Friday, January 13, 2012

Rage of the Fallen (The Last Apprentice #8) by Joseph Delany (4/5 stars).

Title: The Spook's Destiny/Rage of the Fallen (The Last Apprentice #8)
Author: Joseph Delaney
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Date Published: 19 April 2011
Genre: Horror
Hardcover: 416 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars 

"A dangerous few months lie ahead—ones which some of us will be hard-pressed to survive.

Thomas Ward has served as the Spook's apprentice for three years.

He has battled boggarts, witches, demons, and even the devil himself. Tom has enemies: The Fiend stalks him, waiting for a moment of weakness. The terrifying Morrigan, goddess of witches, warned him never to step foot on her homeland, Ireland.

But now war has consumed their own country, and Tom, his friend Alice, and the Spook must flee to Ireland. The dark rages strongly there. No one can be trusted. Can Tom defeat the creatures that hunt him most fiercely?"

I really like this cover with the sword more but we only get the other edition here in my local bookstore and Amazon shipping charges would cost me more than five of this book hence I have to wait it out, so while I actually own the book with the other cover I'll use this image for this entry. 

The sword is the Blade of Destiny and it was given to Tom by Cuchulain, one of the greatest heroes of Ireland, and it is said that the one who wields it will fulfill his destiny, there are conflicting opinions of course after the identity of the sword was revealed; Tom's master doesn't believe in destiny, he believes that a man makes his own future whereas Grimalkin believes that everything has been set and Tom is the one foretold who would finally defeat the Fiend. 

In this installment, Tom has to fight horrifying enemies: the Morrigan, Pan and the Mages, and the Fiend, with defeat almost certain and without reprieve leaving readers holding their breath in anticipation for the next onslaught. Delaney is a master, giving us a perfectly executed spine chilling denouement with ease and Tom gets to live unscathed for another battle. Alice is not so lucky though, and I do love that girl, my heart breaks for her, she spent time in the Fiend's domain and has gone dark in the end.

My Verdict: This series is grisly, thrilling, and highly addictive! It's what got my brother to start reading!

This book is part of the following challenges: