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

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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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Richard
8/10

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.
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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
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Karissa
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
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Megan
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
Byron
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
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Duffy Pratt
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
Erica
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
Amanda
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
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e.c.h.a
Aug 10, 2010 e.c.h.a rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Fallon
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.
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
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Sercan Çelik
bu seri kesinlikle muhteşem hiçte çocuksu falan değil cadılarla ilgili okuduğum en güzel seri okuyun pişman olmazsınız
Woodge
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
Erin Reilly-Sanders
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
Felita Hardigaloeh
didorong dengan Fiend, iblis yg lepas di buku keempat mengancam Tom, sang spook akhirnya mengirimkan Tom ke mantan anak didiknya

Bill Arkwight

Bill sendiri sudah menjadi spook di daerahnya dan sangat ahli dg mahluk air, apalagi penyihir.

rumahnya pun punya nuansa seperti Chipenden dan Anglezarke dg masing2 unsur kejutan di dalamnya.

bahkan Bill sendiri punya "demon" yg selalu berusaha mengendalikannya. belum llagi karakternya bs dibilang lbh keras dari gurunya. so....dg lata belakang ini, hampir saj
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Catherine Loiseau
On continue avec la saga de l’Epouvanteur. J’avais laissé Tom de retour chez l’Epouvanteur, après avoir échappé au Malin et défait les sorcières de Pendle. Mais la quiétude n’est que de courte durée, car le diable s’agite et Tom doit partir pour parfaire son entraînement auprès de l’un des anciens élèves de l’Epouvanteur.

J’ai trouvé qu’avec ce tome, la série avait passé un cap. La première partie est fidèle aux classiques du roman d’apprentissage : Tom se retrouve confronté à un nouveau maître,
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João Batista
Este livro tem uma nova tradutora... vejamos como se sai.
Inicia-se com o Maligno à solta, assim, as coisas estão muito mais difíceis no Condado; até o exército atrapalhando tudo com seu 'grupo de recrutamento'...
Separação: treinamento com Bill Arkwright, em Caster; ele parece, inicialmente, até simpático... enfrenta criaturas da água; mais criaturas são mencionadas: a selkie e o suga-sangue.
Métodos cruéis e brutais, mas necessários; segredos no segundo andar da casa de Arkwright; um encontro bem
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Phillip III
Wrath of the Bloodeye --- just might be my favorite in The Last Apprentice series to date. It is the fifth book, and intriguing and compelling. After a band of military deserters over power and attempt to sell Thomas Ward into the army as a soldier,the Spook, Old Gregory, wants to toughen up his young apprentice. Also, he is concerned about the Fiend (from book 4) being loose, and possibly still after Ward.

The decision is made that for six months, Bill Arkwright (a former apprentice and current
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Michelle E.
Dear Mr. Arkwright,



Sincerely,
Thomas J. Ward

I actually really like Grimalkin. I like that she's a really kick-a** woman, and she's actually considered a villain (though she did some good in this book); this isn't just a series where you know the baddie is always going to lose. Indeed, Tom is deathly afraid of her, nearly as much as the Fiend himself, even though he saw her slay other evil witches mercilessly, witches who would have killed him. Yet, the fact she did not lay a finger on him isn't
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Nicole
Wrath of the Bloodeye was a bit different from previous books in The Last Apprentice series but I still enjoyed Wrath of the Bloodeye a good deal.

Since the Spook is aging and realizes that his knowledge on certain aspects is limited the Spook sends Tom to apprentice with a former apprentice of his. Bill Arkwright is a Spook that is familiar with staff combat and all things dark that dwell in water. The first half of Wrath of the Bloodeye really just focuses on Tom learning to cope with Arkwright
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Karthik
This story was fun with some new concepts coming in - Water witches, skelts, dowsers. Bill Arkwright was an interesting character introduced in the book. The plot again was not very will knit. Quite a bit of holes. I wonder if it is possible to write interestingadventure thrillers without plot holes - every time the protaganists have to be in interesting messes that reader should feel impossible for character to get away from and then have the character get away from the mess. Also every time it ...more
Virginy
Le Malin rôde! Et même s’il semble ne plus s’intéresser à Tom Ward l’apprenti, son maître John Gregory et son amie Alice mettent tout en oeuvre pour lui éviter de mauvaises rencontres. Et comme si la menace de l’Obscur n’était pas suffisante, une guerre fait rage dans le Sud et les jeunes hommes sont enrôlés pour combattre. Quelque peu agacé par cette surveillance, Tom va se mettre en danger durant l’absence de l’épouvanteur et Alice va le sauver d’une manière effrayante! À son retour, prenant c ...more
Jacquie
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.
Angelina Van
In this story Tom has to go to another Spook for six months. This Spook has to toughen Tom so he makes more change to fight evil and eventually the Fiend. In this story you find out something about Alice wich puts her in a different light, or darkness and Tom is forced to say goodby to her.

I love the whole serie of the Wardstones Chronicles and the books I read so far, are just great, exciting and asking for more. There is just one thing I think is a pity. I'm from the Netherlands and there are
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Lex
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.
Suzanne
The Spook sends Tom to Bill Arkwright to get some additional training. Meanwhile Alice has been sent away. Tom doesn't have an easy time with Bill and things go horribly wrong when he disappears while hunting Morwena. Fortunately Tom is there and so are Alice and the Spook to help with the dire situation.
This book has been more grim than the previous one. The Fiend is gaining strength and Tom has no idea how he has to deal with such a powerful evil being. Tom needs allies and they aren't all Spo
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Taptapovina
The fifth book in the series is GREAT . I remember I got bored a little at first because it seemed there was not enough action in it , but after Tom met Morwena , well , everything changed ! WHAT A BOOK ! It was full of action , really , and the characters were very involved . There are enough surprises for you to read it from start to the end . The atmosphere was very original and it felt alive again , Joseph Delaney was at he's first peak of creativity at this point ( books four and five ) . B ...more
Assasin Green
it was an awesome book just like the others with one mistake I.e. the villain threat is lower in this book. lets compare - 1st book villain mother malkin. 2nd book villain bane ( villain is getting dangerous book by book) 3rd book villain golgoloth(an old God) 4th book villain fiend and 5th gets a water witch bloodeye. really? you dropped the villain grade from 10 to 7 and all the work is done by grimalkin. otherwise it was a great book at least book 6 has ordeen ( another old God as villain. an ...more
Vickie
A superb series, YA fantasy or otherwise. Filled with suspense, fantasy set in a realistic setting, superb characters both good and evil and in-between.
Young Tom Ward is sent to a past apprentice of the Spook's. He will be gone for six months to toughen up and learn more about the Dark that they all fight.
Tom thinks he is up for the challenge, but learns rather quickly that more is expected of him than he realized. And there's his best friend Alice who is always treading on the thin line betwe
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Daniel Parker
Feb 20, 2015 Daniel Parker rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 13+/ Fantasy Readers
Wrath of the Bloodeye was a good addition to The Last Apprentice series. Arkwright took a little warming up to for me, and it wasn't until the very end of the book until i actually liked his character. As Tom does his apprenticeship he has a little trouble with the "locals". The Fiend is really showcased in this book, and as the story line unfolds many questions are answered. He goes on an adventure to counter The Fiend and his plan to have Tom killed. In the end when Tom goes back to the Spook, ...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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
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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.” 21 likes
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