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Running with the Demon by Terry Brooks
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Sep 21, 08

really liked it

This was a really enjoyable book. Brooks has an interesting narrative style, and sometimes his books don't flow as well as they could. Nevertheless, the Word and the Void books were quite interesting and created a new urban fantasy world. There are a lot of spiritual overtones here- temptation, seduction, and free will.

John Ross is a Knight of the Word. He was chosen and given special powers to fight against the powers of the Void. He has nightmares in which he sees the future that he must prevent. In Running with the Demon, Ross seeks out a young girl, Nest Freemark, who is in far graver danger than she realizes. There are family secrets that will be uncovered, and Nest has an urgent choice to make, about the path that she will travel for her future.

The books are somewhat ambivalent in the spiritual aspect. Obviously the Word and the Void are adversarial forces. But there is certainly a sense in which they are yin and yang- two equal forces that bring balance. Thus the Void is a necessary part of the world and can never be entirely defeated.

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