The Spook’s Blood by Joseph Delaney

How did I get the book?
Received from the publisher, in an exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Fantasy

Previously reviewed:
The Spook’s Apprentice Book #1
The Spook’s Curse Book #2
The Spook’s Secret Book #3
The Spook’s Battle Book #4
The Spook’s Mistake Book #5
The Spook’s Sacrifice Book #6
The Spook’s Nightmare Book #7
The Spook’s Destiny Book #8
Spooks: I Am Grimalkin Book #9

Synopsis: 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…

200words (or less) review: When I first got offered the chance to review the Wardstone Chronicles this was one of the books that convinced me that I’d want to read the series. The Fiend is bound, for now, but Tom is running out of time to destroy him. There is a sense of urgency while reading that wasn’t there in previous books.

The Spook and Tom have returned to Chipenden after the war and the Spook begins to rebuild his house. The dynamics between apprentice and master have shifted permanently. Master Gregory withdraws, still teaching but its Tom that is going to be dealing with the dark from now own.

What I enjoyed the most about The Spook’s Blood is Tom being at the center by design (not because he’s been separated from this master). There is actually some character growth in this book, which is something that had been missing from the previous installments. The story is darker and has some great parts but despite this I didn’t enjoy it as much as I originally thought I would. I think the Vampire aspect of the story was always going to be an issue.

Recommend it?


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