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A Knight of the Word

(The Word & The Void #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  13,850 ratings  ·  299 reviews
Eight centuries ago the first Knight of the Word was commissioned to combat the demonic evil of the Void. Now that daunting legacy has passed to John Ross - along with powerful magic and the knowledge that his actions are all that stand between a living hell and humanity's future.
Then, after decades of service to the Word, an unspeakable act of violence shatters John
Mass Market Paperback, 386 pages
Published August 1999 by Del Rey Books (first published 1998)
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Jessica Manuszewski Check and see if your local library system does ebooks and audiobooks you can borrow with your library card. That is how I read everything.…moreCheck and see if your local library system does ebooks and audiobooks you can borrow with your library card. That is how I read everything. (less)
willow spruce It is a prequel to the Shannara series set in modern times. So yes, same universe but completely different setting.

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Sep 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Brooks' uninspired and often tedious novel Running With The Demon gets a follow-up novel that continues to try readers' patience without actually being bad enough to make them give up on it entirely. In Knight of the Word, the novel's main character must undergo the kind of crisis of faith that we've seen before in countless books and films of every genre. Namely, the hero's special powers prove unable to save absolutely everybody who comes within harm's way, burdening the hero with an abundance ...more
Jun 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Number two in the Terry Brooks urban fantasy series doesn't disappoint. I didn't like it quite as much as the first, but it was pretty close.

This has more "urban" as it goes from small town Illinois in the fist book to Seattle in this one. And once there, one must wonder just how many times the characters will stop for Starbucks. Nobody listened to Nirvana in this though (that happened in the first book), so it wasn't too bad for Seattle stereotypes. It did mention the Kingdome a couple of
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#2/29 in my Epic Shannara Quest.

This sequel to Running with the Demon doesn't disappoint. It's full of intense, sometimes scary scenes, plenty of exciting action and mystery. If it seems uninspired compared to it's predecessor, A Knight of the Word, this book makes up for it by moving the setting from small-town Illinois to urban Seattle (which Brooks paints in vivid and loving detail) and giving this series social conscience.

The mythos behind the world that ultimately becomes Shannara is
Michelle Morrell
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
The middle book in the trilogy of when Shannara was still our earth. The events are leading up to apocalypse, can the Knight of the Word stop it? Not when he has denied his calling and the void is starting to win. Luckily he has an old friend watching his back.

I didn't like this quite as much as the first novel, I figured out the bad guy from literally the first appearance, and there was a lot of the feeling of an extended chase scene about the whole thing. Still, worth a read though, if you are
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Knight of the Word, the second book in Terry Brooks' The Word and the Void trilogy changes around some of the actors. We still have Nest, John Ross and O'olish Amaneh, but in this situation John Ross is the one in danger of falling to the Void, Nest must convince him to turn back to the Word and Two Bears (Amaneh) is ready to kill him if he might fall.

The action begins five years after the first book, Running with the Demon, with Nest mourning the death of her grandfather, Bob Freemark. She
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
In way I like this better then the first book in the series because now I was more familiar with the authors world and Nest is more grown, however, at time this was little predicable.

My main issue and I could be wrong here is that Nest figures out who the daemon is by how the daemon acted around Ross and that it was similar to how the other daemon acted around Gran. However Nest, Ross, and the daemon were never in the same place. The first time Nest and Ross meet she is outside when he comes up
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I avoided the Shannarra series for years in deference to Tolkien, but finally picked up Running with the Demon since Terry Brooks is from my home town and based the story there. That book was a bit of a slog but showed enough that i decided to continue the series. A Knight of the Word is a writing of the highest level. Fast paced, intricate, fluid. The foreshadowing led me to conclusions early that proved true but did not take away from the story as it played out.

I am now a Terry Brooks
Feb 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book had promise, and I did finish it, but was frustrated that he had to include abuse of a child in the book. I realize that this is fantasy but I do not much care for parts about abusing kids. Unlike his Shennara books which are pure fantasy this book was written with humans in our world, and although it included demons, I just felt that the story was based a bit more in our real which made the child abuse part a bit harder to stomach. Obviously many loved this book but it is my opinion ...more
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ahh. This was also excellent. It didn't knock my socks off quite as much as Running with the Demon - mostly because it just didn't have quite the level of mystery about who the players were and what might be happening. But, it transported me back to some of my favorite spots in Seattle, and for that alone I loved it. Also, fantasy worlds aside, it had some pretty compelling things to say about how we treat each other here on planet earth.

Onward to Shannara!
Jacob Aitken
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Brooks advances some really profound ideas and in some ways it is better than his Shannara works. I sort of saw who the "bad guy" would be, so to speak, but even then he offered enough of a twist to make it interesting.
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
The book was like a remake of first book, but with less new universe building and also less action. It tried to be psychological thriller with some action, but for me it just did not work.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very slow to get through in the beginning, but about a 1/3 of the way in it gets really good.
Jeremy Michael Gallen
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the first sequel to Running with the Demon and second installment of author Terry Brooks’ Word and Void trilogy, distant prequels to his main Shannara pantheon, the titular Knight of the Word, John Ross, has a post-doomsday vision of the future in Seattle, with an accusatory old man, Ross now leaving behind his duty to the Word to work in the Washington city for a homeless shelter known as Fresh Start, being speechwriter to Simon Lawrence, who bears the nickname The Wizard of Oz for his help ...more
Apr 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the second installment in The Word and Void series, and that defines it a little. It is like the third act of any story and gets correspondingly dark. You know, like The Empire Strikes Back.

