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The Spook's Battle (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles #4)

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Warning: Not to be read after dark

'I see your future clearly. Your master will be dead and you will be alone.'

The Spook and his apprentice protect County from the dark abut now a terrible danger threatens.

The witches are rising and the three most powerful clans are uniting to conjure an unimaginable evil - the Devil himself.

If they succeed, will Tom and his master have the
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Paperback, 514 pages
Published 2009 by Red Fox (first published January 1st 2007)
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Evgeny
Feb 11, 2015 Evgeny rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It is time for the Spook and his apprentice to finally try to do something about the big looming problem; evil witches stronghold in the Country must be taken care of. The good news: the witches are divided into three powerful clans that are too busy with infighting to do real evil. The bad news: they already united once for a time when facing a real danger. The unbelievably bad news: the mentioned danger was represented by none other than the Spook, so there is no love lost between them and the ...more
Richard
Jul 05, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-fantasy
7.5/10

Another enjoyable outing in this series which keeps on impressing. This is the fourth in the series and each one has been consistently good. The only negative I could say is that there hasn’t been a great deal of character development throughout but for the type of books these are and the audience they are aimed at (i.e. not me) you can’t really knock it. They seem to follow a similar formula in each one but if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

The stakes are raised somewhat in this outing with
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Mike (the Paladin)
Up to this point I've liked this series, and I didn't really "dislike" this one. It was however a bit "waring" before it tied up.

One of my friends here on Goodreads observed that her only complaint with the series was that Tom didn't develop... At the time I was only 3 books in and took the view I'd wait and see. So far I'd only covered about a year in Tom's life. This is the 4th book in the series, and right out of the gate (so to speak) Tom pretty much makes the same mistake he made in the fir
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Karissa
Dec 30, 2010 Karissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 4th book in the Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney. Wow was this an excellent book!

After hearing over and over about how bad things are in Pindle; Tom and the Spook are finally going to go there to deal with the witch problem for good. Alice is along to help them, using all her witchy knowledge for good. Nothing goes as planned though when the witches strike first at the place Tom is most vulnerable. Will they be able to root out all the witches? Will the witches raise the devi
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Simona Stoica
Jun 05, 2015 Simona Stoica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O aventura perfecta si... GRIMALKIN, ce dor mi-a fost de tine :D.
Esma Tezgi
Jan 23, 2016 Esma Tezgi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Tom'un annesin bıraktığı sandıklar, Pendle cadıları, cadılar arasındaki savaş ve cadılar arasında kurulmaya çalışılan ittifak... Kısacası dolu mu dolu bir kitap oldu. Yazar nabzı hep yüksek tuttu ve son sayfalara kadar tempo hiç düşmedi. Kitaba yeni karakterlerde eklenmişti ve bunların bazılarını serinin devamında da göreceğiz muhtemelen.
Hayaletin Savaşı kesinlikle güzel bir kitaptı, ben beğendim, diğer kitaplardan daha çok sevdim ve serinin geri kalanını da merak ediyorum. Özellikle kitabın s
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I'mogén
The Spook's Battle, the fourth book in The Wardstone Chronicles, was action packed and fast paced, whilst still being very plot driven and fun to read. In saying that, it still fell short of the 4 star rating that I gave the other books, as I wasn't completely absorbed as I had been before. However, the 3 stars I've given it is considered a high 3.

The cover was really creepy and mirrors what the story tells within, because pretty much from the first few pages I was over come with a feeling of dr
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Duffy Pratt
Another solid installment in the continuing adventures of Tom Ward. This book worked less well as a stand-alone, mostly because the characters mainly fail to achieve the goals they set for themselves at the beginning. And when there is success, it comes more from some outside agency than from the initiative of the characters themselves.

