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Brooks's well-realized and likable cast from the previous books is back, from Nest (now 29) to Ross (haggard as ever) to Pick (still just a few inches tall) and even grown-up versions of Nest's childhood friends from Running, including Bennett, now a junkie with child. Of course, Findo Gask has assembled a creepy little Legion of Doom to harry these nice folks: a giant albino demon; a formless, flesh-eating ur'droch; and a knife-wielding Orphan-Annie-gone-bad named Penny Dreadful. And Angel Fire's main plot thread is even compelling: John Ross has caught a shape-changing, wild-magic creature of enormous power, a gypsy morph, that he and Nest must discover how to turn to the Word before Gask and his crew can capture it for the Void.
But as with Knight of the Word, wooden pacing and unconvincing transitions keep this tale from rising to the level of Brooks's previous masterworks, such as the excellent Shannara and Landover series. If you've read the first two books, it's certainly worth seeing off your old friends in Angel Fire East. But if you're--heaven forbid--new to Terry Brooks, check out his earlier work, or even his very capable novelization of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The book was great - finishing the story arc of Nest and John Ross; however, the title 'Angel Fire East' completely escapes me - there doesn't seem to be any connection whatsoever... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Ray Hollister
If you've read Running with a Demon, and A Knight of the Word this is the conclusion to the Word and the Void Series, and the last book before Shannara. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Levi
Not a fan of this. I don't like coarse language, and the material didn't appeal to me.Published 3 months ago by JR
Ongoing praise for this continuing saga - another must read from Terry Brooks. Hope to read the entire series and working on it now.Published 3 months ago by Catarina
It was a gratifying end to this trilogy and a great beginning to the saga of Armageddon's Children. Recommend them all!Published 3 months ago by Jerry McGhghy
I think it is amazing that with the plethora of books Terry Brooks has written around the Sword of Shannara that he is able to keep them all tied together. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hawkeye