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The Last Apprentice: Rise of the Huntress (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles #7)

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Things can never be the same again.

After a long journey and a hard battle, the Spook and his apprentice, Tom Ward, have returned home. But the county has been overrun by enemy soldiers. The Spook’s house is in ruins, the boggart protecting it has fled, and the malicious witches imprisoned in the gardens have escaped. Tom, Alice, and the Spook must flee, too, across the oce
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Paperback, 436 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Greenwillow Books (first published 2010)
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Evgeny
Dec 20, 2015 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
While the Spook and his apprentice were busy fighting the dark supernatural things
Spooky things
Spooky things
their country was fighting a big war nobody cared much about (World War I would be a good analogy). Still a war is a war and quiet almost backward part of the world where Spook
Spook
lived finally saw military action. It is overrun by raider parties and is about to be conquered. Spook's biggest treasure and his main goal in life - his library - is destroyed and he and Tom had to run to a remote island. To make matters w
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Richard
Mar 22, 2016 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-fantasy
8/10

This is probably the best instalment in the series for a while and possibly the best so far, I really enjoyed it and was able to get through this in quick time. There has been an over arcing theme with Tom and the fiend in the previous novels but this takes a bit of a back seat in this outing and it is more a standalone (don’t read it out of order though as so many characters/themes are mentioned throughout) and works well for it.

Tom and the Spook flea the County to the Isle of Man (or Mona
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Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
The Last Apprentice/ Wardstone Chronicles Series-Book #7...

I'm on the 7th of 13 books in this series and so far it hasn't gotten old yet. In this installment, the war is in progress and enemy soldiers have been ransacking the counties. When Tom, Alice & the Spook return home from Greece they find the Spook's home, including his massive library of priceless books, burnt down, the bogart has fled & the witches have escaped. They end up fleeing to an island that they think we'll be a safe
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colleen the convivial curmudgeon
Even though the stakes keep increasing, and Tom and Co are facing, in this installment, some of their most powerful opponents to date, I couldn't help but feel that the story was kind of lackluster.

Part of it is the continuing level of the narration which still isn't really aging much in tone (though I will say that one thing, specifically (view spoiler)
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Erica
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Lucinda
Spinechilling and nail-bitingly intense these spooky books will have you jumping out of your skin, completely engrossed within the story!!


The Spooks series continues with a deadly nightmare that haunts your sleep and fills every waking moment with thoughts on how the hero is going to overcome the terrors that await him…full of electric tension amidst and inspired and truly original storyline this book you will find unable to put down, even for a minute! I will warn you though that if you are a
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Jonathan
The Spook's Nightmare is the continuation of an incredible YA series by Joseph Delaney. The series itself follows Tom Ward who becomes the apprentice of the County Spook and learns the various methods of trapping and defeating the creatures of the Dark which inhabit the County. Overcoming beings from Boggles to witches is just part of the adventure. I must warn anyone who thinks these are simple books for thirteen to fourteen year olds that they are pretty dark and gruesome in places. After all ...more
Eleanor bookreader
4.5 stars. What can I say about this. It's going much darker. It's almost like Harry Potter bok 4. You just know that from know on it's going to get darker.
Inn this book the characters are keeping secrets. It's still a lots of action going on. But I missed the fun parts. Except for that, it was amazing.
Karissa
Dec 29, 2010 Karissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the seventh book in The Last Apprentice series by Delaney. Originally the series was planned for seven books, but this book definitely isn't the last in the series. I haven't been able to find an updated estimate of how many books this series will have. This was another great addition to this series.

This book finds the Spook, Tom, and Alice back on their way to the Spook's house. Things are getting worse on the war front, the enemies are invading further inland and when the Spook and cre
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Duffy Pratt
Jan 23, 2013 Duffy Pratt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, childrens, horror
This series is remarkably consistent and engaging. Delaney manages to weave new and interesting variations on his theme, and he keeps the interest level high even though there are remarkably few characters involved. In this installment, we get the return of Bony Lizzie. She is Alice's mom and a witch who caused some problems in the first book, but who has since been residing in a pit in the Spook's garden in Chipenden.

