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Attack of the Fiend

(The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles #4)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  19,678 ratings  ·  606 reviews
"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 unimaginable
Hardcover, 546 pages
Published February 26th 2008 by Greenwillow Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Feb 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Spook's Battle = Attack of the Fiend (The Last Apprentice, #4), Joseph Delaney
The Spook's Battle, written by Joseph Delaney, is the fourth story in The Wardstone Chronicles series. It was released in America in March 2008, and is titled "Attack of the Fiend", as the fourth book in "The Last Apprentice" series.
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,
Off to meet the witch clans of Pendle, how exciting!!
However, the "fiend" is not really introduced until the last 100 pages but is mentioned all the way through the book.
I find that Tom is growing in experience of being a Spook now and is more confident in his abilities.
BUT, I found some of the characters to be introduced and given a lot of build up and emphasis, only for them to be killed off really quickly, this frustrated me greatly!
Next is Wrath of the Bloodeye (book 5) which I am hoping
Mike (the Paladin)
Jun 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
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
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-fantasy

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
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Miranda Reads
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
The pictures are amazing. So spooky!

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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
Duffy Pratt
Dec 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, childrens, horror
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
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing again, I want to reiterate my conception of this series at the horror version of Harry Potter, both are truly wonderful coming of age stories, a lot of learning, a lot of mistakes but still in the end, we see our "kid" hero triumph over his enemies!!

So for book four, I just sat around reading it, without any intention of finishing it, maybe jump to a new one, or visit some previous unfinished ones, but the opening chapter seemed to capture my attention, and unknowingly I was
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I finished writing this review and it got eaten by the computer gremlins. Oh well, here it goes again. I listened to this on audiobook while I was packing up the house this summer, and it greatly improved what was a tedious task. The narration is well done. This series is pretty darn spooky, no pun intended. It's downright scary at times. The narrator lends well to the atmosphere. There's a feeling of the monster lurking in the dark behind every closed door, a sense of paranoia and an urgency ...more
Tatiana Soldatova
Perfect spooky read.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
"Things are certainly getting darker."

I really enjoy this series. The adventures of Tom and The Spook are fascinating. I love the idea of Tom being the apprentice for The Spook and learning the trade through experience. I also love the layers of witches - and that they all wear pointy shoes!

Alice is such a good addition to the story and I hope she stays around for a long time (view spoiler)
Elias Alexander
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books
This books are just getting better and better. I'm starting to really love this characters. Specially Tom.
Dec 25, 2009 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
Melissa Bennett
Jun 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best book in the series so far - lots of information that sets up the rest of the series...
Apr 27, 2017 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Karen ⊰✿
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still my favourite middle grade series so far. Totally up there with The Ranger's Apprentice series.
I love that the characters are real, but more than that, the author takes the time to explain the 14 year old Tom's thought processes which is unnecessary in adult books, but PERFECT for this audience. It really allows young readers to understand the complexities of his decisions and the morals and ethics behind it, without being preachy.
Plus there are witches and boggarts and creepy stuff which
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this Fantasy book. The story takes place in a fictional town called chimpenden where a spook (ghost Hunter) and his apprentice live. They have to go to a another town to fight witches and to make it safe for people to live there. I really liked it that the author never left me bored and always eager to keep reading or to get back to the book. I was always excited to read the book. I really like both of the characters because they had to make so many important or life threatening ...more
Tiffany Martin
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
What another fun book in the series! Really enjoyed Tom's adventure and, of course, Alice and the Spook never disappoint either. I liked how Tom finds out more about who his mam truly is and he meets his two aunts....and of course, I cannot wait for the next book so I can continue in his adventures as he helps rid the world of supernatural evils.
Covens of witches are coming together on Lammas night to summon the devil into the world, dark made flesh. The Spook and his apprentice have a job to do. Again. With themselves, their stuff and their unlikely half witch companion Alice, can they save the County? Because if they don't, there's nothing to stop the devil ruining and killing everyone they ever knew and more...
Ileana Romano
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm really enjoying reading through this series. I enjoyed this one a little less than the previous one but still a great read.
Chandler Corpus
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it

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
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,
Michael Weber-Williams
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it

"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
Amanda Rychtarik
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favorite book in my he series so far. It was pretty fast paced & kept my attention.
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Hao huang
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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

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)
  • The Spook's Blood (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #10)
  • Slither (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #11)
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