Queste (Septimus Heap, Book 4) by Angie Sage
This is the fourth book in the Septimus Heap Series, and I have been anxiously awaiting it's release since the third book came out. I am happy to say, I was not disappointed. The story picked up right where the third book left off, and immediately got me re-involved in the story. The story itself was complex (but not confusing), and full of detail. Septimus does a few more spells in this book, but I would still like to see him do more.
Dom Daniel's former apprentice Merrin Meredith makes a return in this fourth installment of the Septimus Heap Series. Merrin has harbored a hatred for the real Septimus since his true identity was revealed in the first book, and has returned to the castle to take his revenge. But with Nicko and Snorri still trapped in another time and the drawing of the questing stone, Merrin is the last thing on Septimus's mind. Can Septimus complete his quest and rescue Nicko and Snorri before Merrin carries out the ultimate revenge.
I got this Advanced Readers Edition from the publisher - the book is released on April 8, 2008