Apr 28, 2014

The Spook's Destiny by Joseph Delaney

The Spook's DestinyThe Spook's Destiny
The eighth chilling volume in the Wardstone Chronicles, featuring Tom Ward, the Spook's apprentice.
The Spook, Tom and Alice travel to Ireland, fleeing from the war in the County. There, Tom must tackle a group of evil mages who are desperate to rid their land of the Spook and his apprentice, and to increase their own dark powers.

His dangerous mission against the mages leads Tom to the Destiny Blade - a sword with a dark side, and a thirst for blood . . . Will this new weapon give him a fighting chance against the Fiend?

If he's to survive, he'll need training, and only one person can help - Grimalkin, the witch assassin. The dark against the dark . . .

I borrowed the summary from Joseph Delaney's website. In book Eight of the Last Apprentice series Tom, the Spook and Alice are in Ireland. Tom has many enemies there and even ends up in the Otherworld where he needs to fight for his life. And then of course there's the Feind they need to deal with. For that they need Grimalkin's help.
There's a lot of action in this book and for once Tom isn't helpless all the time, which is a nice chance. I really liked the scheming and planning. Tom's becoming an actual fighter and reading about his training was great. In this book there are of course many evil creatures and there's a heavy dose of nastiness and gore as usual. Tom is growing up and the stories are growing up with him, which is wonderful to see.

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