Wurm War (OutCast #4)
Timothy and Cassandra may have beaten the evil sorcerer Alhazred, but their problems aren't over. Alhazred was so tied to the matrix of energy that his death has caused a magical brownout, dimming all the sorcerous power there is, both in people and in lights. The brownout also caused a weakening in the dimensional barrier that kept the Wurm out of Arcanum. For the first time in decades the Wurm have the chance to exact their bloody vengeance upon the mages who sought to destroy them. Can Timothy and Cassandra end the feud before the Wurm devastate Arcanum?
"The opposite of war isn't peace -- it's creation."
Through three books, OutCast's youthful protagonist Timothy has grown up quite a bit. He has been taken away from his home, lost loved ones, and fought in battles of epic proportions. In this, the final book of the OutCast quartet, his character is tested when the Wurms come to Arcanum to seek revenge.
I don't want to give away the ending entirely, of course, but I do want to say it was quite impressive. Could there be more OutCast books in the future? You'll have to read Wurm War to find out.
If not for OutCast, though, I do hope that Golden and Sniegoski team up for another children's series. They are a fantastic collaborative team, having worked together for years on comics and horror / dark fantasy novels for adults. Thanks to OutCast, I can finally recommend their works to younger kids and to families. OutCast will spark the imagination of its readers, igniting a special kind of literary magic.