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A Knight of the Word by Terry Brooks
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Volume 2 of the series continues in the vein of "slow," but there is - thankfully - considerably less filler to wade through. The characters remain distant, though one does get a small glimpse of the trauma John Ross faces as he attempts to quit his calling as a Knight of the Word. In the aftermath, he is just plain stupid, in spite of all of his years of experience.

Incredibly, five years after learning about her magic and facing down a demon, Next Freemark doesn't know any more about her magic than she did when Vol. 1 left off. Using it to help Pick balance the magic in the park (without ever telling the reader how this is done) has apparently not offered any opportunities for growth. At the end, her magic experiences a transformation, but it's uncertain whether this is good or bad.

The identity of the demon was easy to guess. The end was pat and predictable. ( )
  RobinLythgoe | Dec 9, 2011 |
Excellent prequel, and a great transition from one storyline to the other. ( )
  willowcove | Sep 1, 2010 |
Here's where I end my love of Terry Brooks. Didn't like the first book of W&V that much; this one just got worse. Brooks started to depart from form after The Wishsong of Shannara. ( )
  simondavies | Sep 30, 2009 |
It is now a few years later, and John Ross, Knight of the Word, has lost his way. Or, he just wants to lead a normal life. This is a common complaint of the superpowered. He decides to settle down, have a relationship, do a bit of social work and that sort of thing.

This is very seductive, and just what the Void wants. Nest Freemark must try and snap John out of it, at considerable risk, as if the Void doesn't get to him, the Word may send an agent to remove the risk he now poses.

http://superprose.blogspot.com/2006/12/word-and-void-2-knight-of-word.html ( )
  maketest | Aug 26, 2009 |
I didn't like this series nearly as much as the Shannara books. However, since the two series are now linked, these are a must for the shelves. ( )
  SLHobbs | Feb 10, 2008 |
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John Ross, the tortured, conflicted Knight of the Word from Terry Brooks's Running with the Demon, finally gets a good night's sleep in the sequel. He buys this moment's peace at the cost of his sacred oath to be a champion of the Word, renouncing that pledge after failing to prevent the slaughter of a group of schoolchildren. Duty and destiny are difficult to elude, though, and soon his former charge Nest Freemark, now a college student and Olympic hopeful, arrives to warn him of his imminent destruction, or, worse, his unwitting fall into the service of the Void.

The story winds lazily through sleepy, wet Seattle like a tour bus, steadily building. Everything eventually converges on the homeless shelter where John works with his new sweetie Stefanie Winslow for über-activist Simon Lawrence, a man his dreams tell him he is fated to kill. A thin mystery clouds the identity of the demon conspiring to deliver John unto evil, but the book's real focus is John's fitful, foot-dragging attempts to fulfill his destiny. Knight doesn't provide the suspenseful energy of Running, a book that followed Nest through the dramatic loss of her childhood, but it rejoins her as she assumes the responsibilities of young adulthood and--like that period in life--still manages to deliver satisfying, if more subtle, rewards. --Paul Hughes

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A conflict of good versus evil in urban America, featuring a defender of good who has lost his faith. He is John Ross, Knight of the Word, and his crisis follows his failure to prevent a massacre of children in California. But faith can be regained. The Welsh hero Owain Glyndwr became a Knight of the Word and eight centuries later the legacy was passed on to John Ross, a professor of English literature on tour in Wales.… (more)

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