Nest Freemark hasn't seen John Ross since he was sent to keep her from the Void. So why does the Lady want to send her to restore John's faith in the Word? In the second book in Terry Brooks' dark urban fantasy series The Word and the Void Nest returns to Hopewell for a weekend away from college. As she tries to decide what to do with her childhood home she reflects on how much has changed in the last few years. Both grandparents have died and almost all of her childhood friends have moved on, as has Wraith. She's not even sure if she still has her magic as she's not used it in years.
Through all the changes one constant is Pick. He is still the guardian of Sinissipi Park and thinks Nest should spend more time at home helping him. On this visit Pick brings her word that something is waiting to speak with her. A tatterdemalion (a ghostly entity formed from the memories of dead children) brings a message from the Lady. John Ross has lost faith in the Word and has renounced his knighthood. Nest is charged with convincing him that he is on a dangerous path, one that will lead him into the service of the Void.
Not really sure why she was asked to go, Nest boards a plane and heads to Seattle where John is working for philanthropist Simon Lawrence at Fresh Start, a charity for the homeless. John is unconcerned with her warnings and Nest is set to return to Hopewell until she hears a demon feeding on the homeless underneath Seattle. Good thing too, since the demon has been busy stirring things up at Fresh Start and John Ross is further along his descent into the Void than he realizes.
This is a wonderful follow up to Running with the Demon. In A Knight of the Word John Ross is shown in a deeper way. He's lost faith in his purpose after a horrible tragedy-- he failed to prevent the death of many schoolchildren-- and he longs for a normal life. I think Brooks successfully shows a real reaction to an unreal circumstance. I also was surprised by the reemergence of Wraith.
If you have not read Running with the Demon, I suggest you get yourself a copy and start. While A Knight of the Word isn't a heavy on the action as the previous title it is a great continuation of The Word and the Void series. If you're a fan of dark urban fantasy (and even if you're not) this is a great title to add to your reading list.
Also in The Word and the Void series: Running with the Demon and Angel Fire East
A Knight of the Word by Terry Brooks
Printed by Del Rey
A Knight of the Word is available at Amazon.com
I reviewed A Knight of the Word from my own personal library