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review 2016-06-16 17:25
Angel Fire East by Terry Brooks
Angel Fire East - Terry Brooks

There is a little bit of closure to Nest's story in this one, but it still leaves a lot to wonder about. John Ross enlists Nest's help once again, this time to figure out a way to keep a gypsy morph (I had no idea what it was for a long time) away from the Void and turn it to work for the Word.

This book felt a little lost at the beginning. There were lots of things happening that just seemed to be for no reason - but I guess that's the nature of demons?? It wasn't until about half way through that things really started to make more sense. In many ways this is the darkest book of the series by far.

I'm glad I read the series, I'm hoping to see bits and pieces of the lore pop up once we get back into the Shanarra portion of the story arc. I really miss it.

Source: www.hotofftheshelves.com/2016/06/angel-fire-east-by-terry-brooks-review.html
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review 2016-06-03 14:47
A Knight of the Word by Terry Brooks
A Knight of the Word - Terry Brooks

The second story of John Ross (I feel like I have to call him by his whole name) and Nest is a turning of the tables. This time, John Ross is in trouble and Nest is being sent to help him save himself. John Ross has forsaken the Word and the demons are on the hunt. The biggest downfall of this one? I figured out the demon quite early on, and it really ruined the atmosphere for a lot of the story. I didn't get that OMG "surprise, it's me!" moment I was looking for.

While there are some very exciting moments, overall it seemed to move quite slowly with a lot of random sidetracks. I think they were there to confuse you a little so you couldn't guess who the demon was, but they just seemed a little too obvious. Nest was not decisive enough for my taste. I wanted her to go in and take charge, demanding that John Ross listen to her, but she just wasn't like that.

I can see how this world become the world of Shannara, but I sort of want to get to the point already. These are good, just not something that will ever become a favorite. Maybe I just want my Shannara back already!

Source: www.hotofftheshelves.com/2016/06/a-knight-of-word-by-terry-brooks-review.html
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review 2016-03-15 14:44
Running With the Demon by Terry Brooks
Running with the Demon - Terry Brooks

This is the story of the world before - the world of man and technology - before magic returned to the world and the Shannara Chronicles began. Many times throughout the stories the past is referenced and the remains of ruins of our world can be seen in the forests and swamps of the world of Shannara. How did this happen? Well, start reading Running with the Demon to find out.

This one just didn't do it for me. I'm not sure if it was the sudden change from a high fantasy style to a completely urban fantasy - or that it was set in a town not too far away. I just couldn't see it in my head or connect with the characters. Nest is a very special teenager, from a very special family line. on her shoulders may rest the very furture of the world as we all know it. I had a hard time connecting with Nest as the story went on. her relationship with her friends, family, demon, creatures, and John just never rang very true for me.

It also takes a long time to get anywhere of significance in the storyline. I really had no clue why any of this was so important until about half way through the story. This made it a little difficult to keep going from chapter to chapter at times. Brooks writing is still very beautiful and he has a way of bringing a scene to life, this just wasn't one of my favorites.

Source: www.hotofftheshelves.com/2016/03/running-with-demon-by-terry-brooks.html
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review 2011-12-01 00:00
Angel Fire East - Terry Brooks A week before Christmas, Nest Freemark is just doing her own thing until a friend from the past Bennett Scott arrives with her daughter Harper. She is a drug addict with no other place to go so Nest invites her to stay for the holidays. (Bennett is one of the kids she saved from the feeders in the first book.) Next up is John Ross who appears without warning after 10 years of silence and he is not alone. He brings a 4 year old boy of mysterious origins with him. So now Nest has a full house and Findo Gask, a majorly bad demon has arrived in town to get the gypsy morph from John Ross.

Findo Gask enlists the unknowing aid of the town sheriff who has the hots for Nest to do his dirty work. Larry Spence is an idiot who believes everything Findo Gask tells him without even checking. Now let me tell you about Findo Gask, he is a truly weird person who arrives in a black duster jacket with a black flat top hat which he never takes off. He comports himself like a preacher of old (even carrying a book resembling a bible) yet tells Larry he works for the FBI. And Larry believes him...hello! I guess being a cop for 15 years didn't provide him with any smarts.

Oh well, I cannot tell you more because that will give the story away. Needless to say, if you have read the first two books in this series, then you must read the conclusion to see how John and Nest fight this last demon.
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review 2011-06-15 00:00
Angel Fire East - Terry Brooks I found John Ross's lack of action whilst visiting Nest disturbing. The demons came across as schoolyard bullies without enough gumption to take control of the situation in spite of having an 'elite' leader and outnumbering the good guys. Sending nightmares via telephone..? Really? And Nest basically runs around like a chicken with its head cut off - lots of impulsive action with no real consequence. Baking cookies, caroling and sledding are probably not ideal activities for people in (allegedly) mortal danger.

While this last volume is considerably better than the first two, it was still predictable and left threads dangling.
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