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The Spook's Curse (The Wardstone Chronicles) Hardcover – 30 Jun 2005

4.6 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bodley Head; First Edition edition (30 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0370328272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0370328270
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 3.6 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 adventure...you'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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Not to be Read After Dark!!!!

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By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Aug. 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the second book in the Wardstone Chronicles by Joseph Delaney. The book continues the story of the Spook and his young apprentice, Tom Ward.
The Spook and Tom deal with the dark - witches, boggarts and warlocks, ghosts and ghasts. Because of this, they are not popular with the majority of the community (Tom is warned at the very beginning of his apprenticeship that his job will be a lonely one), especially priests. So when the Spook announces that they are going to Priestown, Tom senses that there may be trouble ahead. However, the reason for going there is too important to be ignored, for it is there, below the town in the catacombs, that they are to face a terrible evil that is known as 'the Bane'. The Bane is a terrible creature that is able to use the priests or other people of the town to do its bidding - it is able to read your mind, enter your thoughts and dreams - people are tricked into offering it blood, some are so tormented by it that they only see suicide as a way out of its control. However, Tom discovers an old curse that doesn't bode well for their mission; if the prophecy is realised, Tom may lose a great friend.
This is the basic plot. Just like the first book in this series, Delaney has managed to create great characters. Alice returns, a girl who has witches in her family yet Tom is determined to see the best in her. As in the first book, Alice is perhaps one of the best characters - Delaney uses her to great effect in attempting to illustrate how good and evil are often very close together, things are not quite so black and white as some other children's books like to suggest. The relationship between Tom and the Spook is also developing more; Tom learns things about his master that shock him and trouble him.
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Format: Paperback
I bought this series through Amazon.co.uk, 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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It wasn't really for me, although it had a few interesting ideas, like a monster "pressing" people to death. Maybe I am just biased against protagonists who are too young and this book is admittedly targeted at a younger audience than me.
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Format: Hardcover
I am reading the book and i just can't put it down. It is so good that you dissappear into it and you feel you are in it. Tom Ward and the spook travel round the country defending the people from the dark,witches,boggarts and any type of darkness. They travel to priestown to go to the spooks brothers frunerl and also to finish some unfinished bisiness The Bane. But the Qisitor is in priestown, he hunts down witches and warlocks. unfortantly a spook is counted as a warlock so if he finds them they will be burnt. An amazing book that is great page after page, i recommend it to all ages as it is such a good book.
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The first book in the Wardstone chronicles was excellent, it was spooky, witty and suspenseful. Delaney has delivered us another winner with the second title, The Spooks curse, which takes is farther away from the spooks house and into Priestown where an evil lurks in the catacombs, an evil the spook has faced before. The writing is once again thrilling, scary, perfectly described and when reading the pages seem to flick past in a blur. The characters of Tom and Alice are developing well, but Delaney wisely leaves many details about the Spooks life secret, which gives his character a sense of mystery that makes the books even more enjoyable. The situations are scarier, the enemy more evil and terrifying and the book is longer which is a huge bonus, though i still finished in two days and am desperate to read the third.
Not since the Harry Potter books have i so anticipated the sequels.
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Second in the series and still going well. More about the development of Tom Ward as he continues his education at the Spook's hand. Its a good read well written, why did it take so long to find out about this series?
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