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Dansen met de Demon (Word & Void #1)

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Tijdens het bloedhete weekende van een feestdag in juli komen er twee vreemdelingen aan in het Amerikaanse stadje Hopewell. De ene vreemdeling is een demon, geleid door het duistere, chaotische visioen van de Leegte. Hij heeft het voorzien op de ziel van Tess Freemark, een veertienjarig meisje met bijzondere krachten. Tess heeft de gave van haar moeter: ze kan Vreters zien ...more
Paperback, 366 pages
Published November 2007 by MYNX (first published August 19th 1997)
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May 06, 2015 Danae rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Running with the Demon felt like a chore to get through, unfortunately. The only reason I forced myself to continue was because I didn't want to miss any background information for later books.

Don't get me wrong, the plot and characters were fantastic, but the book was just so slow. The last 20-25% picked up a great deal, but that's about 80% of the book where I felt bored. And that's too long.

Here's hoping the next one is better for me.
This book gets 2 stars only if you're expecting a YA read & not much else. Actually, it's kind of a neat idea, but the execution was horribly flawed. Reading it, I was able to skim & ignore much of the stupid & repetitive writing. Listening to it was pretty torturous, though.

The idea of the 'Word & Void', opposites, good & evil is obvious & overdone, but it looked as if Brooks had opened up some possibilities. Overall, there are some good messages. I like the idea that Th
Now that was just what I needed. After reading a pretentious spewing of literary "greatness", I needed something that I could actually enjoy. And enjoy it I did, more than I expected to.

I've been reading Brooks for years. When I was ten years old, I read his only book at the time, The Sword of Shannara. I remember liking it a lot and being really annoyed that he didn't have anymore books out. When Elfstones of Shannara came out a few years later, I was enthralled; it was even better.

I got side-t
Feb 14, 2016 Squire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 14-year-old girl, who is descended from a line of females who have been chosen to aid a sylvan in protecting a park in Hopewell, Illinois, is forced to confront the mysteries surrounding her family. A crippled drifter bearing an intricately-carved walking stick, arrives in Hopewell, on the trail of a demon who is set on reclaiming what is his and ushering in the end of our world. And Terry Brooks, the mastermind behind the internationally best-selling fantasy The Sword of Shannara series, beg ...more
Mar 04, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What do a fourteen year old girl, a wanderer with a wicked limp, and a calculating demon have in common? The answer is three-fold.

Hopewell, Indiana is your typical small town where everyone knows everyone else, it's economy reliant on a single industry - in this case it's the now quiet steel mill as the strike grinds into it's third month. It is also the home of Nest Freemark, growing up under the watchful eyes of her grandparents, a sylvan, a magical dog, and the knowledge that she has a powerf
Barbara ★
This is the first book I've read by Terry Brooks and I loved it. I listened to the abridged version of the audiobook and it makes me really want to listen to the unabridged version for the remaining books in the series. The writing is spectacular and the scene-setting is truly amazing. You can feel and see everything that is described as if it is happening right in front of you. I was very impressed by everything about this story.

Nest Freemark is a 14 year old girl with magic. She patrols the p
Oct 04, 2008 Werner rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of supernatural fiction
Brooks is best known as a fantasy author, but I've classified this work as supernatural fiction because of his strictly this -world setting here. Of course, the boundaries of all of the speculative genres can be a bit fuzzy around the edges --and most readers will be more interested in whether or not the book is a good, rewarding read than in what pigeon-hole to classify it. :-) As to the former question, IMO, the answer is a decided "yes."

Although Brooks uses some Christian terminology here (Jo
Aug 29, 2012 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Please note: This review originally posted 3/1/2008 on Amazon. Please do not base judgment of review upon my current format.

I had forgotten ... it had been so long, I had forgotten what it is like reading a book by Terry Brooks. I had forgotten that he creates worlds that hold such dark things; that he isn't afraid to kill characters, traumatize characters, forge them into weapons in the hottest fires of testing. I had forgotten what a ... almost tactile experience it could be reading a book by
Jan 27, 2008 Phoebe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read a lot of Terry Brooks' books, including all of the Shannara books, and unfortunately, I was a little disappointed in this book, Running with the Demon. Here, Mr. Brooks departs from his usual pure fantasy genre to tell a story that mixes present day life with fantasy elements. The story is about a girl with magical powers, a demon who has arrived in her town to plot a cataclysmic event and a Knight of the Word (i.e., a man who tracks demons) whose mission is to stop the demon. I didnt ...more
The Word and Void trilogy is the worst I've read from Brooks, and I've read most his work. I mainly pushed through just so I wouldn't miss any background necessary for the books that come after - and I kept hoping that something exciting / meaningful / magical would actually happen in this series. It was boring, there were no goals that I could determine (a defined quest might have helped), and little hope.

The setting is a big problem for me. We find ourselves in modern-day Washington State. The
Jan 28, 2013 Aram rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: worth_re-reading
Terry Brooks' Running with Demon is the prototypical urban fantasy novel. Published in 1997, it is one of the earliest novels to approach the genre and gain widespread readership.

