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Jun 16 2011

The Fiend and the Forge by Henry H. Neff

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Random House Australia, 2010. ISBN 978-1-74166-268-9.
The Fiend and the Forge is the third book in The Tapestry series, which follows teenager Max McDaniels on his travels through the new world. Here the world is now ruled by demons and Max has to confront them all, without and within. Sometimes when all is quiet, Max blames himself for this change in the world, some others do as well, seeing as it was Max who handed the Book of Thoth, a mystical book that can create and destroy anything in this world, over to the Demon Lord Astaroth.
With his home of Rowan Academy restored to its former glory after Astaroth's Army invaded, Max decided to take a stand and do something right against the darkness around him. Sailing head-first into the enemy's territory Max must go it alone, with one of his friends shipped off to the Demon's Land and David Menlo, Rowan's resident Sorcerer, Max's best friend and his oath's objective, recovering from their adventures in the Sidh. Before he can face the demons, Max must fight the monsters within and without
To enjoy The Fiend and the Forge to its fullest, you must first read Henry H. Neff's first two books, The Hound of Rowan and The Second Siege. It is a book that will make you laugh and cry, smirk and be frustrated, but that is what makes a good book, is it not? People who would enjoy The Fiend and the Forge to the maximum would be middle aged teen boys, but girls who don't mind a bit of blood and gore would also enjoy it. I sing high phrases to that group of people and to get reading fast.
Zoe Pfeiffer (Student, aged 14)

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