The Spook's Curse (The Wardstone Chronicles) Hardcover – 30 Jun 2005
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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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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.Read more ›
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!
Not since the Harry Potter books have i so anticipated the sequels.
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Great book great author - would recommend buyer the whole series.Published 5 months ago by mr smith jones
This book is a very good book and has a brilliant author to match but I feel it's very slow going at the start and too fast paced towards the end. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mini moo moo