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Spook's: A New Darkness (Starblade Chronicles 1) [Hardcover]

Joseph Delaney
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Book Description

5 Jun 2014 Starblade Chronicles 1

Girls are dying in mysterious circumstances . . .

They are found dead in their beds, covered in blood, with a look of pure horror on their faces. Worse still, their ghosts are left to walk the earth, just waiting for someone to hear the terror that has befallen them.

Thomas Ward is the local spook – it’s his job to protect the county from things that go bump in the night. But this is no ordinary haunting, and he finds himself on the path of a dangerous beast that is looking to kill again.

He soon realizes this beast is just the beginning. An army of monsters is massing in the north, and it poses a threat to all mankind.

The first terrifying tale in the Starblade Chronicles, from the bestselling author of The Spook’s Apprentice


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bodley Head (5 Jun 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0370332210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0370332215
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.9 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Joseph Delaney is a retired English teacher living in Lancashire. He has three children and seven grandchildren and is a wonderful public speaker available for conference, library and bookshop events. His home is in the middle of Boggart territory and his village has a boggart called the Hall Knocker, which was laid to rest under the step of a house near the church. Most of the places in the Spook's books are based on real places in Lancashire. And the inspiration behind the stories often comes from local ghost stories and legends. The Spook's Apprentice, The Spook's Curse and The Spook's Secret have all been shortlisted for the Lancashire children's Book for the Year Award. The Spook's Apprentice is the winner of both the Sefton Book Award and the Hampshire Book Award.

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A brand-new arc in the Spook's stories from bestselling author Joseph Delaney

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An army of beasts is gathering in the north.

They will invade our lands . . .

Enslave our people . . .

And spread their terror to the far corners of the earth.

A terrifying new chapter in the Spook's legend is about to begin . . .


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The start of a new era 27 Jun 2014
By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Having been a fan of the Wardstone series since they were first published, and having read all of them, I was eagerly waiting for the publication of A NEW DARKNESS. However, with 13 books before this one, I did wonder how successful the new book would be. I shouldn't have worried.

Although you don't necessarily have to read the previous books before reading A NEW DARKNESS, you will possibly enjoy it more if you have read them. A lot of the characters that appear, or are referred to, in this new book also appear in the previous work. This means that in order to fully understand relationships and previous battles, you need to have read the other books. However, for someone staring with this new series, Delaney provides enough information to explain relationships and conflicts on a surface level. As the title suggests, there is also a new threat to the County that Tom, as the Spook, has to face.

For anyone who has not read books by Delaney before, Tom Ward is a Spook. This means that he is paid by people to get rid of ghosts, ghasts, witches and boggarts. He is their defence against the dark. Tom's world is not all about clthearly defined good and bad though. Some of Delaney's characters manage to blur these boundaries, making you question who is friend, foe or a mixture of both. Despite being for younger readers, they are incredibly intelligently written, taking many themes into account.

If you have not read any books by Delaney before, I would strongly recommend you starting right at the beginning, THE SPOOK'S APPRENTICE. However, you can easily start here and enjoy it without needing to visit those previous works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 31 Aug 2014
By Bria
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This book by far has been the best book I have ever read. The ending of this book had me close to tears and I can't wait for the next book to answer the final question, and were is Alice? I really want to know if she knew what happened!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yahoo another series! 8 Jun 2014
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Great to see Tom back giving the bad guys a hard time.
But why is the book so short? Why are the battles / confrontations with the dark over so quickly?
If you loved the first series, then you'll love this book .
Buy it now and don't dawdle :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read, cant wait for the next book to ... 3 Aug 2014
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great read, cant wait for the next book to be brought out, great start to the new chronicles after the final of the Wardstone chronicles.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A new darkness 2 Aug 2014
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It's a very sort book compared to the others and lack the detail of the others but yeah I suppose it's because I long a waited this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another fantastic book 31 July 2014
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Wasn't ready to stop reading the spooks books so pleased a continuation has been done! Can't wait for the next
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT 8 Aug 2014
By jake
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I thought this book was great !!! I can't wait for the next book in the Starblade Chronicles to come out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new darkness 27 Aug 2014
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I just could not put it down took me 5 hours straight to read amazing just can't wait for the next one
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars couldnt put this book down
Really enjoyed this book well written couldnt put this book down.a young girl wants to learn the craft and becomes an apprentice to kill horrid creatures got this book from a... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Andrea Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My Son cant get enough of these books and is waiting for the next one.
Published 1 month ago by Mum of four
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I could write such a winning series of books!
My middle son and I had read all of the Spooks series together and were sad that we had come to the end of an era. Then to our delight this appeared. Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Protherough
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great cant wait for the next
Published 1 month ago by kenneth walford
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book if you've read the wardstone chronicles but I ...
A good book if you've read the wardstone chronicles but I expected it to be slightly more grown up. Some if the language & plot are quite simple. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Louie
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking series with Tom as The Spook.
There’s always something wonderful about a brand new series set in an established world and with the passing of his Master, Thomas Ward is now “the Counties” Spook. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant :)
Published 1 month ago by Miss E R Farrand
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I couldn't put the book down it was so good and when I had to put it down I took my time in doing so.
Published 1 month ago by Jacqui Burrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book 😜
It was amazing and i love the cliff hanger of an ending
Published 2 months ago by Matthew Lloyd
3.0 out of 5 stars Great start.
Great start...but it could have been meatier and I was a bit shocked that we were left dangling in the middle of a battle... Read more
Published 2 months ago by E. Bowell
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