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Curse of the Bane (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles #2)

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Now it's the dark's turn to be afraid

The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, deal with the dark. Together they rid the county of witches, ghosts, and boggarts. But now there's some unfinished business to attend to in Priestown. Deep in the catacombs of the cathedral lurks a creature the Spook has never been able to defeat; a force so evil that the whole county is

Hardcover, 480 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by Greenwillow Books (first published June 30th 2005)
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Feb 05, 2015 Evgeny rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Tom Ward is a Spook's apprentice. The Spooks are the people who deal with malevolent supernatural forces using mundane means: their physical strength, their wits, and their knowledge. This profession is somewhat similar to this:


The book starts with Tom's first independent assignment of containing a highly dangerous boggart. He succeeded, but not before the local priest was killed. The priest happens to be a brother of Tom's mentor who wants to give the last respect to his late brother.

The proble
[Name Redacted]
A disappointing follow-up to Delaney's excellent first novel. The heavy-handed anti-clericalism and anti-ecclesiasticism certainly didn't help, but the overall narrative also felt remarkably flat (despite a gripping opening), the characters seemed unengaging and unengaged in one another, and the "big bad" felt like an inappropriate villain for the second story in a long-running series. The Bane would have been a better fit for a later -- perhaps even final -- volume, or as a recurring villain. I ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Jun 01, 2011 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Let me open this with a caveat or two.

First always be sure that your children/youths are mature enough to read any YA novel, this one included. Be sure that when reading a fantasy novel especially one with a horror context that they have a good reality concept.

Second and for this novel be aware of the attitude in these books (The Wardstone Chronicles in the UK or The Spook's Apprentice books in the US) toward "the church". I'm not Roman Catholic, but am a Christian. Were my kids small, I'd have
Faye, la Patata
Aug 10, 2014 Faye, la Patata rated it it was ok
This one was so irritating to read. I hated Tom Ward in this one. He was such a wussy who kept refusing to see the bigger picture, who kept disobeying his master, who kept whining about Poor Alice even if she was responsible for so many bad things due to what she did. It pissed me off how he kept justifying her actions, and how he was so willing to risk so many innocent lives due to POOR FUCKING ALICE. arghhhhhhhhh
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I started this series years ago, and I was impressed that this is genuinely scary horror fiction for younger readers. Finally, I was able to pick this series up with the second book. I actually own this in Kindle and Paperback, but I wanted a scary book to listen to on audio for Halloween. Needless to say, I didn't finish it until November.

So I guess I should talk about my thoughts on the book. Frankly, I didn't like this as much as Book One. I guess I liked the evil witch villain more than I l
Duffy Pratt
Nov 21, 2012 Duffy Pratt rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, childrens, horror
Perhaps the silliest title I've seen. If you don't know what I mean, I suggest you look "bane" up in the dictionary. It comes straight from the Department of Redundancy Department.

Nonetheless, I liked the book and thought it was a very good sequel to Revenge of the Witch. In most series I've encountered, the second book will expand the world and the cast of characters. Here, while we do get to see a bit more of the County, the characters remain largely the same -- Tom, the Spook, and Alice are a
Răzvan Timar
Mar 24, 2016 Răzvan Timar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O carte de la care am am avut așteptări foarte mari și care nu m-a dezamăgit. Delaney se pricepe de minune la poveștile alerte și, pe alocuri, înspăimântătoare, fără să facă vreun deserviciu personajelor strălucite pe care le-am întâlnit în primul volum.
Βαλάντης  Δοξάκιερ
Όπως το περίμενα έτσι λοιπόν ήταν !! Πολύ ΚΑΤΑΠΛΗΚΤΙΚΟ βιβλίο και 2ο μέρος της σειράς και πολύ καλύτερο από το 1ο βιβλίο Ο Μαθητευόμενος του Σπουκ !!! Πολύ πιο τρομακτικό από το 1ο βιβλίο και είμαι σίγουρος ότι και τα επόμενα βιβλία της σειράς έτσι ακριβώς είναι !!!Με λίγο περισσότερη δράση και ανατριχίλες αυτό το βιβλίο όντως ξεπερνάει το 1ο βιβλίο και οπωσδήποτε θα διαβάσω και τα υπόλοιπα 7 βιβλία της σειράς Τα Χρονικά του Ευλογημένου Λιθαριού που έχουν βγεί μέχρι τώρα και έχω αποκτήσει μέχρι ...more
Feb 17, 2013 Maythavee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book wastes no time with the boring introduction and plunges us straight into the bidding of Tom's first boggart. Just like the first book, Joseph Delaney manages to evoke feelings of fear and dread on almost every page. I was really crept out by the Bane and his whispers and description. I can still picture it in my mind...

