Attack of the Fiend is by Joseph Delaney. The fourth book in The Last Apprentice series. The Spook, Tom, and Alice must head to Pendle to sort out the three witch covens there before they can join together to raise "the fiend". Before they even arrive in Pendle, Tom discovers that the Malkin clan has kidnapped his brother, his sister-in-law, and their young daughter; destroyed the farm house; and stolen the trunks Tom's mother had left for him. Can Tom and Alice rescue his family and get back his trunks? What is in the trunks that the witches want so badly? What is the secret Tom's mother kept from him? This story is non-stop adventure from beginning to end. Fans of this series will not be able to wait for the next book.
Ratings: 8th grade - 9 out of 10 - V (violence) - AC (some mature thematic content).