Running With the Demon

Running With the Demon

Book - 1997
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Twenty years ago, Terry Brooks turned fantasy fiction on its head with The Sword of Shannara, the first fantasy novel to make the mainstream bestseller lists, and the first in an unbroken string of thirteen bestselling books. Now, in Running with the Demon, Brooks does nothing less than revitalize fantasy fiction again, inventing the complex and powerful new mythos of the Word and the Void, good versus evil still, but played out in the theater-in-the-round of the "real world" of our present. On the hottest Fourth of July weekend in decades, two men have come to Hopewell, Illinois, site of a lengthy, bitter steel strike. One is a demon, dark servant of the Void, who will use the anger and frustration of the community to attain a terrible secret goal. The other is John Ross, a Knight of the Word, a man who, while he sleeps, lives in the hell the world will become if he fails to change its course on waking. Ross has been given the ability to see the future. But does he have the power to change it? At stake is the soul of a fourteen-year-old girl mysteriously linked to both men. And the lives of the people of Hopewell. And the future of the country. This Fourth of July, while friends and families picnic in Sinnissippi Park and fireworks explode in celebration of freedom and independence, the fate of Humanity will be decided . . . A novel that weaves together family drama, fading innocence, cataclysm, and enlightenment, Running with the Demon will forever change the way you think about the fantasy novel. As believable as it is imaginative, as wondrous as it is frightening, it is a rich, exquisitely-written tale to be savored long after the last page is turned.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1997.
ISBN: 9780345379627
Characteristics: 420 pages ;,25 cm.


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Library_Jill Dec 14, 2016

A vividly-imagined urban fantasy with a fresh take on the epic battle between Good and Evil. Terry Brooks describes people and places so believably that I felt like I had lived in Hopewell for years, and grown up with Nest and her neighbors. In contrast to the current fascination with anti-heroes, I was deeply pleased to read about characters who give their all to do the right thing.

Oct 01, 2015

I had read the Sword of Shannara and the Elf Stones and started to get bored with the Wish Song. I then read about these books beginning here with Running with the Demon and fell in Love with the Pre-Shannara or Beginning of Shannara series. If your going to start the Shannara Series start here it's a great ride.

JCLJaredH Oct 11, 2013

My favorite Terry Brooks novel. Written in the early days of Urban Fantasy, you will not find telepathic vampires or sympathetic werewolves here. John Ross, the burned-out hero, is a sympathetic hero who is not sure he can keep up the good fight anymore. His conflict and story is what really set the tone of this book. Loved it.

Jul 25, 2012

Read this as an ebook. A good story, nice blend of characters in the town - Nest, her friends and relatives, other townspeople. Good sense of life in a ittle town. And a good blend with the magic - her gran, Wraith, Pick, Ross, the demon.
I was annoyed when -spoiler alert - Ross's dreams of the future showed Nest lost to the other side, and the world in chaos. And relieved to find out that was just a possible reality.

Jan 07, 2010

This is an interesting take on a growing style of fantasy ie. fantasy set in our modern world. Brooks will later link it up with his other works, but this book stands on its own well. It's worth the read even if it seems to speak to teenagers at first. Get through the kid stuff and you'll see a strong, interesting story with lots of very human elements woven in.

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