Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Attack of the Fiend (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles #4)

"I see your future clearly. Your master will be dead, and you will be alone. It would be better if you had never been born."

Thomas Ward is the apprentice for the local Spook, who banishes boggarts and drives away ghosts. But now a new danger is threatening Tom's world. The witches are rising and the three most powerful clans are uniting in order to conjure an unimaginable evil.

Tom and the Spook set out to stop the witches before they unleash the demon. But when Tom finds himself on his own, he wonders if he has the courage and cunning to defeat the most powerful enemy he has ever encountered.

Out of the four books of this series, this was by far the best. Now, I can see where this series is going. Based on the events of this book, I truly believe that this is going to be one of the best series I have had the pleasure to read. 

First, this is NOT for younger readers. Junior high and up maybe, NOT younger. There are very dark themes in this book and based on the events that unfolded, one can only assume that it will only get darker. 

Small Summary,

1. The witches of Pendel need to be dealt with. The Spook and Tom are forced into action when they learn that someone is trying to bring the covens together to raise the Devil (Fiend). 
2. We meet a dear friend and former apprentice of the Spook. 
3. We learn what is in Mam's trunks. 
4. We learn what Mam is and what Tom is. 
5. The lore of witches is explained in great detail. 
6. This book is riddled with very dark images of death and grotesque torture. Even though you never see the act as it happens, we see several instances of the results. 
7. Love and betrayal galore. I do have a problem with Mab and her loving Tom...So odd to me..Still confused.

I could go on with what happened but I do not want to give away what happens. This is a great, quick read for adults who enjoy this theme of books. 


“None of us are either all good or all bad – we’re all somewhere in between – but there comes a moment in each life when we take an important step, either toward the light or toward the dark…”

Joseph Delaney, Attack of the Fiend 

Rating...This book earned this...Kudos!!!

Until Next Time,

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