A novel of good and evil
In a sleepy steel-mill town, the ultimate battle between Good and Evil is about to begin...
Sinnissippi Park, in Hopewell, Illinois, has long hidden a mysterious evil, locked away from humankind by powers greater than most could even imagine. But now the malevolent creatures that normally skulk in the shadows of the park grow bolder, and old secrets hint at a violent explosion.
The brewing conflict draws John Ross to Hopewll. A Knight of the Word, Ross is plagued by nightmares that tell him someone evil is coming to unleash an ancient horror upon the world. Caught between them is fourteen-year-old Nest Freemark, who senses that something is terribly wrong but has not yet learned to wield the budding power that sets her apart from her friends.
Now the future of humanity depends upon a man haunted by his dreams and a gifted young girl—two souls who will discover what survives when hope and innocence are shattered forever...Del Rey - 1st Edition - Sep 1997
On the hottest Fourth of July weekend in decades, two men have come to Hopewell, Illinois, site of a lengthy, bitter steel strike. One is a demon, dark servant of the Void, who will use the anger and frustration of the community to attain a terrible secret goal. The other is John Ross, a Knight of the Word, a man who, while he sleeps, lives in the hell the world will become if he fails to change its course on waking. Ross has been given the ability to see the future. But does he have to power to change it?
At stake is the soul of a fourteen-year-old girl mysteriously linked to both men. And the lives of the people of Hopewell. And the future of the country. This Fourth of July, while friends and families picnic in Sinnissippi Park and fireworks explode in celebration of freedom and independence, the fate of Humanity will be decided...Del Rey - MM - 2007
Plagued by nightmares that tell him something evil will soon unleash an ancient horror upon the world, John Ross feels irrevocably drawn to the sleepy town of Hopewell, Illinois. In Hopewell, fourteen-year-old Nest Freemark also senses that something is terribly wrong, but she has not yet learned to wield the budding power that sets her apart from her friends. Now the future of humanity depends on a man haunted by his dreams and on a gifted young girl—two souls who will discover what survives when hope and innocence are shattered forever.
"FABULOUS... A breathtaking run of near catastrophes and revelations... His fans should embrace it as eagerly as they have The Sword of Shannara." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A epic adventure... although it's set in the modern world, magic is at its heart." —Pitch Weekly (St. Louis, MO)
"I will be thinking about Running with the Demon for weeks, savoring a magnificent story and turning over its mysteries in my mind. It is suspenseful and mesmerizing and, just when you think you have mastered the puzzles inherent in it, you realize you have been led astray. Wonderfully written, full of pure love and bitter hatred, the story line is as intricate as a spider's web. Terry Brook's best yet, and a treat for us all!" —Ann Rule
"Running with the Demon is by far the best of Terry Brook's many wonderful novels: darker, starker, classically written, and with a brand-new mythos to fuel its contemporary plot. I couldn't put it down." —John Saul
"This fast-paced, contemporary fantasy by the Seattle author of the now-classic Sword of Shannara has a lot going for it: believable characters, fallible heroes, and the nostalgic, romanticized taste of small-town life. These qualities blend with a bittersweet feeling of lost innocence and family tragedy, recalling the point where childhood ends and the world will never be the same again." —The Seattle TimesDel Rey - 1st Edition - Sep 1997
Twenty years ago, Terry Brooks turned fantasy fiction on its head with The Sword of Shannara, the first fantasy novel to make the mainstream bestseller lists, and the first in an unbroken string of thirteen bestselling books. Now, in Running with the Demon, Brooks does nothing less than revitalize fantasy fiction again, inventing the complex and powerful new mythos of the World and the Void, good versus evil still, but played out in the theater-in-the-round of the "real world" of our present.
A novel that weaves together family drama, fading innocence, cataclysm, and enlightenment, Running with the Demon will forever change the way you think about the fantasy novel. As believable as it is imaginative, as hopeful as it is frightening, it is an exquisite tale to be savored long after the final page is turned.