- Series: Pre-Shannara: Word and Void (Book 3)
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; Reissue edition (September 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780345435255
- ISBN-13: 978-0345435255
- ASIN: 0345435257
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 188 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Angel Fire East (The Word and the Void Trilogy, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – September 5, 2000
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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.
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Magic sprouts, no reason given but authors do not need reasons too often, developments in the two series, Word and Void and Shannara Genesis prove that. still, sticking to Word and Void we see the classic competition between philosophic good and evil, the ying and yang necessary for life and its problems. Ross is man in all his glory and despair, his fight for a solution and his feelings when there seems to be no permanence to the results of his efforts. He suffers briefly, tries to resign unilaterally but is forced to return to his work. Nest Freemark is not a servant of the Word, she is a demon child but ;ives beyond that stigma and fights with Ross without being forced to do so, it is her innate goodness that controls her. The Gypsy Morph, an anomalous creature, seizes upon that goodness and that ends the book. There is a gap still existing between Word and Void and Shannara Genesis, but will Brooks close it? I think he is too dark and malevolent to be able to do so comfortably, earth ruination would be his choice based on what he has done so far. But I think it is powerful writing, Angel Fire East shows that. Incidentally there is an Angel Fire in Northwestern New Mexico, a ski resort not an Indian reservation. But it does have glorious sunsets. It may even have Dream Catchers, too.
Click "See All My Reviews" if you want to see what I wrote about the other 2 books. Otherwise, read on! I promise this will be a spoiler-free review.
This story picks up 10 years after the last. Nest is all grown up now, a retired star runner still living in her grandparents' old house in Hopewell... still helping Pick in the park when she's not too busy going to church, taking cookies to the neighbors and driving around in her Ford Taurus. Okay, sorry, I lied... I just spoiled the first 100 pages of the book!
But seriously... something is missing in this one. This book isn't nearly as dark as the first 2. The villains are a joke; more annoying than frightening. There was no suspense. What little magic there was in this story was BLAH. There was almost no foreshadowing of the post-apocalyptic future. The few tragic incidences didn't seem (or feel) all that tragic. Simply put, Angel Fire East did not freak me out at all, where the 2 previous installments most definitely did. (fyi: I read all 3 books back-to-back.)
On a more positive note, this is a very easy read. There IS a story here. John Ross, O'olish Amaneh, Robert Heppler, Bennett Scott, and Josie Jackson are all back. A few new people (and creatures) are introduced. There is a mystery to solve, idiots to complicate matters, demons to overcome. Although the trilogy spans 15 years I didn't pick up on any gaps or continuity errors. The story is well told, and not nearly as predictable as the other 2, unfortunately I didn't find it all that intriguing.
The story itself, as well as the entire trilogy, were concluded with dignity but without full satisfaction. After reading 1188 pages of The Word And The Void, the climax and ending was about 10 pages long. The worst part is I was so disappointed in this installment that the abrupt and unsatisfying conclusion didn't much bother me. My reaction: "That's it? Okay." I wanted to be freaked out one last time and it just didn't happen with Angel Fire East.