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Angel Fire East is the final part of Terry Brooks' The Word and The Void trilogy, a trio of tales centering around a battle between Good and Evil. The first two books have seen the books' heroine, Nest Freemark, grow from a precocious teen girl who discovers she has magical powers to a young woman who must use her powers to save others around her from ultimate evil. Meanwhile, reluctant older hero John Ross has failed to rid himself of his crippled walk and enforced duties under the charge of the Word. Together, the two of them find themselves up against the most dangerous foe that The Void has sent against them to date in the third and final book, Angel Fire East.
Whereas the second book took us away from Nest's hometown of Hopewell, Illinois, where they battled a shape shifting demon in the city streets. Returning years later to Hopewell, we find Nest as the reluctant party as demon Findo Gask and his troop of demons come to try and find a gypsy morph, a creature that will tip the balance in favour of one side or the other. As luck would have it, it's John Ross who has possession of the morph, and Gask wants to take it back. Nest and John must steel themselves to defend The Word from The Void one last time.
I felt a bit more comfortable reading this than I did the second book, and perhaps this is because we're back on the firm ground of Hopewell for the characters to develop and work around. Nest really doesn't want to get involved, but her house becomes the focal point for Ross and the morph to defend themselves against Gask, and this seems to suit Brooks just fine when it comes to a central staging point for the plot. He takes us through a series of events which serves to establish the characters and where they stand compared to everyone, bringing a large number of previous characters, locations and styles from the first book, which was so successful and enjoyable.
He even attempts to reignite a romance between John Ross and a local lady, Josie, something which had started before but failed as Ross made his tracks at the end of the first book. The rekindling is pleasant enough, and provides some gentle respite from the main plotline of imminent battle, but is nothing to shout about. It's a decent story break is all. The development of the main plot is what I liked, with Brooks flexing his creative and suspense muscles, allowing the characters to do some showcasing of what they're capable of at various points, testing their opponents and working out the best ways of defence and attack.
It plays along rather smoothly, and the sides become loaded with allies as the story continues. I felt that Brooks took his time and made each word count this time around, whereas with the second book there was a lot of filler, and it was more of a guess who with the shape shifting demon, a softish end coming as a relief. Here though, knowing it was the end of the trilogy and having enjoyed it overall, I was reluctant for it to play out, and made sure I took my time over it. As a result, I really enjoyed what Brooks had done, and found it to be a very good end to a solid trilogy. Recommended.
Angel Fire east is part of a three book series entitled the word and the void series. The three other books in the series including this one are.
1.Running With The Demon
2.The Knight of the word
3, Angel fire East
The word and the void series follows two main characters John Ross A knight of the Word and Ness Freemark who has been passed magic since birth. The word and the void is represents the story's own version of God Against the devil. The word represents God and anyone from the void is like the creatures of the devil. It is up to both John Ross and Ness to Make sure that the void does not win the war of good against evil. John Ross has the ability to dream of the future so that he can put a stop to whatever the demons are planning. If he fails Armageddon will happen.
John Ross is walking and comes across a word of a knight. The Knight has been nailed on a cross and his body covered in demon poison. As he is dieing he tells John Ross of a powerful magic called gypsy morph which he was trying to retrieve when he was captured from some demons. When Knights of the word use their magic it will be used up and will only be replenished 24 hours from the time they last used it. It is after that demons have a chance to kill them as they posses no way of protecting themselves that is how this Knight was captured. Its been ten years since Nest last saw John Ross. While
at home A demon in disguise as a human named Findo Gast pays her a visit to threaten her not to have anything to do with the knight of the word. Findo Gast is the oldest demon alive. He is only alive because he unlike other demons does not fall prey too wanting much power. Both John Ross and Ness have to try and get the gypsy morph to give them power to protect them before Findo Gask destroys them.
Unlike the other first to books which seem to copy each other this is a different story. It was a great read for a last book in the word and the void series and would recommend it to anyone. Unlike his
other books these are not to be continued and you could possible read the last book without reading the last two.
The final book in the Word and the Void series bring John Ross back to Hopewell in possession of a powerful creature of magic known as a gypsy morph. The Void knows of his capture of the morph and seeks to capture it, or at least prevent Ross from using it. Taking place ten years after the second book, Ross has now been fighting the Void for twenty five years and is forty plus years old. Nest merged with Wraith has won numerous Gold?s in the Olympics, but her lessening control over the ghost wolf has resulted in her withdrawal from competition. Once again Nest and John join forces in an effort to unlock the secrets of the gypsy morph before a quad of powerful demons destroy them. Characters John Ross - His twenty five years of battle have wearied John, but he still fights on, The Lady has promised him release should he successfully unlock the magic of the gypsy morph. The morph calls out Nest?s name and so Ross travels once more to Hopewell to seek her aid. Nest Freemark - Nest has been through a lot since "A Knight of the Word" she has won medals in the Olympics and been married. However, she has been losing control over Wraith and he?s getting more and more out of hand. Nest is resentful of Wraith as his desire to be free has caused her to pull out of competitive running, for it seems whenever her emotions run high, she cannot control him. It is Christmas when she receives some unexpected visitors, Ben Ben - Bennett Scott (from "Running with the Demon") is back with her daughter Harper. She too has been through rough times. Findo Gask - The principle demon in this story is hundreds of years old and is one of the Void's most lethal demons, he is analytical with regards to his tasks, and there in lies his strength, and also his weakness. He observes his target, and plans so well that his target rarely escapes. Appearing as an older man with leather bound book that he always carries with him (remi
nds me of an old style priest/preacher), the book contains the names of those he's killed, and he wants to add John Ross to it. He has been instructed by the Void to retrieve the gypsy morph and destroy John Ross, in order to do this he has 'recruited' three other demons: Penny Dreadful - A somewhat erratic individual Penny has an obsession with maiming and slicing with her knives. She is highly volatile in nature and very wild. Appearing as a young woman she appears to be the least powerful of the four demons, but a master of manipulating weaker individuals. Twitch - Twitch is a monster. He appears the 'muscle' of the demon quad, an albino giant he is huge. As is expected Twitch has a limited vocabulary (all the big monsters seem to - "Grr, Kill!") and doesn't speak much. His strength (obviously) comes from his size and physical strength. The ur'droch - This demon is particularly sinister, he is a demon that doesn?t take any permanent form, slinking through the shadows, this demon will kill you before you know its there. As it chooses not to take form this demon doesn't speak; a silent assassin. Brooks' exciting conclusion to the Word and Void series is brilliant. Throwing a few expected twists at the end, this book completes the series perfectly. This has been a thoroughly good trilogy. Make sure you read the books in order!!!
Third title in the Knight of the Word.