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The Spook's Mistake (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles #5)

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  10,722 Ratings  ·  397 Reviews
As danger increases in the County, Tom is sent far north by his master to be trained by Bill Arkwright, another Spook. Arkwright lives in a haunted mill on the edge of a treacherous marsh and his training methods prove to be harsh and sometimes cruel. But he has toughened up many previous apprentices and now he must do the same for Tom and prepare him for the gravest dange ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published June 5th 2008 by Bodley Head (first published 2008)
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Jan 28, 2009 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ems
Holy. Cow. I read the entire series in just over a week and now I cannot wait for the next one to come out, because book 5 ends with a big ol' cliffhanger...and as far as I can tell, no word on when book 6 comes out. Dang! Joseph Delaney is a very skilled author, and his level of horror is just right for me, the ultimate horror wimp. In this book, I came to really enjoy the character of Grimalkin, the witch assassin. The illustrations at the beginning of each chapter really add to the books, and ...more
Aug 29, 2009 Jacquie rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction-fantasy
Okay, I'm done with this series. I read about halfway through, but the situations are getting too desperate for me to enjoy the story and it's too weird mixing religious topics such as the devil with witches, boggarts, etc. I don't hate it, but I'd rather read something a bit more uplifting.
Dec 19, 2015 Lex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm totally addicted to this series. But if I read it late at night before when my husband isn't home I have a little bit of trouble sleeping because I think about all the things that go bump in the night. What can I say I scare easily.
Feb 06, 2010 Erica rated it it was amazing
With many series, it's fairly easy to map the course of events for every book before even cracking the spine. You know the hero will follow her or his patterns from previous books. The books become almost formulaic. I thought I had figured out the formula to The Last Apprentice: Tom and his master would go someplace to rid the area of evil, Tom would allow either his emotions or his devotion to his master to get in his way, trouble would ensue, the Spook would be detained and Tom would have to f ...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Aug 01, 2010 Erin Reilly-Sanders rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, teen, horror
Yet again, another installment in this series does not fail to impress with an intelligent, spooky story for a chillingly fun read. This particular story presents new manifestations of evil that are novel challenges, moving the setting into a swampy area and distinguishing water witches from the regular sorts, but yet fitting with the previous encounters. I'm normally not a fan of series books, especially seemingly unending series, but these books have some nice points to them including a unique ...more
Aug 10, 2010 e.c.h.a rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Naga, Momo
Baca bareng dengan Mbak Mia


Sempat turun naik saat mau kasih rating buku ini dari 3 lalu naik lagi ke 4 saat mencapai akhir.

Jelas, cerita di buku ke 5 ini jauh lebih menyeramkan daripada buku-buku sebelumnya. Water Witch-nya jauh bikin merinding, plus sukses bikin dag dig dug. Masih suka kesel dengan sikap Tom, bawaannya kadang mau jitak.

Ingin tahu apa rahasia terbesar Alice? Silakan baca sendiri hahahahaha

Oia..ada satu kalimat yang paling gue suka di buku ini, yaitu : Believe that you c
Dec 30, 2010 Karissa rated it it was amazing
This is the fifth book in the Spook's Apprentice series and it is just as fantastic as the previous books have been. I am impressed that these books have continued on with such great story telling over this series.

In this book Tom Ward leaves Gregory to serve 6 months under a different spook; the new spook is harsh in his methods but endeavors to teach Tom more fighting to toughen him up. During the stay though Tom finds himself again being hunted by the Fiend and his children. Most notably Morw
Jul 15, 2011 Woodge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Have I really read five books in this series just this year?! This is the series that I've been reading aloud to Luke (age 9). Tom Ward is the young -- almost 14 years old -- man apprenticed to the Spook. As such they fight the good fight against the Dark whether that's boggarts, skelts, witches, or other nasties. On a couple occasions my wife listened in a bit as I read some passages to Luke. She'd say that the story was a little too creepy or scary but Luke and I would just roll our eyes ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Okay...I think I've reached my saturation point on this series. As I started it I was favorably impressed and I suppose it is a good series. When I gave a 4 star to the first book and recommended it a friend here on Goodreads (Coleen black rose I believe...sorry if I mis-attributed that) noted that the problem she had was the Tom never seems to change. I can see what she means now.

