How did I get the book? Received from the publisher, in an exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: The Spook, Tom and Alice return from Greece to find the County under siege – and the Spook’s home burnt to the ground. With his precious library of knowledge destroyed, they seek refuge on the nearby island of Mona. But with Mona in the thrall of a twisted Shaman there is little respite from hostility or denizens of the dark. And as Alice dodges the ever-tightening net of the island’s witch hunters, a more deadly enemy emerges…
Bony Lizzie, freshly-escaped from the Spook’s bonds, has grand ambitions: to take for herself the throne of isle. She has harnessed the services of a tunnel-dwelling buggane, an evil creature which thrives on stealing the animas, or life force, from its unsuspecting victims. With the buggane as her secret weapon can she become an all-powerful Witch Queen?
200words (or less) review: Following the previous book The Spook’s Nightmare has restored my faith in the series. At the beginning the story seems to be a return to the earlier books but once Bony Lizzie appears it becomes apparent that this book is laying the groundwork for some big things to come.
I do have some issues though; I mentioned this in a previous review but Tom doesn’t seem to grow much. The other thing is why is it always Alice that does the cooking and cleaning? Tom refers to his appalling skills so I can let the cooking slide but when they all ended up at the derelict cottage it was Alice that started sweeping no mention of anyone helping out.
Bony Lizzie was actually my favourite thing about this story. She creates a real danger not just in the physical sense, although her strutting around the castle was pretty cool. She’s cruel but intelligent and manipulates with ease. As Alice’s mother Tom can’t bring himself to hurt her and Lizzie doesn’t give him a second change. She is the best opponent The Spook and Tom have had.
Let’s see what happens next…