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Shannara: The Word & The Void Trilogy, Book 3
"That is Brooks' way of casting spells—transporting his readers into plausible realms where sorcery is alive, whether those places are in other ages or right in the middle of our own. As a result, he's reaped more than a few magical moments . . ."—Seattle Times
As a Knight of the Word, John Ross has struggled against the dark forces of the Void and his minions for twenty-five years. The grim future he dreams each night—a world reduced to blood and ashes—will come true, unless he can stop them now, in the present.
The birth of a gypsy morph, a rare and dangerous creature that could be an invaluable weapon in his fight against the Void, brings John Ross and Nest Freemark together again. Twice before, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance, the lives of Ross and Nest have intersected. Together, they have prevailed. But now they will face an ancient evil beyond anything they have ever encountered, a demon of ruthless intelligence and feral cunning. As a firestorm of evil erupts, threatening to consume lives and shatter dreams, they have but a single chance to solve the mystery of the Gypsy morph—and their own profound connection.
"Superior to most of the fantasy fiction being published today."—Rocky Mountain News
"That is Brooks' way of casting spells—transporting his readers into plausible realms where sorcery is alive, whether those places are in other ages or right in the middle of our own. As a result, he's reaped more than a few magical moments . . ."—Seattle Times
As a Knight of the Word, John Ross has struggled against the dark forces of the Void and his minions for twenty-five years. The grim future he dreams each night—a world reduced to blood and ashes—will come true, unless he can stop them now, in the present.
The birth of a gypsy morph, a rare and dangerous creature that could be an invaluable weapon in his fight against the Void, brings John Ross and Nest Freemark together again. Twice before, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance, the lives of Ross and Nest have intersected. Together, they have prevailed. But now they will face an ancient evil beyond anything they have ever encountered, a demon of ruthless intelligence and feral cunning. As a firestorm of evil erupts, threatening to consume lives and shatter dreams, they have but a single chance to solve the mystery of the Gypsy morph—and their own profound connection.
"Superior to most of the fantasy fiction being published today."—Rocky Mountain News
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    He stands at the edge of a barren and ravaged orchard looking up from the base of a gentle rise to where the man hangs from a wooden cross. Iron spikes have been hammered through the man's hands and feet, and his wrists and ankles have been lashed tightly in place so he will not tear free. Slash wounds crisscross his broken body, and he bleeds from a deep puncture in his side. His head droops in the shadow of his long, lank hair, and the rise and fall of his chest as he breathes is shallow and weak.Behind him, serving as a poignant backdrop to the travesty of his dying, stands the fire-blackened shell of a tiny, burned-out country church. The cross from which the man hangs has been stripped from the sanctuary, torn free from the metal brackets that secured it to the wall behind the altar, and set into the earth. Patches of polished oak glisten faintly in the gray daylight, attesting to the importance it was once accorded in the worshipping of God.

    Somewhere in the distance, back where the little town that once supported this church lies, screams rise up against the unmistakable sounds of butchery.

    John Ross stands motionless for the longest time, pondering the implications of the horrific scene before him. There is nothing he can do for the man on the cross. He is not a doctor; he does not possess medical skills. His magic can heal and sustain only himself and no other. He is a Knight of the Word, but he is a failure, too. He lives out his days alone in a future he could not prevent. What he looks upon is not unusual in the postapocalyptic horror of civilization's demise, but is sadly familiar and disturbingly mundane.

    He can take the man down, he decides finally, even if he cannot save him. By his presence, Ross can give the man a small measure of peace and comfort.

    Beneath a wintry sky that belies the summer season, he strides up the rise to the man on the cross. The man does not lift his head or stir in any way that would indicate he knows Ross is present. Beneath a sheen of sweat and blood, his lean, muscular body is marked with old wounds and scars. He has endured hardships and abuse somewhere in his past, and it seems unfair that he should end his days in still more pain and desolation.

    Ross slows as he nears, his eyes drifting across the blackened facade of the church and the trees surrounding it. Eyes glimmer in the shadows, revealing the presence of feeders. They hover at the fringes of his vision and in the concealment of sunless corners, waiting to assuage their hunger. They do not wait for Ross. They wait for the man on the cross. They wait for him to die, so they can taste his passing from life into death--the most exquisite, fulfilling, and rare of the human emotions they crave.

