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Angel Fire East [School & Library Binding]

Terry Brooks
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Sept. 1 2000 Word and the Void
"Running with the Demon" introduced hero John Ross, a man who, while he sleeps, lives in the hell the world will become if he fails to change its course on waking. In this third novel featuring Ross, he is once again engaged in a frightening battle against the demons, the dark servants of the Void.
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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.

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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.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Conclusion, If Not What I Wanted April 25 2004
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"Running With the Demon" and "A Knight of the Word" established characters that I cared for and hoped to read more about. While it was sad that my wish was met in the final installment of the series, I did like this book best out of the three. I got to see what became of many of the characters mentioned in "Running". Certainly, not all the endings were happy. This is something I've always loved about Terry Brooks writing: as in real life, the good guys don't always come out on top. Nonetheless, I was still very content with how things played out.
There were some loose ends, and ends that I wished had been otherwise, even though they worked well with the story. Overall, I found this to be a satisfying read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent addition to the series Jan. 14 2004
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The third book of The Word and the Void series does not disappoint. Taking place ten years after the Knight of the Word, we find Nest, a former Olymic gold medalist and recent divorcee back in her hometown of Hopewell, Illinois. Which is fine by this reviewer since Brooks gave us a wonderfully vivid impression of it in his last two books. He describes Hopewell with as much care and compassion as he does with Shady Vale.

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"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will we see a fourth book?! June 13 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. Nest has returned to Hopewell after a personal tragedy at the Olympics and a failed personal life. She is living in her Grandparents' home, and is reunited with some of the characters from the first book. She is visited by a demon searching for John Ross, and Nest must decide whether or not she wants to invite the chaos that seems to follow John back into her life. The demons in this story are much more satisfying than the demons of the previous two. Findo Gask is an intellectual equal to John and Nest, and it makes the story more compelling to read. The only disappointment to the book is that the ending has left it wide open for a fourth, and we have yet to see whether or not Terry Brooks will add to the series in the future. Either way, it's worth the read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Angel Fire East Jan. 15 2003
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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? John Ross is gone (although it does not have to be permanent), but Nest still remains and the Gypsy Morph has so much potential!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pass - A total disappointment Oct. 24 2002
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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. Brooks has gone past foreshadowing to 'forehammering' upcoming events into the readers brain. As opposed to a cast of millions, Terry has relied on a cast of morons. The plot drags, the writing is ineffectual, the main characters are dull and lifeless. I highly advice spending your money and time elsewhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Angel Fire East July 2 2002
By nelson
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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. Terry Brooks captured the feeling for me very well. I had been waiting to get a copy of this book because I missed the characters and I was happy to see them again. Life does not treat everyone equally and this was shown in the way everyone popped up a little wearier. Terry Brooks also captured the spirit of addiction in the demons and Brenda.
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4.0 out of 5 stars angel fire east Jan. 8 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. You get a real felling as to what the author was feeling at the time. I read that this book is loosely based on his childhood and th town in which he grew up. In this book Nest Freemark, one of the main characters, has grown to adulthood and is trying to come to terms with her magic. The descriptions of Christmas was wonderful. I felt this was a good book and would recomned it highly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well....
I have been an avid Brooks reader ever since I got my hands on a copy of Sword of Shannara. After I finished the Shannara series, I decided to check out Word and Void, a recent... Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2001 by "galaphile"
2.0 out of 5 stars Big disappointing finale to the series
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
Published on Sept. 8 2001 by MISTER SJEM
2.0 out of 5 stars Terry Brooks please stick to Shannara!
Although this book is a page-turner, that's unfortunately about the best I can say for it. A long time fan of Terry Brook's Shannara series, I thought I'd try his Word-vs. Read more
Published on July 22 2001 by Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait
Angel Fire continues this excellent story. It is a real page turner that has a satisfying ending, that may not be an ending. I highly recommend this for all ages.
Published on June 21 2001 by Whizzer
1.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL, AWFUL, GARBAGE
Most of the story lacks suspense, any sense of danger or action. When the action starts during the last few pages, it's over quickly. Read more
Published on June 15 2001 by Clint Romag
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book of the series
I own all three books in this series, but Angel Fire East is the only one I own in hardcover. This book is wonderfully written, and has some very interesting plot twists in it. Read more
Published on May 18 2001 by William J. Fox
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