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Joseph Delaney
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5 Mar 2009 The Wardstone Chronicles (Book 4)

'Pendle District is riddled with witches . . . The biggest problem we face is their sheer numbers. You see that's right at the heart of the threat we face - that the witch clans might unite.'

In Pendle the witches are rising and the three most powerful witch clans are rumoured to be uniting in order to conjure an unimaginable evil. Together, they will be capable of raising the dark made flesh - the Devil himself.

Tom and the Spook need to set off for Pendle to avert the unthinkable. Before they go, the Spook tells Tom to journey home and collect the trunks Mam left behind for him. But what dark family secrets are contained in the trunks? And will they place Tom's family in even greater danger?

The fourth chilling installment of The Wardstone Chronicles, the series that inspired the forthcoming movie The Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore.



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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox (5 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862308543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862308541
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,255 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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"Ideal for the reader who has outgrown Harry Potter. Be warned, these books are seriously scary . . . Beautifully produced and consistently surprising the weird and wonderful Wardstone Chronicles are an annual treat" (The Times)

"Impressively written and deliciously spine-tingling" (Publishing News)

"The spine-chilling escapades of the Spook and his apprentice continue apace" (Waterstone's Books Quarterly)

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Warning: Not to be Read After Dark! The fourth installment of The Wardstone Chronicles


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4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 out of 5 stars
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
THE SPOOK'S BATTLE is the fourth book in Delaney's Wardstone series. Each book has been fantastic, adding to the whole world and story that Delaney has created. THE SPOOK'S BATTLE was no exception, in fact it could be argued to be one of the best so far.

Tom Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son, apprenticed out to a Spook - someone who deals with the Dark; boggarts, witches, ghosts and ghasts. The path Tom is taking is not an easy one; people fear the Spook and his trade because of the terrors that they have to face. Yet Tom knows that his mother wanted for him to become the next apprentice, and so he feels that it is his proper calling.

In this installment, Tom is told by the Spook that the 3 witch clans of Pendle are becoming more dangerous. Usually the 3 witch clans are at each others throats, only ever coming together in extreme circumstances. But there is rumour that 2 of the clans have already begun to join forces, and that the third is now in their sight. Once all three clans are joined, they mean to raise up the "dark made flesh", the Devil himself. Tom and the Spook must travel to Pendle to try and prevent this from happening.
Before they set off for Pendle, the Spook tells Tom that he must go back to his family's farm and collect the three trunks that were left for him by his mother. What is inside these trunks? Tom has had suspicions that they will contain the story of his mother before she met his father, but what secrets will they uncover? And, will Tom be able to face upto the repercussions of these secrets and what they mean for him?

I won't say anymore, as I don't want to give anything away for those who wish to read this fantastic book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something to replace Harry Potter? 10 July 2007
Format:Hardcover
Having been stuck in an airport for several hours a couple of years ago, I stumbled across the first in this series of book that deal with the 'adventures' of Tom Ward. A young boy who is apprenticed to a Spook.

This is the fourth in the series and is arguably the best yet. There is a lot of fast paced action, with wonderful narratives and colourful descriptions. Delaney certainly has a way of lifting the characters out of the page.

It was a long year waiting for this one to come out, I can see it being an even longer wait for the next book. Some of the hints at the end of this book foretell some great episodes in this series to come.

Shorter than the Harry Potter books, this series is a lot more accessible to people with a shorter attention span. Note that I did not say a younger audience, as some of the situations could be scary for an advanced writing age younger person, however teenagers and adults will really appreciate the shade and tone in the writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rattling good read 13 Sep 2008
Format:Paperback
My son loved this book, and the minute he had finished it said, 'Can we get the rest?'
One cautionary note - it is quite dark in places, with some pretty gruesome imagery - probably why my son enjoyed it so much! - but I would say it's for twelves and up as it does deal with some serious moral questions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wizards and witches and creatures abound 6 Nov 2008
By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
First sentence: The witch was chasing me through the dark wood, getting nearer and nearer by the second.

In Pendle, the three families of Witches are joining forces in an effort to raise Old Nick (the Devil). Father Stocks asks Mr. Gregory (Spook), Tom (his Apprentice), and Alice (Tom's friend and a former Witch). Alice is captured by Mab and threatens to kill her unless Tom takes Mab back to his childhood home.

Tom's mother was Greek and an immortal until she married Tom's father. In a locked room, which will protect Tom from evil, are three large trucks that Mab wants for Alice's life. When they arrive at the house, not only are the trunks gone, but so are Tom's brother, sister-in-law and their child. Tom must do what it takes to rescue his family, save Alice, retrieve the trunks and prevent the witches from accomplishing their goal.

A word of caution: this is not a book for very young or sensitive children and is it dark and graphic with elements of horror. That said, for older children and adult fantasy, it's a great book.

The author has a wonderful voice as Tom, the 13-year-old Spook in training. Tom is definitely an apprentice who is still learning his craft and making the mistakes, but he is learning. I do like that his character, and all the relationships, grows and changes with each book. Father Stocks is also interesting in that he had been an apprentice but felt he could do more as a priest.

For those with children, this book is one that would be excellent to read and discuss together. There are lessons that can be taken from the story. It is a series that should be read in order. While this fourth book in the series is complete in itself, it also segues to the next book. It's on my shelf waiting to be read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thrills All Round! 27 May 2010
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Format:Paperback
This is a great book. It has everything: A second witch vowing that she will own Tom one day instead of Alice, A witch conspiracy and one of the witch coven leaders hiding a monster called Tibb under her dresses! Truly Amazing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spook's Battle
Brilliant book. Great read.
Published 22 days ago by JAK
4.0 out of 5 stars Tom!
character of Tom really starting to develop! loved the plotline in this book, again another brilliant read, page upon page of adventure and excitement!
Published 24 days ago by Miniwire
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wonderful story great plot couldn't put down
Published 1 month ago by Mr. John Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as the other ones in the series.
As usual, a top quality book in the wardstone chronicles. Enjoyed it just as much as every other one of the books in the series. Top notch!
Published 1 month ago by Joe
4.0 out of 5 stars the Spooks battle book 4
Enjoyed the book had to finished it could not put down good work by author lots of tension right to end
Published 4 months ago by MJLJ Hutchinson
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story!
A good story, with well described areas and characters (also for some reason the food, i was very hungry after this (but i couldn't stop reading!!))
Published 5 months ago by Una Crotty-Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I simply couldn't put it down! I was concentrating on it so much I finished it in a few days!
Published 6 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
I love this book. It is just as exciting and well written as the others. If you enjoyed the previous books in the series then you will definitely enjoy this one too.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs C
5.0 out of 5 stars EPIC
I seriously can't wait to got the next book! This could easily be made into a film! And it should be!
Published 9 months ago by Liam Breslin
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible read
It was amazing from cover I cover. He has Sug a dramatic writing style, page turning seat gripping stuff! Book 5 get on my kindle!!
Published 11 months ago by Miss Rhiannon Williams
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