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Attack of the Fiend by Joseph Delaney
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Jun 07, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: reading-aloud, kids, fantasy
Read from April 28 to June 06, 2011

I've been reading this aloud to Luke (age 9) for the past several weeks. We took a break here and there, but last night we had to read the final 50 pages all at once. We've been really enjoying this series (which currently numbers about 8 books). Sometimes I wonder if it's a bit too creepy for Luke but he's been digging it. After finishing this one he said, "Let's start the next book tomorrow night!" So far I think this book might be my favorite out of the series so far. In this story our three heroes, Tom (the last apprentice), the Spook (his master, John Gregory), and Alice (a young girl descended from a witch clan) face off against three covens of witches in the town of Pendle. They are trying to put aside their differences long enough to bring the Fiend over from the dark into our world. And the Fiend is no less than Old Nick himself. One of the things I like about this series is that even though there are priests in the story, the religious aspects are toned down and impartial. It's not assumed that you the reader, or a certain character is a believer. In fact, there are characters of every stripe. It's well done. And the wood-cut illustrations that begin every chapter are very cool too.
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Reading Progress

04/28/2011 page 15
05/11/2011 page 110
21.0% "this may turn out to be my fave in the series so far."
05/15/2011 page 175
33.0% "Throat's dry, reading this to my 9yo."
05/19/2011 page 241
45.0% "Wonderfully creepy, dire, exciting."
05/23/2011 page 365
69.0% "Diggin' this series."
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