Running with the Demon introduces Brooks' world of the Word and the Void, opposing forces of chaos and order that set the stage for a well-developed unique moral relativity that serves as the bedrock of a unique narrative.

The book features excellent characters, a unique and interesting approach to its world of magic, a
Matt Garcia
Jul 24, 2013 Matt Garcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Terry Brooks novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a fast paced read with the perfect amount of character development and action. I really liked the characters of Pick and Old Bob. Pick was the comedic relief of sorts and his dialogue was always entertaining. I will definitely be reading the other two books in the trilogy in the future. The best way I can describe this book is to say that it is enjoyable, whimsical and light hearted. Fun stuff.
Mike (the Paladin)
Sorry about this book (and the two that follow it) I couldn't escape the feeling that they could have been so much better. A good idea with what I felt was poor execution.

I note that after the trilogy he started a series based on the failure of his protaginists in this series...ouch.
Sep 06, 2011 J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is only the second book I've read by Terry Brooks (First being the Star Wars novelization he did. Review: Well, it was better than the movie.) I've tried Sword of Shannara a few times, and that didn't really work out well for me.

Running with the Demon is a solid read. It's about a teen girl in Hopewell, Illinois, a town described as being in the "Heart of Reagan Country" more than once. Nest, the absurdly-named girl in question, has powers and some degree of responsibility to the sprawling
Jenn Andrew
Jul 24, 2008 Jenn Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terry Brooks writes a suspenseful and mysterious fantasy novel that has you sitting on the edge of your seat. I was glad to see that the book wasn't very thick because I couldn't put it down. I practically had to read it from cover to cover since I was absorbed by the writing on each page.

This story is centered on a young girl named Nest Freemark who has the ability to see forces in the dark. These dark, shadowy forms are called Feeders and they have the ability to change the minds of humans an
QUICK SYNOPSIS: Story opens with a prologue where we gather insights into the dark dreams that John Ross, a Knight of the Word, must always have; every evening; every time he sleeps. It then opens with Nest Freemark, 13 and talking with a faerie pixie creature in a small town, racing to rescue a child from the dark creatures. Nest is sort of a guardian for people against the Feeders, who feed on the fears and negative emotions of humans, and does her best to keep them all safe. But larger events ...more
Loredana La Puma
Con questo libro Terry Brooks si diede al fantasy contemporaneo... e fece bene! Dopo essere rimasta folgorata da I figli di Armageddon (atmosfera straordinaria), ho scoperto che la Trilogia del Demone (conosciuta anche come Trilogia del Verbo e del Vuoto) ne costituiva una specie di prequel, e così (non appena ne ho trovato in libreria un'esemplare che non fosse impolverato/strappato/stropicciato) ho acquistato questo primo capitolo.
Molti fan di Brooks sono di parere contrario, ma personalmente
Stephanie Lorée
An entertaining and captivating read, once you hit the middle section. I found the characters interesting with their quirks (Gran's smokes and booze, Jared's catatonic fits), but they were also overused at times (I really only need to be told Gran drinks vodka and orange juice for breakfast a maximum of twice).

Brooks is fantastic with narrative descriptions, making you feel as if you're walking in the footsteps of the characters. He can get a little wordy and delve into minutiae, which detracts
Aug 10, 2008 Rhapsody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
A very entertaining contemporary fantasy, with horror elements. There are demonic creatures that populate the world, called feeders. They multiply in the presence of people's bad emotions. John Ross is a Knight of the Word; he hunts demons, who cause large and small disasters that stir people up and cause the feeder population to grow. His dreams take him to Hopewell, where he needs to stop an event that will destroy the future of civilization and throw the balance of people and feeders complete ...more
Sep 21, 2015 CarolAnn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always enjoyed Terry Brooks' books. This did not let me down. This is an urban fantasy that will lead to his fantasy books. This is my favorite of Brooks' trilogies. And I love John Ross even though he is hard, manipulative, and thoroughly dedicated. And I sometimes forgot that Nest was a 14 yr. old girl because she had to deal with so much hard-ships and responsibilities. Yet, she still had her group of friends that were by her side even though they often thought Nest was weird and quirk ...more
Mar 25, 2016 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this just as much as the first time I read it
Conan Tigard
Unlike most books by Terry Brooks, this story takes place in our reality. It is about two people caught up in events that were set in motion before either of them were born. A demon has come back to Hopewell to claim something that he believes belongs to him. John Ross is there to stop him.

This is mostly a story of Nest and her struggle to understand what is going in her town and park. The book does not move very fast, but the characters are believable. Now, here is where I get a little preachy
S Pat
Aug 30, 2015 S Pat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was almost functional, in that it almost resurrected my youth. I was almost brought to a time when I couldn't get enough of Terry Brooks or David Eddings. Yep, I was that kid - a border line D&D player. Only I wasn't, because I wasn't smart enough to be accepted by this group.

