Curse of the Bane
Now it's the dark's turn to be afraid
The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, deal with the dark. Together they rid the county of witches, ghosts, and boggarts. But now there's some unfinished business to attend to in Priestown. Deep in the catacombs of the cathedral lurks a creature the Spook has never been able to defeat; a force so evil that the whole county is...more
The book starts with Tom's first independent assignment of containing a highly dangerous boggart. He succeeded, but not before the local priest was killed. The priest happens to be a brother of Tom's mentor who wants to give the last respect to his late brother.
The proble ...more
Abstract: The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, deal with the dark. Together they rid the county of witches, ghosts, and boggarts. But now there's some unfinished business to attend to in Priestown. Deep in the catacombs of the cathedral lurks a creature the Spook has never been able to defeat; a force so evil that the whole county is in danger of being corrupted by its powers. The Bane! As Thomas and the Spook prepare for the ...more
First always be sure that your children/youths are mature enough to read any YA novel, this one included. Be sure that when reading a fantasy novel especially one with a horror context that they have a good reality concept.
Second and for this novel be aware of the attitude in these books (The Wardstone Chronicles in the UK or The Spook's Apprentice books in the US) toward "the church". I'm not Roman Catholic, but am a Christian. Were my kids small, I'd have ...more
So I guess I should talk about my thoughts on the book. Frankly, I didn't like this as much as Book One. I guess I liked the evil witch villain more than I l ...more
Much like the first book in this series, The Spook’s Curse continues to introduce us to The County and the threats from the Dark that continue to plague it. Things get a little more out of hand, however, as we are introduced to boggarts and there is an old, angry God plaguing Priestown.
Thomas is such a good character. He’s constantly afraid, of course, but he’s braver than he is scared. And he’s smart. A surprising amount happens in this book, considering the size, and it’s all bril ...more
Nonetheless, I liked the book and thought it was a very good sequel to Revenge of the Witch. In most series I've encountered, the second book will expand the world and the cast of characters. Here, while we do get to see a bit more of the County, the characters remain largely the same -- Tom, the Spook, and Alice are a ...more
Anyway, in this book, we learn more about the characters including the Spook's involvement with two women, one being a witch! No wonder, he warns Tom to be careful of gi ...more
I have been enjoying this series even though some of the scenes depictted are rather dark in atmosphere for a young adult book. As a middle schooler I would have really enjoyed this series had it been available then. Heck, as an adult I really enjoy this series!
The writing is smart and the stor ...more
Good things about the book, expansion of the Delaney world, earlier ghosts, witches and boggarts, now we have the Bane, a tougher, more malevolent entity, more glimpses of Mr. Gregory's bygone days and yesteryears, origin of Mister and Missus Ward and of course, we see ho ...more
Review to come!
Narrated by Christopher Evan Welch. He seems like a pretty darn good narrator. I'm pretty happy with how consistent he is between this and the first novel.
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“One day this house will belong to us, Tom. Don’t you feel it?” she asked
Tom and the Spook have been working together to defeat the darkness. But, when the Spook gets the news about his brother, they set a journey to Priestown to attend the spook brother's funeral alongside with some unfinished business that they need to deal with. Deep down under the Cathedral catacombs, lurks a creature that Spook himself can’t defeat; a force that so evil that put the County is in danger being...more
Listened to the audio this time. These books are so easy for me to get lost in. They are a bit slower paced, but I enjoy that at certain times. Sometimes I want something chilly without the continual thrill and terror. This series is "gently spooky."
Tom and the Spook head to Priestown for the funeral of the Spook's brother. Tom is horrified to see Alice taken prisoner by the Inquisitor. She will be executed as a witch! To make matters worse, the Inquisitor is after the ...more
This series is so surprising so far. I didn't expect to like this as much as I do. But it's highly entertaining and full of monsters and magic. The story is still full of the Spook and him not giving much information but we finally have a little more back story.
It also, of course, has Tom. Tom is learning m ...more
A quote from Tomas Ward's mom;
"You've been Mr. Gregory's apprentice for nearly six months, so you've had long enough to see things for yourself," she said. ...more
Alice is getting a little dull to be honest but hopefully she may fade away in future stories. So far I am enjoying the series and will continue with it as long as it "spooks" me the hell out in places!
Dan S’ Review:
Curse of the Bane was an interesting sequel to Joseph Delaney’s Revenge of the Witch. Set a bit after the events of the first book, Tom is beginning to show signs of growth and is starting to become a much better Spook (as shown even from the very first chapter of the book). However, even with his increasing skill and wit, is it enough to beat the next creature of the dark?…Well for that you will have to read it yourself. Overall this re ...more
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He is the author of Wardstone Chronicles, Starblade Chronicles, Arena 13 and Aberrations. He has a new book out in April 2020: Brother Wulf is a new spooks story featuring Tom and Alice, but introducing a new character, a young monk called Brother Wulf.
He first got the idea for the Spooks series when he m ...more