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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
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Paperback, 546 pages
Published February 26th 2008 by Greenwillow Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Evgeny
It is time for the Spook and his apprentice to finally try to do something about the big looming problem; evil witches stronghold in the Country must be taken care of. The good news: the witches are divided into three powerful clans that are too busy with infighting to do real evil. The bad news: they already united once for a time when facing a real danger. The unbelievably bad news: the mentioned danger was represented by none other than the Spook, so there is no love lost between them and the ...more
Richard
7.5/10

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
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Simona Stoica
O aventura perfecta si... GRIMALKIN, ce dor mi-a fost de tine :D.
Karissa
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
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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
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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
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Woodge
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
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Michael Weber-williams

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


In The Last Apprentice: Attack of the Fiend, the fourth book in The Last Apprentice Series, Tomas Ward continues his apprenticeship with his master, John Gregory, and ironic witch friend, Alice Deane. In the last book, Tom’s father past away, his mother returned to her homeland, and their oldest son, Jack, inherited the farm, except for one roo
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Ahmad Sharabiani
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
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Aaron
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
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
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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
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Patrick
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
Truong Dinh
I think this is a lovely book to pick up if you enjoy horror and betrayal between friends and enemies. This book it is very touching too. A boy named Tom is practiced a trade that a seventh son must do and this trade puts his family in grave danger from the dark. In this book his trunks are stolen and his family abducted by witches who seek what is inside the trunks. So he tries to rescue his family who is in the dungeons of Malkin Tower. In the way of the story the witches kept trying to take T ...more
Emily
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
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Leninha
"Onde existe a vontade, existe o jeito."
Tracy
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
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Bé Né
Enfin j'ai pu lire la suite ! Ça fait à peu près un an que je rame pour trouver tous les tomes de cette saga coup de coeur, et hourra maintenant que je les ai tous en ma possession je vais me régaler !

Dans ce quatrième tome nous retrouvons Tom dans la suite de son apprentissage auprès de l'épouvanteur, il va devoir faire face à la montée du mal et l'obscur provoqués par 3 clans de sorcières bien décidées à invoquer le diable, seulement voilà pour la première fois Tom est tiraillé entre son devo
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Manon-Marie
Une fois n'est pas coutume, j'ai adoré retrouver Tom l'apprenti épouvanteur dans ses nouvelles aventures.
L'adolescent, son maître et la jeune Alice s'apprêtent à partir à Pendle où les sorcières terrorisent la population depuis trop longtemps.
Surtout que ces mêmes sorcières ont enlevé la famille de Tom pour contraindre celui-ci a leur donner l'héritage de sa mère contenu dans trois mystérieuses malles. Mais à Pendle un danger beaucoup plus grand que les sorcières va menacer notre héros.
Dans l'
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Stacy
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Benjamin
Feb 09, 2015 Benjamin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like young adult fantasy
I really owe Delaney's other books a review, but I will start here. Attack of the Fiend is the fourth book in the Last Apprentice series, and it sucks you in. You really see the main character grow and develop in this book. What I particularly like, four books in, is that in many ways, the protagonist is just another person. He has no inherent magic, no super-human strength, no special appendages, or any other extra-human or super-human ability other than to be able to sense the things that go b ...more
Yomna
The last apprentice is an entertaining dark fantasy series.It does serve as a follow up for harry potter impression on my reading live. Return of fiend is fourth book in this long series as we follow Tom's apprenticeship to become a spook. A few questions about Tom's mother is answered in the book, but it also raise a few critical question about her origin and how it effect's Tom. Is tom his mother's son? There is also the greet dilemma Tom seems to face which is following his moral code or aba ...more
João Batista
Mais uma aventura de Thomas Ward.
Desta vez, começamos com a ameaça crescente de feiticeiras em Pendle; descobrimos o que é um coven = união de 13 feiticeiras; e novamente a família de Thomas em perigo mortal...
O Lammas (1º de agosto) se aproxima... e as feiticeiras querendo acordar uma entidade muito poderosa...
Thomas, apesar de tudo o que seu mestre fala, sempre desobedecendo e entrando em enrascadas... Um pouco a seguir, podemos vê-lo juntamente com um padre amigo do sr. Gregory passando uma
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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!
Nicole
Attack of the Fiend has been my favorite book in the Last Apprentice series so far.


Thomas has come a long way since the day he left his family's farm to be an apprentice to the local Spook. More and more Thomas is learning that he cannot just blunder his way through being a Spook with blind luck and using his head. Taking what the Spook has taught him Thomas has used all that knowledge to his advantage. While Thomas still struggles it is clear that he is growing up and becoming more a Spook the
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Mapensine
Le premier tome de la série qui m’a vraiment tenu en haleine. On y découvre Tom, l’épouvanteur et Alice qui s’apprêtent à mener l’un de leurs plus durs combats à Pendle afin d’éviter que les trois grand clans de sorcières se réunissent pour invoquer le diable. des épreuves très dures et des révélations (bien qu’on s’en doutait beaucoup) sur sa mère vont être faites.

J’avais aimé les trois premiers tomes mais ils m’avaient laissés sur ma faim, ils leurs manquaient un quelque chose pour que j’accro
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Charles
Book four of the series is darker still and a fun and enjoyable read - Things get more intense for our apprentice and now he has to try to stop three covens of witches from joining powers to raise a demon from his prison -

I would say that the only thing that I found strange was that the character seems older than his age - at 14, he is a strong hero, but acts like he is closer to 18 - not a huge deal, because as we grow up physically, we grow up mentally as well - So, Tom is mentally older than
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Karthik
This is a pivotal book in the series - The first 3 books were more like setting the stage - here is where the real big series level conflict comes in. While it is a riveting book, I felt the plot was not real tight and there were some serious discrepancies. I do not want to mention it and spoil the suspense but anyone who has read it will know what I am talking about and that too at one of the most critical points of the story. Other than that I seem to be more fascinated by other creatures of t ...more
Mik.kay.kay7
Attack of the Fiend is the fourth book in Joseph Delaney’s The Last Apprentice Series. Delaney wrote the book in first person. His descriptive writing wraps around your imagination making you feel as if you were the main character. The author also arranges the chapters so that at the end of each chapter, there is a cliffhanger making you go on to the next chapter. The only negative is that there isn’t much character development. I would recommend this book to a classmate because it is a long boo ...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 14 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)
  • The Spook's Mistake (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #5)
  • The Spook's Sacrifice (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #6)
  • Rise of the Huntress (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #7)
  • Rage of the Fallen (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #8)
  • I Am Grimalkin (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #9)
  • The Spook's Blood (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #10)
  • Slither (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #11)
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) The Spook's Mistake (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #5) Rise of the Huntress (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #7)

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