Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Rage of the Fallen

The Last Apprentice: Rage of the FallenThe Last Apprentice: Rage of the Fallen Joseph Delaney

Tom, Alice, and the Spook have made it to Ireland, where they get a much better reception than they did on the Island of Mona. In Ireland, they encounter new creatures of the dark that they've never faced before, such as Jibbers. But, even darker, it looks like the Celtic witch that Bill Arkwright killed back in Wrath of the Bloodeye isn't dead, and is intent on seeking her revenge on Tom. He can't concentrate too hard on that, though, because he and the Spook are quickly enlisted in a battle between land owners and the goat mages-- dark magicians who draw power from Pan.

There's a lot more going on, but I can't say too much because it gets spoiler-y. One word-- Alice. Holy cow, that girl, how do I love her. She remains the unknown throughout this series and throughout this book, woah.

Lots and lots of action, not just for the plot of this book, but also in some over-reaching plot arcs. Lots of resolution, lots of answers, and a whole new batch of problems and questions.

I liked the Irish setting-- there were new creatures and locations to explore, even things the Spook was unaware of, which was cool. I also liked the concept of the Otherworld and how it was drawn and used. I'm ready for our characters to return to the County, but I like how they explore new places every few books, I like how they interact and learn from new experiences and other Spooks. It adds nice dimensions to their fight against the dark, but also them as characters, the world Delaney has built.

This is one of the stronger books in the series, so fans need to go get it NOW.

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