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The Spook's Mistake: Book 5 (The Wardstone Chronicles) Hardcover – 5 Jun 2008

4.7 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Bodley Head; First Edition edition (5 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0370329317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0370329314
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.8 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Joseph Delaney's terrifying and brilliant Wardstone Chronicles probes the nature of evil . . . The ambiguous relationship between all the characters is as gripping as the gory battle against blood-sucking witches and demons, forcing its hero to continually question whether evil is inherited or chosen" (Amanda Craig The Times)

"The Spook's Mistake is as good as, if not better than the previous four books in the Wardstone Chronicles series. Those who may have been concerned that the quality of the series may begin to wane needn't have feared as it continues to go from strength to strength" (Fantasy Book Review) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Warning: Not to be Read After Dark

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By foxcylady TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
I love Harry Potter hes wonderful. My son the bookworm having read all Harrys books was looking for his next fix when I came upon the Wardstone Chronicles.

I took the first two books home for him. I waited, not for long though he read them so fast I was going out the door for the next two before I had chance to take my coat off.

He loves them and in his opinion Harry Potter aint a patch on them.

We went into Borders for our copy of this the Spooks Mistake and to my glee the author himself was there to sign the book and was doing book readings and an informal chat. A lovely man and if he ever comes to a bookstore near you be sure to go and meet him.

He has just sold the rights to the first book to Hollywood and hopefully the film will start production next year, keep fingers crossed they do a good job. He assured us there would be seven books minimum in the series maybe more so you have lots to look forward to in the future.

He also has his own website where you can catch up on his new releases and his own personal blog, the address is in the books.

Happy reading.
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This is fast becoming my guilty pleasure. It's tagged as a children series but older readers have a lot to like in this collection.
It's a quick read for experienced readers but that doesn't mean it doesn't have meat on it's bones. Quite the contrary. Each book is just a episode of a big story that is getting more darker and exciting by the minute.
My only complaint is having finish it in two night I now have to face another year wait for the next book.
Hope there are still many more to come.
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"The Spook's Mistake" is an excellent addition to an excellent series. For those of us who live in the area one of the joys of the series is spotting the settings, and though the marsh and mill are inventions there is enough detail to give a real sense of location. The story is fast paced and interesting, and the blurring of good and evil continues: a villain from a previous book turns out to be a crucial hero in this one, and enticing possibilities are suggested for the future progress of the series. If you have read the first four books you will enjoy this, if you haven't then they are a quick read so it's not too late to get on board.
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I know that these books are aimed at young adults but they are so entertaining that as a 50 something that ephod be reading more challenging material they are my guilty secret. Read them and enjoy the escapism.
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Really enjoyed this 5th book in the series - more of the arc storylines revealed and lots more mysteries emerging around Tom's mum and Alice and Tom's abilities - page turner for all ages. Just wish the books wern't so expensive!
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This is the fifth book in the Wardstone Chronicles, and with each new installment the series just seems to get better and better. In the last book, THE SPOOK'S BATTLE, we saw the Fiend (the Devil; the Dark made flesh) released into the world - in THE SPOOK'S MISTAKE, we see what this may mean for Tom as apprentice to the Spook.
Because of the extra threat from the Fiend, the Spook decides that Tom should go for further training with another Spook. In a world of Darkness and danger, the Spook thinks that Tom needs to be toughened up so that he is better able to face what may lie ahead for him. So, he goes to spend six months with Arkwright, a Spook who lives north of the County in a mill. This part of the County is riddled with dangers as the marshy ground and canals are inhabited by water witches. These are fearsome enemies, and one of the them is the daughter of the Fiend himself. It is this daughter that the Fiend has sent after Tom, to kill him.

That is a veyr brief synopsis of the story - I don't want to give too much away as I don't want to ruin it for others. What I shall say though is that, as with the previous books, Delaney has done a great job at creating a world in which good and evil are not so clear cut and distinct. Unlike many other children's books, in this series, the characters are not all good or all bad - they are more complex than that, just like people are complex.
Delaney has also ended this installment with a clear idea of where the next one may go - although there is a goodbye to one character, you get the feeling that we haven't seen the last of them.

This is a fantastic series - highly recommended for both children and adults.
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This fifth book in the wardstone chronicles is the best of them all so far.
Tom ward is sent by the spook to train with bill arkright another spook who specialises in tackling water creatures and water witches, once there tom begins to learn the dangers of the water and is soon embroiled in a plot involving the ever growing power of the fiend and his daughter, a terrifying water witch who is very strong and very dangerous. Soon tom, alice, the spook and bill are all in grave danger and must figure out a way to defeat the evil water witch.
Delaney as usual writes with vivid descriptions and his ability to tell the story through toms eyes makes the Reading experience much more enjoyable and exciting. The action steps up several notches and the scare factor is tripled as more deadly and terrifying creatures are introduced. The character development is excellent and it's easy to place yourself in toms shoes and feel like you are part of the story.
Delaney has outdone himself with the spooks mistake and it is undoubtedly my favourite so far, his ability to draw you into this series is amazing. Do not hesitate for a second, start reading these books right now and you will not be dissapointed in the least bit.
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