Unfortunately for the Spook and Tom, the invading army destroyed Chipenden whi
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Cat
Oct 01, 2010 Cat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Lisa Burgess
Aug 04, 2015 Lisa Burgess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Die ganze Spook Reihe bewerte ich übrigens immer besser als ich es vielleicht unter anderen Umständen getan hätte, aber die Bücher haben mich in den letzten Monaten abends immer so beruhigt, als es mir nicht gut ging, dass sie eine besonderen Platz in meinem Herzen haben.)

Langsam kommt etwas Veränderung rein! Selbst der alt eingesessene Spook kommt jetzt nicht mehr drumherum, einige seiner alten Ansichten zu überdenken. Sehr schön. Ich habe wieder sehr viele Gefühle für Alice. Und ich finde es
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Michael Weber-Williams
“Why bark yourself when you've got a dog to do it for you?”
--Bony Lizzie, The Last Apprentice: Rise of the Huntress, Joseph Delaney

After risking their lives--yet again--in Greece, John Gregory (the Spook), Thomas Ward (the apprentice), and Alice Deane (the witch) all return to the country; however, when they arrive home they are in for a surprise. Ever since the Devil was conjured to flesh, the state of the country was declining and the darkness was spreading more abroad. The three’s departure
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Nathaniel ΘΣ
This is the seventh book in the Wardstone Chronicles series. Originally the series was supposed to have seven books in it, but now I believe the series is going to total 10 books so this is getting close to the end. In this book, Mr Gregory, Tom and Alice have to leave the County and end up in Mona, an island off the County's coast. They find that Bony Lizzie has escaped her confinement at the Spook's house and has also made her way to Mona.

It's made very obvious that Mona is actually the Isle
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Woodge
Nov 16, 2011 Woodge rated it really liked it
This series doesn't disappoint. Here we are with the seventh book in the series and the stories keep getting better. They are chock-full of scary Spook business, dangerous opponents, narrow escapes, and surprising developments. I started reading this series aloud to Luke at the beginning of the year. But I was only about 50 pages into this one when he demanded to be able to read it on his own. (He didn't want to wait the glacial pace it would take to have to wait for me to read it. Besides, it's ...more
H.J. Harper
Jun 09, 2010 H.J. Harper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the best one of the series, but still another fantastic book. After the end o' the world type stuff from the book before, Spook's Nightmare had a tough act to follow and it feels a bit more like it's treading water until something really big happens in the next book (which I think will have LOTS of Grimmalkin YEAH!). Though there are still some great moments in this, in particular a horrific scene where 'witches' are tested by being put in a barrel with metal spikes pointing in and rolled do ...more
Michelle K
Mar 21, 2014 Michelle K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, 2014-purchases
I like the US names of of these books over the UK versions, the only exception is book 9: it's Grimalkin the Witch Assassin in the US and I am Grimalkin in the UK (<----which I like better).

Review:
4.5*

I hate how the Spook sees things in black and white, even right down to lighting a candle with magic being eeeevuuul. It seems to me it is the ultimate triumph against black magic, to use it for good deeds, like Alice does. She's saved Tom and the Spook countless times over so they could fight t
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Dakota Madsen
Jan 07, 2013 Dakota Madsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joseph Delaney (who wrote this book) should be given a trophy. Every word in it is gripping. It makes me feel that I’m in the story.

This book is really something to sink your teeth into.

On the back of one of the books it says for the readers who have outgrown Harry Potter, and I agree. This book is for those who like fantasy, war, fighting, haunting, magic, and horror.

I like the book because the main character reminds me of myself, young, eager, likes to exercise, to eat, and fight for what is r
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Sónia Tigol
Sep 16, 2014 Sónia Tigol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the seventh book in The Last Apprentice series by Delaney, and here we are with the seventh book in the series and the stories keep getting better.
This series is remarkably consistent and engaging, Delaney manages to weave new and interesting variations on his theme, increasingly frightening theme.
Rise of the Huntress is full of suspense and plot turns. I also found it to be somewhat scary at times.
I really love this series.
I'm really excited to read the next one.
Sarah
Apr 03, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't wait for the next! It's getting more intense and heart-wrenching here, for Alice and the Spook.

