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My advice would be to avoid reading it. Anyway we are finally back to the main characters of the series after a detour in the previous book. Spook rebuilds his burned down home and desperately wants to restore his priceless library. So when his former apprentice mentioned a woman inherited a lot of related books and is willing to sell some of them, he immediately sets off acco If a book description gives away something that happens in the next-to-last chapter, can it be not considered a spoiler?
So when his former apprentice mentioned a woman inherited a lot of related books and is willing to sell some of them, he immediately sets off accompanied by his current apprentice and the main character of the series Tom Ward.
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They arrived to a town split by a river which also forms a border between two countries. The moment the Spook arrived he realized something is very much off in both parts of the town - beginning with the fact that the only bridge connecting them is about to fall down because of neglect. I will stop here not to give away much.
The only thing which needs to be mentioned is that this time Tom is put against dark creatures of Romanian descent. According to the book, when it comes to creeps that go bump in the night, Romanian monsters eat those of Britain for breakfast. I am not talking about just vampires these overused to death - pun intended - guys are practically non-existent here.
I was not sure how to rate the book: It might be that it caught me in a good mood, it might be that it was much better than the filler which was the last one; I gave it a higher rating. It was fun and spooky. It was not boring. I liked the continuing development of Tom, Alice, and even some of the dead people. If you thought things could not get darker after the last adventure of Tom, think again.
This one is probably the darkest installment of the series. At this point the series firmly moved from young adult into pure horror territory. Something finally happened - something I was expecting from practically book 1. I forgot to mention another reason for the higher rating: So I gave a good rating while I still could.
The non-filler books are still good and strong. View all 12 comments. It feels like the wheels are just spinning and we're not progressing a whole load towards the final outcome. There is plenty to like; the good characters, the development of Alice and the realisation her strength is greater than Tom thought, the fiend and his tricks.
But this and the last book could have be 6. But this and the last book could have been condensed into one book maybe and there would have been the same outcome. I enjoy this series and I enjoy reading the books at the time but my enthusiasm for the series is slightly waning now and I'm not enjoying it as much as I was say 4 books previously. Only a few to go and I've been warned one is pure filler and I'm keen to see how it ends which is the main driving force for keeping on with these. Sep 01, BlackroseBlackheart marked it as to-read Shelves: What a roller coaster it's been, the whole journey.
It's near the end. All my old copies of the series are dog-eared, with spills from juice and coke from when I was younger, each and e Wow. All my old copies of the series are dog-eared, with spills from juice and coke from when I was younger, each and every mark a different memory for me. It- It's just like family. Yup, I'm a rock. I debated between 3 and 4 stars, but I just get such a kick out of this series I went with 4.
Every book has an original antagonist and always builds on the endearing relationship between the witch, Alice, and the spook, or evil being hunter, Tom. Once again the characters are great to read about, the story flows well, and I didn't want to put it down. The only weak points are the master spook, Gregory, and the threading storyline of the fiend.
Gregory is becoming a bore and the fiend Judy needs I debated between 3 and 4 stars, but I just get such a kick out of this series I went with 4. Gregory is becoming a bore and the fiend Judy needs to be dealt with and move on. But I'm finally finished with all 13 books in the main series and am moving on to the related texts. The Last Apprentice series is like my go-to audiobook series when I'm not sure what else I want to listen to next but I know the story will be good and the narrator will be good because it's always consistent.
It also never has huge cliffhangers so I know I won't feel pressured to listen to the next book like "right now. In book 10, Tom is still trying to prepare to defeat the Fiend. They have his head, which has to be separate from his body or the Fiend can come back so Grimalkin has been trying to keep the head away from enemy hands until Tom can locate the third blade that he needs to defeat the Fiend once and for all.
This wasn't one of my favorite books of the series just because it was more of a filler story but it was still good. I'm just to the point where if they don't hurry up and kill the damn Fiend I'm going to find a way to do it myself.
