Wrath of the Bloodeye was a bit different from previous books in The Last Apprentice series but I still enjoyed Wrath of the Bloodeye a good deal.
Since the Spook is aging and realizes that his knowledge on certain aspects is limited the Spook sends Tom to apprentice with a former apprentice of his. Bill Arkwright is a Spook that is familiar with staff combat and all things dark that dwell in water. The first half of Wrath of the Bloodeye really just focuses on Tom learning to cope with Arkwright and adjust to his style of training. It is not until the second half of the story that the story shifts and goes back to Tom fighting the dark.
Tom is continuing to grow as a person and coming into his own, with almost two years of training he is getting a strong footing in understanding the dark and how best to fight it. Yet despite all his knowledge of the dark and what it can do to him should he falter Tom's biggest weakness is Alice. Continuing to tempt Tom Alice constantly leaves Tom feeling confused, worried, and fearful of the Spook losing his temper over Alice.
Alice still struggles with her upbringing and all that she was taught of dark magic. While Alice has put some of it aside she has not forgotten a lot of it and does not hesitate to use dark magic to keep Tom safe. This creates all kinds of problems for Tom and it seems like Alice is far darker in Wrath of the Bloodeye then in previous books in The Last Apprentice series.
Unlike previous books in The Last Apprentice series the main villain is carried over from Attack of the Fiend and it seems like this trend will continue for more of the series. I do hope to learn more about the Fiend since he is complex and obviously wants Tom on his side.
I am eager to start the next book in The Last Apprentice series since this one ended on a note that has me wondering what is going to happen next.