Running With the Demon

Running With the Demon

The Word and the Void

Book - 2007
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In a sleepy steel-mill town, the ultimate battle between Good and Evil is about to begin. The brewing conflict draws John Ross, a Knight of the Word, to town. Nightmares tell him that an ancient horror is coming. Caught between them is Nest Freemark, a 14-year-old-girl with the gift. Now the future of humanity depends upon a man haunted by his dreams and a gifted young girl--two who will discover what survives when hope and innocence are shattered forever. Sinnissippi Park, in Hopewell, Illinois, has long hidden a mysterious evil, locked away from humankind by powers greater than most could even imagine. But now the malevolent creatures that normally skulk in the shadows of the park grow bolder, and old secrets hint at a violent explosion. The brewing conflict draws John Ross to Hopewell. A Knight of the Word, Ross is plagued by nightmares that tell him someone evil is coming to unleash an ancient horror upon the world. Caught between them is fourteen-year-old Nest Freemark, who senses that something is terribly wrong but has not yet learned to wield the budding power that sets her apart from her friends.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, 2007, c1997
Edition: 1st Mass Market ed
ISBN: 9780345422583
Characteristics: 434 p. ; 18 cm


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Library_Jill Dec 14, 2016

A vividly-imagined urban fantasy with a fresh take on the epic battle between Good and Evil. Terry Brooks describes people and places so believably that I felt like I had lived in Hopewell for years, and grown up with Nest and her neighbors. In contrast to the current fascination with anti-heroes, I was deeply pleased to read about characters who give their all to do the right thing.

Oct 01, 2015

I had read the Sword of Shannara and the Elf Stones and started to get bored with the Wish Song. I then read about these books beginning here with Running with the Demon and fell in Love with the Pre-Shannara or Beginning of Shannara series. If your going to start the Shannara Series start here it's a great ride.

JCLJaredH Oct 11, 2013

My favorite Terry Brooks novel. Written in the early days of Urban Fantasy, you will not find telepathic vampires or sympathetic werewolves here. John Ross, the burned-out hero, is a sympathetic hero who is not sure he can keep up the good fight anymore. His conflict and story is what really set the tone of this book. Loved it.

Jul 25, 2012

Read this as an ebook. A good story, nice blend of characters in the town - Nest, her friends and relatives, other townspeople. Good sense of life in a ittle town. And a good blend with the magic - her gran, Wraith, Pick, Ross, the demon.
I was annoyed when -spoiler alert - Ross's dreams of the future showed Nest lost to the other side, and the world in chaos. And relieved to find out that was just a possible reality.

Jan 07, 2010

This is an interesting take on a growing style of fantasy ie. fantasy set in our modern world. Brooks will later link it up with his other works, but this book stands on its own well. It's worth the read even if it seems to speak to teenagers at first. Get through the kid stuff and you'll see a strong, interesting story with lots of very human elements woven in.


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