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Rage of the Fallen (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles #8)

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A dangerous few months lie ahead--ones which some of us will be hard-pressed to survive.

Thomas Ward has served as the Spook's apprentice for three years. He has battled boggarts, witches, demons, and even the devil himself. Tom has enemies: The Fiend stalks him, waiting for a moment of weakness. The terrifying Morrigan, goddess of witches, warned him never to step foot on
Hardcover, 401 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by Greenwillow Books
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This is the 8th book in The Last Apprentice series and it was even more fantastic than the previous books. Another spin-off of this series called I am Grimalkin (UK release) is supposed to be released later this year which I am looking forward and Delaney is working on book 9 of this series as well. So, no idea how many more books in this series...but honestly I hope it goes on forever!

The Spook, Tom, and Alice have fled to Ireland. They hope to meet up with Grimalkin and take care of the Fiend
Another fine addition to the series. I'm not going to say much as anyone who hasn't read the book yet will encounter spoilers. However I will say that this is all leading up to a very thrilling conclusion and if it does not end with a bang I will be disappointed. What will happen with Tom, Alice, the Fiend, the Spook, Grimalkin and will any character be swayed over to the dark? These questions need to be answered and some more incredible action scenes need to feature in the last two books.

Duffy Pratt
Given what happens in the major story here, this book should have been fantastic, and yet for me it fell a bit flat. On the good side, the stuff with Alice was really great, and she continues to develop into a very interesting character. And the overarching plot in the series advances quite well.

But its that advance that I think also causes the big problem for the book. Basically, for the overall story arch, the attempt to bind the Fiend is a really big deal. But, as a part of this book, it is a
Actually already finished this book for a while but only recently updated the progress. WARNING! The Seventh Son movie WAS ONLY inspired by this series, the plot is freaking awful that has nothing to do with the awesomeness of the books. Forget the movie, READ the series!
Catherine Loiseau
On retrouve nos jeunes héros, toujours exilé du Comté à cause de la guerre et qui espèrent trouver refuge en Irlande. Bien évidemment, les choses ne vont pas être aussi simples que prévu.
Comme les précédents, j’ai bien aimé ce tome (je vais finir par me répéter). L’action s’enchaîne bien, avec pas mal de péripéties, rebondissements… On aborde un nouvel aspect de l’univers, avec les légendes celtes et les dieux. J’ai bien aimé le passage avec la Morrigan et Cuchulain.

La violence est assez présent
Brilliant story...but...think it's time to wrap it all up. The next one needs to be the last in the series.
Getting near the end in this series...

Tom, Alice and the Spook have been forced to seek exile in Ireland due to the hostile takeover of their beloved County. Tom is very nervous because he was warned against going to Ireland by the Celtic witch that he and Bill Arkwright slew in "The Wrath of the Bloodeye". Upon arriving at the shores of the Emerald Isle, Tom and his party are hit with a ferocious storm and their ship is nearly capsized before the storm blow out. But Tom notices that this storm
Barb Middleton
In book 8 of the Last Apprentice series, Rage of the Fallen, by Joseph Delaney, Tom has landed in Ireland with the Spook and Alice where they intend to bind the Fiend who is the devil. Alice and Tom are bound together by a blood jar that protects them from the Fiend who wants to take their souls to Hell and torment them for eternity (that story is in book 4). When the blood jar cracks, their mission becomes more desperate as the Fiend is able to partially materialize before them. Ireland is a la ...more
Mr. Delaney has an amazingly unique style of prose that really helps him depict the horror scenes in this book. My heart pounded with nervous excitement everytime I flipped a page, and suspense kept me reading for three hours straight to finish this book. I'm astounded at how the author manages to put his characters in the worst possible situation, then fix them out. I love how after that happens, he adds a twist that prevents the story from becoming a sappily-ever-after one, and puts the charac ...more
This is the 8th book in the “Last Apprentice” Series. This is a fantasy series set in the medieval ages. The central character in the series is a boy called Tom Ward who is the Spook’s apprentice. The Spook is a guardian of the residents of Pendle County against creatures like witches, boggarts, demons etc. In this particular book the people of the county are fleeing to Ireland as the county is under seige by invaders from the North. In Ireland also Tom and his friends are pursued by Morrigan th ...more
This series is so much fun. It's fast reading. Delaney tells a great story. I love the characters. I'm usually not a fan of middle grade novels. I usually find them too juvenile at this point. Not so with this series, although I do have a few reservations, as expressed below.*

