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Clash of the Demons

(The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles #6)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  12,988 ratings  ·  465 reviews
"You can't make alliances with witches and suchlike and hope to avoid being drawn toward the dark."

As the Spook's apprentice, Thomas Ward's first duty is to protect the County from ghosts, boggarts, and other dangerous creatures. But now his mother has come back from her homeland to seek his help. One of the most dangerous of the old witches, Ordeen, is about to return to
Hardcover, 395 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published June 4th 2008)
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Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Tom Ward's mom went to her homeland to help fight the dark forces. Her homeland is Greece and if you recall Greek mythology you will realize there are a lot of supernatural bad creatures in there.
Much to Tom's surprise she came back asking him for help which would be essential in her plan to stop a coming Big Evil. The said evil is so big that she and Tom would be forced to ask local dark forces for help. This was completely unacceptable to Tom's master the Spook. Now Tom had to choose between t
Ok I'm a bit pissed off as I was really excited that Tom and the Spook where off to Greece and fight something other than the Fiend but the whole book felt like a freakin side track. THE WHOLE BLOOD JAR THING..... FFS... C'MON! Now Alice has to stick around.... because she'll die is she isn't LITERALLY glued to Tom's side, UGH!
Really disappointed and honestly I actually feel to angry to do a serious review and I just want to rant about how angry I am with how boring and pointless this story was.
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-fantasy

Not the best in the series with the Spook and his apprentice heading to Greece of all places! Aren’t the Greek’s having enough issues at the minute without some paranormal activity going down?! Part of the fun of the series is the old worldy northern English feel and this loses some of its charm because of the whole Greek escapade.

Don’t get me wrong, a weak Spooks novel is still probably a lot better than any YA stuff you’ll get out there. I applaud the lack of love triangles and teen angst
Tommye Turner

When I first started reading this book, I felt a little let down. It felt like it was sidestepping the main issue of the series that had been set up in the previous two books. By the end, however, I could see the relevance of this book and how important it is to the overarching story.
We see a lot more of Thomas’ Mam in this story. She’s an incredibly interesting character and we’ve seen some of her past in previous entries, but in this book, we get to learn a lot more, as well as se
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
A real start till the end battle, this volume truly took John Gregory, Tom, Bill Arkwright and the Alliance of witches against the Fiend(a long name, but I still have not thought of a better and shorter grouping) from their comfort zones, Goodbye dreary, rainy England, Onwards to Mrs. Ward's homeland Greece!!!

Such a treasure trove of fights, internal musings, war of principles(if you are a do-gooder, do you embrace evil or use evil ways to win, does the end really justify the means????)
Tell that
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Be less than what you are so that you can become more.”

This one was pretty good but I didn't love it. Tom has gotten farther in his training and Alice and he are still apart . Until his Mam comes back and says she needs his help to save the world.

So off they go to Greece. It was interesting to see them go so far from the County but less interesting than getting to know the area more. The time spent on the ship and in Greece was quick with a lot of new bad things introduced. Most of it was inte
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
The Last Apprentice/ Wardstone Chronicles Series-Book #6...

This has been a very consistent series; all of the books have been really good. I just finished the audio version of this sixth book, Clash of the Demons, and I liked it just as much as the other ones. 
In this installment, Mam, Tom's mother, enlists the help of Tom, Alice, the Spook, the Pendle witches, Bill Arkwright and the assassin Grimalkin to travel to Greece to help her battle the Ordeen. Of course, the fighters of the dark are r
Dragomir Mirela
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Young Thomas Ward is in danger once again!
He turns fifteen, and now is a grown man and becoming much more powerful, because of that the Darkness is trying to destroy him.

* It ripped my heart in pieces, but I would still recommend this serie*
Miranda Reads
Oh no. This one was a bit sad. Poor Spook.

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Highness Atharva
Wardstone Chronicles Book 6
*The Spook's Sacrifice*
SO here we are, now that I've finished the sixth book in the series it surely feels a lot more different. Again, for the fifth time in the row, the story takes place at a different place than the Chipenden. This time the destination is Greece, the home of Tom's Mam and the antagonist is the Ordeen, yet another powerful malevolent Old Goddess. This is a very different book from the series, and its pace is not steady. Sometimes its too fast and so
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
Review to come.
Amelia, free market Puritan
In terms of excitement and non-stop action, The Spook's Sacrifice is right up there with the first book in the series. I read this installment in just 2 days' time and now I'm a little bummed that I read so fast, because this is it until May!

This book has a formula that I consider to be successful in nearly all cases: there's a quest - an actual journey that takes the characters out of a familiar setting and plunges them into a totally new atmosphere. That tension nearly always creates a fun an
May 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This latest Tom Ward book was just as good as all the others. I tore through it in a matter of days and now I have to wait until August to read the 7th installment!

I just love the characters in this one. Tom Ward, the Last Apprentice himself, is such a touching character. He is innocent in many ways, and yet has seen great evil in his short life. His best friend/girlfriend, Alice, was born to a witch family and there is the constant threat that she may turn to the dark side, but she loves Tom m
Exciting book, but one of the darker books in the series.

* Spook Arkwright, Claw and 2 pups
* Witch assassin, Grimalkin
* Tom Ward's mother, Mam
* Big battle
* Great monsters and evil things
(view spoiler)

* Alice trying to corrupt Tom
* Tom Ward keeping things from his master, Spook
* Spook being so uncompromising and stiff and condescending
(view spoiler)
Elias Alexander
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books
I can't believe how fast this is going. I struggle a long time to get through book one. And know I can't seem to stop reading this series. Book 6 if 13 is done. And I'm a little bit sad. It's going for the end. Tom is growing up. He is now 15 years old. When we first meet him he was 12. This story's about him and his friends is written like it's suppos to be his journal. I can't believe how good it is.
Didn't grab me in the first half like the others in the series, but by the end I was hooked as always. Can't wait to see what happens next. Seriously, if you have a reluctant reader in your life, child or adult, recommend this series. You will be doing them a solid!
Karen ⊰✿
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favourite middle-grade series along with Ranger's Apprentice, but as we head into book 6 Tom is turning 15 so the books are getting a bit darker and more YA.
I just love the characters, the continuing storylines, and of course the "spooky" stuff :)
Nov 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
A solid installment in the series. Tom continues to develop nicely, having faced so much. However, I didn't like the Greece addition. For some reason it takes away from the overall plot progression.
Tiffany Martin
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tom Ward's next adventure starts off with him going home to meet up with his mom. He's not seen her in quite some time and she doesn't have the best news. She informs Tom that she needs him to join her in traveling to her homeland in order to fight an ancient evil witch, known as the Ordeen. If Tom doesn't help, and the Ordeen comes out into the world, everybody will die. The Spook isn't fond of this idea, of course, but he does eventually join up with Tom, Tom's mother, and everyone else (witch ...more
I don't know how to feel about lot of this book. :/

Tom Ward's mum went back to her homeland a while back, (which is in Greece) to help fight the forces of the dark. One foe in particular is going to awake, the Ordeen, one of the most dangerous of the old gods, who will bring slaughter and devastation to the earth. So Mam need's more people to help face this coming foe and has summoned a powerful group to her side, among them are Tom's old enemy, the Pendle witches, including the assassin Grimalk
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this thrilling fantasy book. I really like how much suspense there was in the book it always had wondering what was going to happen as you turned to the next page. It had multiple cliff hangers but one major cliff hanger during the climax of the book which was when they were fighting the Ordeen which is a super powerful demon that comes every 8 years in Greece. Another I liked was the character I really like The Apprentices mom. They call Mam through the story and I really liked ...more
William Plourde
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it
an epic journy of the main character tom ward,his master the spook/mr gregory and alice as they go to greece to defeat tom wards mothers long time enemy the ordham before she defeats the last remaining defence keeping her issolated in one area,if she breaks free she can "spawn" in anywhere in the world and will take her revenge on the county,the place tom ward and his master live. however along the way they discover more about the dark that resides in the area like fire elementals and the native ...more
McCaid Paul
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another action-packed, bloody adventure, this time to Greece. While it wasn't the best in the series, it was one of the most suspenseful ones, with a shocking twist in the middle that'll leave readers breathless. With the twist at the end of Wrath of the Bloodeye, I did not expect another so soon!
Will definitely be picking up the next in the series! I can't wait to see where Tom and Alice will end up next, and what the Fiend has in store for them.
Jyothi Tadepalli
Tom vs Fiend. Its about time !
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
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Michael Weber-Williams
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it

“Human beings have hope. Not matter how desperate things are, they convince themselves that they can change things for the better." - John Gregory

In an unspecified time of old, the county of Lancashire is home to supernatural creatures, spirits and other paranormal beings that reside within the dark. To counteract their mischief and misbehaviors, the occupation of a Spook was invented. A Spook is meant to ward off evil and all those who are a part of it. Not just anyone is capable of becoming a
Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, series
Every 7 years, Ordeen will come to Greece and makes a bloodbath everytime she comes.
But not now, because Mam doesn't intended to let her back. Especially when the Fiend is unleashed.
And to prevent Ordeen, Mam needs allies. Either from the Light, or the Dark.

one of my favorite series, nowadays. So the review!

The characters
they're changed throughout this series. Either they're better, or worse.
I like to see how they'll end up like.

Tom seems to be much more impulsive than he's ever been. He isn
Jul 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen, fantasy
I'm a long-time fan of the adventures of Thomas Ward, the Spook's apprentice. His story started with Revenge of the Witch and now Clash of the Demons is the sixth book in this genuinely frightening series. The story is told from Tom's perspective in the first person so the reader is completely inside his head. Delaney pulls you into Tom's world and makes you feel for him and care about everyone he loves.

For those who need a little Last Apprentice tutorial, Tom Ward is the seventh son of a sevent
Nov 08, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So why have I given this book such a tough rating?
The answer is simple. from this book and onwards, the world Mr Delaney build gets ripped to shreds. The story becomes one of herculian proportions and irish legends. This book is in my opinion the moment this series broke.

I really liked the first 4 books, the 5th was pretty good too, but from there on its all 1 big mish mash of legends and stories that ruin the original story for me. I did not want to read an epic story. But that is what the boo
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Joseph Delaney is a full time writer living in Lancashire, in the heart of Boggart territory.
He is the author of Wardstone Chronicles, Starblade Chronicles, Arena 13, Aberrations and a new book came out in April 2020, Brother Wulf. This 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

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)
  • Attack of the Fiend (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #4)
  • The Spook's Mistake (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #5)
  • 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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