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Night of the Soul Stealer (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles #3)

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It's going to be a long, hard, cruel winter. And there couldn't be a worse place to spend it than up on Anglezarke.

Thomas Ward is the apprentice for the local Spook, who captures witches and drives away ghosts. As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, the Spook receives an unexpected visitor. Tom doesn't know who the stranger is or what he wants, but the Spook su
Hardcover, 489 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Greenwillow Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Feb 11, 2015 Evgeny rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Spook and his apprentice Tom Ward settled in Spook's winter residence:
Winter is Coming
For Tom this is the first time he visits the place and it is spooky - sorry, the bad pun was not intentional. The winter means reduced mobility, so it makes sense for Spook to live close to a big concentration of evil forces. This time it is not just random supernatural baddies that give troubles, but Spook's past mistakes caught up with him. Sometimes it is up to Tom by his lonely self to try to fix the numerous problems
Mike (the Paladin)
Jun 11, 2011 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
This is the third in a series (as I'm sure you spotted) and while I like them I can't quite bring myself to go above 4 stars.

A friend here on Goodreads mentioned that her biggest complaint with the Wardstone Chronicles was (is) that Tom doesn't change much. That is so far true. To be fair however the 3 books I've read so far take place in a period of months (less than a year). As this book ends and spring approaches Tom is about to "celebrate" (not really a good word for it I suppose) a year as
Mar 08, 2016 I'mogén rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This third book in the series really stayed true to the title name: The Spook's Secret.
There were so much history and secrets glazing over the County and not only just the Spook's background, but some major side characters too. I loved finding out more about the Spook's past, in particular, especially when it was directly linked to Morgan or Meg because it gave them much more substance as believable characters and drove on the plot; of which some very surprising twists were thrown into the story
Aug 09, 2016 Allie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I'm re-listening to these. The Spook's Apprentice series were some of the first audiobooks I listened to; I loved them back then and I love them now. Great series.
Ann Andrea (Bookcraze96)
OMG! I will always love this series! This is the third book of the series that I've read and it never disappointed me by far. There's just more and more adventure in each book that I've read. So, Mr Gregory has a lot of untold secret. The stranger that came up to Mr Gregory's house at Chipenden is actually Morgan, the failed apprentice who chose the dark and wanted to raise Golgoth, The Lord of Winter. I'm glad that Morgan dies in the end but sad that Tom's dad died too and that he never got the ...more
This was my favorite in the series so far. Where I thought that the second book kinda went back and forth a lot, this one kept moving forward in just the right paste. It was never boring, always a lot of action going on. I thought it was a really great book and I very much enjoyed it!
The only thing I am missing is the scary parts that I think the first book had. In that one I was actually "scared" but there has not been that same feeling in number two or three in the same way, and I think that
Esma Tezgi
Feb 05, 2016 Esma Tezgi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Diğer kitaplardan bir nebze daha az olsa da hareketli ve ürkütücü öğelerle dolu bir kitaptı. Yazarın tek bir konuya takılıp kalmamasını çok seviyorum, kitabı mümkün olduğunca dolu dolu yazıyor ve farklı farklı hikayelerle donatıyor. Sadece Hayalet'in sırrını okumuyorsunuz, beraberinde bağlantılı ve bağımsız olaylar da okuyorsunuz ki bu da kitabı hiç sıkılmadan, sayfaların nasıl geçtiğini anlamadan okumanızı sağlıyor.
Hareketli, güzel bir kitaptı. Seriyi gerçekten sevdim ve Hayaletin Şavaşı'nı
May 24, 2015 Jeff rated it really liked it
Another in the exciting adventure series featuring Tom Ward and his mentor, the Spook. This time Tom and his mentor have to overwinter in the Spook's winter house. The winter house has secrets that Tom's mentor keeps to himself about his life experiences. Ultimately, with Tom's help, the Spook has to confront some of the consequences of his earlier life choices. This tale seems darker in tone especially with the introduction into the story of one of the Spook's past apprentices that failed to c ...more
Feb 12, 2010 Mery rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pinjam
buku ini dapet dipinjemin Mbak Mia.... *peluk peluk mbak Miaa*, dibantu pinjemin ama Mbak Echa *peluk-peluk mbak Echa* ;D

pertama baca langsung dag dig dug heheheh
bener2 memicu adrenalin yah....kedatangan tamu tak terduga, bikin boggart pet nya sang spook ngamuk2...

trus Tom dan si Spook ceritanya mesti pindah ke Winter House nya, si Alice di titipin di rumah petani lain. Jahat sih emang. tapi kata Spook itu yang terbaik buat Alice.