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Mar 15, Anthony rated it it was amazing. I can't see how many have read this to rate it.. I promote his and many other authors in the NW. His books mean a lot to me as they are so local and so damn good too. If the film makes a difference then sometime soon we all will go.. His 'County' is even better than Hogwarts 'cos it is 'Warts and all' a truly spectacular reinvention o I can't see how many have read this to rate it.. His 'County' is even better than Hogwarts 'cos it is 'Warts and all' a truly spectacular reinvention of 'local legends' Pendle Wichcraft ,arcane stuff 'pagan rituals and demi-gods et all' and mythology of folklore 'Seventh Sons' and 'reversing mirrors' Then you get the triumvarate of characters that blend and clash and try and join to alleviate the peril and add in the ultimate 'killing machine' Grimalkin, the 'Fiend' and the earthy darkness of our 'County' The pure pace and goryness of this latest will blow your mind.
Joe has really got his mojo now and his trips to suss out where to set the instalments obviously are meticulously done, I envisage Todmorden being like a mecca in the future for 'Spook-ologists' View all 3 comments. Oct 13, Sara rated it it was amazing Shelves: I just started reading again after hybernating for Hell knows how long. I don't know about Alice, she's always been the best kick-ass in this series, but she's also too selfless and self-sacrificing kind of person. I hope Tom can do something so Alice doesn't have to be sacrificed.
I can't take it if Alice dies, she's my favorite character! I mean, couldn't they pick someone like Skandar Keynes he's my favorite cast for Tom Ward? I'm going to lose my brain if it's going to be like Eragon. View all 6 comments. Jun 16, Jonathan Terrington rated it really liked it Shelves: I have mentioned before my personal rating system which kind of goes 'stars for however I felt about that book. So my system tends to be very much a patchwork of up and down ratings. Now why am I beginning my review with this?
Well I actually didn't have a reason I thought it would be a good thing to throw in there and test my readers. Well I actually didn't have a reason I thought it would be a good thing to throw in there and test my readers I put that in there to provide an indication as to how I feel about the entire Spook's Apprentice Series also known as the Wardstone Chronicles. They're pretty good books, I've enjoyed them overall but I consistently give four stars merely because I do not like them as much as YA fiction like Percy Jackson, Mortal Engines or Ranger's Apprentice.
This book features lots of blood, what else can you expect from a book that focuses on the conflict between the Spook and Tom and a vampire god. And the fact that it's called The Spook's Blood is no giveaway at all Anyway while this is a solid continuation of the series and we are nearing the end at last it's not exactly a ground-breaking entry. At this point things seem to be more or less serving the purpose of trying to bring everything to a conclusion. It's definitely only worth reading if you've gone through all the previous books.
But if you liked them you'll probably like this book too.
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Dec 20, Maddison rated it it was amazing. The Spook's Blood is a medieval fantasy book. The reason I read this book is because I had already started the series after being recommended it, and I just loved it, so I've followed the books and looked forward to the new releases for a long time. The main plot is for Tom, the Spook's apprentice, to destroy Siscoi, the old god who the witches are trying to raise. He does this by persevering with hardship, the long nights and the horror.
Tomas Ward, a 15 year old who turns 16, is a Spook's apprent The Spook's Blood is a medieval fantasy book. Tomas Ward, a 15 year old who turns 16, is a Spook's apprentice, and being a Spook's apprentice means not having many friends, having people cross the road when they see you, having people become scared of you, but it's all for a good cause; to fight the denizens of the dark, the demons that cross through.
I like Tom because I feel I can relate to him because I'm only a year younger than him, and I would never be able to do all that he does.
I don't like him because he always thinks what other people would think of him before he does anything. I didn't like this book because it was too short! It needed to be longer! And also because it seemed like the least action-packed book in the series. I loved this book because it was the kind of story I like; dark, creepy, gory and suspenseful. It kept me thinking, and gave me shocks at times. The book was published this year. Overall, this book is definitely recommended, more so to guys than girls, but yeah View all 5 comments.