    Ross stares at them until the light dims in their lantern eyes and they slip back into darkness to bide their time.

    A shattered length of wood catches the Knight's attention, and his eyes shift to the foot of the cross. The remains of a polished black staff lie before him--a staff like the one he carries in his hands. A shock goes through him. He stares closely, unable to believe what he has discovered. There must be a mistake, he thinks. There must be another explanation.

    But there is neither. Like himself, the man on the cross is a Knight of the Word.

    He moves quickly now, striding forward to help, to lower the cross, to remove the spikes, to free the man who hangs helplessly before him.

    But the man senses him now and in a ragged, whispery voice says, Don't touch me.

    Ross stops instantly, the force of the other's words and the surprise of his consciousness bringing him to a halt.

    They have poisoned...

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  • 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.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 4, 1999
    Fighting supernatural evil is taxing work, and Brooks's third novel of humanity's stand against the demons of the Void shows hints of battle fatigue. Fifteen years have passed since the events chronicled in Running with the Demon (1997), but neither Knight of the Word John Ross nor former Olympic runner Nest Freemark seem much changed by their encounters with predatory devils who incarnate modern social ills: he is still the reluctant hero tasked with preventing the Void's incursion into human affairs, and she remains the righteous heroine suppressing her demon-tainted powers. The plot follows a pattern similar to A Knight of the Word (1998), beginning with Ross's tormenting vision of the future that will occur if he fails to keep a gypsy morph--a shapeshifting bundle of "wild magics" with potential to become a weapon for good or evil--from falling into demon hands. Ross seeks Nest's help in Hopewell, Ill., a hometown of Norman Rockwell blissfulness primed for demonic devastation. There the morph changes into a young boy, which makes him vulnerable to the schemes of avuncular fiend Findo Gask and provides Brooks with a focus for exploring the importance of parental responsibility and mother love. This predictable dark fantasy springs a few surprises at its end, but the long parade of characters from the earlier installments gives it the feel of a family reunion one endures out of obligation rather than enthusiasm. Like Nest, this novel keeps pace, but a change of direction is in order for the series.

  • Library Journal

    October 15, 1999
    The birth of a gypsy morph, a creature of magic belonging to neither the Word nor the Void, signals the onset of the final battle between John Ross, Knight of the Word, and the demons who serve the evil force represented by the Void. Once again, Nest Freemark joins forces with Ross as they strive to unlock the secret of the gypsy morph before their arch enemy can claim the creature for its own. The conclusion to the story begun in Running with the Demon and Knight of the Word leaves room for new developments while wrapping up the tale of a courageous man's dedication to a demanding cause. For libraries that own the previous series titles and where the author has a following.

    Copyright 1999 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    July 1, 1999
    Brooks concludes a trilogy begun in "Running with the Demon" (1997) and continued in "A Knight of the Word" (1998) by bringing things home to Hopewell, Illinois, where Nest Freemark and John Ross' demon-fighting started. Magically endowed Nest is now 29 and retired from competitive running, in which she had broken every existing record before the protective spirit within her, a ghost wolf called Wraith, almost broke loose when she became emotionally upset during a race. Life is humdrum until gaunt, black-clad, preacherlike Findo Gast knocks on her door in an opening reminiscent of the movie "Poltergeist 2." Gast is a demon searching for Knight of the Word John Ross, who has somehow got hold of a "gypsy morph," a shape-shifting entity full of magical power that the Void, Gast's employer (so to speak) and the destructive eternal enemy of the eternally creative Word, covets. Gast knows that Ross will soon come to Hopewell and, aided by three more unruly demons, wants to nab the morph. Come Ross does, and the Word-Void war hots up again. The action unfolds over a few days before Christmas, which deepens the book's crypto-Christian allegorical aura. Unfortunately, the suspense is even slacker than in "Knight," which gave up its secrets before the halfway mark, and Brooks' writing is basically boilerplate this time. Brooks' established audience will want to find out how Nest and John end up, but it is hard to see this tepid tale expanding Brooks' fandom. ((Reviewed July 1999))(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 1999, American Library Association.)

  • Seattle Times

    "That is Brooks' way of casting spells--transporting his readers into plausible realms where sorcery is alive, whether those places are in other ages or right in the middle of our own. As a result, he's reaped more than a few magical moments . . ."

  • Rocky Mountain News "Superior to most of the fantasy fiction being published today."
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