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Shannara

A Knight of the Word

Written By:Terry Brooks - 1998

  • A Knight of the Word  - Terry Brooks cover

Synopsis

Eight centuries ago the first Kight 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...

Blurb

"The identity of John's demonic manipulator and the meaning of his dreams are carefully crafted mysteries that build to a climax filled with surprising twists and turns. Brooks's real achievement, however, is his orchestration of the tale's social issues and personal dramas into a scenario with the resonance of myth. Both a sprightly entertainment and a thoughtful allegory of the forces of Good and Evil at large in the modern world, this novel is sure to increase its author's already vast readership. [An] urban dark fantasy... Sharp and satisfying." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Brooks has developed in Nest Freemark one of my all-time favorite fictional characters... If you are familiar with Seattle, you will be fascinated by the way the author, who lives there, has nearly made the city a character in the action. If you haven't been to 'the Emerald City,' the book may encourage a trip. 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

Catastrophe:

war

Type:

fantastical
Other Titles in the Shannara list

-8     Running with the Demon

-7     Knight of the Word, A

-6     Angel Fire East

-5     Armageddon's Children

-4     Elves of Cintra, The

-3     Gypsy Morph, The

-2     Bearers of the Black Staff

-1     Measure of the Magic, The

0     First King of Shannara

1     Sword of Shannara, The

2     Elfstones of Shannara

3     Wishsong of Shannara, The

4     Scions of Shannara, The

5     Druid of Shannara, The

6     Elf Queen of Shannara, The

7     Talismans of Shannara, The

8     Ilse Witch

9     Antrax

10     Morgawr

11     Jarka Ruus

12     Tanequil

13     Straken

14     World of Shannara, The