Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Lure of the Dead (The Last Apprentice #10) by Joseph Delaney (5/5 stars).

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Title: Lure of the Dead (The Last Apprentice #10)
Author: Joseph Delaney
Publisher: Random House
Date Published: 21 Aug 2012
Genre: Horror/Urban Fantasy
Hardcover: 275 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars

Time is running out for Thomas Ward. His final battle against the Fiend is drawing near, and the Spook's apprentice has never felt more alone in his task. Isolated and afraid, the Fiend is set to send the greatest of his servants against him - Siscoi, a Vampire God more ferocious than anything he has yet faced. Tom must risk his life to prevent the evil beast from entering this world, even as he learns that the final destruction of the Fiend may involve a sacrifice more terrible than he can imagine.

Lure of the dead is the last book in the series, but don't fret TLA fans, another book is coming out - I am Alice, told from Alice's point of view. Firstly, I am going to miss Tom's voice! When I was reading Lure of the Dead, I was lingering, knowing it'll be the last book told in Tom's voice. And because this is the last book, I want to say that with other series, or books even, I sometimes get stuck in a certain page and had to stop reading and it takes me days to pick up the book again but with The Last Apprentice, I never did once get stuck in any of the books!

Lure of the Dead only has about 275 pages, not a lot compared to the other books, which isn't surprising considering there's just one big bad boss and his servants - Siscoi and the Romanian vampires and witches, unlike in Rage of the Fallen for example where Tom is besieged with a horde of enemies - he had to fight the Morrigan, Pan's Mages, and he had to bind the Fiend.

I always say that what's so special about this series is how it fits perfectly in the horror genre! Tom is an ordinary boy who had to fight these horrifying creatures of the dark, David versus Goliath, how will Tom ever survive? Yet in each book, Tom also grows stronger, he is learning to use his mam's gifts, training and building strength physically, so you'd think by the tenth book you won't be as afraid as you once were that night when Mother Malkin was going to eat him. But nooo, in this book, Tom got scared and he fled for the first time! I still think he's one of the most courageous heroes out there, another beauty in Delaney's character personification, his hero flees but any reader would defend Tom if anyone calls him a coward! He isn't. He has more courage than other heroes who do it for glory or for love. Tom fights because it is the right thing to do. Because if he didn't, then who would? And we all love him for that. 

We also see Tom torn over so much emotions because he learns that he has to sacrifice the person he loves to truly defeat the Fiend.It took him a while before he acknowledged just what Alice means to him. It's been hard for him to figure it out since their relationship is strained, now more than ever. How far had Alice gone to the dark? This plagues Tom and makes him feel alone. 

Another unforgettable book in the series!


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