries ago the first Knight of the Word was commissioned to combat the demonic evil of the Void. Now that daunting legacy has passed to John Ross--along with powerful magic and the knowledge that his actions are all that stand between a living hell and humanity's future.

Then, after decades of service to the Word, an unspeakable act of violence shatters John Ross's weary faith. Haunted by guilt, he turns his back on his dread gift, settling down to build a normal life, untroubled by demons and nightmares.

But a fallen Knight makes a tempting prize for the Void, which could bend the Knight's magic to its own evil ends. And once the demons on Ross's trail track him to Seattle, neither he nor anyone close to him will be safe. His only hope is Nest Freemark, a college student who wields an extraordinary magic all her own. Five years earlier, Ross had aided Nest when the future of humanity rested upon her choice between Word and Void. Now Nest must return the favor. She must restore Ross's faith, or his life--and hers--will be forfeit . . .

"[An] urban dark fantasy . . . Sharp and satisfying."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 

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The second novel in The Word and the Void Trilogy. Set a few years later than Running With the Demon, Nest Freemark is called upon to go to Seattle to persuade John Ross back into the service of The ... Read full review

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Volume 2 of the series continues in the vein of "slow," but there is - thankfully - considerably less filler to wade through. The characters remain distant, though one does get a small glimpse of the ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
11
Section 3
23
Section 4
34
Section 5
45
Section 6
60
Section 7
75
Section 8
90
Section 15
203
Section 16
216
Section 17
231
Section 18
246
Section 19
263
Section 20
278
Section 21
293
Section 22
303

Section 9
105
Section 10
119
Section 11
133
Section 12
153
Section 13
169
Section 14
185
Section 23
316
Section 24
332
Section 25
352
Section 26
371
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About the author (1999)

A writer since high school, Terry Brooks published his first novel, The Sword of Shannara, in 1977. It was a New York Times bestseller for more than five months. He has since written fourteen consecutive bestselling novels--most recently, the novel based on the George Lucas screenplay Star WarsŪ Episode I™: The Phantom Menace™.

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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