Attack of the Fiend (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #4)
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Attack of the Fiend (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles #4)

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"I see your future clearly. Your master will be dead, and you will be alone. It would be better if you had never been born."

Thomas Ward is the apprentice for the local Spook, who banishes boggarts and drives away ghosts. But now a new danger is threatening Tom's world. The witches are rising and the three most powerful clans are uniting in order to conjure an unimaginable...more
Paperback, 546 pages
Published February 26th 2008 by Greenwillow Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Another enjoyable outing in this series which keeps on impressing. This is the fourth in the series and each one has been consistently good. The only negative I could say is that there hasn’t been a great deal of character development throughout but for the type of books these are and the audience they are aimed at (i.e. not me) you can’t really knock it. They seem to follow a similar formula in each one but if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

The stakes are raised somewhat in this outing with...more
Duffy Pratt
Another solid installment in the continuing adventures of Tom Ward. This book worked less well as a stand-alone, mostly because the characters mainly fail to achieve the goals they set for themselves at the beginning. And when there is success, it comes more from some outside agency than from the initiative of the characters themselves.

The other thing that bothered me here was, for the first time, I think this book suffered from the "Red Shirt of Death" syndrome. I get the feeling that the last...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Up to this point I've liked this series, and I didn't really "dislike" this one. It was however a bit "waring" before it tied up.

One of my friends here on Goodreads observed that her only complaint with the series was that Tom didn't develop... At the time I was only 3 books in and took the view I'd wait and see. So far I'd only covered about a year in Tom's life. This is the 4th book in the series, and right out of the gate (so to speak) Tom pretty much makes the same mistake he made in the fir...more
This is the 4th book in the Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney. Wow was this an excellent book!

After hearing over and over about how bad things are in Pindle; Tom and the Spook are finally going to go there to deal with the witch problem for good. Alice is along to help them, using all her witchy knowledge for good. Nothing goes as planned though when the witches strike first at the place Tom is most vulnerable. Will they be able to root out all the witches? Will the witches raise the devi...more
I've been reading this aloud to Luke (age 9) for the past several weeks. We took a break here and there, but last night we had to read the final 50 pages all at once. We've been really enjoying this series (which currently numbers about 8 books). Sometimes I wonder if it's a bit too creepy for Luke but he's been digging it. After finishing this one he said, "Let's start the next book tomorrow night!" So far I think this book might be my favorite out of the series so far. In this story our three...more
Melissa Bennett
I always get excited when I find that Delaney has written another book for the Last Apprentice series. I also get worried. How can he write about the same thing and have it not get boring? Well Delaney pulls it off every time. I am always on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book. He has a wonderful way of writing that doesn't slow down a bit. I have loved every book in this series (including this one). My 2 kids love them as well.
This time the Spook and Tom do not have to fight a witch...more
Attack of the Fiend (The Last Apprentice, #4), 2007, Joseph Delaney
Characters: Mr. Gregory, Thomas J. Ward, Alice Deane
Abstract: "I see your future clearly. Your master will be dead, and you will be alone. It would be better if you had never been born."
Thomas Ward is the apprentice for the local Spook, who banishes boggarts and drives away ghosts. But now a new danger is threatening Tom's world. The witches are rising and the three most powerful clans are uniting in order to conjure an unimagina...more
I have always admired the way that Delaney makes his characters more realistic by including the dark and creepy atmosphere/situations and the emotions it evokes. Too often many young adult writers turn their characters into hardened, impervious characters who face danger without a thought of fear instead of showing that they feel fear a good portion of the time, and still keep doing what they do despite it. Often, however, Delaney does go overboard with it, spending too much time dwelling on som...more
Dylan Aguilar

The Last Apprentice Attack Of The Fiend witchcraft, wizardry, goblins, ghosts, the spook, and the apprentice to deal with all them nastys. This book Attack of The Fiend is an excellent book for those readers who enjoy something old in time and in the fantasy world. A book that is in detail with every word getting scarier by the moment. In this book in the series Tom has arrived back from a cold adventurous winter to find out that his house has been burned and his mams trunks have...more
Hao huang
I’m reading fast am I? This is the fourth series of Joseph Delaney’s 'The Spook'. Fighting against the dark, they have. Having danger around them, they do. Put the duty of protecting the country first, secondly is protecting their family. No matter how bad the situation is, they must protect the country first.

