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Running with the Demon by Terry Brooks
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Apr 01, 15

bookshelves: fantasy, dystopian, horror
Read from December 26 to 30, 2011

Running with the Demon is a very interesting book. Part post-apocalyptic nightmare, but only in the dreams of John Ross, Knight of the Word, who has nightly visions of the world after events which he relentlessly tries to prevent. Part teen romance on the part of Nest Freemark, but only briefly and as a backdrop to a deeper plot. Part epic fantasy, but without the endless trekking from place to place, though John Ross does this, the events of the book are just one stop on his many journeys. Part coming of age in a violent and evil world akin to The Hunger Games with Nest Freemark playing the part of Catniss Everdeen, only the human goodness aspect is much overshadowed by the evil present in all places. Part fairy world which only a few can see a la Fablehaven or Spiderwick Chronicles, though for a much more mature audience. All good versus evil in an exciting and involved plot like a spider's web with an evil demon waiting at the center. The things that bothered by most were the seeming ineptitude of John Ross who always seemed several steps behind the demon, was unable to combat him on equal grounds, seemed grossly outmatched and underqualified for his appointed tasks, and the failure of Mr. Brooks to really bring out and make the reader feel that there is still good in the world.
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