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Rise of the Huntress by Joseph Delaney
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Oct 11, 2010

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Old Gregory the Spook, Tom Ward, his apprentice, and Alice are returning from Greece after the epic battle in which Tom lost his Mam. With them are Claw, Blood, and Bone, Bill Arkwright's wolfhounds. As they near Crependen, they realize that the Spook's house and precious library have been burned and the boggart has disappeared. But the worst news is that Bony Lizzie, Alice's mother and a malevolent witch, has been loosed on the countryside. Fear on an invading army leads the Spook to decide to go to the island of Mona where he immediately learns about the depredations of a buggane controlled by the lord of the land who is a shaman. Tom and Alice are accused as followers of the Dark by Horn, an abhuman. While they are held in prison awaiting trial, they meet Adriana, a self-declared bird witch. Using Adriana's information, Tom and Alice escape but are soon caught up in Bony Lizzie's attempted coup. Tom and Alice are faced with difficult choices of life and death and must figure out if and how to tell the Spook about their pact with the Fiend and the secret of the blood jar. I didn't like this book as much as the others in the series. It was very realistic as there is often no clear choice between good and evil but most things hover in shades of gray. I missed the boggart and Tom's interactions with him. Maybe that's why it got three stars.

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