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The Spook's Curse: Book 2 (The Wardstone Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Delaney
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Book Description

The Spook's Curse is the second book in Joseph Delaney's terrifying Wardstone Chronicles - over 3 million copies sold worldwide!

'By now the dark has noticed you and will be trying to hunt you down . . .'

It's the job of the Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, to protect the County from the dark. But deep in the catacombs beneath Priestown lurks a creature the Spook has never been able to defeat – the Bane. As they prepare to battle it, yet another deadly enemy emerges to threaten Tom and his master.

From the series that inspired the forthcoming movie Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore.

Books In This Series (13 Books)
Complete Series

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    "'An evocative, spine-tingling sequel to the Spook's Apprentice.'" (Amanda Craig The Times)

    "'Tom Ward is back in another eerie, spine-tingling'll love getting lost in this spooky tale.'" (Funday Times)

    "Really impressed by [this] . . .genuinely creepy . . . very pacy . . .the characters were very believable." (Damian Kelleher Radio 4 Front Row)

    "'Full of scary moments which will get the hearts of even the most fearless readers pounding, while keeping them glued to the action.'" (Lancashire Evening Post)

    "'Readers who were spellbound by the goings-on in 'The Spook's Apprentice' will be equally engrossed by this sequel.'" (Waterstone's Quarterly)

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    Warning: Not to be read after Dark

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 3079 KB
    • Print Length: 436 pages
    • Publisher: RHCP Digital (4 Sept. 2008)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1862308551
    • ISBN-13: 978-1862308558
    • ASIN: B0031RS5QU
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,272 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    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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    4.7 out of 5 stars
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Further spooky adventures 4 Sept. 2007
    By Wyvernfriend VINE VOICE
    In the second book of the series the characters start to come to life and previous actions come back to haunt Thomas and the spook. At the start Thomas is sent to rescue the Spook's brother from a Boggart, this leads to a trip to Priestown, an encounter with an evil so large that it was once worshiped as a god and is gaining power again. Add to that the chief Quisitor who has a hatred for Spooks and you have an interesting fight for survival.

    Alice appears again and Thomas has to make some very hard choices.

    Interesting, this series is getting better as he goes and I want to see how it finishes. I left the first one unsure that I wanted to continue but this one has left me wanting more.
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A great (and good) surprise! 31 Aug. 2007
    I bought this series through, and at first I really thought it would be a great series. When I received the books though, it came as a small dissapointment. Why? They are not as long as they seem. Their design and cover is incredible (UK cover). I think it really fits, but the book itself is way smaller than the number of pages suggest. For this reason it took me some time to read this book.
    And how much time I missed. Though short, the first book is very sattisfying, and the climax and end of it are amazing. I then began to read the second one (this one), and I couldn't let it go. I stayed awake longer than I should in order to finish it, but it was worth it. It is quite easy to read, and the story is marvellous, you just can not stop reading it, for every time a problem is solved a new one appears, and the relationship between Tom and Alice has some pretty interessing twists. All around, I believe this is the best book in the series (so far). The third book (Spook's Secret) is but slower, and focus a lot on the Spook's past, perhaps a little too much. The last one released (Spook's Battle) is once again set at a quick pace, having many dramatic moments. And once again it reaches an intense climax. A very interesting series, by a new and promising author.
    Oh, and if you stop to actually imagine and "feel" some of the scenes, you may find out it is actually scary!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Trust your instincts... 6 Jan. 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    From it's fruitful beginnings of the Spooks apprentice this series just flows on and on beautifully. When I was much younger I read the first book and it was only recently that I learned that there were more following. As a young teenager these books had inspired and captured me- people may say these books are ment for much younger teenagers than I was and certainly not for the adult I am now. But no, I was determined to read on even if only for nostalgia and am glad to report that I am not disappointed. Only more enthrawlled. Is that sad?
    Young Thomas and the desicions he faced in this instalment hit a tone with me and I found myself feeling as curious and justified as he acts- I felt as if I were him and in his footsteps. The Spook still sparks a kind of respect and love for his character and -not to spoil too much of what he faces this time- I was all watery eyed throughout the episode in Priestown. If you're about to read this then you will soon find out why. You may find yourself reading right into the early hours. Also, would Alice please stop getting herself into a dark mess? The way of her character is bold and arrogant and so it comes about that she must get in trouble. But such a damsel you'll not find in any other story... so capable and STILL lost for what to do.
    For anyone who read the first story I hope you're not in doubts about reading on, but just in case... MILD SPOILER... You finally find out how Tom's parents met and why his Mam is so all-knowing whenever anything 'goes down'.
    So many people will love these stories and for years to come. It will be most pleasing to fantasy story lovers but it's homely tones will ring true with almost any humble adventurer.

    You will find me reading on further in the series. Right now. Lol.
    Happy Reading!

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    3.0 out of 5 stars Fun plot + backstory 12 Jun. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Review: It starts with Thomas doing his first binding of a boggart on his own in Priestown. Soon after leaving, they return to pay respects to the Spook's now-dead brother. And also to defeat the creature that the Spook hadn't done before, a creature pressing its victims to death, The Bane. Onece there, they find the Quisitor in town, hunting witches, wizards, spooks, and sentencing them to death. As Alice and Spook get caught, it's up to Thomas to try and get them all out alive.
    Thomas has matured a bit from The Spook's Apprentice. Alice remains a mystery, but we do get to know some more about her and . We learn quite a lot about the Ward family, and the enigma of Mam gives way to another reason to be interested in her. Quisitor was your stereotypical Christian witchfinder who added a more human threat to the story.
    This one really has a lot of history in it. I like the continuing lack of romance between Alice and Thomas, because I remember even when I was ten there were books where a girl and a boy just had to get together, at leaast in an innocent way. it was paced well, with something new being discovered quite often.
    Overall: Strength 3 tea. Good backstory to the Spook and the Wards, and another fun plot.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars alakazam
    Brilliant, I've read a lot of fiction and this is a great read. Full of adventure and magic and quite a few nods to local landmarks (Lancashire)
    Published 2 days ago by Joeman
    5.0 out of 5 stars A continuation
    Exceptional story telling, can't wait for the next book, Tom wards journey is one which I find amazing to live with
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    A+ Love these books! Very easy reading and always something happening, would recommend to anyone who likes witches or ghosts etc
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    3.0 out of 5 stars like a monster "pressing" people to death
    It wasn't really for me, although it had a few interesting ideas, like a monster "pressing" people to death. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Lyla Wagner
    5.0 out of 5 stars Light reading
    Really getting into this series, great fun
    Published 2 months ago by Jackyt
    5.0 out of 5 stars worth a read!
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    Published 2 months ago by David Kitchen
    4.0 out of 5 stars A good book.
    A good follow up to the first story and it has made me grow fond of the characters so that I want to know what adventure they will have next..
    Published 3 months ago by Badenski
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
    I read this with my son and have to say that it's great! We both enjoyed it and now I'm going to buy the third installment.
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