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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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Anne
I skimmed. A lot.
While the plot was pretty interesting, there was just too much in the way of nonsense descriptions about the landscape and history of the town, which had no bearing on the story, for me to pay attention to every word.
I just don't do well with stuff like that.

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But once you scraped off all the useless information, this was a fairly neat take on the tale of the Battle Between Good and Evil.
The young girl in this coming of age story has a power inside of her that can be used to save
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Jim
Not the correct edition. It was the unabridged one, but since I also have the paperback shelved, I can't seem to get this to switch to the correct audio edition.

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
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Sara
Mar 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shannara
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
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Chris
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
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Matt
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good vs. Evil

It is a common theme throughout literature, and the struggle between the two sides can become cliche, but when it is done well, with a realistic setting, unforgettable characters, and an absolutely riveting plot then a reader can be given a small glimpse of humanity and life. That is exactly what Terry Brooks gifts to his readers in Running With The Demon, which is an extremely well-written novel. I have heard Brooks say more than once, that he considers this to be one of his best n
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StoryTellerShannon
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
Squire
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#1/29 in my Epic Shannara Quest.

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 T
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Allison
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
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Sarah Lau
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First and most importantly, any book written by Terry Brooks is worth reading. His unique and detailed style of description is what I aspire to achieve in my writing. What I believe is most incredible about his novels is that the majority of them are interlinked. Although his numerously connected fantasy trilogies seem completely in another world than to his few modern 21st century novels, it took me over a year to realise that the fantasies were in fact sequels. That discovery made Terry Brooks ...more
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.
Conrad Zero
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent writing, but I'd expect no less from an English major with a track record like Terry's. Great story. Nice, tight pacing. Really real characters in really real places having some really unreal situations.

Modern-day paranormal thriller with a dash of Shannara because... Terry Brooks. Would make a good movie. Looking forward to more in this series.
Katy
Jun 03, 2011 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
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Werner
Mar 21, 2008 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
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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
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Phoebe
Jan 27, 2008 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
Sheila Myers
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A very good fantasy novel about the fight between good and evil. Terry Brooks has created some wonderful characters and an exciting plot.
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy, Terry Brooks fans
I've been slowly but surely making my way through all of Terry Brooks' novels, and I have to say that this is my favorite, thus far. I love his Shannara and Landover series, but for some reason this delightful urban fantasy really captured my interest hard! I loved all the chracters, the setting was beautiful and described in detail (I've visited my cousin in the Midwest before so it was really great to read about it) and the twists and turns in the storyline really kept me guessing until the ve ...more
Aram
Jan 28, 2013 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
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Matt Garcia
Jul 15, 2013 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.
J.K. Grice
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Not a particularly memorable horror offering from fantasy writer Brooks, but I recall liking it well enough.
Jenn Andrew
Jul 24, 2008 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
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The Flooze
I haven't read anything this mundane and predictable in a very long time. Terry Brooks has been touted as a wonderful fantasy writer for ages, so I thought it time to delve in. I was heartily disappointed.

Running with the Demon tells of Good and Evil, Dark and Light, and the delicate balance that must be maintained between warring forces.

The opposing factions lack power, detail, and urgency and don't impress. Lackluster characterization is combined with startling predictability to create somet
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Rhapsody
Aug 10, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
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
Loredana 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
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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
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Alison
I didn't know what to expect going into Running with the Demon, but I absolutely adored this book. It was great to read a fantasy story that was set in a recognizable world, that didn't stretch out over long periods of time, and felt like it could stand on its own.

True, this is the first book in a trilogy, but when this ended it felt complete.

My biggest complaint is that one of the characters felt like his sole purpose was to help explain things to the reader. This didn't happen all over the p
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Matthew
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a newbie to the Shannara environment, I must admit to having little in terms of expectations.

I did find that this story was easy to read and fantastic to escape into. The contemporary environment and characters were welcomed as I found myself settling back into routines. I did most of my reading just before bedtime (terrible sleep discipline).

Nevertheless, I must've liked the read because I find myself. Seven books later craving more! Go figure. This book series will have an appeal to the H
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CarolAnn
Aug 29, 2015 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
DavidO
Jan 15, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Terry Brooks has an annoying habit, especially in his early books, of describing every detail of what is happening. Boring details. Irrelevant details. For pages. Yawn. The book isn't that much more interesting than you average young adult book, but it is much longer. I suppose Terry Brooks believed that a good adult book has incredibly boring parts that no one could enjoy.
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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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“Fear is a fire to temper courage and resolve. Use it so.” 19 likes
“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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