Mar 23, Highness Atharva rated it really liked it. The end obviously, what else? Delaney provides another great supplement to the Wardstone Chronicles, one that will surely hook you and make you realize where the series is going to end. The plot is absolutely amazing and we come back to Tom's PoV narration after the previous book.
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This was my first time reading the book so I was excited to read new things. The end was unexpected and very surprising, something reader could have ever thought. I would really recommend you this book, if you have to finish the series and get satisfaction, this is a book that you should really not skip. It starts with a good recap of the past events along with character introduction and situation and progresses slowly in the beginning. Things really seem to be good and jolly in the beginning, but as you'd expect 'happiness doesn't last forever' is Delaney's Motto, especially regarding the Wardstone series.
So, things go bad really soon as soon as we reach the third chapter. Its really saddening after all that Tom has done to see him so devastated after reading Mam's letter and misunderstanding about her feeling. But that is nothing compared to when he gets the news about the Ritual for the destruction of the Fiend and for that he must kill Alice with his own hands. The three blades, of which two Tom already has, namely, the Destiny Blade and The Bone Blade are also brought into light. And Alice has grown powerful, more powerful that I could imagine, even powerful than Grimalkin, obviously not in combat but in dark magic.
She is a very useful ally in the book. The book highlights the issue where Tom repeatedly hears Mam's voice inside his head as she guides him, in the beginning as well as the end. After this, the book can be divided into two parts, 1 Getting into Todmorden, a town at the edge of the County 2 Ascension and Destruction of Siscoi, an old God I would say that the latter part is much more better than the first one. The first one drags the reader very slowly and is not very attractive but introductions couldn't be given much better. It just adds to the storyline and gives an idea of whats to come.
The town is planned well, mostly focusing on the people and the 'Transforming' house which is haunted by the strigoica spirit and its male spirit. This specifies that the book has a heavy Romanan influence with Roman witches, spirits, ghasts and Old Gods that threaten to infiltrated and darken the county, The real thing begins when Grimalkin arrives in the town, then things just get very very exciting that you can't wait to finish the book. The action and the combat scenes are just enthralling and full of excitement.
Another thing I forgot to say, a new ex-apprentice plays a very major role in the first half of the book, namely Judd. He is ever helpful, but the cause of the 'Spooks' fake death. The talks with the Fiend, the ascension of the Vampire God, side quests including the retrieval of the boggart, the ritual to awaken Siscoi, the final battle and the gripping end which is just unexpected are the things that I like about the book. Let us speak about the characters. I no longer traeat the Spook as a major charachter henceforth, he is not much active in action nor does give Tom any 'important' lessons.
By my point of view, Tom has already surpassed Old Gregory who has grown weaker and weary. Grimalkin, has become a major character and fights with new motive and spirit, substituting for the Spooks lack. As i mentioned, nothing is more powerful in the book than Alice. The dark artifices are also brought into limelight. Especially, the grimore 'Doomdryte', would influence the plot of future books surely.
And even the three blades are required to carry out the ritual. Speaking of Tom, he is more mature, responsible, grown, strong and a hunter of the darkness.
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He does not cower and gets scared of anybody, thanks to his training by the Spook, Grimalkin and Arkwright, he has grown so much and seen things at such a young age. The book provides a very satisfactory point of view narrative which makes is so engrossing. It really ticks me off about the fact that at least one major must surely die in the end, that will happen at any costs and the darkness keeps rising, the servants of the the Fiend keep rising and substituting those who have been defeated.
Even the boggart seems to be back and things at Chipenden are now settled but much more things would be happening in future, things I cannot imagine and would be a surprise for anyone. The encounter with the Romanian witches, the moroii, the haunted Roman spirits and ghasts both male and female versions , the dark Vampire God are so well crafted that it just leaves you fascinates and wanting more. Paired with gripping storyline, combat, witty and economic dialogues, readers will devour this book.