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The Spook's Blood: Book 10 (The Wardstone Chronicles) Paperback – 31 Jan 2013

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox (31 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849411077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849411073
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 385,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Be warned, these books are seriously scary" (The Times)

"Wonderfully dark" (The Bookseller)

"As always, Delaney captures the terror of witch country with his haunting plotlines and pulsating prose. The Dark just got even darker..." (Lancashire Evening Post)

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The tenth installment in the chilling Wardstone Chronicles. Warning: Joseph Delaney's Spook's tales are not to be read after dark . . .

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This book is amazing, once again Delaney has managed to write an amazing book with loads of mystery, jumpy parts and adventure!! Its a must read :)
only downfall is that it is not available in the old style book covers :/
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Joseph Delaney's Wardstone Chronicles are brilliant, they offer chills, action, adventure and horror and are written in a fast paced, engrossing style. This latest installment is no different and right from the very first page you will be transported back into the Spook's world and won't leave until the very final page which will leave you desperate for the next book. Delaney again uses Tom's first person narrative to provide the reader with a thrilling, suspenseful story and the character development, as always, is of a very high quality.
This time around, Tom faces perhaps his most dangerous adversary, a vampire god sent by the still weakened Fiend to kill Tom and wreak horror upon the County. Along the way there are plenty of chills and adventures and a perfect blend of horror, action and enough scary creatures to satisfy fans of the series and of horror. Secrets are revealed, questions answered and new questions posed. This is perhaps not the best of the Wardstone Chronicles, and it seems somewhat rushed and could have benefited from some deeper levels of detail in parts. However, Delaney's prose never becomes boring or repetitve and the pages go past in a blur - he needs to make them longer, the books are over way too quickly.
Overall, this is an awesome and scary tenth installment and is a worthy penultimate story for Tom's side of the narrative. (there will be three more books, one more in Tom's story, another told by a mage: Spook's Tale: Slither, and the 'i am alice' that will be told through Alice's POV). If you're already a fan pick this one up now, if you're new i suggest starting from the very beginning (Spooks Apprentice) as is will offer up a journey you won't regret starting.
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I've been reading these books since I was 15 years old. Now 21, I'm still enjoying them massively, and will be sad when the series finally draws to a close. It's been an excellent replacement for Harry Potter. This book has Thomas Ward facing a very powerful Old God (AGAIN?!) from Romania, and other nasty things from those lands. It's funny to think that after everything he's been through, such as fighting the Fiend, and the numerous Old God's he's faced, there are still things out there that he is totally unfamiliar with, to test him and the skills he's acquired during his apprenticeship in new and exciting ways, but Joe Delaney always manages to convincingly create new dangers for Tom and his Master take on, this time in the form of a Transylvanian vampire god called the Siscoi. I have not yet finished this book, because I'm trying to make it last, (these books are very quick reads, you could get through all 400 pages within a day very easily) but the 200 pages I've read thus far have been really great. I'm also very glad that the inconsistent cover designs seem to have stopped, and it's back to the old style. I shall have to replace the ones on my shelf that are different with the collectors editions, to satiate my need to have them all looking the same!
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As usual this instalment in the series had me unable to put the book down until finished. Great series to read for any age group. Recommend reading the series to anyone, it is also very easy reading, no complicated plots etc. Great condition and delivered well in time.
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5* yet again. this book is for any age any sex. i could rant an rave about how good these spooks books are BUT, buy them an see for yrselfs. its a great series of books. that once you start you wont be able to put down.
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i have all the books in this series except volume 11 as i am waiting for the collectors edition to come out, as usual the books are excellent and i am sure the following is as intense as when the first book appeared on the shelves. i do think the collectors edition should be published at the same time as when the hardback version comes out.
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I really loved this book. It has the perfect amount of action, sadness, mystery and suspense! I like how grimalkin was used in this book again, but was devastated at some twists and turns in the story!!! I recommend this book, but like always you have to read the others in the series first, and in order!!! Otherwise really confusing! Really great read, couldn't put it down!!!
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While Spook's Blood was a good read - with some genuinely shocking parts - it was a tad disappointing after I Am Grimalkin. Also, the series is starting to drag a little now... I started with the books when I was 11, at 21 I'm now getting a little bored that this is the first time we're given clues about The Wardstone - and disappointing clues they were too. I get the feeling that Delaney is just working his way through the creatures that are in the bestiary that Tom's not met yet. The book's focus on the strigoi/strigoica was predictable and it'll probably be easy to guess which creatures will be in the next book too. Also Tom's grey morals are starting to get darker. Thus far I've been able to see his side of the choices he's made, but that has started to change in this book...we'll just have to see if that ends up as Tom's decent to the dark or where the ends justify the means...
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