Oh ternyata alasan nya gak cuma itu. di Winter House itu ada Meg.
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Much, much, MUCH better than the Spook's Curse, thank goodness! In this third installment of the Wardstone Chronicles, Thomas Ward and his master, the Spook, head over to Anglezarke for the winter season. While there, Tom uncovers more secrets about the Spook's shady past, including a menacing former apprentice bent on destroying the Spook - and the whole County.

Delaney's flair for descriptions has returned full force! Like in The Spook's Apprentice, the setting played a substantial role in the
Duffy Pratt
Nov 30, 2012 Duffy Pratt rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, childrens, horror
Each book is getting better than the last. I like how Delaney can tell a focused, self-contained story with each book, and at the same time advance his over-arching plot.

There are two main threads in this book, both dealing with the Spook's past. First, there is the central plot involving one of the Spook's failed apprentices, and his forays into the dark. This is the main driver of the book, but probably the less interesting of the two main threads. The second involves the thing in the basemen
Jan 05, 2016 Jacob rated it liked it
Another good Last Apprentice. Some of the plot devices are getting a little tired (everything would have gone a lot smoother if the kid had just told his friends what he was doing, etc.) and the plot is guessable, but the elements are still done solidly and the characters are interesting. We finally get to meet a character that was introduced in a previous book. I still like that Alice is kind of on the edge, good/bad wise, and that it's her treatment by the good side that kind of keeps her ther ...more
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Not bad. More happened in this volume than in the previous one and the enemies felt more appropriate to this place in the series than did the enemies in the second volume. I also enjoyed the further insight into the Spook's past. However, I swear the protagonist is getting more and more contemptible and foolish with each passing novel; likewise, his mentor seems to learn nothing from his own repeated mistakes. The author still manages to squeeze in another bit of shallow anti-religious, anti-cle ...more
Gloria Piper
Sep 12, 2015 Gloria Piper rated it it was amazing
This a part of a Young Adult series, which I recommend because the story is not only gripping, but the book stands on its own while referring to incidents that occurred in a previous book.

Thirteen-year-old Tom Ward is the Spook's last apprentice because the others didn't last. He certainly has to be dedicated because his teacher not only gives him tedious chores but draws him into frightening adventures as they seek to push back the darkness that wants to invade the world. Each character has hi
Michael Weber-Williams
Mar 06, 2015 Michael Weber-Williams rated it really liked it
“Why does it have to be like this?' I asked bitterly. 'Why does life have to be so short, with all the good things passing quickly. Is it worth living at all?”
―Thomas Ward

Thomas Ward, the protagonist of The Last Apprentice series, lives in a primitive time with his teacher, John Gregory, and witch friend, Alice, in a town called Chipenden. Tom began his apprenticeship early in autumn, but now winter was approaching and he was now going to move to the Spook's winter house located outside the tow
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Night of soul Stealer (The Last Apprentice, #3), 2006, Joseph Delaney
Characters: Mr. Gregory, Thomas J. Ward, Alice Deane
Abstract: It's going to be a long, hard, cruel winter. And there couldn't be a worse place to spend it than up on Anglezarke.
Thomas Ward is the apprentice for the local Spook, who captures witches and drives away ghosts. As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, the Spook receives an unexpected visitor. Tom doesn't know who the stranger is or what he wants, but th
Aug 27, 2015 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, audio, 2015, magic
I didn't find this entry as intense as the previous 2. However, I did get more of a backstory about the Spook which was interesting.

The setting was quite gloomy in this one - a house along side a hill that never got sunlight during winter time. Also, there were more witches in the story and they were quite scary.

I have my doubts about Alice. One minute she seems trustworthy, the next, not so much, especially in view of the deal she made in the previous book. It will be interesting to see how se
Kat  Hooper
Nov 06, 2015 Kat Hooper rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Carol Rodríguez
Feb 12, 2015 Carol Rodríguez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, narrativa, fantasía
Y ya he acabado con el tercero de la saga, que es el último que de momento se puede encontrar en castellano. Como acaba interesante y deja algunas intrigas abiertas, continuaré leyendo en inglés, porque la verdad es que no sé si traducirán más (la editorial lo está vendiendo como una trilogía y en realidad la saga son trece libros, así que...).

