This is book 1 in a new series called The Starblade Chronicles. This book carries on a storyline that began with the Spooks Apprentice series and now there is a new spook in town , Tom Ward , the seventh son of a seventh son who's job it is to protect the county from evil that lurks there from time to time since the previous beloved Spook is now dead. Along with Tom is an unexpected apprentice of his own and an unexpected friend from the past , together they face a battle of immense danger . What a cliff hanger Joseph Delaney has left us with . I was reading the end of this book anxiously clasping my kindle . This was an excellent start to a new series ... What awaits us next??? I don't know but I can't wait!