This book is mainly using action scene to describe the Spook with his apprentice fight against the witches, this fight is more dangerous than anything they’ve ever face before, although now...more
I'm souring on this series. The characters once again are meh. There is finally a sympathetic religious character, but he ends up being a naive weakling who loses his faith when being killed by an unnatural kid monster. Despite that, the "fiend" of the title is the devil himself being loosed by some angry witches. I like the overarching story of a greater light/dark battle than just the county coming more fully into the plot, but I'm just not liking the characters or the tone. Without exception,...more
Another great instalment of the Spooks books. I really enjoyed this one. The story was action pretty much from the word go and carried on at a good pace throughout. I really like the characters of Tom and Alice. They are well written and that helps you invest in them.

I really enjoyed how this book digs into Tom's Mam's background as well. This was exciting and intriguing and again helps with the character development.

I really look forward to reading the next one... This one points to a few pos...more
Aug 10, 2012 Tracy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tracy by: Kimberly
3.5 stars This is a fun series that is getting better.

Lots of witches, Grimalkin the Witch Assassin, and the devil himself, are trying to stop The Spook and his young Apprentice Tom. We learn more of the back-story about Tom's mother, and his unusual skills are getting even better. It's pretty creepy! I couldn't read it if I was home alone, or at night. I get really scared easily. But this was just the right amount of scary for me. I am going to keep reading in this series and hope that it stay...more
Sónia Tigol
It was a great book. I was disappointed when I was finished. These are so fun to read and so well written. I love them and cannot wait to get my hands on the next one!
Librarian Lavender
This time Tom and the Spook have to go to Pendle, a district filled with witches. For Tom there's very much at stake and of course Alice is there to help him in her own way. The Spook can't always be there for Tom and exactly then he faces a lot of trouble. The evil is getting bigger every time.
I enjoyed the fourth book in the Spook's Series very much. The witches in Pendle are nasty. There's one in particular who seems to have it in for Tom. This book also reveals a lot about his mother and he...more
Justin Wheeler
Much like a more grown-up version of Harry Potter.
Reviewed first at Brunner's Bookshelf

Another chapter in the Last Apprentice series and these are always fun to read. Not going to lie, these are my fluff books. I can breeze through them and not have to give it much thought. I can get right into the story and really enjoy them. It is also a nice reprieve from some of the more intense mysteries I read on a regular basis. We all have those books that you can rely on to be enjoyable and yet easy reads; these are mine right now. I am so hooked on th...more
Ya con la carrerilla de leer en inglés los últimos 3 libros, me meti a proseguir la saga de La Piedra de Ward, de la que solo los 3 primeros están en castellano, pero he tropezado con él. Se me ha hecho bastante cuesta arriba el ultimo tramo, que es precisamente el de la resolucion, pero al venir directamente de la saga de Dresden, me ha sabido a poco el cambio de mundo y tengo que decir que es el libro que menos me ha gustado de la saga.

Tom está a punto de cumplir 14 años, y va mejorando notabl...more
Michelle E. Kobus
2/4/14: Waiting for book #3 in the mail before I get to this; I just wanted it lined up for when I finish #3.

2/14/14: Just finished book 3 yesterday, have to finish this quick because it's due back at the library on the 18th.

2/17/14: Review

Attack of the Fiend is probably the best in series since book #1, Revenge of the Witch. AotF breeds spooky atmosphere with just small amounts of blood and gore (it is middle-grade to very young YA, after all). Imagine if Tim Burton was an author of novels, and...more
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
This is definitely the axis book around which the series will start to evolve… and it’s about time, too – holy cow, this is book #4!

I felt like The Spook’s Battle in particular was a long time coming. Why? Well, we finally start to piece together Alice’s background, and we also get hands-on dealings with the most malevolent witches in the County! After hearing about them for the better part of 3 books, I was excited to actually see them. We also get more insight into Tom’s family dynamics, inclu...more
The Darkness is growing but the Spook and his apprentice Tom Ward, both seven sons of a seventh son do this time when the dangers come from the witch country itself? Well read on to find out what happens next in The Wardstone Chronicles #4 The Spook's Battle by Joseph Delaney .

