There are thousands of magical worlds for readers to visit.
Terry Brooks has been responsible for three of them. Shannara published first in 1977. Then the Magic Kindom of Landover published in 1986. And in 1997, the Word/Void series began. Brooks is best known for his Shannara saga, legions of fans coming to the genre through those books. But he has had the good fortune to write outside of Shannara – and the Word/Void series is perhaps my favorite of the three, masterpieces all.
The first book, Running with the Demon, is one of those amazing books that only come along every few years, written long before the urban fantasy craze went bestseller. Set in Illinois, it is the story of Nest Freemark, a young girl with a family secret so powerful it has drawn the attention of a Demon of the Void and a Knight of the Word. Hidden fairy creatures inhabit our world intertwined with Celtic mythology. Jim Butcher readers would love it. The sequels for Running with the Demon are just as good, powerful storytelling from a master of the genre.
And sadly, for years, Brooks has said that he would not return to that trilogy. That he had said everything he wanted to with Word/Void. I guess he had more to say. Because he has returned to the mythos this week with Warrior, a new novella only released as an ebook until it will be collected into a forthcoming Brooks short fiction collection.
Here is more information from Brooks in his newsletter, which was sent out earlier this week:
It has been and will continue to be a great year. The Skaar Invasion, Book 2 of The Fall of Shannara, is in bookstores now. October 2 will see the release of Street Freaks, a futuristic SF novel Library Journal calls a “fast-paced thriller, which has enough espionage, mystery, and dystopian elements to satisfy readers in these related genres.” And published between them this week, Warrior!
For years, I have said I would not return to the Word/Void trilogy and for years that remained true. No longer. Warrior is a novella unlike any story I have told before.
Warrior is a sequel to Imaginary Friends, a tale found in Unfettered. Warrior is also a 32,000-word novella, about 1/3 the size of my usual books, and it is illustrated by award-winning artist Donato Giancola. Warrior will only be made available as an ebook until it joins a forthcoming short story collection.
This means you can read it early! You can order Warrior from Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iBooks, or your favorite retailer today.
The Lady is waiting.
For those of you who have read the Word/Void trilogy and who loved it as much as I did, Warrior is a great return to that mythos. If you haven’t read the Word/Void series, I highly recommend you start with either Running with the Demon or Warrior. They are both amazing reads and should make you a fast fan.
Let’s hope Brooks can write more Word/Void in the future!