I think the real hero is Alice, she did many things to save Tom and the Spook, since they're powerless and all.

I hope the Spook'll be nicer next book, because he really is an irritating old man!


By the way, how could I just realize that this series has a weird way of telling? Is it about how the British, or what?
Logan Jones
This book was amazing. It was really suspenseful throughout the book. The book was about Alice, the Spook, and Tom. Tom, the Spook, and Alice just arrived back to pendle only to realize there house to be burned down. The spook then had to make a decision of whether to travel to Ireland or Mona. He decided to go to Mona.
Beril
Apr 19, 2016 Beril rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-yabancı
sıktı artık ama yine de başladım bir kere okuyorum
Liv Davenport
Sep 17, 2016 Liv Davenport rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good story.
Glamdring
Feb 23, 2012 Glamdring rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, fantasy
I really love this series!
Christie
I guess it is hard to write a book that is a sequel to one in which the world almost ends. While I loved Alice as always and enjoyed the story of the escape and rise of the horrid Bony Lizzie (who actually wrung some sympathy from me a few times), I felt the author wasted his own new characters terribly and that for once my idea of what was going to happen at the end was actually much more interesting than what did. There is much more scope in the series for Horn and Adriana than they were given ...more
Soloman Lazzell
May 09, 2016 Soloman Lazzell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author Joseph Delaney is able to create and enticing story within his book The Last Apprentice: Rise of the Huntress that brings forth many emotions and mixed feelings to the very end of this fantasy, fiction novel.
The story revolves around the main character Tom Ward and his apprenticeship to a spook who goes by the name John Gregory. Tom is a young man around the age 14. Throughout the series he grows into a character that shows bravery in the most difficult of situations. Time and time
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Jacky
Feb 28, 2017 Jacky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wjhs, horror, suspense
I did enjoy the book The County is invaded by an army from overseas. Thomas, the Spook, and Alice are forced to leave the county. They travel to the island of Mona to seek refuge. They soon realize they aren't the only ones seeking refuge on the island of Mona. One of the refugees is Bony Lizze. She escaped when the enemy soldiers burned down the Spooks house and broke all the cages. They also meet the Buggane shaman. Spook, Tom and Alice must stop them before the shaman uses the buggane to caus ...more
Adrielle
Dec 31, 2016 Adrielle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, junior-fiction
2.5 stars
I'm just not feeling it anymore. It's getting too heavy with witches and stuff and I tend to steer clear of all that stuff. I'm jumping of the Spooks wagon.
Aparajitabasu
Presenting The Wardstone Chronicles #7 The Spook's Nightmare by Joseph Delaney .

Here is the summary of the book:

The Spook, Tom and Alice return from Greece to find the County under siege - and the Spook's home burnt to the ground. With his precious library of knowledge destroyed, they seek refuge on the nearby island of Mona. But with Mona in the thrall of a twisted Shaman there is little respite from hostility or denizens of the dark. And as Alice dodges the ever-tightening net of the island's
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Amanda
Aug 23, 2010 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a big fan of Joseph Delaney's Last Apprentice series ever since I first picked it up. Just the way that he paints this fascinating and unique world with real horrors while packing it with action was awesome. I loved it from the first page until the last. However, I'll admit that I've recently become somewhat concerned about the series. With no clear end in sight, it can happen, as becomes the issue with many TV/book series, that the story starts to run around in circles with no clear g ...more
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Joseph Delaney is a full time writer living in Lancashire, in the heart of Boggart territory. He first got the idea for the Wardstone Chronicles series when he moved to the village where he lives now and discovered there was a local boggart - ‘a man like me needs boggarts around’. He made a note in his notebook ‘a story about a man who hunts boggarts’ and years later when he had to come up with an ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Revenge of the Witch (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #1)
  • Curse of the Bane (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #2)
  • Night of the Soul Stealer (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #3)
  • Attack of the Fiend (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #4)
  • The Spook's Mistake (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #5)
  • The Spook's Sacrifice (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #6)
  • Rage of the Fallen (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #8)
  • I Am Grimalkin (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #9)
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