Anyway, in this book, we learn more about the characters including the Spook's involvement with two women, one being a witch! No wonder, he warns Tom to be careful of gi
May 24, 2015 Jeff rated it really liked it
"Curse of the Bane" is another installment in the Last Apprentice chronicles that relates the adventures of Tom Ward and his mentor the Spook who travels around and rids people of supernatural monsters.
I have been enjoying this series even though some of the scenes depictted are rather dark in atmosphere for a young adult book. As a middle schooler I would have really enjoyed this series had it been available then. Heck, as an adult I really enjoy this series!
The writing is smart and the stor
Mar 29, 2012 Allison rated it it was amazing
I don't normally find myself reading books about ghosts and boggarts but I just can't put these down. They are spooky, mysterious and entertaining. Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son which gives him special abilities to deal with the things that go bump in the night. He is back with Gregory and Alice to deal with The Bane, a creature that the Spook fought and lost back during his apprenticeship. After the untimely death of his brother, Tom and the Spook are forced to return to Pries ...more
Христо Блажев
Изчадието, което плени душите на свещениците:

Във втората част Прогонващия духове отстъпва крачка назад и освобождава пространство за своя чирак Томас Уорд, който вече има достатъчно умения, за да се справя с обичайната част от задълженията – борба с чудовищни богъри, сблъсъци с вещици, озаптяване на призраци и други. Но този път драмата не беше около личните му увлечения – вместо това Джоузеф Дилейни възкресява мрачен епизод от миналото на Прогонващия дух
Esma Tezgi
İlk kitaptan hem daha güzel hem daha hareketli bir kitaptı, ilk sayfalarda başlayan hareket kitabın geri kalanına da hakim oldu. Kitap Thomas ve hayaletin, Zehir adlı çok kötü bir düşmanla mücadelesini konu alıyor ve tabii ki olaylar sadece Zehir'le sınırlı kalmıyor, başka düşmanlarda var.
Okurken hiç sıkılmadım, sayfalar hızla aktı gitti, yazarında tempoyu düşürmemesi okumayı daha zevkli hale getirdi.

Hayaletin Laneti gerilimi bol güzel bir kitaptı. Türüne göre güzel ve başarılı bir seri, ben se
Jul 28, 2015 Hanzel rated it really liked it
Well, It is starting to get interesting, this feels like Harry Potter only the horror version, unlike Mr. Potter, who had so many many friends, Thomas doesn't have that much, only his mother and the Spook, but what a mother!!!!
Good things about the book, expansion of the Delaney world, earlier ghosts, witches and boggarts, now we have the Bane, a tougher, more malevolent entity, more glimpses of Mr. Gregory's bygone days and yesteryears, origin of Mister and Missus Ward and of course, we see ho
Apr 03, 2015 Tatjana rated it really liked it
Nešto dinamičniji nastavak, ne automatski i bolji. Zadržana je delimično ona prijatna atmosfera.
Brian 9 ¾
“One day this house will belong to us, Tom. Don’t you feel it?” she asked

Tom and the Spook have been working together to defeat the darkness. But, when the Spook gets the news about his brother, they set a journey to Priestown to attend the spook brother's funeral alongside with some unfinished business that they need to deal with. Deep down under the Cathedral catacombs, lurks a creature that Spook himself can’t defeat; a force that so evil that put the County is in danger being corrupted