In this installment, Tom, the Spook and Alice find themselves in Ireland since the county is in upheaval and it is too dangerous for them to stay. They meet with a new, terrifying thing of the dark…a Jibber…and Tom must fi
The Spook and Tom arrive in Ireland and are quickly recruited to help against the war between landowners and goat mages that plague the city. The goal of the mages is to summon the Old God, Pan. The mages aren't the only enemies, however. Tom has been having the same dream every night. He is being chased through the woods by a creature of the dark. Someone seeking revenge. Add to that the threat that the Fiend poses, and it is almost too much to handle.
And how long can he and Alice manage to avo
Lavender and Suzanne
In book Eight of the Last Apprentice series Tom, the Spook and Alice are in Ireland. Tom has many enemies there and even ends up in the Otherworld where he needs to fight for his life. And then of course there's the Feind they need to deal with. For that they need Grimalkin's help.
There's a lot of action in this book and for once Tom isn't helpless all the time, which is a nice chance. I really liked the scheming and planning. Tom's becoming an actual fighter and reading about his training was g
Everything that I've come to expect from this enjoyable, really scary series, including unexpected choices. Joseph Delaney really is putting things at stake in this world and for the characters.
This book was a real page-turner. I think it was my favorite. This is the eighth book in the series and Joseph Delaney still manage to hold us spellbound.
I didn't want to finish it because then it would be over until who knows when book #9 comes out. But... It was SIMPLY BRILL! Like expected! :-)
This is the most thrilling book of the series. We have a new land - lot of new concepts - 2 new Gods Morrigan and Pan - the idea of goat mages, insights into the world of the gods. In terms of broader story line also big things happen here. This book is probably as important as the sixth one. The story is excting with so many twists and turns. The next book from the title seems more like a filler though - at this exciting moment, we don't want to leave the spook's aprentice and follow Grimalkin. ...more
"Don't read it after dark....."
Love Alice - think she and Hermione from Harry Potter deserve their own stories written.
This is the first book of the series I didn't just love. It was o.k.
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There is a lot that happens in this book. The most important is that some of the plot gets wrapped up a bit. Tom, the Spook, and Alice are once again looking for a place to stay while the war continues at home. They find there way to Ireland where they encounter a new type of evil that the Spook has never even head of before. While trying to figure out what to do about this new ghostly problem Tom's dreams are becoming haunted more and more.

There is so much
Kennedy Borman
I am hugely disappointed. The Wardstone Chronicles used to be one of my favorite book series. I was never able to put it down yet I was terrified at the same time. It's true that this time around I wasn't able to put the book down but that was only out of desire for more. I kept reading and hoping I would find the faintest glimmer of the series I once loved. It wasn't there. The good news is, I did appreciate some of the plot points and found it very creative.The bad news, nearly everything else ...more
Tom, Alice, and the Spook have arrived in Ireland. Upon arrival they encounter their first new terror - the Jibber. It is discovered that the Jibbers were created by a powerful witch, a witch who has a bone to pick with Tom. She is the sister of a witch the Tom helped Bill Arkwright kill and now she is seeking revenge. She wants to turn Tom over to the Morrigan, an ancient goddess that thrives on darkness and pain.

This is not the crew's only problem though. The blood jar, the only thing keeping
After a long line of satisfactories, it is about to end with a spectactular (keyword 'about to'). Presenting The Wardstone Chronicles #8 The Spook's Destiny by Joseph Delaney.

Here is the summary of the book:

Thomas Ward has served as the Spook's apprentice for three years. He has battled boggarts, witches, demons, and even the devil himself. Tom has enemies: The Fiend stalks him, waiting for a moment of weakness. The terrifying Morrigan, goddess of witches, warned him never to step foot on her h
I'm a little hesitant going into this after being so let-down by the last one.

Ok, phew! We seem to be back on track. After the last book, I was worried this would be more of the same, but it wasn't. If it were up to me, we'd just skip #7 altogether and this book would follow #6 in the series.

As usual, I am somewhat disappointed by Tom's apparent learning disability. The boy just does not get it. By now, he should know not to walk into traps. By now, he should be able to be upfront and honest wit
The Last Apprentice: Rage of the Fallen is a nice addition to the Last Apprentice series. Tom is apprentice to the Spook, who is paid to deal with things from the dark, like boggarts, witches, ghosts, hants, shivers, familiars, demons, and even the Fiend, the devil himself. Alice always wears pointy shoes, a sure sign that she's a witch. She and Tom are friends, though, and Alice has proven her friendship and usefulness many times in past adventures. The Spook is not as comfortable with Alice as ...more
Aaron Martens
I liked this book the most out of the series since it took Thomas to a new land where he, Alice, and the spook first had to deal with a new kind of ghost which they would learn was made by a goddess that was half bird half human. It was sad when Alice was taken away by the Devil into his realm.

I was very surprised when an innocent lady turned out to be a witch whose sister was killed by another spook Thomas had worked with. She poisoned him and then tried sacrificing him to a god. But, my perso
The book series,"The last Apprentice,Rage of the Fallen" is book eight of the book series. The book talks about Tom, the spook and Alice flee to Ireland but encounter many danger on the way. They meet in a war against the sages to stop their summoning of the evil Old God,Pan. But along with Pan, there is Morrigan, god of slaughter and the Fiend are hunting him down. When a witch kidnapped Alice and gives her to Fiend, Tom is heart-broken to lose his best friend. With advice from Pan, he finds a ...more
I think this is one of my favourite books in the series so far. So much happens, most of which I can’t really discuss without spoiling it. However I will say there is a big leap in the Tom/Alice/Fiend storyline and I so can’t wait to see what the next book brings.

The Spook’s Destiny isn’t perfect, despite Alice, Grimalkin (who is fast becoming one of my favourite characters) and now even the Spook’s insistence that Tom is growing into his calling (or ‘destiny’ according to Grimalkin) I’m still n
I was a little skeptical after I read the last book in the Last Apprentice series, Rise of the Huntress. Well, okay, so I've been a little skeptical about this series for the past two-ish books. I've been a big fan ever since the beginning. The uniquely dark, scary and downright awesome nature of this series completely intruged me, and I felt like this series finally got witches and monsters, etc. right -they are to be feared and controlled more than anything else. Delaney's quick, crisp writing ...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 14 books)
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  • 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)
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