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Night of the Soul Stealer

(The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles #3)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  24,849 ratings  ·  675 reviews
It's going to be a long, hard, cruel winter. And there couldn't be a worse place to spend it than up on Anglezarke.

Thomas Ward is the apprentice for the local Spook, who captures witches and drives away ghosts. As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, the Spook receives an unexpected visitor. Tom doesn't know who the stranger is or what he wants, but the Spook su
Hardcover, 489 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Greenwillow Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Spook and his apprentice Tom Ward settled in Spook's winter residence:
Winter is Coming
For Tom this is the first time he visits the place and it is spooky - sorry, the bad pun was not intentional. The winter means reduced mobility, so it makes sense for Spook to live close to a big concentration of evil forces. This time it is not just random supernatural baddies that give troubles, but Spook's past mistakes caught up with him. Sometimes it is up to Tom by his lonely self to try to fix the numerous problems
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Night of soul Stealer (The Last Apprentice, #3), 2006, Joseph Delaney
Abstract: It's going to be a long, hard, cruel winter. And there couldn't be a worse place to spend it than up on Anglezarke.
Thomas Ward is the apprentice for the local Spook, who captures witches and drives away ghosts. As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, the Spook receives an unexpected visitor. Tom doesn't know who the stranger is or what he wants, but the Spook suddenly decides it's time to travel to his
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm re-listening to these. The Spook's Apprentice series were some of the first audiobooks I listened to; I loved them back then and I love them now. Great series.

Update: listened to this again with my kids on our school trips.
16 year old son's rating: 4 stars
10 year old son's rating: 4.5 stars
My rating, this time around: 4 stars. But I'll keep it at 5 stars. Just because.
Mike (the Paladin)
May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
This is the third in a series (as I'm sure you spotted) and while I like them I can't quite bring myself to go above 4 stars.

A friend here on Goodreads mentioned that her biggest complaint with the Wardstone Chronicles was (is) that Tom doesn't change much. That is so far true. To be fair however the 3 books I've read so far take place in a period of months (less than a year). As this book ends and spring approaches Tom is about to "celebrate" (not really a good word for it I suppose) a year as
Miranda Reads
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
This one was a bit spooky. The illustrations make this so awesome.

Review to come.

Audiobook Comments
Read by Christopher Evan Welch and it was really well done! I enjoyed listening to this one!

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Ann  Andrea
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ann-s-owned-book
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Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to take the Harry Potter books away from every children and put these books in their hands instead.
I really love this series :)
Highness Atharva
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wardstone Chronicles Book 3
*The Spook's Secret*
Wow! The series is just getting better and better with each page. You can feel the characters growing with each breath. It's so wonderful to see how Tom has grown do much since, he became the Spooks apprentice, both physically and mentally. He is more passionate about being the Spook and is confident and responsible. Sometimes lazy, but still passionate. This book has 3 antagonists, namely, Morgan, the Spooks Ex-Apprentice, who has taken the dark pa
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Much, much, MUCH better than the Spook's Curse, thank goodness! In this third installment of the Wardstone Chronicles, Thomas Ward and his master, the Spook, head over to Anglezarke for the winter season. While there, Tom uncovers more secrets about the Spook's shady past, including a menacing former apprentice bent on destroying the Spook - and the whole County.

Delaney's flair for descriptions has returned full force! Like in The Spook's Apprentice, the setting played a substantial role in the
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This third book in the series really stayed true to the title name: The Spook's Secret.
There were so much history and secrets glazing over the County and not only just the Spook's background, but some major side characters too. I loved finding out more about the Spook's past, in particular, especially when it was directly linked to Morgan or Meg because it gave them much more substance as believable characters and drove on the plot; of which some very surprising twists were thrown into the story
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another installment in Mr. Delaney's Wardstone Chronicles, bit by bit we are introduced to his wonderful/dark universe(for me it is a bit teen-ish????), first two books introduced to us the particular creepy crawlies that inhabit his particular world, boggarts, witches, ghasts, ghosts and a the Bane(again I prefer to ask the people who read my rant/rave section to discover by their own, rather than give spoilers)!!

For Book Three, the story of Thomas Ward continues, here we are introduced to some
This was my favorite in the series so far. Where I thought that the second book kinda went back and forth a lot, this one kept moving forward in just the right paste. It was never boring, always a lot of action going on. I thought it was a really great book and I very much enjoyed it!
The only thing I am missing is the scary parts that I think the first book had. In that one I was actually "scared" but there has not been that same feeling in number two or three in the same way, and I think that
Not as good as the first but better than the second. Alice still frustrates me as she seems to be really being put over as a major character now. I'm looking forward to the next book and I hope the Spook manages to keep going as I'm not ready for the change I know is coming in future tales.
All in all very enjoyable!
Jul 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
buku ini dapet dipinjemin Mbak Mia.... *peluk peluk mbak Miaa*, dibantu pinjemin ama Mbak Echa *peluk-peluk mbak Echa* ;D

pertama baca langsung dag dig dug heheheh
bener2 memicu adrenalin yah....kedatangan tamu tak terduga, bikin boggart pet nya sang spook ngamuk2...

trus Tom dan si Spook ceritanya mesti pindah ke Winter House nya, si Alice di titipin di rumah petani lain. Jahat sih emang. tapi kata Spook itu yang terbaik buat Alice.

Oh ternyata alasan nya gak cuma itu. di Winter House itu ada Meg.
Yordan Dimov
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Приятно-мрачна поредица с един отворен завършек и 9 части след това в допълнение, но без да видят бял свят на български. Жалко за слабия интерес.. Детайлно описан свят на богърти, вещици, привидения, некромант и Прогонващия духове с неговия чирак. Увлекателно четиво поне за мен.
Review #2 - July 15, 2016

One of my favorite themes running through this series is that no one is perfect. No one is wholly good or wholly evil. The Spook counsels against girls with pointy shoes but has Meg. Alice tells Tom that what the Spook is doing to Meg is wrong and Tom believes it, but also trusts the Spook. I love that there isn't really a right answer most of the time, it's just Tom and all his friends doing the best they can. Sometimes all our choices our bad and we just have to go wit
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another in the exciting adventure series featuring Tom Ward and his mentor, the Spook. This time Tom and his mentor have to overwinter in the Spook's winter house. The winter house has secrets that Tom's mentor keeps to himself about his life experiences. Ultimately, with Tom's help, the Spook has to confront some of the consequences of his earlier life choices. This tale seems darker in tone especially with the introduction into the story of one of the Spook's past apprentices that failed to c ...more
Jack Keely
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just finished two more books by Joseph Delaney. 'Curse of the Bane' was good. 'Night of the Soul Stealer' is even better.
Mr. Delaney creates a darkly textured and very believable world in which a traveling "spook" an his young apprentice fight against forces of darkness. The threats they face include greedy inquisitors, rock hurling boggarts, shape shifters, and, best of all, witches. Scary witches. Really scary witches.
Mr. Delaney creates witches that are unique and original. The punishment
Esma Tezgi
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Diğer kitaplardan bir nebze daha az olsa da hareketli ve ürkütücü öğelerle dolu bir kitaptı. Yazarın tek bir konuya takılıp kalmamasını çok seviyorum, kitabı mümkün olduğunca dolu dolu yazıyor ve farklı farklı hikayelerle donatıyor. Sadece Hayalet'in sırrını okumuyorsunuz, beraberinde bağlantılı ve bağımsız olaylar da okuyorsunuz ki bu da kitabı hiç sıkılmadan, sayfaların nasıl geçtiğini anlamadan okumanızı sağlıyor.
Hareketli, güzel bir kitaptı. Seriyi gerçekten sevdim ve Hayaletin Şavaşı'nı
Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Another good Last Apprentice. Some of the plot devices are getting a little tired (everything would have gone a lot smoother if the kid had just told his friends what he was doing, etc.) and the plot is guessable, but the elements are still done solidly and the characters are interesting. We finally get to meet a character that was introduced in a previous book. I still like that Alice is kind of on the edge, good/bad wise, and that it's her treatment by the good side that kind of keeps her ther ...more
[Name Redacted]
Not bad. More happened in this volume than in the previous one and the enemies felt more appropriate to this place in the series than did the enemies in the second volume. I also enjoyed the further insight into the Spook's past. However, I swear the protagonist is getting more and more contemptible and foolish with each passing novel; likewise, his mentor seems to learn nothing from his own repeated mistakes. The author still manages to squeeze in another bit of shallow anti-religious, anti-cle ...more
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
This great series shows no signs of letting up. If I could go back and give myself some books when I was 10, this series would definitely go with me.
Yannick Serres
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Can't wait to read the next one! Story is perfect. Apprentice growing ans master ... read it if you want to know!
Kat  Hooper
Sep 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The darkness hates the light."

This is a great series. Book 3 and I'm still really enjoying it! The Spook is finally opening up to Tom and giving him more information. Along with still teaching and instructing, he's also allowing Tom real life times of facing something and having to think on is feet.

And Tom is truly showing he can handle it. He faces many things of evil in this story and shows he has been well trained but is also bright and creative. He's getting stronger and better.

But this one
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Like most of Joseph Delaney's book, this one was a quick read - so quick it feels like a movie. And although this book might be considered as YA, it still has a lot of plot twists and internal character conflict that gives it an amazing depth to it. You can't help but feel like you are witnessing the growth of Thomas Ward and Alice as they progress from one book to another.
Tom Malinowski
The Spook and Tom journey to the Spook's winter house in Anglezarke. Tom learns of the witches the Spook has and about the problems surrounding the Spook's previous apprentice. Tom deals with much heartbreak concerning his parents.

Painful decisions, heartbreak, horror... creepy good storytelling.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Serinin üçüncü kitabı. Devam eden bir ana hikaye yerine, devam eden bir karakter gelişiminin anlatıldığı bir kitap. Türü sevenlere içinde bulunması keyifli bir dünya kurgulanmış olsa da basit kalıyor. Karakterler yerli yerinde ancak bir derinlikleri yok.
Birinci ve ikinci kitapta yazarın bazı olayları anlatırken okuru rahatsız edebilme yeteneği bu kitapta hiç yok. Belki çeviri ve editörlüğü nedeniyle bu eksiklik hissediliyordur.
Hande  Coban
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Serinin 3.kitabı ilk 2 kitabı gibi hayal kırıklığına uğratmadı. Wardstone Günlükleri serisini erkek kardeşime almıştım zamanında. Aslı Dağlı tavsiyesi ile yıllar sonra seriyi elime alıp ne iyi etmişim diyorum!
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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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
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