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Rise of the Huntress (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles #7)

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The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, have returned to the county after a long journey and a hard battle. But their troubles are far from over. Their home has been over-run by enemy soldiers.

Tom, Alice and the Spook flee across the ocean to the island of Mona. It's on Mona that this small band fighting against the dark will face an old enemy grown terrifyingly powerfu
Hardcover, 436 pages
Published August 17th 2010 (first published 2010)
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colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
Even though the stakes keep increasing, and Tom and Co are facing, in this installment, some of their most powerful opponents to date, I couldn't help but feel that the story was kind of lackluster.

Part of it is the continuing level of the narration which still isn't really aging much in tone (though I will say that one thing, specifically (view spoiler)
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Spinechilling and nail-bitingly intense these spooky books will have you jumping out of your skin, completely engrossed within the story!!

The Spooks series continues with a deadly nightmare that haunts your sleep and fills every waking moment with thoughts on how the hero is going to overcome the terrors that await him…full of electric tension amidst and inspired and truly original storyline this book you will find unable to put down, even for a minute! I will warn you though that if you are a
The Spook's Nightmare is the continuation of an incredible YA series by Joseph Delaney. The series itself follows Tom Ward who becomes the apprentice of the County Spook and learns the various methods of trapping and defeating the creatures of the Dark which inhabit the County. Overcoming beings from Boggles to witches is just part of the adventure. I must warn anyone who thinks these are simple books for thirteen to fourteen year olds that they are pretty dark and gruesome in places. After all ...more
Lisa Lockhart
(Die ganze Spook Reihe bewerte ich übrigens immer besser als ich es vielleicht unter anderen Umständen getan hätte, aber die Bücher haben mich in den letzten Monaten abends immer so beruhigt, als es mir nicht gut ging, dass sie eine besonderen Platz in meinem Herzen haben.)

Langsam kommt etwas Veränderung rein! Selbst der alt eingesessene Spook kommt jetzt nicht mehr drumherum, einige seiner alten Ansichten zu überdenken. Sehr schön. Ich habe wieder sehr viele Gefühle für Alice. Und ich finde es
Duffy Pratt
This series is remarkably consistent and engaging. Delaney manages to weave new and interesting variations on his theme, and he keeps the interest level high even though there are remarkably few characters involved. In this installment, we get the return of Bony Lizzie. She is Alice's mom and a witch who caused some problems in the first book, but who has since been residing in a pit in the Spook's garden in Chipenden.

Unfortunately for the Spook and Tom, the invading army destroyed Chipenden whi
This is the seventh book in The Last Apprentice series by Delaney. Originally the series was planned for seven books, but this book definitely isn't the last in the series. I haven't been able to find an updated estimate of how many books this series will have. This was another great addition to this series.

This book finds the Spook, Tom, and Alice back on their way to the Spook's house. Things are getting worse on the war front, the enemies are invading further inland and when the Spook and cre
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Michael Weber-williams
“Why bark yourself when you've got a dog to do it for you?”
--Bony Lizzie, The Last Apprentice: Rise of the Huntress, Joseph Delaney

After risking their lives--yet again--in Greece, John Gregory (the Spook), Thomas Ward (the apprentice), and Alice Deane (the witch) all return to the country; however, when they arrive home they are in for a surprise. Ever since the Devil was conjured to flesh, the state of the country was declining and the darkness was spreading more abroad. The three’s departure
Michelle  (Crazy Cat Lady)
I like the US names of of these books over the UK versions, the only exception is book 9: it's Grimalkin the Witch Assassin in the US and I am Grimalkin in the UK (<----which I like better).


I hate how the Spook sees things in black and white, even right down to lighting a candle with magic being eeeevuuul. It seems to me it is the ultimate triumph against black magic, to use it for good deeds, like Alice does. She's saved Tom and the Spook countless times over so they could fight t
Nathaniel ΘΣ
This is the seventh book in the Wardstone Chronicles series. Originally the series was supposed to have seven books in it, but now I believe the series is going to total 10 books so this is getting close to the end. In this book, Mr Gregory, Tom and Alice have to leave the County and end up in Mona, an island off the County's coast. They find that Bony Lizzie has escaped her confinement at the Spook's house and has also made her way to Mona.

It's made very obvious that Mona is actually the Isle
This series doesn't disappoint. Here we are with the seventh book in the series and the stories keep getting better. They are chock-full of scary Spook business, dangerous opponents, narrow escapes, and surprising developments. I started reading this series aloud to Luke at the beginning of the year. But I was only about 50 pages into this one when he demanded to be able to read it on his own. (He didn't want to wait the glacial pace it would take to have to wait for me to read it. Besides, it's ...more
H.J. Harper
Not the best one of the series, but still another fantastic book. After the end o' the world type stuff from the book before, Spook's Nightmare had a tough act to follow and it feels a bit more like it's treading water until something really big happens in the next book (which I think will have LOTS of Grimmalkin YEAH!). Though there are still some great moments in this, in particular a horrific scene where 'witches' are tested by being put in a barrel with metal spikes pointing in and rolled do ...more
Sónia Tigol
This is the seventh book in The Last Apprentice series by Delaney, and here we are with the seventh book in the series and the stories keep getting better.
This series is remarkably consistent and engaging, Delaney manages to weave new and interesting variations on his theme, increasingly frightening theme.
Rise of the Huntress is full of suspense and plot turns. I also found it to be somewhat scary at times.
I really love this series.
I'm really excited to read the next one.
Dakota Madsen
Joseph Delaney (who wrote this book) should be given a trophy. Every word in it is gripping. It makes me feel that I’m in the story.

This book is really something to sink your teeth into.

