Angel Fire East School & Library Binding – Sep 1 2000
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Angel Fire East marks the close of Terry Brooks's Nest Freemark-John Ross saga, which began with 1997's Running with the Demon. After a long layover in Seattle for the middle book, Knight of the Word, the fantasy-meets-modernity action returns to Nest's native Hopewell, where once again Nest and John must face off against the Void, this time in the form of ancient demon Findo Gask, who favors a black-clad evil preacher getup for his menacing needs.
Brooks's well-realized and likable cast from the previous books is back, from Nest (now 29) to Ross (haggard as ever) to Pick (still just a few inches tall) and even grown-up versions of Nest's childhood friends from Running, including Bennett, now a junkie with child. Of course, Findo Gask has assembled a creepy little Legion of Doom to harry these nice folks: a giant albino demon; a formless, flesh-eating ur'droch; and a knife-wielding Orphan-Annie-gone-bad named Penny Dreadful. And Angel Fire's main plot thread is even compelling: John Ross has caught a shape-changing, wild-magic creature of enormous power, a gypsy morph, that he and Nest must discover how to turn to the Word before Gask and his crew can capture it for the Void.
But as with Knight of the Word, wooden pacing and unconvincing transitions keep this tale from rising to the level of Brooks's previous masterworks, such as the excellent Shannara and Landover series. If you've read the first two books, it's certainly worth seeing off your old friends in Angel Fire East. But if you're--heaven forbid--new to Terry Brooks, check out his earlier work, or even his very capable novelization of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Fighting supernatural evil is taxing work, and Brooks's third novel of humanity's stand against the demons of the Void shows hints of battle fatigue. Fifteen years have passed since the events chronicled in Running with the Demon (1997), but neither Knight of the Word John Ross nor former Olympic runner Nest Freemark seem much changed by their encounters with predatory devils who incarnate modern social ills: he is still the reluctant hero tasked with preventing the Void's incursion into human affairs, and she remains the righteous heroine suppressing her demon-tainted powers. The plot follows a pattern similar to A Knight of the Word (1998), beginning with Ross's tormenting vision of the future that will occur if he fails to keep a gypsy morphAa shapeshifting bundle of "wild magics" with potential to become a weapon for good or evilAfrom falling into demon hands. Ross seeks Nest's help in Hopewell, Ill., a hometown of Norman Rockwell blissfulness primed for demonic devastation. There the morph changes into a young boy, which makes him vulnerable to the schemes of avuncular fiend Findo Gask and provides Brooks with a focus for exploring the importance of parental responsibility and mother love. This predictable dark fantasy springs a few surprises at its end, but the long parade of characters from the earlier installments gives it the feel of a family reunion one endures out of obligation rather than enthusiasm. Like Nest, this novel keeps pace, but a change of direction is in order for the series. (Oct.)
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Top Customer Reviews
Nest is approached and harrased by a demon named Findo Gask who is a preacher of the Void. He is looking for, who else, John Ross. John apparantly has been given the task by the Lady of capturing a Gypsy Morph, a being of great magic, and Gask wants it.
The authors strength here is not actually the premise but the characters in the series. However the payoff at the end is very much worth it. Most of the supporting characters that were in the first book pop up in one way or another here. Bennet Scott, the little girl that nest saves at the very beginning of the series, being a prime example. The demons (yes that's plural)in this book are particularly exceptional. Gask being the most formidable. Two Bears, whom I'm not normally a fan of, also makes his best cameo yet.
One admirable aspect of these novels is they take place over a span of twenty years, but the author is very carefull not to date the books with, well, by giving dates and telling current events or technology. Interesting sidenote, thought it was worth mentioning. Anyway....
Anyone who thinks that this is the last installment to a trilogy will be pleasantly surprised. Brooks leaves a lot open at the end of this story.
Highly recommended. Fans do not worry. My second favorite after "Demon"
The plot was rather simple, and went at a fast pace. Nothing was ever endlessly dragged out and nothing occurred that wasn't realistic.
The writing quality is wonderful: a unique style and very rich.
Well, anyway, it's not as wonderful as his Shannara series, but.. good.
This book feels more like the first in the series in that, in addition to Nest and John Ross, there's a strong supporting cast that get their time in the sun. We see Bennet Scott, all grown up with a kid of her own. Unfortunately, she's turned into a junkie and decides the best way to get out of that life is to return home to her surrogate big sister, Nest. Josie, the lady who has John Ross' heart makes a return, as does Robert Heppler.
Findo Gask makes the best villian in this series yet. I found him to be scarier than any of the other demons in all three books. There was just something about him. The fact that he is as evil as they get makes it all the more satisfying when, in a couple of different scenes, Nest gets all up in his face and tells him off. Go girl!
I only wish that the ending didn't end so quick. It's kind of a bittersweet ending and I wish it was a bit more fleshed out. Basically you had the final confrontation and a couple of pages after and that's it. I could have gone for a final confrontation then a whole chapter after. The best part about the ending is that it seems this story can go on, if not the Ross-Nest saga, then there is a place where it can go. Maybe Brooks will treat us to more Word-Void books after he finishes up his latest batch of Shannara books. I, for one, would not complain.
P.S. Two Bears continues to rock!
Most recent customer reviews
"Running With the Demon" and "A Knight of the Word" established characters that I cared for and hoped to read more about. Read morePublished on April 25 2004
In "Angel Fire East", Terry Brooks returns to the writing style of "Running with the Demon", and I think it is the best of the three books in the series. Read morePublished on June 12 2003 by Cassie Alegria
What can I say? I loved all three books in this series!! Totally recommend it to anobody who likes Fantasy.
Okay Mr. Brookes! Can we have some more? Read more
Wow, that was terrible. The main villain's description appears to have been written immediately after watching Poltergeist 2 as they're the same bad guy. Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2002 by shpxurnq
Angel Fire East was a great book for me in many ways. I had just moved back to my childhood home because of my mothers illness. Read morePublished on July 1 2002 by nelson
I felt Angel Fire East was a wonderful conclusion to the Terry Brooks trilogy. He used wonderful description in this book and made you feel like you were actually there. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2002 by kevin andrews
So I found myself disappointed with the last two books
of this series. What began as a book that easily made my
top 20 fantasy novels, RUNNING WITH THE DEMON, took a... Read more