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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 Excellent addition to the series Jan. 14 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Well.... Oct. 5 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 Brooks series. Well, I can say that I did like Angel Fire East more than the first two. Some of the characters are still a bit too smart and always seem to think of the right thing at the right time and whatnot, one of the flaws of Word and Void. But this book was different from the first two. Brooks added in some characters that really seem to be real. You almost understand the drug addiction and Bennett's desperate need for them. Larry Spence is a total idiot character and nearly ruined the story with his stupidness (for me, that is, not literally). Nest, the main character is just about as close you can come to perfection without stretching the limit. Not a very good thing.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brooks only gets better April 18 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Angel Fire East is a wonderful conclusion to the Word vs. Void series. The description in this book and its previous two are richly developed and decidedly romantically nostalgic. The reader is completely and thoroughly enveloped by the scenery and feelings of which Brooks obviously has felt and still feels, even to this day. I've heard Brooks say that these books are loosely based on his childhood and the town in which he grew up. He really knows how to put onto paper his inner most feelings. Our friend Nest Freemark has grown into full adulthood and now resides in her hometown. She is still trying to come to terms with her magic and at a time when she is most vulnerable, a demon comes looking for her. John Ross has discovered a gypsy morph of which will change the power struggle in favor of the Word. The only way for the gypsy morph to evolve into a helpful state is to encounter powerful magic much like it contains in itself. Nest has that power and John has decided to bring it to her in hopes of some much needed assistance. Of course the demon, Findo Gask has designs for getting the powerful gypsy morph through Nest. This book was really wonderful and gave me much enjoyment. I especially liked the descriptions of Christmas and all its warmth, proverbial and otherwise. If your looking to read something that is just simply good all around, this is the book for you. I recommend it highly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'm Sad to See This Series End April 7 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Angle Fire East, the big finale to the John Ross-Nest Freemark trilogy, offers more of a fantasy element than the previous two books. This one deals more with the magic of the world and how it effects our characters. It also offers us the gypsy morph, a truly wonderful creature concocted of wild magics thrown together that last only a short while. John Ross has captured this and it's up to him to figure out it's secret for the Word, while avoiding servants of the Void who want it for their master. His single clue leads him to, you guessed it, Hopewell, home of Nest Freemark.
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great reading material
Published 2 months ago by 2011cardar
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Conclusion, If Not What I Wanted
"Running With the Demon" and "A Knight of the Word" established characters that I cared for and hoped to read more about. Read more
Published on April 25 2004 by "mightyredtulip"
5.0 out of 5 stars Will we see a fourth book?!
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 more
Published on June 12 2003 by Cassie Alegria
5.0 out of 5 stars Angel Fire East
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
Published on Jan. 15 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Pass - A total disappointment
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 more
Published on Oct. 24 2002 by shpxurnq
4.0 out of 5 stars Angel Fire East
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 more
Published on July 1 2002 by nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars angel fire east
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 more
Published on Jan. 8 2002 by kevin andrews
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 20 2001 by Whizzer
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