The other thing that bothered me here was, for the first time, I think this book suffered from the "Red Shirt of Death" syndrome. I get the feeling that the last
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Woodge
Apr 28, 2011 Woodge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading this aloud to Luke (age 9) for the past several weeks. We took a break here and there, but last night we had to read the final 50 pages all at once. We've been really enjoying this series (which currently numbers about 8 books). Sometimes I wonder if it's a bit too creepy for Luke but he's been digging it. After finishing this one he said, "Let's start the next book tomorrow night!" So far I think this book might be my favorite out of the series so far. In this story our three ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Attack of the Fiend (The Last Apprentice, #4), 2007, Joseph Delaney
Characters: Mr. Gregory, Thomas J. Ward, Alice Deane
Abstract: "I see your future clearly. Your master will be dead, and you will be alone. It would be better if you had never been born."
Thomas Ward is the apprentice for the local Spook, who banishes boggarts and drives away ghosts. But now a new danger is threatening Tom's world. The witches are rising and the three most powerful clans are uniting in order to conjure an unimagina
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Eleanor bookreader
Mar 02, 2017 Eleanor bookreader rated it it was amazing
This books are just getting better and better. I'm starting to really love this characters. Specially Tom.
Melissa Bennett
Jun 19, 2010 Melissa Bennett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always get excited when I find that Delaney has written another book for the Last Apprentice series. I also get worried. How can he write about the same thing and have it not get boring? Well Delaney pulls it off every time. I am always on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book. He has a wonderful way of writing that doesn't slow down a bit. I have loved every book in this series (including this one). My 2 kids love them as well.
This time the Spook and Tom do not have to fight a witch
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Nima Kohandani
ضعیف تر از جلدهای قبلی اش بود

کشش اونها رو نداشت
و داستان به مراتب ضعیف تر و نخ نما تر بود

ترجمه هم که ایرادات بسیاری داشت در فارسی البته این باعث کسر امتیاز نیست

من بهش دو و نیم میدم از 5

Glenn
Jul 09, 2015 Glenn rated it really liked it
The best book in the series so far - lots of information that sets up the rest of the series...
Ashley
Apr 27, 2017 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fourth installment of The Last Apprentice, Attack of the Fiend, picks up shortly after Night of the Soul Stealer, young Tomas Ward continuing his studies in the way of the Spook, that shunned wanderer who faces off against the gruesome creatures that stalk the night. Now, he and his master are making their way to Pendle, where for years now three witch clans have terrorized the area, and as they make their way there, it becomes apparent that the three clans are planning something truly sinis ...more
Chandler Corpus
Mar 03, 2016 Chandler Corpus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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1. A very brief highlight or summary of the book. Where did the story take place (setting)? Who are the main and minor characters in the book?
In this part of the series, Tom was sent to be trained by Arkwright for combat skills as his formal spook is much too
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Bladelor
Mar 18, 2017 Bladelor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Toujours aussi chouette que les précédents tomes, vraiment une valeur sure cette série !
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
This is definitely the axis book around which the series will start to evolve… and it’s about time, too – holy cow, this is book #4!

I felt like The Spook’s Battle in particular was a long time coming. Why? Well, we finally start to piece together Alice’s background, and we also get hands-on dealings with the most malevolent witches in the County! After hearing about them for the better part of 3 books, I was excited to actually see them. We also get more insight into Tom’s family dynamics, inclu
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Michael Weber-Williams

"I see your future clearly. Your life will be sad. Your master will be dead and you will be alone. It would be better if you had never been born." --Tibb


In The Last Apprentice: Attack of the Fiend, the fourth book in The Last Apprentice Series, Tomas Ward continues his apprenticeship with his master, John Gregory, and ironic witch friend, Alice Deane. In the last book, Tom’s father past away, his mother returned to her homeland, and their oldest son, Jack, inherited the farm, except for one roo
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Dylan
May 29, 2012 Dylan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dylan Aguilar


The Last Apprentice Attack Of The Fiend witchcraft, wizardry, goblins, ghosts, the spook, and the apprentice to deal with all them nastys. This book Attack of The Fiend is an excellent book for those readers who enjoy something old in time and in the fantasy world. A book that is in detail with every word getting scarier by the moment. In this book in the series Tom has arrived back from a cold adventurous winter to find out that his house has been burned and his mams trunks have
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Hao huang
Sep 07, 2013 Hao huang rated it it was amazing
I’m reading fast am I? This is the fourth series of Joseph Delaney’s 'The Spook'. Fighting against the dark, they have. Having danger around them, they do. Put the duty of protecting the country first, secondly is protecting their family. No matter how bad the situation is, they must protect the country first.

