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A Knight of the Word
by Terry Brooks
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345424646, Mass Market Paperback)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
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:37:18 -0400)
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.
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