I remember reading Angel Fire East for the first time. It just so happened that I had a full day with nothing to do, so I read Angel Fire East until I finished it several hours later. That is what readers can expect from Angel Fire East, another great novel from Terry Brooks.
Ten years after the events of A Knight of the Word, John Ross, has a vision of the future in which he learns of a powerful magic being born in the present called a Gypsy Morph, which has taken the form of a young child. This magic can be used for good or evil and he is given the charge to ensure that it does the later. He is guided by the only word that the Gypsy Morph uttered – Nest.
However, there are many Demons and dark creatures that will stop at nothing to get their hands on the Gypsy Morph. They follow John Ross to the home of Nest Freemark, who takes both John Ross, and the Gypsy Morph into her protection. From then on they have to deal with Demons lurking nearby, not to mention the fact that neither John nor Nest know how to unlock the wild magic within the Gypsy Morph before it fades away into nothingness.
Angel Fire East corrects a few of the problems seen in previous books. Unlike its predecessor, Angel Fire East does not present the characters as depressed shells. Before, both John and Nest were struggling with many internal emotional issues, but as they are older in this book they have overcome many of these issues. This makes it much easier to appreciate the characters.
Like Running with the Demon the antagonist is very dangerous, but this time he brought friends, making this perhaps the greatest threat Nest Freemark and John Ross have ever had to deal with. The other Demons are twisted and deadly each in his/her own unique way, creating quite a dangerous ensemble of opposition. Considering the fact that they are lurking not far from Nest’s house, waiting for the right opportunity, the book is very suspenseful.
However, there still remains the slight problem that we do not know exactly why the Gypsy Morph is so important. We know the Demons want it badly which is reason enough, but we never really get to know what it is that the Gypsy Morph can or will do. This is later explained in the Genesis of Shannara trilogy. Also the book, though suspenseful, can be a little dull, due to the fact that there is very little action until the end. I believe the Word and the Void trilogy was intentionally less epic than the Shannara series, but I would still enjoy a bit more magic in action.
As the conclusion to the Word and the Void trilogy, I advise anyone that loves fantasy or Terry Brooks to read it. While it has a few problems, anyone will benefit by reading the trilogy. Fans of the Shannara series will note that these are chronologically the first of Brooks’ epic fantasy future, though this is only revealed later, and there are few hints of this in the trilogy. Another great addition to the library of Terry Brooks’ books.