Amanda G. (Nellie and Co.
It had been a while since I was Joseph Delaney's Spooks world - a good couple of months in fact, and during that time, I read a lot of books, so it's unclear to me as to whether my reaction to Spooks Curse is an honest reaction to the novel itself, or whether it's also been touched by the length of time it's taken me to continue to series. Spooks Curse was not a bad sequel, in fact, it provided and gave me everything I was wanting and expecting in the sequel, but there were areas it seemed to we ...more
Apr 03, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, paranormal, historical
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Jan 18, 2011 CHris.T.o.S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i think it is one of the best childrens books that i ever read in my life...a bit splatterish but it was nice....well i would recomend it only in 13 yolds and above....Anyway TSC is a great takes six months after the events of the first book and continues the story giving us new villains(the inquistor is a very scary persona),new loveable character and hollowing settings and a few counter-issues happening to the characters.Delaney is a great story teller that hates stalling in his st ...more
Jan 15, 2015 Lena rated it liked it
What I really liked in this volume was the personal relationships.Between the spook and Thomas, between Thomas and his father, mother and Alice and so on.I also liked very much the things we learned about the Spook and his past and also about Thomas'mom. On the other hand, I found the story a little weak even though the Bane had great potential.The ending was a little rushed in my opinion, because in a large portion of the book we deal with the quisitor and the witch hunting. A story I did not p ...more
Cristiana de Sousa
Gostei bem mais deste volume. Achei-o bem mais completo e o desenvolvimento das personagens é bem mais interessante. Mas contínuo a não sentir empatia por elas. O ponto alto é o conflito interno que o Thomas sente, entre agradar o Mago e defender a Alice
Mike Coville
Nov 16, 2014 Mike Coville rated it really liked it
This was a good sequel in the Wardstone series. I enjoyed learning more about the Spook and seeing Tom stepping up. I look forward to the next book in the series.
Is it weird that my favourite character is Tom's mother? Did this happen to anyone else?
Robert Dylan
Dec 21, 2015 Robert Dylan rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
0.5 stars
Jun 04, 2015 FictionForesight rated it really liked it
Shelves: treavor-g, dan-s
Review Originally Posted At: FictionForesight

Dan S’ Review:
Curse of the Bane was an interesting sequel to Joseph Delaney’s Revenge of the Witch. Set a bit after the events of the first book, Tom is beginning to show signs of growth and is starting to become a much better Spook (as shown even from the very first chapter of the book). However, even with his increasing skill and wit, is it enough to beat the next creature of the dark?…Well for that you will have to read it yourself. Overall this re
It gets better and better each time. Presenting The Wardstone Chronicles #2 The Spook's Curse by Joseph Delaney .

Here is the summary of the book:

Now it's the dark's turn to be afraid. The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, deal with the dark. Together they rid the county of witches, ghosts, and boggarts. But now there's some unfinished business to attend to in Priestown. Deep in the catacombs of the cathedral lurks a creature the Spook has never been able to defeat; a force so evil that the
Michael Weber-Williams
Mar 05, 2015 Michael Weber-Williams rated it really liked it
Visualize hypocrisy from a respected elder, despair for others along with oneself, and throw in a couple witches and ghouls and you have got The Last Apprentice: Curse of the Bane. In town called Chipenden and time era similar to that of the medieval, a young boy named Thomas Ward continues his training as an apprentice to become a spook. A spook is a person who is avoided by ordinary people, but called upon when they are being threatened and frightened by evil spirits that reside in darkness. ...more
André Gama
Sep 16, 2016 André Gama rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Depois que terminei de ler O Aprendiz, primeiro volume da série As Aventuras do Caça-Feitiço, fiquei louco para continuar acompanhando as aventuras sombrias do aprendiz de Caça-feitiço, Thomas Ward, e de seu mestre, o Sr. Gregory.

Neste livro, Tom enfrenta momentos de grande perigo e tem que fazer escolhas que podem colocar em perigo a si ou aqueles que ama.

Se em O Aprendiz tínhamos a Mãe Malkin como vilã, em A Maldição temos o Flagelo, um espírito antigo e malévolo que hoje vive aprisionado nas
Apr 16, 2012 Ivan rated it liked it
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My opinions about Revenge of the Witch, the first book in the series, were more likely neutral. I liked the book but has still a lot to improve. Let’s see if the second book save the first.

Curse of the Bane has more guts. Definitely, Curse of the Bane is better than the previous one. Now I get a clear idea of what the County they live in looks like. The culture – they hate priests (well, on the Spook’s side). It has more depth. It has more real dan
Ordinary Dahlia
Mar 24, 2009 Ordinary Dahlia rated it really liked it
Buku ke-2 ini gak kalah keren dari buku 1!!

Buku ini petualangannya berasa kuat. Bagaimana tidak, di awal bab saja kita sudah disuguhi ketegangan Thomas menghadapi Ripper, sejenis boggart yang telah mengecap darah manusia. Kemudian bergulir ke Priestown untuk menyelesaikan pekerjaan yang tertunda dan hampir menewaskan sang master 20tahun silam.
Di Priestown ini terkurung The Bane, monster tanpa bentuk tetap dengan kekuatan gelap yang bisa membaca fikiran, mengendalikan dan menguasai. The Bane ini
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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 15 books)
  • Revenge of the Witch (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #1)
  • 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)
  • Rise of the Huntress (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #7)
  • The Ghost Prison
  • 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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