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A Knight of the Word

(1998)
(The second book in the Word and the Void series)
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The Barnes & Noble Review
August 1998

With Running with the Demon, bestselling author Terry Brooks turned his remarkable skills toward a much more horrific kind of writing than he'd ever attempted. He succeeded with one of the most critically acclaimed and impressive novels in his long and enduring career. In the sequel, A Knight of the Word, Brooks proves that he's as comfortable working in a modern fantasy world with darker underpinnings as he is in the light magical high-fantasy field where he's already so well known. For anyone uncertain if he or she will like the new tack Brooks is taking, rest assured, the author continues to enthrall and fascinate.

Five years after the close of the first book, we find that John Ross is not merely a reluctant hero but has actually given up on being a knight of the word, a position of great magical power entrusted to him by the Lady. He has nightmares of a future world created by the Void, an earth full of demons and un-men that can only be avoided if John prevents certain events from occurring. On one of his missions, John failed to see a demon's influence behind a hostage crisis at a grade school, and several children were killed in the ensuing shoot-out. Racked with guilt, John now works at a homeless shelter in Seattle, and though he still carries his black runestaff, he refuses to use magic in any form, not even to check for demons in his presence. Though he still dreams of one particular event that is to take place on Halloween night, he feels that by renouncing his position he can no longer be held responsible for whatever happens,andbelieves that the Lady will simply replace him with another knight.

Nineteen-year-old Nest Freemark, another enforcer of the word, has gone on to become one of the best long-distance runners in the nation's history, and she's bound to win a gold medal in the Olympics. More important, however, she is John Ross's last hope to again take up the mantle of his knighthood. If he continues to turn his back on his power, he will be subverted by the forces of the Void, and if she cannot persuade him to accept his fate, then the Lady will have no choice but to send another agent and have him killed. And time is running out: According to John's dreams, on Halloween night - in two days - something evil will happen to Simon Lawrence, the man in charge of the shelter, and Nest knows that a demon is loose among the homeless.

The author has simplified his follow-up story, paring it down substantially from the lengthy and intricate Running with the Demon. Brooks has focused all his high-powered attention on a limited cast: John, Nest, Simon Lawrence, and O'olish Amaneh, the Sinnissippi Indian agent of the Word who may or may not be dogging John in order to assassinate him. The plot builds slowly with a greater richness of passion and fear, showing the characters' struggles over whether to save those they love or be true to a hopefully greater and more worthwhile cause. A Knight of the Word is a meditation on responsibility and consequence as well as a dark fantasy page-turner. The novel effectively captures the difficulties and frustration one must deal with when warring with evil from the Void, or from within one's own heart.

-Tom Piccirilli



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Used availability for Terry Brooks's A Knight of the Word

Hardback Editions

June 1999 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Knight Of The Word (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Trolltown)
Author(s): Terry Brooks
ISBN: 0-613-21872-8 / 978-0-613-21872-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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August 1998 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Knight Of The Word: The Word and the Void: Book Two
Author(s): Terry Brooks
ISBN: 1-85723-677-7 / 978-1-85723-677-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orbit
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July 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Knight of the Word (Word and the Void)
Author(s): Terry Brooks
ISBN: 0-345-37963-2 / 978-0-345-37963-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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July 1998 : USA Hardback

Title: A Knight of the Word (Autographed): Contains: A Knight of the Word
Author(s): Terry Brooks
ISBN: 0-345-43005-0 / 978-0-345-43005-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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1998 : UK Hardback
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Title: Knight of the Word AND Running with the Demon
Author(s): Terry Brooks
ISBN: 1-85723-829-X / 978-1-85723-829-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: BCA
Availability: Amazon UK   


Paperback Editions

May 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Knight of the Word (Word and the Void)
Author(s): Terry Brooks
ISBN: 0-345-49257-9 / 978-0-345-49257-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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August 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Knight Of The Word: The Word and the Void: Book Two
Author(s): Terry Brooks
ISBN: 1-84149-545-X / 978-1-84149-545-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orbit
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December 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: Knight of the Word
Author(s): Terry Brooks
ISBN: 0-345-42942-7 / 978-0-345-42942-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Orbit Books
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August 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Knight Of The Word: The Word and the Void: Book Two
Author(s): Terry Brooks
ISBN: 1-85723-738-2 / 978-1-85723-738-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orbit
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June 1999 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: A Knight of the Word (The Word and the Void Trilogy, Book 2)
Author(s): Terry Brooks
ISBN: 0-345-42464-6 / 978-0-345-42464-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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July 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Knight of the Word (Trolltown)
Author(s): Terry Brooks
ISBN: 0-345-43276-2 / 978-0-345-43276-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: DEL REY
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August 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Knight Of The Word: The Word and the Void: Book Two
Author(s): Terry Brooks
ISBN: 1-85723-614-9 / 978-1-85723-614-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orbit
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Audio Editions

March 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Knight of the Word
Author(s): Terry Brooks
Publisher: Random House Audio
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March 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Knight of the Word
Author(s): Terry Brooks
Publisher: Random House Audio
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March 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Knight of the Word
Author(s): Terry Brooks
Publisher: Random House Audio
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2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Knight of the Word (UNABRIDGED) (AUDIO CD) (The Word and the Void Series, Book 2)
Author(s): Terry Brooks
ISBN: 1-4361-2033-0 / 978-1-4361-2033-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
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July 1998 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: A Knight of the Word (Word and the Void)
Author(s): Terry Brooks
ISBN: 0-375-40344-2 / 978-0-375-40344-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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1998 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: A Knight of the Word
Author(s): Terry Brooks
ISBN: 0-7887-2516-5 / 978-0-7887-2516-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

February 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Knight Of The Word: The Word and the Void: Book Two (Word & Void series 2)
Author(s): Terry Brooks
Publisher: Orbit
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January 2001 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Knight of the Word (Pre-Shannara: Word and Void Book 2)
Author(s): Terry Brooks
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA