The Spook's Sacrifice (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #6)
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The Spook's Sacrifice (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles #6)

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As the Spook's apprentice Tom's first duty is to protect the County from the dark. But now Mam needs his help in her homeland of Greece. One of the most dangerous of the old gods, the Ordeen, is about to return there, bringing slaughter and devastation. Meanwhile, the Devil himself is still loose and if he and the Ordeen join forces, a new age of darkness will descend. Mam...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by The Bodley Head (first published June 4th 2008)
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Cynthia
This latest Tom Ward book was just as good as all the others. I tore through it in a matter of days and now I have to wait until August to read the 7th installment!

I just love the characters in this one. Tom Ward, the Last Apprentice himself, is such a touching character. He is innocent in many ways, and yet has seen great evil in his short life. His best friend/girlfriend, Alice, was born to a witch family and there is the constant threat that she may turn to the dark side, but she loves Tom m...more
Nathaniel ΘΣ
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Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
In terms of excitement and non-stop action, The Spook's Sacrifice is right up there with the first book in the series. I read this installment in just 2 days' time and now I'm a little bummed that I read so fast, because this is it until May!

This book has a formula that I consider to be successful in nearly all cases: there's a quest - an actual journey that takes the characters out of a familiar setting and plunges them into a totally new atmosphere. That tension nearly always creates a fun an...more
Duffy Pratt
Another good installment in what is shaping up to be a very solid series. By this, the sixth book, the series has focused itself on an ongoing war between Tom and his allies, and the fiend. Here, Tom joins with a host of witches to fight against an ancient evil God in Greece. His mother has returned to marshall all the forces she can for this fight. The main internal tension, again, is between the Spook's resolve not to use dark to fight dark. On the other side of this are Alice and Mam, who bot...more
Becky
I'm a long-time fan of the adventures of Thomas Ward, the Spook's apprentice. His story started with Revenge of the Witch and now Clash of the Demons is the sixth book in this genuinely frightening series. The story is told from Tom's perspective in the first person so the reader is completely inside his head. Delaney pulls you into Tom's world and makes you feel for him and care about everyone he loves.

For those who need a little Last Apprentice tutorial, Tom Ward is the seventh son of a sevent...more
Sarah
Every 7 years, Ordeen will come to Greece and makes a bloodbath everytime she comes.
But not now, because Mam doesn't intended to let her back. Especially when the Fiend is unleashed.
And to prevent Ordeen, Mam needs allies. Either from the Light, or the Dark.



one of my favorite series, nowadays. So the review!


The characters
they're changed throughout this series. Either they're better, or worse.
I like to see how they'll end up like.

Tom seems to be much more impulsive than he's ever been. He isn...more
Woodge
This is book number 6 in the series that I've been reading aloud to Luke and the only reason it took a while to finish is that we were pretty busy doing other things like moving to Sweden for a year. You know how that is. Anyway, in this outing, the brave young Tom Ward gets recruited by his Mam to head south to Greece to fight a dangerous menace known as the Ordeen. Tom is in for some nasty surprises and some tough decisions.

Luke and I read to page 270 or so when he just couldn't wait for the n...more
Ana
Oct 05, 2012 Ana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: the ones that like witches
Recommended to Ana by: Vlad
NOTE : see this review and more on http://cocainepages.wordpress.com

These books are unbelievably addictive! I can't even begin to tell you how nice it was to stop a while from reading all types of disparate books and focus on this series, which has been, contrary to my belief, really nice to dig in to.

I have given every book in this series 4 stars, because I've always been in love with stories about witches and wizzards and bad people wanting to control our world, and this speaks of exactly...more
Joey the J in R.J. Spindle
Interesting beginning. Lots of questions right off. The title of the book, chapter, and the chapter itself gives no initial clues from which I can divine from, however I was given a heads up (so stop reading these chapter notes now, if you don’t want to know about it), and I won’t tell you WHO told me this (but they know who they are), one of the male leads (yeah, I don’t know who specifically, but I’m pretty sure it’s Tom) sells his soul to the Fiend.

Read more and add your own commentary at R....more
Christine Rains
Another fantastic addition to the Last Apprentice series. The fight against the dark takes Thomas, the Spook, and Alice overseas to Greece. The truth about Thomas' mam is revealed, and they must battle a tremendously evil force called the Ordeen.

