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The Spook's Sacrifice (Wardstone Chronicles) [Hardcover]

Joseph Delaney
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1 Oct 2009 Wardstone Chronicles
This Special Collectors' Edition of SPOOK'S SACRIFICE features jacket artwork in the original series style plus a bonus new introductory Author's Note. A must for fans of the traditional series look, and those wanting to keep their Wardstone Chronicles library complete.

As the Spook's apprentice Tom's first duty is to protect the County from the dark. But now Mam needs his help in her homeland of Greece. One of the most dangerous of the old gods, the Ordeen, is about to return there, bringing slaughter and devastation. Meanwhile, the Devil himself is still loose and if he and the Ordeen join forces, a new age of darkness will descend. Mam has summoned a powerful group to her side but among them are Tom's old enemy, the Pendle witches, including the assassin Grimalkin, and the cunning clan leader Mab Moldheel. Can Tom go against all the Spook has taught him and ally himself to the witches? What is the secret that Mam is keeping from him? And what sacrifices must be made in the battle against the dark?


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bodley Head Children's Books; Special Collector's Edition edition (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0370331788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0370331782
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 13.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 676,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"Fans of Joseph Delaney's fantastic Wardstone Chronicles will need no urging to buy the latest instalment . . . Gripping, moving and terrifying for anyone of 10+" (Amanda Craig The Times)

"Another breathless thriller from the genius of magic and mayhem!" (Pam Norfolk Lancashire Evening Post)

"Wonderfully dark" (The Bookseller)

"Expect to be in for a big surprise! The series is left beautifully poised as the tale concludes and the seventh instalment will be as eagerly awaited as ever" (Fantasy Book Review) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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WARNING: NOT TO BE READ AFTER DARK

The sixth chilling tale in The Wardstone Chronicles . . .

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I have looked forward to and enjoyed very much each of the new books in this series, and this one did not dissapoint, but I do have a couple of quibbles.

Firstly, yes, like other reviewers I missed the extra 100 or so pages, it was too short, only because I enjoy these books and so want them to be at least as long as the last ones.

But my big dissapointment is...why, why, why, before the series is complete, change the cover format? It was the different and not mainstream cover of The Spooks Apprentice that caught my eye and made me pick it up and bye it, and as a collector of childrens hardback books (the ones I like anyway) I have looked forward to completing this good looking set. THEN THEY GO AND CHANGE THE COVERS! When I first saw it advertised on Amazon I thought it must be an American version, but no, it wasn't. Why didn't they wait until the end and then if they wanted to they could have re issued the books with the new covers. I was not happy!

I wonder also about why the author has either put himself under so much pressure or been put under pressure from his publisher (I suspect the later) to write two additional books in addition to carrying on with the series. Why now, and is that why the Spooks Sacrifice was shorter? Why not finish the series and then write the two add on books. Fortunatlely, it didn't affect the quality of the writing, there was just less of it. I hope that the next book is a thicker one...real shame though about the cover change, although I guess children will like the new pictures, I'm a 43 year old child and I prefer the old covers, so there...whoever made the change I hope a big scarey boggart comes along and sits on your head.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The battle against the forces of evil continue 7 July 2009
Format:Hardcover
Tom is back with his original master, passing the time with his studies when he gets attacked by an assassin. Forewarned by Alice in a method which the master Spook disapproves of, Tom manages to keep himself alive. However, assassins are the least of his worries when he's asked by his mother to return with. Back in Greece, where she normally lives, evil is brewing - more than just the Fiend. The Ordeen is making preparations to return, which would of course kill most people in the area and make the earth a terrible place to be. The condundrum facing Tom, is that if he joins his mother, he'll forsake all further training as a Spook.

I have deliberately with-held information about this, it's one of my favourite parts in the book. Tom faces a lot of internal conflict: naturally he has ties to his mother, even though he doesn't see her much, and wants to discover who she really is. He has strong ties with his current master, for he's taught him so much. And he naturally wants to help make the world a safer place to be. Being pulled in two directions provides much to think about.

There are a couple of moments in the story which took me completely by surprise - real, strong plot twists which match the twists in the previous book. This installment was perhaps more enjoyable than The Spook's Mistake because it delved into Tom's family life. I like learning how characters interact with their family, especially if contact is limited. Additionally, the whole Alice/Tom story line really blossoms. Not romantically - everything is kept blush free. It is Tom's desire to develop their friendship which clashes against his master's wish for the two youngsters to keep apart. Dark magic has no place in the life of light magic - at least that's how his master views the world.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 20 July 2009
Format:Hardcover
First off, I am such a huge fan that I ordered thru UK rather than wait months for it to come to the USA. Unfortunately, I that found this book disturbing--and not in a good way. (Yes, I STILL gave it 3 stars). The story telling was great and I love the way Delaney creates a "chicken skin" type atmosphere...very nice.

But the first rule of writing is to make your characters "sins" forgivable...and I found it hard (and near impossible) to forgive Mam's sins. I know, it makes Alice and Tom perfectly suited but there are some sins of the "father" and in this case "mother" that can't help but leave a stain on the children. Now I'm not so sure how much I like either character.

I also found myself wanting to fast forward to the end of the book because unlike his other books where each page was an adventure and a scary kind of wonder to God-knows-where, in this book, we all knew about the big battle at the end and the only question was how it was going to unfold.

It appears there will be another book...let us hope that Delaney gives the reader a real reason to continue to root for Tom and Alice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Put Together Stories 24 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love all the Spook's book which I originally bought for my teenage son. He never read them so I thought I would and there was no going back. I have all the main stories and re-read them often. The plots are so well engineered and don't give away too much information before the end, you sort of reach the plot in the time the author wants you to and I like that. The stories and characters aren't wishy washy and are informative. I have to say I am in my 50's but have had a lot of hours of fun reading the series of Spook's books.
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