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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"[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)

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Great progression of reality to dystopia, A+

Love this series so far! Great progression in story and characters while maintaining a well balanced pace. I look forward to the easy of Word and the Void series.

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Great story!

I have yet to be disappointed with a book from Terry Brooks and I couldn't imagine anyone but Mark Deakins narrate this story. Just play out at 1.1x speed if you can.

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love Terry Brooks

great story multiple plot lines kept me guessing to the very end... can't wait for the next installment

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intriguing storyline

A long book for covering only 3 days. The storyline was captivating, but places got bogged down with details. Interaction between the characters was excellent.

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Scary how much this book relates to current events

Enjoyed the book immensely. The reader is clearly not a local, but reads well.

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Great second installment

love this series. Read it back in the day. The narrator takes some getting used to but does a great job none the less.

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The 2nd book of this Amazing Trilogy

What made the experience of listening to A Knight of the Word the most enjoyable?

I've been waiting for this book to finally be made available for a LONG time. Thank You

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nest Freemark...

John Ross needs her, The Word needs her, we all need her.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene in which 2 demons fight for the right to claim John Ross...followed by the scene in which Nest Freemark must out run the Demon.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes...I love this series.

No...Why does it have to end?

Any additional comments?

The story behind what caused John Ross to doubt The Word is simply a sad picture of our present day lives.

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Yay! More The Word and The Void

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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Reading lacked consistency with previous book

Reading lacked consistency with previous book (Running With The Demon). Should keep same artist for all books in a series.

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  • Mark C.
  • 03-21-18

Awesome

I read this book years ago and was engulfed in the world of John Ross and Nest Freemark... listening to it was almost like watching a movie, narration was excellent and I’m moving on to Angel Fire East next.

Audible please can we have running with the demon released soon!