February 16, 2011

Angel Fire East by Terry Brooks

Title:  Angel Fire East
Author:  Terry Brooks
Format:  PB
Pages:  367
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:  Del Rey, 2000
ISBN-13:  978-0345435255
Series:  Shannara, Book 11

Favorite Quote:  The name John Ross was faintly legible against the aged parchment.  Even as he watched, the name turned a shade darker.  You take away what you can from these battles, he thought.  The life of a Knight of the Word was a reasonable trophy.

Synopsis (Amazon):  As a Knight of the Word, John Ross has struggled against the dark forces of the Void and his minions for twenty-five years.  The grim future he dreams each night-- a world reduced to blood and ashes--will come true, unless he can stop them now, in the present.

The birth of a gypsy morph, a rare and dangerous creature that could be an invaluable weapon in his fight against the Void, brings John Ross and Nest Freemark together again. Twice before, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance, the lives of Ross and Nest have intersected. Together, they have prevailed.  But now they will face an ancient evil beyond anything they have ever encountered, a demon of ruthless intelligence and feral cunning.  As a firestorm of evil erupts, threatening to consume lives and shatter dreams, they have but a single chance to solve the mystery of the Gypsy morph--and their own profound connection.

Review:  The final book in the 'Word & Void' trilogy was one of my favorite books in this series.  It ended in an unexpected manner, with a combination of sorrow and hope.  I never saw the direction the story was taking and that is so refreshing.  The suspense and action are combined with plenty of emotion, the perfect combination for a really great novel.  I'll miss the characters Nest and John Ross.  I do not believe they will be in any of the rest of the books, but I'm hoping maybe I'm wrong.  If I was to recommend anything, it would be to read this trilogy even if you never intend to read any of the rest of the Shannara saga.  It's that good.

Rating:  5 / 5

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