Here is the summary of the book:

Warning: Not to be read after dark. 'I see your future clearly. Your master will be dead and you will be alone.' The Spook and his apprentice protect County from the dark abut now a terrible...more
Humberto Cnca
This week my goal was to read more than half the book. I read the entire book. I read pages 1-532. The ploot of the book was that Tom and the Spook Travel to Pendle to stop their gathering. If the gathering had been completed then the witches would have released the fiend,or the devil himself. Throughout the book Tom finds himself, his friends, and family in mortal danger. The cause of all that was because of the 3 witch clans. They are the Malkins, the Deans, and the Mouldheels. My goal for ne...more
Tom continues his apprenticeship with the Spook, whose job it is to banish the forces of darkness throughout the county. The newest threat is that someone is trying to unite the three most powerful witch covens to achieve some world-shaking evil-doing. While the Spook is unsure about the purpose of this united front, he knows enough to send Tom home to his brother's farm to claim the many chests left to him by his mother. Tom's mother was a healer and a "witch" of sorts herself, and when she ret...more
It has been over a year since Tomas Ward crossed Hangman's Hill leaving his home to begin his apprenticeship with the Spook. During that time Tom and the Spook have faced many dangers of the dark together and they have always done what was needed to triumph over those dangers. But this time Tom may have to pay too high a price to overcome the darkness that is about to be unleashed.

Pendle, a district of witches, has been left unchecked for far too long. It was time for the Spook and Tom to do som...more
Originally reviewed - 4/17/08

This book was the scariest of the books in the series so far. Everything was darker and it gave me chills reading about the things that happened. The coming of the Fiend, who is known to us as the Devil, triggered the same emotions I felt when (view spoiler) But the thing that's been on my mind after reading this book is the prophesy given by Tibb the evil Fortune Teller created by the Malkin Witches-- Al...more
Delaney oh Delaney… Kenapa kau selalu membuatku bermimpi buruk setelah membaca bukumuuu??? Sama seperti buku-buku sebelumnya, this book, which is the 4th installment of the series, gave me the creep.

Kakak Tom, Jack, dan keluarganya diculik. Bagi yang mengikuti serial ini dari awal, mungkin masih ingat bahwa akhir buku ketiga menceritakan bahwa Mam, ibu Tom, mewariskan kamar dan beberapa buah peti untuk Tom, sebelum Mam sendiri kembali ke tanah kelahirannya. Nah, peti-peti itu juga dirampok oleh...more
Tom, the Spook and Alice will be going to Pendle soon, to deal with three clans of witches. Before going off to Pendle, the Spook tells Tom he should go home and get the trunks his Mam left him.

Along with Alice, Tom goes home and when he gets there, he realizes something terrible has happened. The one building is burnt, house broken into and things destroyed. And his Mam's room, the room she gave to him and only he had the keys to, somehow someone got into it and took the trunks.

Tom has a good...more
This fourth installment of The Last Apprentice was a slower start that the previous books, but as always Delaney delivered the chills and scares.

After the opus of Gardens of the Moon, I was in the mood for a quick read. I had just picked up Attack of the Fiend, so I moved it to the head of the list. This book is known as The Spook’s Battle in the UK. It’s the 4th book in the Last Apprentice series (the Wardstone series in the UK), which I have become enamored with of late, so on to the review.

This is the 4th installment in the Last Apprentice series. Toms Mam has returned to her own land to deal with the evil brewing there. She always said she would return after Toms father passes away. She left to him her special room containing her 3 trunks. This is the room where Tom and Alice were told by Mam to come to for safety only if their very lives and souls are in jeopardy.

Tom and The Spook have decided to go to Pendle to deal with the witches once and for all. They have heard rumors that...more
(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I've seen books from this series several times before in various shops, but I'd never actually bought one.

I really liked this book. I liked the fact that it was written in first person perspective - I felt that worked really well for the setting and the author didn't fall into the trap that I've seen so many books written in first person fall into - revealing knowledge that the POV chara...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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