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The Feud

Novel by James Darke (England) 1986.

Now that Robert Monk finally lies dead at his hand, John Ferris ought to be free from any grudge against him. But now Sir Richard and Lady Eleanor Fraser have sworn to bring about his death, for the disfiguration he had caused. Travelling once more with Joseph Petulengro and his band of gypsies, Ferris finds himself camped only a short distance from the Frasers' castle, where the Porges sisters, former assistants to Monk, are eagerly telling the aristocratic couple exactly who he really is.

Seventh and probably the most action-packed in Laurence James' Witches series, begun by The Prisoner, this steamrollers along at an incredible pace, culminating in a particularly spectacular finale. Although Ferris has more companions than for most of the series, this is still mainly a solo adventure, with neither Joseph Petulengro or the albino, Andrew Turlough, getting much of a look in. Although there is nothing of the coven's activities outlined, there is so much sex and violence that it's hardly missed. And Robert Monk, chief bad guy for the previous six books in the series, is likewise not missed, more than made up for by Lady Eleanor, who is a far better antagonist for Ferris than her disfigured husband. Another high point in a series that hasn't had a really low point since book two.


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