The Spook's Curse (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles #2)
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 in...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Characters: Mr. Gregory, Thomas J. Ward, Alice Deane
Abstract: 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 in danger of being corrupted by its power...more
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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...more
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 dang...more
Finally! I'm done reading it! I started it 5 days ago or more? I've been busy with something and didn't really get a chance to read it straight even though someone was nagging at me to read faster. :/
Eep! There's this time when I suddenly detested the Church. Okay, wait, that sounds like bad. I just mean, I detested the church IN THIS BOOK. Not necessarily I detested it in real life cause I don't. Well, okay, maybe just a tiny bit....more
Let's see, Delaneys pragmatic, yet picturesque prose still bedazzles and entertains and the characters I came to be interested in, being Tom, the spook and Alice are up to their old tricks again but there are two major setbacks in this back, for me at least.
Time and again it's been shown that writing a second book in a series that is as good as the first is a difficult and daunting task, but Delaney just manages to pull it off. This book continues the story of Thomas Ward and his master John Gregory as they face off against the darkest creature John has ever met. Dubbed the Bane, it is a creature so vile that it corrupts and uses priests to do its dirty work. While not as in your face w...more
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...more
The dark magic--spirits drinking your blood in exchange for perfo...more
The Bane lives under Preistown and the Spook had challenged the Bane when he was younger. He barely lived. But, he stayed alive... Alice and the Spook went to challenge the Bane, leaving Thomas...more
Written with a tone and context that makes your skin crawl, Curse of the Bane draws you through its pages without supplying a single dull moment. The reader should be aware that it contains implications of prior sexual acts, sadistic material, and graphic implications of death/torture, although most of the graphic detail is left to...more
The steps for putting a boggart in a pit are, first gig a pit. Second get a stone, third bind a boggart with a silver chain. Last take the boggart to the pit land the stone to cover up the pit so the boggart.
Still, in spite of this, it was a decent story, if not quite so spooky as the first book.
Ok, Alex is starting to have horrible
Nightmares that keep her awake for a couple hours in the middle of the night. Rory is fine, but I couldn't let them finish it. We will start Sisters Grimm. :)
It became very clear to me as I read the first Last Apprentice book, just how different this series is. Sure it deals with supernatural aspects as many other books do but, the way it handles those aspects is completely refreshing. We aren't just talking about the typical vampires and werewolves and such. No, no, no. We're talking ghosts, ghasts, and boggarts: things I haven't read about since I Harry Potter. And, the way they are written about here is unlike anyway I've ever...more
When they are in Priestown Tom meets Alice again. Together they try to face the d...more
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