Tom is the Spook's apprentice (see book 1 for the explanation of what a "Spook" is) his Last apprentice. This appare
Aug 04, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I discovered Joseph Delaney's young adult dark fantasy/horror series The Last Apprentice this past summer. Over the last few months I've barreled through each installment of the series and have yet to be disappointed. Delaney gets better with every book, and the series' fifth novel, Wrath of the Bloodeye, is no exception.

Bloodeye picks up where Attack of the Fiend leaves off. The witch clans have brought the Fiend (the "Devil himself") into the world and he's after Tom. In order to protect Tom f
Duffy Pratt
Jan 08, 2013 Duffy Pratt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, childrens, horror
This series is consistently good, and I like the way it is developing, with a slow but sure feel about where it is going. This installment takes us outside the County for the first time, and it develops two new characters. Tom goes north for to study with Bill Arkwright for six months. Bill was also an apprentice to the Spook, and now is a spook in his own right in an area where there are lots of water monsters and witches. I liked Bill's character quite a bit. He tries to be a good mentor, but ...more
Jun 15, 2013 Byron rated it really liked it
Long time fans of Joseph Delaney will be pleased at their perseverance. For the first time in the series, The Spook's Mistake actually brings in real conflict in the personalities and relationships of the characters. In the past I have lamented the lack of attention to character development, finding a sole focus on action instead, but Delaney has slowly (perhaps too slowly) built up tensions that finally seem to have come to a head.

With The Spook's Mistake, Delaney has seemingly elevated his st
Simona Stoica
Jun 14, 2015 Simona Stoica rated it it was amazing
Grimalkin is the best.
Feb 13, 2015 Richard rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-fantasy

The Spooks apprentice is shipped off to learn from another Spook in the Lake District and try to add another string to his bow in the form of defeating water witches. This means leaving the Spook and Alice but not to worry as there is plenty to go on with here.

This book seemed to be somewhat of a turning point for the series; the writing style is the usual top notch standard and the plot is solid as ever but in this outing we get some series driven plot as supposed to a standalone type book.
Michael Weber-Williams

“The difference between the word fiend and friend is merely one letter. I could easily be the latter. If you knew me better...”

In an undetermined time and place of old a young boy is on an intricate journey in becoming a spook. A spook is someone who goes around ridding the Country of all the darkness and evil plaguing the land and people who live in it. In the last book, The Last Apprentice: Attack of the Fiend, our hero, Thomas Ward, his friend, Alice, and master, John Gregory, failed to stop
May 02, 2015 Fallon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing!!! It was very adventurous and intriguing. Joseph Delaney has such a neat way of writing and has a very unique mind to come up with all these cool books.
Sep 19, 2015 Leninha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"A diferença entre maligno e benigno está apenas nas três letras."
Aaron Harden
Jul 22, 2015 Aaron Harden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Micki Metoyer
Aug 13, 2016 Micki Metoyer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Cornelia Franke
Dec 13, 2015 Cornelia Franke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Geschichte & Schreibstil : 5/5
Korrektorat der Übersetzung: 2/5 MASSENHAFT UNNÖTIGE FEHLER.
Dec 21, 2015 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
As we all know from the previous books Tom Ward is the seventh son of the seventh son which makes him an excellent Spook. A Spook is a person who fights the dark magical things using just the knowledge and wits - not a fair fight as you can imagine.

