The Spook's Destiny: Book 8 (The Wardstone Chronicles) Hardcover – 6 Oct 2011
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"Delaney's mastery of suspense will grip even reluctant readers with his dramatic, beautifully paced prose... Unlike the vampires and so forth, both these novels carry a genuine graveyard chill. Huge fun, and deliciously shivery." (The Times)
". . . ideal for the reader who has outgrown Harry Potter. Be warned, these books are seriously scary . . . Beautifully produced and consistently surprising the weird and wonderful Wardstone Chronicles are an annual treat." (Amanda Craig The Times)
"Christmas traditions have long included the telling of grisly tales and THE SPOOK'S BESTIARY by Joseph Delaney fits the bill. Adding value and context to the popular series, the illustrations and design of this book are stunning. It is a brooding and eerie collection of stories for reading in one sitting or dipping into." (Jake Hope Bookseller 2010 Booksellers' Choice)
"Wonderfully dark" (The Bookseller)
"Another breathless thriller from the genius of magic and mayhem!" (Pam Norfolk Lancashire Evening Post)
An exclusive collectable edition of the eighth chilling volume in the Wardstone Chronicles, featuring Tom Ward, the Spook's apprentice.See all Product Description
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Although some readers familiar with the series may have been worried that the change in location may have lessened the experience - I can safely say that this is not a issue and this is a great and gritty addition to the series. To those who are new to the series I would suggest they start reading from the first book as they may not clearly understand what is going on.
I would have given this five stars but took one away as I thought ***POTENTIAL SPOILER*** the final battle could have been given more depth/it was all over a bit quickly ***END SPOILER***. Apart from that it was great.
In this installment, we see Tom, Alice and the Spook travelling to Ireland, due to the fighting which is gripping the County. Here, they are to face their most formidable enemy, the Fiend - the Devil, or the Dark itself. Previously, Tom made a pact with the Fiend, selling his soul to him. This means that upon Tom's death, the Fiend will come for his soul and put him through eternal torment, so binding the Fiend now has a special interest for Tom. But to succeed in this, Tom and the Spook will need all the help they can get, and this mainly comes in the form of Grimalkin, the feared witch assassin. In order to beat the dark, they will have to use the dark and this is something which the Spook struggles with.
That is all of the plot I will give away; any more information would possibly ruin it for those wanting to read it for themselves. Overall, this installment lives upto the high expectations forged from the previous seven. Delaney certainly continues to blur good and evil - his development of Alice, in particular, is fascinating. At the end of the book it is hard to know for sure just where we will be taken next in regards to this. The only thing which stopped me from awarding 5 stars - the rating I really expected to be giving this book as I looked forward to reading it - was, as I mentioned, the pace seemed to slow ever so slightly for me around the middle of the way through. However, the way that this book ended, and the possibilities it promises, saved it for me. Once again, I am eagerly awaiting the next one!
These later books are very much different from the first two. In the first volumes a lot of attention was paid to the characters, their motivations, their thoughts about the spook trade, and their interactions. The later books are more action oriented, and everything feels just a bit thin, underdeveloped, and superficial. We're starting to add objects like magic swords and the like, and that's usually not a good sign.
This is a fine series and it deserves all of the praise it has received, but if it weren't for all of the attention this reader has invested in the fates of the characters, (who are still developed way beyond the middle grade/ya average), I'm not sure I'd be yearning that much for further volumes.
By the way, I have read these books as they have come out, so there has been a six to nine month gap between books. Delaney does a good job, in the first chapters of each book, of recapping the action from the previous book and bringing you up to speed on the last developments involving each major character. That is very helpful in getting you up to speed.Read more ›
It great reading how he dealth with other creatures besides witches. Cannot say there was anything about it I didn't like. Once started reading this book, and previous Spooks 1 to 7. You just don't want to put them down and cannot wait for the next one to read.
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Definitely worth the buy but I didn't really feel that I got into the book itself, however the pace was fast and another good read.Published 11 days ago by JMJM
This is a tremendous book from Mr Delaney my favourite character in this series is Grimalkin, I find her very intriguing with a possibility to be benign. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J J Innis
Recommended by my teenage son - one's he doesn't want to get rid of since years!Published 10 months ago by Rex