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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
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Hardcover, 489 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Greenwillow Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Evgeny
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
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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
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Jeff
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
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
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Coewless
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
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Mery
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.
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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
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[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
Michael Weber-williams
“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
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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
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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
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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
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Katie
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
Ryan
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
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Seesen9
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
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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.
Sandy
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
Leninha
"O que está feito, está feito..."
Sharon
Thomas and Gregory must travel to the spook’s winter house in Anglezarke. It’s a dark, depressing place, with even more things going bump in the night. Fortunately, just as in the Chippenden garden, those things are bound. However, this time they are bound in Tom's own cellar. Readers should dig in for more up-close encounters with the unquiet dead. Alice (a young witch caught between good and evil, introduced in the first two books) is not allowed to accompany them. At Anglezarke, Tom is introd ...more
Manon-Marie
Une fois n’est pas coutume j’ai encore dévoré les aventures de Tom, l’apprenti épouvanteur ! Voilà une série dont je ne suis pas prête de me lasser !

A l’approche de l’hiver, John Gregory et notre jeune apprenti s’apprêtent à prendre la route pour Anglezarke où se trouve la maison d’hiver du vieil épouvanteur. Si le voyage est éprouvant, ils sont encore loin de se douter des événements qu’ils vont devoir affronter. L’hiver sera rude et dangereux. L’obscurité guette et s’il faut se méfier des sorc
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Angie
*Spoilers*
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
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Mark
De hoofdpersoon lijkt niet te leren van zijn fouten maarcdat levert wel een spannend verhaal op! Wat dan weer soms voorspelbaar is.. Maar leuk, spannend boek!
João Batista
O livro se inicia com um visitante que parece não querer serviços de caça-feitiço; o que o tal Morgan quer de volta de John Gregory?
O inverno chegando... aprendiz e mestre indo a Anglezarke onde cultuam Golgoth, o Senhor do Inverno... a chegada a uma casa mais sombria que a própria aldeia... e com um porão de fato assustador: o que o sr. Gregory de fato 'guarda' ali?
Descobrimos mais um significado das letras gregas, o sigma = feiticeira; mais de 1/3 do livro sem menção ao Segredo do título...;
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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.
Anna
It's really hard for me to say that it was good. The book certainly had some nice plot development somewhere in the middle of the story, yet was overall painfully irritating. Up to the point when I had to put the book aside and just go for a walk having just read the part when the main character discovers that he "didn't have wings but had legs".
One more thing. That Spook is an idiot. I honestly can't believe he had lasted out there for so long. his genius plans consist of him getting beaten t
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Angelo
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
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Phillip III
I enjoyed the third book in the Last Apprentice series. Winter is coming. It is time for the Spook and Tom Ward, his apprentice, to leave Chipenden and head to Old McGregory's winter home.

This was a very revealing installment in the series. We get to learn more about Meg, a witch from the Spook's past. We also get to see Meg's sister. These two women are very dangerous witches. The problem is Meg was someone the Spook cared about. He's never been able to bury her the way she should have been bur
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miha ha
aaagh, berem ko bi mogu delat druge stvari (in sm tud kregan zato) če to ni dober pokazatelj d mi je knjiga fajn :) kr ne morem nehat

še zmerej je dobr, če ne še bolj napeto, nevarno, strašljivo... Čarovnice pa Golgoth - vladar zime, pa z močjo obsedeni nekdaji vajenec Morgan
za Gregory-a se ne morm odločt al je vredu al ne, ker ma momente ko govori da ne smejo bit punce zraven ker bi ga samo motle in momente ko da take dobre nasvete in ko vedno išče še drugo možnost ne rešuje problemov samo s s
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Charles
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
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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)
  • Revenge of the Witch (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #1)
  • 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)
  • I Am Grimalkin (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #9)
  • The Spook's Blood (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #10)
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