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  • Running with the Demon

  • Word and the Void, Book 1
  • By: Terry Brooks
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770

On a very hot Fourth of July weekend, two strangers appear in Hopewell, Illinois, in the middle of a bitter steel strike. One, a Demon of the Void, will use the angry steel workers to attain his own terrible ends. The other, a Knight of the Word, dreams about a nightmarish future and spends every waking moment desperately trying to change its course. The fate of the town and, ultimately, of humanity depends on one exceptional 14-year-old girl, the only one who can see the otherworldly creatures that have begun to invade her home town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to press pause

  • By OrganicTaco99 on 02-23-16

mature, engaging fantasy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I'm not a seasoned reviewer, but I really enjoyed this book (and went on to enjoy the rest of the Word And Void trilogy even more). The main characters are Nest Freemark and John Ross, both of whom are either blessed or cursed to be aware of a world of magic continually intermingling with our own. Nest, a young girl in a small town, has this gift by birth; John Ross, by the grim reality of his calling.

The descriptions (of place, character) are sometimes sparse but poignant. The story is engaging without falling into conventional resolutions. For example, when their paths cross, Ross is a natural father figure to Nest, being more wize ans wizenned to a world she is innately connected to yet must still struggle to understand. Yet while over the series they develop a special bond, that bond both celebrates the surrogate parents/children that enter our lives, but also sometimes fail them, and I feel the book is equally good at sparsely evoking their growing affection and their lonely but admirable struggle to learn to stand on their own feet as well.

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