Poll: Favorite Knight of the Word?

"Angel Perez" by Rob Alexander

“Angel Perez” by Rob Alexander

The Knights of the Word protect our world from the possible future they witness in their dreams.

As we have seen, that future is pretty dark. When John Ross came to Hopewell, Illinois in Running with the Demon, it was the beginning of something great for Terry. You can put me in the camp who believes that the Word/Void trilogy is Terry’s finest achievement—other than The Elfstones of Shannara—and in that achievement lies powerful characters, magic, great hope, and one helluva story.

The Knights of the Word are a part of that. They work tirelessly—literally, because to fall asleep means to possibly die‐to prevent a future overrun by the Void and its dark creatures. They are all chosen by the Lady and put upon and kept on their path by the mysterious and powerful O’olish Amaneh (Two Bears).

Their stories are about giving up much more than themselves for a good that might not come to pass.

My question today is about the Knights:

Who is your favorite Knight of the Word?

We spent the most time with John Ross, and I suspect he will be the character most people vote for. His story is tragic, perhaps more so than the others, with the exception of possibly Sider Ament’s story, which also deals with love’s loss. Still, the power found in both Logan Tom and Angel Perez might match that, and personally I loved the few pages we were given of Sider’s mentor, he who held the staff before Sider did. And some part of me loves the Knight gone rogue, Krikla Koos&mdahs;just twisted enough to see his logic fully.

Oh, and we’ll count O’olish Amaneh in this, since he acts like a Knight sometimes…

So vote! And discuss!


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Written by Shawn Speakman
I am the long-time friend and webmaster for Terry Brooks as well as the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban/epic fantasy hybrid novel Terry calls "a fine tale by a talented writer." Join me on Facebook and Twitter (@shawnspeakman)!