Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Last Apprentice #4: Attack of the Fiend by Joseph Delaney

This book is the fourth in the series, and I gave it a rating of five out of five. The Spook and Tom must travel to Pendle to stop three covens of witches from joining forces to raise the Fiend, the devil. Each coven has thirteen witches along with their husbands and children, so the two of them will be greatly outnumbered. Add to that another witch who knows Tom's mother and wants both of them dead and a witch assassin who enjoys torturing and killing. The Spook and Tom will need to use all of their skills, help from others, and a little bit of luck to overcome this conflict.

Type the title of earlier books in the series into the search box if you'd like to see my reviews of them. I like the conflict in this story, because there are so many witches who don't normally get along. The reader knows something really bad must be happening for the three clans to join together. It almost comes across as a war book, because the forces are clearly identified. In earlier books, the enemies were more mysterious. This book has mystery, magic, and the very evil enemies which creates some nice suspense. Tom's spook skills are outmatched, but there is something special about him that concerns all of the witches. Getting rid of Tom is more important to them than worrying about the Spook.

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