Runnin with the Demon is book 1 of Terry Brook’s trilogy Word and Void. It takes place in small town in modern day (as in 20th century) America. Although it is not clear in this book, this trilogy is actually part of the greater Shannara series. I won’t tell you where it fits in as I don’t want to spoil it for you.
Nest Freemark was born with an innate magic ability which she has to hide from everyone except her grandmother and a select group of magical friends. Her mother died when Nest was only a couple months old and her father is no where to be found. Nobody wants to tell Nest anything about her father.
I’m not even going to try and sugar coat this; I did not like this book at all. The entire 400+ page book took place within a span of 4 days – over the July 4th long weekend. That itself would not have been a problem except the lives of these people are SO mundane. It was just so boring. It got a little better when Brooks started talking about magics and demons, what you expect from a fantasy novel, but it just wasn’t enough.
The Word is good and The Void is bad. That’s pretty much all you need to get out of this novel and then move onto the next one.