As the Spook’s apprentice Tom’s first duty is to protect the County from the dark. But now Mam needs his help in her homeland of Greece. One of the most dangerous of the old gods, the Ordeen, is about to return there, bringing slaughter and devastation. Meanwhile, the Devil himself is still loose and if he and the Ordeen join forces, a new age of darkness will descend.
Mam has summoned a powerful group to her side but among them are Tom’s old enemy, the Pendle witches, including the assassin Grimalkin, and the cunning clan leader Mab Moldheel. Can Tom go against all the Spook has taught him and ally himself to the witches? What is the secret that Mam is keeping from him? And what sacrifices must be made in the battle against the dark? -Goodreads
My Rating: 4/5
When I first started reading this book, I felt a little let down. It felt like it was sidestepping the main issue of the series that had been set up in the previous two books. By the end, however, I could see the relevance of this book and how important it is to the overarching story.
We see a lot more of Thomas’ Mam in this story. She’s an incredibly interesting character and we’ve seen some of her past in previous entries, but in this book, we get to learn a lot more, as well as see a lot more.
It was great to see characters from the previous two books come together to fight an enemy. It made character like Mab Moldheel stand out, and Grimalkin is quickly becoming a favourite. We get to see Bill Arkwright again, and his character development from the previous book is fantastic.
As this is the 6th book in The Wardstone Chronicles, it’s hard to talk about anything in particular without giving away spoilers! Thomas Ward is quickly growing into a powerful young hero, quickly catching up with his own master, John Gregory. Alice is also very quickly becoming a stronger character, but whether she will remain in the Light or fall to the Dark we are yet to see.
This book takes us out of the County for the first time and into Greece, where the old gods are strong, and their magic influences the world around them. We follow Thomas Ward and the others are they try to navigate this new land full of dangerous threats and it’s exciting. This series only gets bigger and bigger, the further you go into it.