Here is the summary of the book:
The Spook, Tom and Alice return from Greece to find the County under siege - and the Spook's home burnt to the ground. With his precious library of knowledge destroyed, they seek refuge on the nearby island of Mona. But with Mona in the thrall of a twisted Shaman there is little respite from hostility or denizens of the dark. And as Alice dodges the ever-tightening net of the island's witch hunters, a more deadly enemy emerges... Bony Lizzie, freshly-escaped from the Spook's bonds, has grand ambitions: to take for herself the throne of isle. She has harnessed the services of a tunnel-dwelling buggane, an evil creature which thrives on stealing the animas, or life force, from its unsuspecting victims. With the buggane as her secret weapon can she become an all-powerful Witch Queen?
Its a complete and utter nightmare, the invading army has gotten deeper into the County, plungging and looting everything in their way. The Spook's Chippenden house is also not spared, everything was burnt to ashes, the roof gone...with the roof the Boggart protecting the house is also gone. Time's are hard, people are fleeing the County, leaving everything behind to evade being taken prisoner.
The distraught Spook, Tom and Alice have no choice but to flee. They hire a boat and sail to the nearest island of Mona but there their troubles take on their own different forms, in the name of Bony Lizzie, Alice's mother who had escaped from the pit after the Spook's Chippenden house was pillaged, looted and burned and why is Tom having nightmares of the Goddess Morrigan telling him not to come to Ireland? Weird but let's focus on Lizzy, the Buggane and that Shaman here, we can focus on Morrigan in the next book.....
As of the previous Wardstone Chronicles books, this one too is packed with action and the perfect hair raising narrative , fit to be read around Hallows eve but a change is in site, with the lose of all the books in his library, we see a certain change in the Spook, a depression. He knows he is getting old but he is also going through his own version of nightmare, all his collections are lost, his library that accumulated knowledge of a generations of Spooks can never be replaced(as a book junkie I can relate). For Alice and Tom, sorry no change at all but it was the encounter with things of the dark that was the most gripping parts of the book. So definitely excited to start the next book and hope the movie of the first book called 'The Seventh Son' with Ben Barnes and Jeff Bridges comes out beautifully with the touch of the Spooky.
"The Spook faces his worst nightmare ever in this hair-raising next book of the Wardstone Chronicles"