On the back of one of the books it says for the readers who have outgrown Harry Potter, and I agree. This book is for those who like fantasy, war, fighting, haunting, magic, and horror.

I like the book because the main character reminds me of myself, young, eager, likes to exercise, to eat, and fight for what is r
This is the second book in a row from this series that has disappointed me a bit. I can't quite put my finger on what's missing, but this story just doesn't have the same intensity and intrigue as the first four books of series. I did still enjoy it, just not as much as the first few. My main complaint about Rise of the Huntress is how feeble the Spook is made. He has appeared to be past his prime in the past few titles, but in this one it's like he forgot how to even try. It was quite frustrati ...more
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Phillip III
The Last Apprentice books start out harmlessly enough. There is plenty of action, and the characters are wonderfully drawn. However, as the books progress, so intensity. Each book just gets a bit darker. A little more creepy. It's like Delaney knows his audience gets another year older with each new release, and doesn't want to loose them.

In the latest installment (for me), Rise of the Huntress, the Spook, Tom Ward, and Alice are on their way back from Greece. They get home to find the house in
Matt H.
The seventh book about the seventh son of a seventh son, what could go wrong? I confess a bias for loving this series from book 1, and this entry does not disappoint. Overall, I like the style of writing, which is light, and the pacing of the action, which is fast. In this book, I like Tom’s continued growth as an apprentice Spook; in this adventure he seems to spend more time away from Old Gregory, thus showing readers his ability to problem solve mysteries of the dark. However, even more compe ...more
Rise of the Huntress followed the layout of earlier books in the Last Apprentice series of having one major foe as the focus.

Tom having sold his foe to the fiend in exchanged for a chance at stopping inevitable darkness in the The Spook's Sacrifice has really made Tom's life change. In order to keep the fiend from collecting Alice has to be near Tom all the time and it is clear The Spook does not like this at all. Despite numerous orders for them to cease being joined at the hip Tom ignores his
Can't wait for the next! It's getting more intense and heart-wrenching here, for Alice and the Spook.

I think the real hero is Alice, she did many things to save Tom and the Spook, since they're powerless and all.

I hope the Spook'll be nicer next book, because he really is an irritating old man!

By the way, how could I just realize that this series has a weird way of telling? Is it about how the British, or what?
When there's no house in Chipenden to stay in anymore the Spook, Tom and Alice have to flee and they go to the island Mona. They aren't welcome there, most of the people they meet want to get rid of them. The island has some dark secrets they need to unravel and there's Bony Lizzy, who has escaped from the Spook's home, to deal with, so they can't go anywhere for a while.
Tom is captured over and over again, will someone come to his rescue or does he need to rescue himself? It isn't easy for him
Upon returning home, the Spook, Alice, and Tom realize the enemy has invaded and virtually destroyed the County. The Spook's house is in ashes, generations worth of information has been destroyed, the boggart is gone, and Bony Lizzie has escaped the pit. No doubt she will want revenge.

This installment does not disappoint. Witches, wars, magic, cheese, and danger abound.

the only thing we don't get this time around are special guests appearances from the fiend and information on Tom's living famil
Après avoir combattu l’Obscur en Grèce, le pays de sa mère, Tom Ward le jeune apprenti retourne dans le Comté, dans le sillage de son maître l’epouvanteur John Grégory et accompagné de son amie Alice et des trois chiens de l’epouvanteur Bill Arkwright. Lors de l’une de leur halte pour se reposer, l’epouvanteur est en proie à un cauchemar.

La guerre fait toujours rage, et l’ennemi gagne du terrain. Comment vont-ils retrouver la maison de Chippenden?

Forcés de
João Batista
Poderia ter sido bem melhor... e este tem muito mais erros editoriais do que os outros juntos!
Não temos muito de Thomas Ward; a guerra chega finalmente ao Condado; uma perda irreparável para o sr. Gregory... mais uma criatura é citada: o buggane, que habita a Ilha de Mona, onde o grupo está novamente em apuros, e onde há uma caça às feiticeiras.
Com Tom aprisionado (como sempre), uma velha inimiga entra em cena... mas não é bem para ajudá-lo e sim a ela própria... Na hora do verdadeiro apuro, um
Mitchell J.
Nov 17, 2014 Mitchell J. is currently reading it
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I really love this series!
Atually I quite liked this story - new monster buganne, new magician - shaman, new land. I was bored of the fiend and I was glad that the fiend did not show up. And then Romanian witches. Storywise a more simpler storyline. Kind of missed Mam. In some ways if you look at it, this novel is like a filler arc in the broader storyline. Does not really move the story much. Someone can easily miss this story and still easily follow the series. Maybe a kind of relief right in the middle before the heat ...more
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Just when you thought there might be some peace in the lives of Tom, Alice, and the Spook everything goes horribly wrong. After the events of the last book the trio returns home to find a war has moved in and claimed the Spook’s home. They arrive just in time to see the pillar of smoke from the house burning. As quickly as possible they flee across the ocean to the island of Mona. As they arrive the locals make sure that our trio knows they are not welcome. E
Presenting The Wardstone Chronicles #7 The Spook's Nightmare by Joseph Delaney .

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The Spook, Tom and Alice return from Greece to find the County under siege - and the Spook's home burnt to the ground. With his precious library of knowledge destroyed, they seek refuge on the nearby island of Mona. But with Mona in the thrall of a twisted Shaman there is little respite from hostility or denizens of the dark. And as Alice dodges the ever-tightening net of the island's
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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)
  • Night of the Soul Stealer (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #3)
  • 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)
  • Rage of the Fallen (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #8)
  • I Am Grimalkin (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #9)
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