Es un libro más oscuro que los dos primeros. El villano es Morgan, un nigromante cuya principal habilidad es contactar con los muertos y que persigue la i
Review #2 - July 15, 2016

One of my favorite themes running through this series is that no one is perfect. No one is wholly good or wholly evil. The Spook counsels against girls with pointy shoes but has Meg. Alice tells Tom that what the Spook is doing to Meg is wrong and Tom believes it, but also trusts the Spook. I love that there isn't really a right answer most of the time, it's just Tom and all his friends doing the best they can. Sometimes all our choices our bad and we just have to go wit
Angelic Zaizai
nyari ebooknya susyee.. apalagi nunggu terjemahannya, jadi terpaksa beli bukunya deh.. abis dikomporin *uhuk*echa*uhuk* bilang buku aslinya lebih keren dan asli serem ilustrasinya, ga cupu kaya terjemahannya -- matahatiii, dirimu bikin cover cupu bener, temanya serem covernya kok oren ^.^

jadi sekarang udah mo winter, spook sama tom harus pindah ke rumah musim dingin [spook banyak duit amat yak:], karena temanya "Spook's secret", jadi banyaklah terungkap rahasia pribadi Spook.
Musuhnya disini juga
Luqman Hakim
Apr 15, 2010 Luqman Hakim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

NECROMANCER-lah yang menjadi sorotan utama petualangan spook kali ini. Spook yang semakin cupu dan Alice yang makin cantik (:P) (Tom mah ke laut aja) *ngiri sama Tom, karena disukain Alice >,<*. Well, tapi harus d akui Tom itu hebat :) tetap tegar dengan semua cobaan yang dia hadapi dalam buku ini, dan bisa fokus dan ingat dengan tujuan utama tugas yang dia emban. *thumbup buat Tom* dibuat sedikit kewalahan dengan kehadiran sang Necromancer.

Necromancer emang job paling hebat dan sangat b
Dec 23, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really do love these books! Being children's books they can be a little predictable but I think that kind of adds to the charm. They're really easy and fun to read too. I'm kind of getting annoyed with the constant reminders though, stuff like how things from the dark don't like salt and iron as it weakens them and I'm kind of like, well I know that, you've told me about 12 times now. I generally get really annoyed by things like that in books and it really puts me off reading them but this is ...more
Aug 21, 2010 Ryan rated it liked it
After a great beginning for the series, I felt the plot for The Curse of Bane was logically weak. This book, however, was a step back in the right direction. Following the pattern of the two previous books, the Spook carries this story along (i.e., for me, he's the strongest character and the reason I keep reading). He gets additional depth in the confrontations with Meg, Morgan and the stone-chucker.

Interesting take on purgatory and how our perceptions during mortality dictate our experiences i
Miss Marple
Mar 22, 2016 Miss Marple rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was the first book i read after my nasty reading slump. I flew through it very fast and enjoyed every scene. solid 5 stars will not be enough.
This is the third book from a very long series but all what i know is that i am definitely completing this series if it continues as awesome as it begins.

Apr 21, 2011 Seesen9 rated it liked it
I just dont know why I keep reading this series. Dont get me wrong, it is good (though I liked the first two installments better) and kind of relaxing - but at the same time its utterly infuriating.
Let me tell you - I SUPPORT WITCHES. Meg and especially Alice! The old spook is getting on my nerves - (Tom is twice as good as old Gregory himself, if you asked me). A man does NOT keep the love of his life locked in a cellar for who knows how long. I dont care that shes a lamia witch - a man does NO
There is nothing I don't love about this series. Except the movie which isn't much like the first book at all. I have a few grade six girls who also devour these books and love to compare notes on how they would deal with the witches, ghouls, ghasts and boggarts. A very cool series.
Alma Ahlberg
Apr 29, 2014 Alma Ahlberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boken är bra just nu, och den kommer säkert fortsätta vara bra.
Den är spännande och man vill fortsätta läsa den!
Jag tycker att man borde läsa den men då måste man läsa de två första böckerna först, för detta är den tredje boken.
Alla böcker som jag har läst i serien är bra, och författaren skriver utförligt och bra.
Mar 12, 2015 Sandy rated it liked it
Shelves: tween, series, fantasy
Winter is coming, so the Spook and Tom go to live in his winter house. The Spook yet again decides that Alice is an unneeded distraction for Tom and decides to fost her off on a farm family along the way. To add to Tom's training, a previous apprentice to the Spook shows up and demands what was his from the Spook. He plans to raise a god from sleep and turn the world into winter. I found Alice to be a very difficult character in this novel. She was incredibly manipulative and selfish and just st ...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)
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  • Curse of the Bane (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #2)
  • 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)
  • Rage of the Fallen (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #8)
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