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The Spook's Revenge: Book 13 (The Wardstone Chronicles) Hardcover – 5 Dec 2013

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bodley Head; First Edition, First Impression edition (5 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0370332040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0370332048
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As gripping and gruesome as fans have come to expect . . . Delaney has a spellbinding gift" (Suzi Feay, Financial Times)

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The Spook, his apprentice Tom Ward and Alice have fought evil side by side for years. But can they survive the final destruction of the Fiend? The final battle with the Dark approaches in Joseph Delaney's worldwide hit Spook's series . . .

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I'm a big fan of Delaney and the series, and the final book has all the strengths of the previous one - gripping story, interesting characters and a lot of tension. However, the book also has all the weaknesses of the previous books, but here they appear more obvious - Delaney has always been excellent at writing a build up, but (partially due to the quality of the build up), his pay-offs always seem weak and unsatisfactory, this can be seen throughout the series, as Mother Malkin is defeated by salt and iron, golgoth simply fades away, the kretch dies as soon as grimalkin is angry, the vampire-god is poisoned by Tom's blood, and every enemy alice encounters in book 12 can be defeated by a thumb-less assassin and a blast of magic - these powerful enemies are built up as behemoths of the dark, and yet are defeated far too easily in the end, but this is especially marked in the final book, as the newly-ressurected fiend - the devil himself, the pinnacle of evil, chief of the old gods, is defeated without landing a single blow, we are then told of a new threat, worse than the fiend, who must now be faced - what enemy could surpass the devil? It seems ludicrous to make Lucifer a side-villain in the way of the true force of evil, and it promotes the next series at the cost of chepeaning this one.
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It almost feels like Delaney intentionally went out of his way to come up with a rather ludicrous, implausible ending for the final showdown with the Fiend/Lucifer (even within the series' own internal logic). Possibly one of the most anti-climactic endings I have read in a very long time. All that tension, urgency and build-up ultimately is for nothing, as the solution in the end is very random and contrived. To make it even worse, apparently there is NEW threat even greater than the Devil (now promptly dismissed) - which leaves the reader feeling cheated after all that build-up over several books. I understand a new series is on the way, which I look forward to, but Delaney could easily have wrapped up this series in a MUCH more satisfying and conclusive way than he managed here before starting the new one (case in point: Percy Jackson series & subsequent Heroes of Olympus series).

Another big complaint with this final book is the way Alice is dealt with, which is very poor. It felt like Delaney intentionally went for a 'rage-inducing' turn of events with poor Alice, making her do and say things completely out of character in an attempt at cheap melodrama. Her character has been completely changed, and her actions and behaviour essentially make no sense. To make things worse, the explanation given for this is paltry, illogical and unsatisfying - resulting in great frustration. One suspects that this sudden change in her character was done purely to establish a future source of drama for the new series of Spook books announced by Delaney, not any valid narrative reason. Alice is (now was) one of my favourite female characters in YA fiction, but this book has effectively butchered her character.
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This has to be the most disappointing "conclusion" to a series that I've come across in a very long-time. Made more painful by the fact that the writer is a very good-story teller and effortless churns out page turners. The least one should expect after a journey of 13 books is a CONCLUSION. Instead what we have is effectively an introduction to the new series - starblade chronicles and hardly any closure on events that have kept you going thus far. I seldom write reviews but needed to vent my frustration at this unfair treatment of faithful fans.
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The last few books in the series have begun to feel a little "same-y:" characters suddenly change and become either surprisingly good, or surprisingly evil, depending on the situations either Tom or Alice are in - so consistency is sacrificed to the needs of the plot. This last in the series gives the greatest character about-turn of all, which doesn't sit easily with the consistency of the rest of the series, even though those characters in the know in the novels had warned us. And for all the enormity of the events, there is a lack of drama and involvement as one crisis piles on top of another with as little involvement as a youngster telling a story - "and then ... and then ... and then." It is as though we are moving from one level to another in a computer game. Having said that, the world the author creates is imaginatively peopled - or "creatured," the final battle hangs nicely in the balance, and while not all the futures for the major characters are settled, it is a relatively satisfying rounding off for most. The series was rather too long so the freshness of the first book fades, the impression was given frequently that the author hadn't planned the stories fully before he started writing, hence the character inconsistencies are too frequently for the benefit of the plot rather than to suggest any 'message' about there being good AND evil in all of us, but the world Mr Delaney creates is a heck of an achievement, and as an inhabitant of the Fylde I can't help but be impressed with what he conjures out of the local mythology.
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