Spook's: Alice: Book 12 (The Wardstone Chronicles) Paperback – 27 Feb 2014
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The twelfth instalment of the bestselling Spook's series
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'A lot of dark stuff happened when I was young that I've never even told to my dearest friend, Tom Ward. Dark and scary things that I hoped I had left behind for ever . . .'
Over the years, Alice has fought side by side with the Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward. But now Alice is alone - in the realm of the dark. And the creatures she has helped to banish there, now have the chance to take their revenge.
Alice must seek the final weapon to destroy the Fiend. If she fails, the world will fall into despair and darkness. If she suceeds, it means facing her death at the hands of her dearest friend. But can she prevent the darkness from overtaking her completely . . . ?
The penultimate instalment of the Wardstone Chronicles follows Alice, Thomas Ward's loyal companion, to the most terrifying place of all. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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1. Joseph Delaney could have built on it more- adding more returns of characters from previous books. I, personally would liked to see the return of Siscoi, the Ordeen and Golgoth, maybe even the realm of Lamia, Tom's mum. Maybe even the Banshee Witch from Spook's Destiny/Spook's: witches.
2. The tale of how Alice met Betsy Gannon was far too long. With all that space to dwell on the old gods and various enemies Joseph Delaney decides to tell a tale of Alice's previous life.
Apart from these moans I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the ending. Personally, I would have found it cool if Thorne had died at the end because-apart from the fact Thorne has to stay behind- it generally seems quite happy. Can't wait to read Spook's Revenge.
This book tells the story of Alice, my favourite character throughout the series. We learn about her past and her present and the dangerous road she's lived her life on. We revisit characters from so early on in the series that some readers may have even forgotten about them. Delaneys story telling lends itself yet again to what is a fantastic story, with a great series of twists, flashbacks, adventure and blood filled action.
However, the ending was such a great disappointment. I almost threw the book down in disgust after realising what had just happened. I can see why it happened, I saw it coming from what we learn in Slither's Tale, but despite those things it was still a moment of great frustration after realising that it's such a terrible outcome to an otherwise great story. I don't want to spoil it, but I really hope the final book contains a twist that sets things to right again, but I believe this is very unlikely since the past few books have all been about setting the stage for the finale.
Overall, a very enjoyable read. I had to force myself to stop reading and go to sleep. However, the ending ruins the entire thing and I wish it could have been otherwise
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