- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Red Fox (4 Jun. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1862303517
- ISBN-13: 978-1862303515
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.9 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Spook's Mistake: Book 5 (The Wardstone Chronicles) Paperback – 4 Jun 2009
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"Joseph Delaney's terrifying and brilliant Wardstone Chronicles probes the nature of evil . . . The ambiguous relationship between all the characters is as gripping as the gory battle against blood-sucking witches and demons, forcing its hero to continually question whether evil is inherited or chosen" (Amanda Craig The Times)
"The Spook's Mistake is as good as, if not better than the previous four books in the Wardstone Chronicles series. Those who may have been concerned that the quality of the series may begin to wane needn't have feared as it continues to go from strength to strength" (Fantasy Book Review)
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Top Customer Reviews
I took the first two books home for him. I waited, not for long though he read them so fast I was going out the door for the next two before I had chance to take my coat off.
He loves them and in his opinion Harry Potter aint a patch on them.
We went into Borders for our copy of this the Spooks Mistake and to my glee the author himself was there to sign the book and was doing book readings and an informal chat. A lovely man and if he ever comes to a bookstore near you be sure to go and meet him.
He has just sold the rights to the first book to Hollywood and hopefully the film will start production next year, keep fingers crossed they do a good job. He assured us there would be seven books minimum in the series maybe more so you have lots to look forward to in the future.
He also has his own website where you can catch up on his new releases and his own personal blog, the address is in the books.
It's a quick read for experienced readers but that doesn't mean it doesn't have meat on it's bones. Quite the contrary. Each book is just a episode of a big story that is getting more darker and exciting by the minute.
My only complaint is having finish it in two night I now have to face another year wait for the next book.
Hope there are still many more to come.
This will appeal to all age groups and I could not praise it enough. I like the fact that the books are a good size (always leaving you wanting more) and have stuck on a good price and not become too expensive.
Meet the authour recently and he hopes to be doing about 8 or 9 books overall. Cant wait. And will be interesting to see what the film will be like.
After the first glance, I had to ignore the front cover. Black dogs are one of several things I'm quite afraid of. Black dogs with red eyes and sharp teeth have me keeping this book face down at all times. The silhouette's beneath each chapter title capture the chapter's theme: I look forward to trying to remember what happens in each one by the picture alone when I get round to rereading this book.
I haven't read any of the other books in this Wardstone Chronicles series. I used to hate reading books out of sequence, and where possible try to avoid it. However, I didn't feel as though I couldn't follow the story. There were little recaps of what had happened previously to Tom throughout the story, which was enough for me to understand the events as they occurred.
Initially I automatically thought of a spy, rather than a person who literally fights evil and has an apprentice, Tom, to train as a successor. There exists numerous types of evil. For me the most surprising evil being in this book (there are many) were the witches. Yes, we all think of pointy hats, cats and cauldrons. But Joseph Delaney's witch creations had me captivated. Who'd've thought they could be imprisoned in a cage sunk in the earth so they can neither get out, nor can their friends come to their aid.
In this installment Tom gets sent away from his master to another Spook, who I personally thought was a little crazed in the head. Tom's master wasn't far wrong when he said that Bill was tougher than he was. Rest and relaxation isn't in his vocabulary.Read more ›
Because of the extra threat from the Fiend, the Spook decides that Tom should go for further training with another Spook. In a world of Darkness and danger, the Spook thinks that Tom needs to be toughened up so that he is better able to face what may lie ahead for him. So, he goes to spend six months with Arkwright, a Spook who lives north of the County in a mill. This part of the County is riddled with dangers as the marshy ground and canals are inhabited by water witches. These are fearsome enemies, and one of the them is the daughter of the Fiend himself. It is this daughter that the Fiend has sent after Tom, to kill him.
That is a veyr brief synopsis of the story - I don't want to give too much away as I don't want to ruin it for others. What I shall say though is that, as with the previous books, Delaney has done a great job at creating a world in which good and evil are not so clear cut and distinct. Unlike many other children's books, in this series, the characters are not all good or all bad - they are more complex than that, just like people are complex.
Delaney has also ended this installment with a clear idea of where the next one may go - although there is a goodbye to one character, you get the feeling that we haven't seen the last of them.
This is a fantastic series - highly recommended for both children and adults.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I know that these books are aimed at young adults but they are so entertaining that as a 50 something that ephod be reading more challenging material they are my guilty secret. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Farnborough Karl
This is the book where it starts to get boring and pointless. Loved every book up until this one, an they get worse from here on out. Still reading simply out of curiosity now.Published 1 month ago by V
Give insight into the witches and entices you to read further into the spooks adventures. Most certainly fine these book easy to read not to complicated while on night shift.Published 1 month ago by karen fitzpatrick
Really enjoyed this 5th book in the series - more of the arc storylines revealed and lots more mysteries emerging around Tom's mum and Alice and Tom's abilities - page turner for... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Boots
Love these books! Can get lost for hours in another world!Published 2 months ago by Hayley Jennings
A good story, but not very long. These stories feel quite short and seem very focussed on the end point without much deviation. Read morePublished 3 months ago by TessFan1