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The Spook's Secret (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.'

As the nights draw in the Spook decides to travel to his winter house. His apprentice, Tom, hates the desolate place. There are feral witches in the cellar, menacing creatures stirring on the nearby moors and a sinister stranger threatening Tom's master.

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Paperback, 463 pages
Published 2009 by Red Fox (first published January 1st 2007)
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Feb 04, 2015 Evgeny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)
May 29, 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
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.
Mar 01, 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
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
Yordan Dimov
Feb 13, 2017 Yordan Dimov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Приятно-мрачна поредица с един отворен завършек и 9 части след това в допълнение, но без да видят бял свят на български. Жалко за слабия интерес.. Детайлно описан свят на богърти, вещици, привидения, некромант и Прогонващия духове с неговия чирак. Увлекателно четиво поне за мен.
Eleanor bookreader
Feb 28, 2017 Eleanor bookreader rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I'm really listening this series. Tom is starting to become one of my favorite characters. He is such a gryffindor.
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 26, 2012 Duffy Pratt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 25, 2009 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.
Apr 09, 2015 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Esma Tezgi
Jan 18, 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
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
[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
Dec 01, 2012 Clint rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kat  Hooper
Sep 30, 2014 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Yannick Serres
Oct 21, 2016 Yannick Serres rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't wait to read the next one! Story is perfect. Apprentice growing ans master ... read it if you want to know!
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
Luqman Hakim
Feb 21, 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
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
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
Gloria Piper
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
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
Aug 21, 2010 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jack Keely
Oct 08, 2016 Jack Keely rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished two more books by Joseph Delaney. 'Curse of the Bane' was good. 'Night of the Soul Stealer' is even better.
Mr. Delaney creates a darkly textured and very believable world in which a traveling "spook" an his young apprentice fight against forces of darkness. The threats they face include greedy inquisitors, rock hurling boggarts, shape shifters, and, best of all, witches. Scary witches. Really scary witches.
Mr. Delaney creates witches that are unique and original. The punishment
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
May 04, 2009 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Βαλάντης  Δοξάκιερ
Αυτό είναι το 3ο και πιο καλύτερο βιβλίο του Σπουκ !!! Άριστο εντελώς όπως και κάθε βιβλίο της σειράς τα χρονικά του ευλογημένου λιθαριού !! Καταπληκτικό βιβλίο και αυτό εδώ με πιο πολύ δράση, τρόμο,δολοπλοκίες,μυστικά,φαντασία και πολλά άλλα στοιχεία !!! Αυτή την φορά οι χαρακτήρες,τα τοπία και η πλοκή είναι πιο βαθιά ολοκληρωμένοι και πιο λεπτομερείς !!!! Τα επόμενα βιβλία που θα αρχίσω είναι Το Εκ Νεκρών του Πολύ Λατρεμένου φίλου μου και συγγραφέα Γιώργου Γιώτσα και το 4ο βιβλίο του Σπουκ Η Μ ...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 13 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)
  • Slither (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #11)

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