A no-holds-barred battle between Good and Evil....
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....
©2001 Terry Brooks (P)2017 Random House Audio
"[An] urban dark fantasy...Sharp and satisfying." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
"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)
I have listened to and enjoyed the previous audio version of this book (George Wilson), but was disappointed that only Running with the Demon was available on audible--until now.
At first listen, the multiple pauses of the new reader was extremely distracting. I actually changed the playback speed to 1.25x to counteract it. He does an adequate job once I got past the first 12-15 minutes with the exception of how he pronounced O'olish Amaneh's name--that was cringeworthy.
The three books in this series are some of my favorites. I've read them several times since being in my twenties. Nest Freemark, her grandparents, and John Ross are very relatable, and their storylines are enjoyable.
Despite my initial misgivings, I would recommend this book, and it's prequel, Running with the Demon. I hope audible will make the sequel, Angel Fire East, available too.
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