I remembered Shea Omsford in the Sword of Shannara (totally doing this from memory, so forgive any butchered facts (and yes, I realize I'm on the internet that answer is a mouse click a way - but, I'm lazy (and amaz
It was interesting to see Terry Brooks write a book that took place in America's heartland, focused on the inner struggles of a small community in economic recession. It seems a lot of writers are attracted to the romance of this.

However, this was not the kind of book that interested me all that much. It was focused entirely on the characters, and the conflict largely emerged from the character's flaws. The central character, Nest, mostly had a conflict of being young and naive, unable to come
Jon Borah
Jan 09, 2015 Jon Borah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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 Word and the Void, good versus evil still, but played out in the theater-in-the-round of the "real world" of our pres

Nov 02, 2014 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: repeat-reads
After re-reading Sword of Shannarra a while back, I felt pretty confident that I could just write off the rest of that series. At the same time, I wondered whether this book would be the same experience. When I first read this, back when I was 15 or 16 probably, it was possibly my favorite book. More and more over the last few months I have been itching to pick this book back up and read it to see just how much I have changed as a reader.
And for the first 100 pages or so, it was looking pretty g
Wendy Koedoot
Dec 30, 2014 Wendy Koedoot rated it really liked it
Tess Freemark heeft de gave die ze van haar moeder heeft overgeërfd: ze kan de Vreters zien, demonen die leven van negatieve emoties. Negatieve emoties zijn er genoeg in het stadje Hopewell dat onder een sociaal arbeidsconflict gebukt gaat. Het stadje Hopewell is al wekenlang in de greep van een staking in de staalfabriek en gaat gebukt onder de spanningen die tussen de voor- en tegenstanders zijn ontstaan. De Vreters, die leven van sterk negatieve emoties, gedijen er dan ook goed - zo goed, dat ...more
May 20, 2016 Nigel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was a bit undecided as to whether or not to read the Word and Void trilogy as it was described as being outside the Shannara series. Having seen however that Genesis of Shannara is a bridge between Word and the Void and Shannara proper thought I might as well give it a go and was very glad I did.
Being set in current day America it obviously has a completely different feel to it from the previous Shannara novels I have read. I reminded me of Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden and Jonathan Maberry’s Pi
Joy Wilson
Great start to the series

I have been a reader of the Shannara series since I was in 7 grade and quite frankly, I was a bit appalled at the thought of this being the prequel. You never want your happy memories of books to be destroyed or your connection severed by another book that seems completely unrelated. In this case I was terribly wrong about it damaging my love for the world of Shannara, this is a great read. Hard to put down with characters who are broken but not beaten, damaged, and yet
David Lidström
Dec 25, 2015 David Lidström rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Running with the Demon was a nice surprise to read. The original Shannara series gave hints of a world "before" where there were cars and such things. Running with the Demon was at first a bit tricky to grasp since I was not really sure what to expect. Shannara to me was that "classic" fantasy world, and here we get to know a young girl named Nest Freemark and her Magic in the present time.

As the story continues though, it gets more interesting. The story itself is very interesting, but a big pa
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Terry Brooks was born in Illinois in 1944, where he spent a great deal of his childhood and early adulthood dreaming up stories in and around Sinnissippi Park, the very same park that would eventually become the setting for his bestselling Word & Void trilogy. He went to college and received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, where he majored in English Literature, and he received ...more
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“All peoples think they are forever," he growled softly. "They do not believe they will ever not be. The Sinnissippi were that way. They did not think they would be eradicated. But that is what happened. Your people, Nest, believe this of themselves. They will survive forever, they think. Nothing can destroy them, can wipe them so completely from the earth and from history that all that will remain is their name and not even that will be known with certainty. They have such faith in their invulnerability.
Yet already their destruction begins. It comes upon them gradually, in little ways. Bit by bit their belief in themselves erodes. A growing cynicism pervades their lives. Small acts of kindness and charity are abandoned as pointless and somehow indicative of weakness. Little failures of behavior lead to bigger ones. It is not enough to ignore the discourtesies of others; discourtesies must be repaid in kind. Men are intolerant and judgmental . They are without grace. If one man proclaims that God has spoken to him, another quickly proclaims that his God is false. If the homeless cannot find shelter, then surely they are to blame for their condition. If the poor do not have jobs, then surely it is because they will not work. If sickness strikes down those whose lifestyle differs from our own, then surely they have brought it on themselves.
Look at your people, Nest Freemark. They abandon their old. They shun their sick. They cast off their children. They decry any who are different. They commit acts of unfaithfulness, betrayal, and depravity every day. They foster lies that undermine beliefs. Each small darkness breeds another. Each small incident of anger, bitterness, pettiness, and greed breeds others. A sense of futility consumes them. They feel helpless to effect even the smallest change. Their madness is of their own making, and yet they are powerless against it because they refuse to acknowledge its source. They are at war with themselves, but they do not begin to understand the nature of the battle being fought."

-pages 96-97”
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