Rise of the Huntress (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #7)
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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...more
Hardcover, 436 pages
Published August 17th 2010 (first published 2010)
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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...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
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)...more
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
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...more
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...more
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Michelle E. Kobus
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
Matt Hinojosa
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
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?
Librarian Lavender
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...more
I really love this series!
Reviewed first at Brunner's Bookshelf

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...more
Presenting The Wardstone Chronicles #7 The Spook's Nightmare by Joseph Delaney .

Here is the summary of the book:

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...more
The cover of this book had me totally confused from the beginning. The accompanying title had me even more confused. I didn't get the cover until the end and I still don't know why Mr. Delaney called this book "Rise of the Huntress." I wonder if the title of this book is foreshadowing events to come? To be completely honest, I didn't like this book as much as the others in the series. The buggane was a pretty horrific character and Horn was definitely a force to be reckoned with but this book di...more
They have left the county due to the war that is taking place there. The Spook's home and library are destroyed & his Boggart is gone. They go to Mona Island (UK) along with other refuges but they meet and must "sort out" an old enemy from the county. There are a couple of "red shirts" that were a nice addition but of course they are killed off. This story doesn't deal too much with the thread that binds these stories but it ends on a note which does set up the progression of the main thread...more
Old Gregory the Spook, Tom Ward, his apprentice, and Alice are returning from Greece after the epic battle in which Tom lost his Mam. With them are Claw, Blood, and Bone, Bill Arkwright's wolfhounds. As they near Crependen, they realize that the Spook's house and precious library have been burned and the boggart has disappeared. But the worst news is that Bony Lizzie, Alice's mother and a malevolent witch, has been loosed on the countryside. Fear on an invading army leads the Spook to decide to...more
Barb Middleton
This is the 7th book in the Last Apprentice series. The title is different than the U.S. title called, Rise of the Huntress. This is the U.K. title or version.

Tom, an apprentice, and Alice are bound together by a blood jar. Tom has not told this to his master, The Spook, because he knows he will be angry about the use of dark magic by Alice to make the blood jar. There is never a good reason to use dark magic in the Spook’s opinion, even if it saves your life. He’s quite black and white on the i...more
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Oh my goodness! I can't believe this.


This installment picks up right where it left off in the last book. There wasn't much recap time. This was a good thing, but for others I suppose it would be aggravating. I thought that the groups voyage to the Island of Mona didn't make any sense, but the plot took them there due to the soldiers in the county. I was confused by this if it really followed history or if it was complete fiction. I found that it was a mixture of both. I think what threw it off...more
Ugh!! What a disappointment!!


Q: What Tom Ward did in this book?
A: Seriously, I don't want to talk about it, but since it's a vital question for readers, what choice do I have?
Tom was super epic-fail. USELESS in this book. Urgh!! Really, that pissed me off to the extreme!!

Q: Okay then, how about the Spook? I'll bet he's still awesome despite his age, right?
A: Can I make a troll face right now?
Q: Why?
A: 'Cause he's worse than Tom, geddit? Twice, he was overwhelmed by Bony Lizzie, nothing much he...more
This is the first book of the Wardstone Chronicles that I read; "The Spook's Nightmare" is the seventh book of the series. I like it even though it's hard to catch up in the first three chapters.

I loved the adventure, horror, and action in "The Spook's Nightmare." I have to admit that Tom is the good diary writer because the story go step by step and it really fun but quite disappointed at the end.

In "The Spook's Nightmare," I think everything seem so hard for Spook. First, (view spoiler)...more
Following the previous book The Spook’s Nightmare has restored my faith in the series. At the beginning the story seems to be a return to the earlier books but once Bony Lizzie appears it becomes apparent that this book is laying the groundwork for some big things to come.

I do have some issues though; I mentioned this in a previous review but Tom doesn’t seem to grow much. The other thing is why is it always Alice that does the cooking and cleaning? Tom refers to his appalling skills so I can le...more
I've been a big fan of Joseph Delaney's Last Apprentice series ever since I first picked it up. Just the way that he paints this fascinating and unique world with real horrors while packing it with action was awesome. I loved it from the first page until the last. However, I'll admit that I've recently become somewhat concerned about the series. With no clear end in sight, it can happen, as becomes the issue with many TV/book series, that the story starts to run around in circles with no clear g...more
Kennedy Borman
I know I gave the previous Last Apprentice book (Clash of the Demons) an average review. This book, however, reminded me why I used to love this series so much. Rise of the Huntress is full of suspense and plot turns. I also found it to be somewhat scary at times. I read this book in about a day. I simply could not put it down! The ending leaves you hanging so I'm really excited to read the next one. One thing that I appreciate about this series is that they're very true. Most books tend to have...more
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The Spook, Tom and Alice have returned from Greece, but the County isn't the same place anymore. The Spook's house is gone, burned, and along with it, his library. The war's come and it's not safe in the County anymore. The Spook decides they must flee to the island of Mona.

Wow. What can I say about this book? Things just seem to keep getting harder for everyone. Good and evil isn't so black and white. Tom and the Spook are having to use things that would be considered dark magic to make it thro...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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“...then Bony Lizzie walked right past me, knelt by General Stanton, and cut off his thumb bones. I had to remind myself that his cries of pain were just the after-effects of his body since his soul was long gone.” 1 likes
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