Reviews from the Press and from Other Authors:
On A Knight of the Word:
"Brooks continues his vacation from his trademark Tolkienesque adventures (the
Shannara and Magic Kingdom novels) with this urban dark fantasy, a sharp and
satisfying follow-up to last year's Running with the Demon...Brook's real
achievement, however, is his orchestration of the tale's social issues and
personal dramas into a scenario with the resonance of myth. Both a sprightly
entertainment and a thoughtful allegory of the forces of good and evil at large
in the modern world, this novel is sure to increase its author's already vast
On Running with the Demon:
"Running with the Demon is by far the best of Terry Brooks' many wonderful
novels: darker, starker, classically written, and with a brand-new mythos
to fuel its contemporary plot. I couldn't put it down. Welcome to my
--John Saul, author of The Blackstone Chronicles
"The genius of Brooks lies in his inspired joining of different worlds in
one intricate tale... Brooks's pacing is fabulous, and he manages to
surprise and yet to maintain a feeling of inevitability. The last third
of the book is a breathtaking run of near-catastrophes and revelations.
As his first novel to be set in the modern world, this volume represents a
significant development for Brooks; but his fans should embrace it as
eagerly as the have The Sword of Shannara."
"I will be thinking about Running with the Demon for weeks, savoring a
magnificent story and turning over its mysteries in my mind. It is
suspenseful and mesmerizing and, just when you think you have mastered the
puzzles inherent in it, you realize you have been led astray. Wonderfully
written, full of pure love and bitter hatred, the story line is as
intricate as a spider's web. Terry Brooks' best yet, and a treat for us
--Ann Rule, author of Stranger Beside Me
Reviews from Booksellers:
Dan Brooks, Crown, Bethesda, Maryland:
"Running with the Demon is a fantastic breakthrough into the new genre of
'contemporary fantasy'. It is a fast-paced, can't-put-it-down action
showdown between good and evil in America's heartland. The combination of
magic and modern life is blended perfectly by Terry Brooks. RUNNING...
touched me particularly because of its use of many examples of
unexplainable behavior in our world."
Raquel Ramirez, Super Crown, Long Beach, California:
"An awesome read! I had never been a reader of this author's work though
I had always been a sci-fi fan. Understanding that the author had
deviated from his ogoing Shannara series, I was very curious. And my
curiosity was fulfilled. Running with the Demon has a great premise and
an even better message. Brooks' characterization was excellent though I
really wanted more of Nest's grandmother's experience with magic and of
course who could get enough of Pick!) My next read is the Tangle Box, Mr.
Brooks has found a new fan."
Kathleen Pribyl, Media Play, Orem, Utah:
"Yes! Believable, honest, painful, fulfilling! I've never read the
Shannara series, but I will now. Simply great!"
Yvette C. Turner, Waldenbooks:
"This was definitely different than anything else I have ever read by
him. Truly a gripping tale. Vivid images and excellent pace made it easy
to lose yourself."
Kathy Yasaitis, Encore, Newtown, Pennsylvania:
"I have to admit I was not expecting to like this newest offering by Terry
Brooks. I had never read anything by him, nor have I ever been interested
in reading anything by him. But, to my surprise, I loved Running with the Demon!
I couldn't put it down! The characters and setting were so
believable. I really cared about what happened to them and their town. I
really hoped that Nest and John would defeat the demon without destroying
themselves in the process. I also have my fingers crossed that John will
be back again in a sequel. I look forward to sharing this book with my
customers. They're in for a special treat."
Kathy Baker, Waldenbooks, N. Richland Hills, Texas:
"Look out Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Brooks has a real winner in this
book. His chilling contrast of good and evil makes a very believable
Eric Flaherty, Barnes & Noble, West Long Branch, New Jersey:
"Very King-ish in the fight between good and evil. Suspense builds from
the start. Following Nest as she discovers what is at risk is thrilling.
Watching her learn about her power and who she is interesting. Do all of
mankind have a dark legacy that is ours to claim or turn our backs on?"
Howard Melnikoff, Barnes & Noble, Valencia, California:
"I'm a big fan of Brooks. Running with the Demon was a delightful change
into the present day. Again, another strong female character. This is
one of the most enjoyable novels I've ever read!"
Wendy Ellerman, Barnes & Noble, Mobile, Alabama:
"I always suspected there was more going on in the underbrush than most
humans could see--Terry Brooks just confirmed it! RUNNING... is a real
treat for those of us who always figured 'mother nature' could take care