The Spook, Tom and Alice have returned from Greece, but the County isn't the same place anymore. The Spook's house is gone, burned, and along with it, his library. The war's come and it's not safe in the County anymore. The Spook decides they must flee to the island of Mona.Wow. What can I say about this book? Things just seem to keep getting harder for everyone. Good and evil isn't so black and white. Tom and the Spook are having to use things that would be considered dark magic to make it through some situations. They don't agree with it, but they have no over choice. It seems to be really hard on the Spook, as it is going against everything he believes in and was taught. I feel bad for the Spook, Tom and Alice.The last chapter made me cry because of what Alice said to Tom. I'm not going to spoil it, but I am very sad for her.Great book. I'm going to start book 8 right away.