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

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  13,011 ratings  ·  388 reviews
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...more
Hardcover, 489 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Greenwillow Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Mike (the Paladin)
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...more
Duffy Pratt
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...more
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....more
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...more
[Name Redacted]
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
Luqman Hakim

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...more
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...more
I just don´t know why I keep reading this series. Don´t get me wrong, it is good (though I liked the first two installments better) and kind of relaxing - but at the same time it´s 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 don´t care that she´s a lamia witch - a man do...more
Alma Ahlberg
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.
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
I think I enjoyed the third a bit more than the second, which is a good trend, I guess. This book gets more into the Spook's past, and we even get to meet the witch he loves. (You know, he keeps her locked in the basement while he's away and dopes her up so that she doesn't revert to her wicked ways, but hey, it's love.) It has to be, of course, that a man whose profession involves trapping witches in pits should fall in love with one. It's a fun development (though I'd like a little m...more
3.5 STARS. Even though I have given the prior two books Revenge of the Witch andCurse of the Bane only 3 stars, I do like this series and if I see the next book at the library I immediately pick it up. Delaney has a gift with writing where everything seems so simple, but nothing really is . . . In this third book in the series we find more adventures with Tom and Alice and of course the ever grumpy Spook. We even see more into the Spook's past and a new villian appears. This last book ensured my...more
Alexander Valentino
"I'm going to miss her, lad. Miss her sorely. Life won't be the same without her. She was the only thing that made the winters here bearable..." (John Gregory)
Wah bisa juga ya spook tua ini romantis...

Aku baca versi inggrisnya,
covernya bgs bgt yg versi inggris, ilustrasinya juga
ceritanya apalagi
yg jelas emang lebih bgs dr buku 1 ama 2, soalnya lebih sarat emosi
buku ke 3 ini kelam dan dingin
sedih pula >.<
Christine Rains
This third book in The Last Apprentice series is ever bit as good as the first two. The reader barely has time to catch their breath with the momentum Delaney builds with this series, and that's a very good thing. A few more secrets about the Spook and Tom's mam are learned in this one. I can't wait to see where we go next! Good thing I have the next five books in the series right here checked out from the library.
Have you ever wondered how it would be like if you had to face a man with dark evil powers? In this book a boy named Tom and his master the Spook had to face Morgan the one with dark evil powers. This book is fiction because no human in real life could have powers. I would give this book a rate of 9.5 because it isn't as good as the first or second one.

On a cold winter night Tom, Alice, and his master were by the fire when the bell for spook business rang. Tom was sent to see what it was but whe...more
I'm still enjoying this series and this book is certainly no exception. I liked the deepening of the characters in this book, especially of mam and the spook. I was a bit disappointed though in the lack of change from the main character. Also Alice was basically just there to keep saying, "why won't people tell me secrets?" and, "see I told you I could be trusted," over and over again. The over all plot developments keep this a good story; however, I'd like to hear more about what's really going...more
This series has gotten darker, but then, in a series about a boy that fights witches and other creatures, what do you expect.

First, hats off to Mr Delaney. He is doing one thing correct, and that is that he creates a complete story within his set of given pages. There is finality when you read the last page, with a glimmer of the future beyond. The future is not bright and cheery, but it is a future for Tom, and one that I want to follow.

Alice has been there throughout, and is proving to be a co...more
Henrik Schunk
More of the same with a bigger focus on the Spooks' past yet again with two of the villains being former associates of the former. Still, I found that Delaney wasted a chance by not putting the focus on the monster this time, which I found way more interesting in the first place. I am still waiting for this series to pick up speed and become as good as the debut installation.
Emily Buonsignore
Uneventful and Repetitive.

I do believe I have lost all interest in this series. I hate to say it because I know these are well-loved books but, it just isn't keeping my attention anymore.

Perhaps if I had read these novels when I was younger, I would have enjoyed them much more because, as I have said numerous other times, they were very clearly written for younger readers. Not to say it isn't well-written because the author is obviously talented. And, if I were in elementary school or middle sch...more
I'm in love with this series, and therefore I don't foresee ever giving one of these books lower than 4 stars. In this installment, the Spook and his Apprentice Tom Ward travel to the Spook's winter house. This house doesn't have the boggart as that at Chipenden, and as a result a lot of the creature comforts are not present, much to Tom's consternation.

I like this story because it goes much more heavily into the Spook's back story, and takes a break from Tom (and mostly his mother). The enemy...more
I'd say this was my favourite of the series so far. The delightful creepiness of the first book that was lacking in the second book was definitely back here, and the frantic pace of the story made this a ridiculously quick read. I do feel like the last two books have kind of put interpersonal dynamics in the driver's seat and made the beasties sort of secondary. For instance, Morgan is definitely this book's major villain, not Golgoth. Morgan's manipulation of Tom is way more important than the...more
Librarian Lavender
The Spook's winter house is gloomy and damp. It isn't a happy place to stay. Still Tom and the spook have to go there. They aren't the only ones living in the house. And bit by bit the Spook's past reveals itself.
Tom has to fight against a magician, a bogart and several witches. He has to learn to trust people the hard way over and over again. The villains in this series are getting more and more creepy. You know something is bound to go wrong even though they are supposed to be under control....more
Really good!more of a 3.5 actually. I really enjoy how he solves the plot of the book,and at the same time moves forward with the overall plot.I also just love Delaney, his thoughts on life and religion are beautiful to read.
J.L. Burger
I'd give this one a mild thumbs-up. If you're REALLY into the Last Apprentice series, then it's great, but I just found myself getting a bit tired of the series when I read this book.

The book is good, with more Tom Ward adventures, additional insight into the Spook's background, and some tasty villains to make it fun. There's a bunch of interesting new scary stuff (Lamia witches, Golgoth, etc.). But in the end this book just couldn't keep my attention the way the previous 2 did.

My kids liked it...more
Sep 29, 2007 Lindsay rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teenage boys who love scary stories
This book was fun, although not the best of the series. The first two (Curse of the Bane and Revenge of the Witch) are a fun ride. The mythos in this series is original and clever.
Dec 01, 2012 Clint rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
This great series shows no signs of letting up. If I could go back and give myself some books when I was 10, this series would definitely go with me.
It's was really scary at bits and its a very unexpected story line. Parts of the story just pop out of no where.
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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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