However, I can't decide whether I find John Ross's crisis believable or not. Part of me says that it is over-dramatic and unrealistic for the character that we are introduced to in Running with the Demon to become so self-deceived and self-indulgent and just so plain stupid and pig-headed as John is
Dwayne Wojtowicz
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
“A Knight of the Word” is a fantasy novel by Terry Brooks. The setting is primarily Seattle, Washington around Halloween in 2002. The story follows John Ross as he attempts to leave his service to the Word, while Nest Freemark tries to restore his faith.

I did some research on Brooks before I decided to write this review, being that this is the first book of his that I read. Brooks delves into the world of urban dark fantasy, taking a break from his trademark Tolkienesque adventures.

It has been
Matthew Hunter
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Brooks’s A Knight of the Word has a very different feel than its predecessor, Running with the Demon. After being the center of all action in the first installment of the Word & Void series, Sinnissippi Park and Hopewell, Illinois give way to various parks and museums in Seattle. Brooks doesn’t spend near as much time in description mode, allowing the narrative to move along at a faster clip. Personally, I could’ve used more description, and a lot more Pick the Sylvan!

Knight of the Word John
David Pappas
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Tempted to give this more than 2 stars, but... Most of the writing is pretty good and he does a decent job of creating a magical world overlay of our own world. With two mostly filled out main characters. Unfortunately there is very little I like worse than an author who feels compelled to jitterbug around in time, mostly in this case to create backstory. Backstory, the outcome to which we as readers we already know - so why bother? What a waste of my time. In fact the author starts the book ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Of the Shannara prequels, this is the best I've read so far, though of course, a reader will want to at least have read Running with the Demon first. In fact, one may wish to read The Word and The Void series first among the prequels. It picks up a few years after Running with the Demon and involves some of the same characters and has some interesting plot developments and character growth, with a good amount of action to keep it interesting. Brooks foreshadows pretty heavily, so there aren't ...more
Kristen Nelson
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: at-home
The second book in the Word/Void Trilogy. This book is better than the one before it, I think - Terry gets better with each book that he writes, in my opinion.
John Ross has declared that he is no longer a Knight of Word, but the mantle of magic is not one that can be cast off by him, alone. He must be released from his service, and the Word still has great need of him, however, the Void has gained part of his trust and is working to turn John Ross to darkness and evil. Nest Freemark is John's
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it
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Tony Pope
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"A Knight in the Word" is the second in the Word & the Void series by Terry Brooks...following "Running with the Demon." Written after many of the Shannara series already had many titles out, Brooks introduces us to the "modern" world that existed before the devastation that led to the rise of the world of Shannara...magic...elves...dwarves....trolls...etc. While not necessary to read beforehand, it is a good way to have some background knowledge. Next, the Genesis of Shannara series, is a ...more
Justin Russell
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great follow up to Running, thankfully not as slow to get going. When I hit about 40% through I couldn't put the book down. A different location, but the same heroes and man's demons creating chaos. As always Terry Brooks characters are always battling themselves mentally. What I like about these books is that you can see parallels in the world around us in the battle between good and evil...the events on the news that make you think how can people be so evil...Are there demons out there? A ...more
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Some repetitiveness, but perhaps hard to avoid given the fantasy is a series. Probable relationship with faith of any denomination or lack thereof. Doubts, running away, finally faced with reality and understanding one has to face one's own destiny, whatever that may be.

Excellent use of vocabulary and Mr. Brooks weaves in the little "sprites" wonderfully.

Onto book three: Angel Fire East (Word & Void, #3) by Terry Brooks Angel Fire East.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Almost as good as the first one, but probably the urban setting of this novel does not plays my strings as the forest one (and, in fact, the most interesting part of the book takes place in the outdoor). Some plot twists are obvious while others are not, but the identity of the adversary of John Ross is clear from the start, for example At least for those that when they read a mystery novel take care of the clues, if a book is well written). Apart from that, it is really enjoyable for any ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library, stars-2-1
The only good thing about this book is that it is short! I tried to get through it without skipping or skimming through the pages/chapters, I failed. I just could not get into this book or the one before it. I felt the plot was very predictable, and the story was slow and boring. I still wasn't attached to any of the characters. I like the Shannara series/universe, but I just don't think the Word & Void trilogy is for me.
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This had a great plot and the twists got me. This book was also really great at reminding you what happened in the first book without feeling like a big summary dump. I really also loved the ending, because it was such a perfect variety of bittersweet, because no matter how good it was, it was still profoundly unfair. It's rare I find a book that leaves me feeling that perfect combination of emotions.
Emma Yoloswag
I loved the previous book, so I had high expectations for this one. Luckily, it did not disappoint.

I don't really have much to say, as I think I summed up what I liked when I reviewed the last book. I want to say that I liked how the plot of this book wasn't a recycled version of the last one, but rather had its own twists. There was also a fast-paced scene that was so well written that I felt like I was part of the action myself.

The only thing on my mind now is that I need to read the next one.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
IMHO Terry Brooks can do no wrong with his Shannara prequels and sequels. Brooks' books build a dynamic tension that increases from book to book even as each individual book holds its own as episodes in a greater epic. Good vs. evil, ethics, magic, elves, trolls...everything that makes for a great fantasy can be found in his books.
Frans Kempe
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-urban
It took me a many years to return to this urban fantasy trilogy by Brooks after reading the first book. Enjoyed the story much more than the first one. A fast,fun and actionfilled read with the characters from the first one returning 5 years later when John Ross has lost faith in his calling as a knight of the word. A demon in human form is trying to turn him into one of them.
Ian Dickson
Dec 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Felt like a monster of the week experience. It's pretty much the same beats of the first book, except the protagonists roles are reversed. For all the urgency of one character trying to get rid of his magic, it didn't take much to change his mind. Definitely not as fun as the first book. I learned nothing new about the protagonists and didn't really care about them. A shallow book indeed.
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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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