Well-written, suspenseful, and enchanting. My reviews for these books haven't been that long, but it's only because I don't want to give anything away. So much happens in this series. You simply must read it to find out for yourself, and I highly recomme...more
John
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Anita Prince
This is the sixth book in The Last Apprentice series. Mam returns to the County and enlists the help of Tom, Alice, the County witches, and the Spook. The Ordeen, the most dangerous witch in the world, is about to arise from the Ord in Greece. If she is not destroyed, she and her followers will bring death and destruction to the entire world. Joseph Delaney introduces a new set of horrific, evil creatures for the forces of good to defeat.
Megan
Whew, what a great book, as always. I read the first 150 pages in no time at all, and the rest of the book was just as good; I just didn't have enough time to read straight through. This one isn't as scary as the first book, but it's just as interesting and well-written. If you've enjoyed the other books in the series, you will continue to enjoy this!
Michelle E. Kobus
Very interesting read. Six books in, these books are a bit formulaic. They do have a (slight) continous storyline, but every book has a Big Bad stirring up trouble, Big Bad is defeated/outwitted by Tom, then Tom and the Spook end up at home in relative calm until the next ordeal. Now, that can be good or bad; if you hate repetition, this is not the series for you. If you liked the first book, you will (probably) like the rest (book two was actually a low point for me so keep reading beyond that!...more
Trudi
Didn't grab me in the first half like the others in the series, but by the end I was hooked as always. Can't wait to see what happens next. Seriously, if you have a reluctant reader in your life, child or adult, recommend this series. You will be doing them a solid!
Tom
A solid continuation of the series that explains some mysteries of the past, but requires the strength of previous books to stand. A bit formulaic, and rather less interesting than the series' previous titles, but still a nice diversion for a rainy afternoon.
Librarian Lavender
The Spook's Sacrifice is the sixth book in the Spook's Series. In this book Tom's mother plays an important role. She wants Tom to join her in a fight against the Ord, her sworn enemy.
The world is getting darker and darker and Tom has to give up some of his beliefs to do what he has to do. The Fiend is never far away. Fortunately Alice will stand by him again. A lot of terrible things happen and they are all sinister and gruesome. Not all enemies can be defeated at once and Tom finds himself in...more
Christen
This series is the first one in a while that scared me on a level I used to seek out when I was young. I love the studiousness of all the dark beings.
Cherie Ann
I love this installation of the series!
Aparajitabasu
In the previous book we learned about the mistake the Spook makes, now we learn what he sacrifices in The Wardstone Chronicles #6 The Spook's Sacrifice by Joseph Delaney .

Here is the summary of the book:

As the Spook's apprentice Tom's first duty is to protect the County from the dark. But now Mam needs his help in her homeland of Greece. One of the most dangerous of the old gods, the Ordeen, is about to return there, bringing slaughter and devastation. Meanwhile, the Devil himself is still loose...more
dragonhelmuk
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Eden
Tom's mother has returned from her homeland and she needs his help. She wants Tom to come with her to Greece. It's dangerous, but she badly needs Tom's help. He might be her only chance at achieving victory.

Wow. I'm not sure what to sure. This is pretty intense and not to mention, very sad at parts. Tom is confused; he wants to be part of the light, but in this book, what his mother asks of him goes against everything the Spook has taught him, it even goes against what his mother has taught. Bu...more
Audiobooks_Rock
So why have I given this book such a tough rating?
The answer is simple. from this book and onwards, the world Mr Delaney build gets ripped to shreds. The story becomes one of herculian proportions and irish legends. This book is in my opinion the moment this series broke.

I really liked the first 4 books, the 5th was pretty good too, but from there on its all 1 big mish mash of legends and stories that ruin the original story for me. I did not want to read an epic story. But that is what the boo...more
Aaron Martens
I liked this book and all the books in this series. I kept wondering why Tom's mom was looking younger until Tom figured out she was a lamia. He was right she was a lamia, but it turned out she was the original Lamia. I didn't seem surprised when the spook didn't want to work with the Pendle witches considering they cursed him in the past and also they caused him lots of trouble and had to do with the death of one of his friends Father Stocks. But, he came at the last moment jumping aboard the...more
Melanie
I do love this series. It's really quite different - the setting, the characters, the lore that's involved, it makes me happy! Even after five novels Delaney manages to come up with new ways to challenge Tom (our dear protagonist) and offers up a great storyline set in a whole new country for this installment in the Spook's series.

Of course, being a little older than that target audience, I find some things lacking. The language is repetetive. I found that the same thoughts and ideas were const...more
Polly Todd
Apr 05, 2010 Polly Todd rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: followers of the series
Recommended to Polly by: Lancashire Book of the Year Shortlist
I came to this book expecting great things and relishing the opportunity to indulge my love of the fantasy/myth genre. Perhaps suffering from not reading the first few books in the series, I had two or three false starts to this story. I don't know what it was about it, but somewhere along the line it missed the mark for me.

It has all the brilliant ingredients that should, by any measure, lead to a gripping and enthralling yarn. The use of real locations was a pure stroke of genius, (As a Lancas...more
Luna
It had to happen I guess, The Spook’s Sacrifice didn’t work for me. There are important elements in this story, things that I am sure will play big parts in future books but I didn’t actually care that much.

Tom’s Mam recruits him, The Spook, Arkwright, various witches (which the Spook isn’t happy about) to travel to her homeland and stop Ordeen from rising. Ordeen is an old goddess who would be a huge support to Old Nick, hence the reason she has to be stopped at all costs.

My problem with this b...more
c.o.lleen ± (... never stop fighting) ±
In general, I've really enjoyed this series. But this latest installment just didn't do much for me. My biggest complaints are as follows:

*** potentially spoilerish ***

1) In a lot of the books, but this one in particular, Tom seems to have more happen to him, and gets saved by others or by luck. He's not very proactive, and while he does do well in a fight now and again, I would expect more from someone who's been training for several years and have been in as many tight spots as he is.

2) Thomas...more
Trina-Marie
I struggled with this one, and for awhile I thought it was going to be the first book in the series that I was going to give four stars to...but my concerns were taken care of by the end of the book.
My main problem had been Tom's mam and how cold she seemed to be. I got the impression of her as only really caring about Tom because of his destiny to defeat the fiend, when she should have loved him and wanted to protect him because he is her son (and her youngest at that!)It frustrated me because...more
Kennedy Borman
I've read the previous 6 books in this series. I have devoured all within a day and absolutely loved them. I recently read the sixth one and can honestly say I was a bit disappointed. I remember thinking the other ones were very scary and not being able to put them down. Clash of the Demons took me a while to get into. It also didn't have that 'horror' appeal that I had found so invigorating in the others. Perhaps that's just because I'm getting older. Either way, it wasn't nearly as exciting.Th...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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