A Knight of the Word

Front Cover
Random House Publishing Group, Jan 18, 2001 - Fiction - 416 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)

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - nebula21 - LibraryThing

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

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - RobinLythgoe - LibraryThing

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

All 7 reviews »

Selected pages


Sunday October 28
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Monday October 29
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Wednesday October 31
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20

Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Tuesday October 30
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Thursday November 1
Chapter 25
Other Books by This Author Excerpt from Armageddons Children

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2001)

Terry Brooks has thrilled readers for decades with his powers of imagination and storytelling. He is the author of more than thirty books, most of which have been New York Times bestsellers. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.

Bibliographic information