This sequel to Thirteen Days of Midnight (2015) follows Luke Manchett, who inherited a Host of powerful ghosts from his father and can’t seem to get out of the necromancy business.
Luke thinks he has rid himself of his father’s unwanted baggage, but when a new exchange student, Californian Ashley, shows up in his school in northeast England, he learns that she is also a necromancer. She wants to use his magical and highly dangerous Book of Eight to save her twin sister from certain death in the world of spirits. Luke enlists the reluctant aid of his girlfriend, Elza, but learns soon enough that Ashley hasn’t told him the entire truth. He winds up traveling into the spirit world to right the wrongs that Ashley has committed, but he faces challenges. To fight the Widow, conjured by Ashley, he must summon the leader of his Host, the devious Shepherd, and bind him yet again. With his loyal dog, Ham, he and the Shepherd embark on an epic journey to the Shrouded Lake. Along the way Luke is tested over and over, and he fears that he may have another meeting with the Devil himself. Hunt writes nicely effective horror, balancing the normal teen lives of his characters (most presumably white) against their supernatural adventures. As in the previous book, Luke’s time spent inhabiting Ham’s mind is a highlight.
Whopping good suspense in the netherworld. (Horror. 12-18)