Anyway, after the events of the last book Tom's life is in danger. His master always wanted him to become an apprentice to another Spook for a while and after some boneheaded action by Tom in the beginning of the book this idea became a matter of Tom'
Jan 20, 2016 Glenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story has stepped up a notch in this book - great action as well... Looking forward to how the rest of the series plays out...
Tai Sanders
Feb 25, 2016 Tai Sanders rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoy a good book series, no matter the genre. Joseph Delaney has continued to create a wonderful world full of intrigue and wonder. I cant wait to read the next book,
Esma Tezgi
Feb 16, 2016 Esma Tezgi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Hayaletin Hatası diğer kitaplardan biraz daha farklıydı, Tom bir süreliğine yeni bir ustanın yanına gönderiliyor. Yeni ustası Bill Arkwright adında sert, zorlayıcı ve Bay Gregory'den oldukça farklı bir hayalet. Ustanın farklı olması gibi kitaptaki cadılar da farklı, yeni tanıştığımız bir tür olan; su cadıları. Kitapta yeni bir çok şeyle karşılaşıyoruz ve bol olaylı bir kitap olunca da okuması hayli zevkli oldu. Kitapta sizi şaşırtacak ayrıntılara denk geleceksiniz ve sona doğru ortaya çıkan ger ...more
Mar 03, 2016 Aliaa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
and for the first time i will do this "spoiler within"
for many parts in the last apprentice books the fight between good and evil has been dealt with in many faces and through many persons.. some fights even were inside one person .. the good and evil inside yet it was also given the solution to it the very hard yet very simple one it's your choice you are the one who decides your own will and choices and mind no devil and no god you were given the full choice to live and to decide and to do an
Chandler Corpus
Mar 03, 2016 Chandler Corpus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

1. A very brief highlight or summary of the book. Where did the story take place (setting)? Who are the main and minor characters in the book?
In this story or stories, this is a boy named Tom Ward who is an apprentice of a spook and a spook is a person who supposed to defend the county from dangers like boggarts and witches. And this was
Fantasy Literature
Wrath of the Bloodeye is the fifth book in Joseph Delaney’s very popular LAST APPRENTICE (or WARDSTONE CHRONICLES) series for middle graders. This book has also been released in other countries, such as those in the UK, under the title The Spook’s Mistake.

Tom has been John Gregory’s apprentice for a couple of years now. In the last book, Attack of the Fiend, three witch clans worked together to summon the Fiend (the Devil). Now he roams the earth and would like to kill Tom because the rumor is t
Julia Lizoyfanes
May 25, 2016 Julia Lizoyfanes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Das fünfte Buch dieser Reihe ist gerade zu teuflisch gut und zerrte mich in die Tiefen des Zwiespalts von Gut und Böse ...

Der Teufel ist frei und ungebunden in der Welt unterwegs, seit die vereinten Hexenclans in Pendle den Herrn der Dunkelheit gerufen haben - und der Teufel hat es in all seiner teuflischen Doppelzüngigkeit auf den 14-jährigen Tom Ward abgesehen. Tom ist bereits seit zwei Jahren der Schüler des alten Geister- und Hexenjägers, doch nun wird, wie von seiner Mutter befürchtet, das
Logan Jones
This was an amazing book. It was full of suspense and action. It was about Tom going to spend the winter with Bill Arkwright the Spooks former apprentice. Bill specializes in water witches. Tom has a very close call with death when a water witch grabs him by the ear...
Jul 11, 2016 Adrielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junior-fiction
Lots of action, lots of fun, a change of scenery and decent character development. I've been looking forward to seeing Tom mature. He has to leave the Spook in order to do further physical training and toughen up. A nice addition.
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Other Books in the Series

The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles (1 - 10 of 15 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 Sacrifice (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #6)
  • Rise of the Huntress (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #7)
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  • Rage of the Fallen (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #8)
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“I watched the tears run down her cheeks and start to drip from the end of her chin. One part of me wanted to put my arms round her but I daren't. Do that and I'd never be able to let her go.” 23 likes
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