This book is mainly using action scene to describe the Spook with his apprentice fight against the witches, this fight is more dangerous than anything they’ve ever face before, although now
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Aaron
Jul 24, 2011 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always admired the way that Delaney makes his characters more realistic by including the dark and creepy atmosphere/situations and the emotions it evokes. Too often many young adult writers turn their characters into hardened, impervious characters who face danger without a thought of fear instead of showing that they feel fear a good portion of the time, and still keep doing what they do despite it. Often, however, Delaney does go overboard with it, spending too much time dwelling on som ...more
Jacob
This series may be suffering a little from power creep in the sequels; this one is about three covens of witches summoning Lucifer himself. Although I found myself wishing Thomas spent more time in these books sealing up Boggarts by himself, it's still an interesting story and Delaney has a very distinct sort-of-period-sort-of-folktaley style. It's often not exactly clear what the rules are when the good and bad powers interact, but I suspect it would be like that from the perspective of charact ...more
Patrick
Dec 25, 2009 Patrick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I'm souring on this series. The characters once again are meh. There is finally a sympathetic religious character, but he ends up being a naive weakling who loses his faith when being killed by an unnatural kid monster. Despite that, the "fiend" of the title is the devil himself being loosed by some angry witches. I like the overarching story of a greater light/dark battle than just the county coming more fully into the plot, but I'm just not liking the characters or the tone. Without exception, ...more
Truong Dinh
I think this is a lovely book to pick up if you enjoy horror and betrayal between friends and enemies. This book it is very touching too. A boy named Tom is practiced a trade that a seventh son must do and this trade puts his family in grave danger from the dark. In this book his trunks are stolen and his family abducted by witches who seek what is inside the trunks. So he tries to rescue his family who is in the dungeons of Malkin Tower. In the way of the story the witches kept trying to take T ...more
Emily
Mar 15, 2014 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great instalment of the Spooks books. I really enjoyed this one. The story was action pretty much from the word go and carried on at a good pace throughout. I really like the characters of Tom and Alice. They are well written and that helps you invest in them.

I really enjoyed how this book digs into Tom's Mam's background as well. This was exciting and intriguing and again helps with the character development.

I really look forward to reading the next one... This one points to a few pos
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Tracy
Aug 05, 2012 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tracy by: Kimberly
3.5 stars This is a fun series that is getting better.

Lots of witches, Grimalkin the Witch Assassin, and the devil himself, are trying to stop The Spook and his young Apprentice Tom. We learn more of the back-story about Tom's mother, and his unusual skills are getting even better. It's pretty creepy! I couldn't read it if I was home alone, or at night. I get really scared easily. But this was just the right amount of scary for me. I am going to keep reading in this series and hope that it stay
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Clint
Dec 06, 2012 Clint rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
This was the best book of the series so far. Super scary little goblins, witches, cauldrons, tunnels under a tower, a bloated wight living under the surface of a subterranean pond, winged lamias, scrying, angry villagers, and Satan released in the end.
Susan
May 26, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, audio, magic, 2016
I love the gothic atmosphere and setting of these stories. Some of the supernatural elements are really quite explicit and I wonder they don't scare the younger audience to fits.

This is a continuing story so it would benefit the reader better to start at the beginning.

Recommend.
Rob
The pacing and tone of this series is always on point, I am impressed by how he balances a YA novel with genuine suspense, I’d love to see what he could do with a full-tilt horror novel.
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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)
  • Night of the Soul Stealer (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #3)
  • 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)
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