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on 29 August 2011
In this, the fourth book in the Wardstone chronicles, Tom find himself heading to Pendle with the Spook to deal with the witch clans that are coming together in order to wake the most feared creature that ever lived, The Fiend who they plan to release so they can control the land and bring dark across the county and beyond. Alice has got herself captured by one of the witch clans and Tom is desperate to rescue her. But something else happens in Tom's life that he never foresaw his family has been kidnapped, his brother Jack and wife Ellie along with their young daughter have been taken and the farm burned down, Tom's Mam has returned to Greece and Dad has died. So with more than one agenda Tom and the Spook must reach Pendle and face the seemingly impossible task of thwarting the witch clans' plans and save Alice and Tom's family before its too late.
Delaney once again delivers an astoundingly well written book, much longer than the previous three and even more exciting, the action increases as do the scares and the introduction of the assasin Grimalkin makes for interesting reading and many engaging sub plots. There are even more dangerous creatures in the form of Tibb an evil seer and the Fiend who's only goal is to kill Tom and then wreak chaos. The writing is fast, slick and vastly entertaining and Delaney makes our imaginators buzz with the situations and creatures he describes.
The characters are developing even more and we learn shocking secrets about Tom's mam and her past, because of this the series gets even more addictive and involving and Delaney makes it physically impossible for these books to be put down.
Overall a perfect fourth installment.
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on 4 February 2013
Joseph Delaney has the rare talent of writing a book on two levels - one for children (mine are aged 8 and 11) and one for adults. The children love them - we spend quality time reading a chapter or two (approx. 1/2hr to 1hr) - of course with voice-acting! - and I really enjoy them too. The latter is an important facet for any parent as reading to your children should be a joy and not a chore.

The series is based around the 'apprentice' to a spook and is set in a 'low magic' medieval world which means that magic is still present in this world, but isn't obtrusive - it's a background part of the world which allows for the storytelling. The bad guys are typically boggarts, witches and spirits. There's nothing in the book that is unsuitable for children, and from a child's point of view, the friendships are just that, whereas from the adult's point of view, there is clearly a 'love interest' but this amounts to nothing more than holding hands. The bad guys die in the normal fashion - but again the author is sensitive to his audience - nothing that any parent couldn't read to his child (although my boys wouldn't mind a bit of blood and gore!)

Finally from an educational point of view, the author creates a rich world with a lexicon that isn't too challenging, but will throw up a few words each chapter to test the reader/child - so for example my children now know what a 'capstan' is, and we can say without doubt our favourite word is 'widdershins'. We read the book on kindle iPad which has a built in free dictionary - so the kids can press any word they don't know and pull up the definition!

I guess we'll work our way through the whole series - will be excellent for camping trips. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
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on 14 December 2017
My 12 year old son loves these books!
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on 22 March 2018
very good
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on 23 March 2013
I have thoroughly enjoyed this book, it is my favourite book of the spooks series so far. On each page there is something new and exciting that hooks you in and makes you want to read on. Once you start reading it is almost impossible to stop!!! New characters are introduced to the book and mams dark past starts to come to light. Tom's seems to be posed to danger at every turn from witches, assassins and even the devil himself!!! Try it yourself, I'm sure you'll love it!!!!! I would recommend this book to anyone who loves action, adventure and suspense!!!!!
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on 9 November 2017
My son loves these books
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on 10 December 2017
fine
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on 6 August 2017
Great books.
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on 17 June 2017
Braw iz anyhing
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on 23 July 2014
I think that this is the weakest story line so far, however its quite a clever plot, involves itself with the Pendle witches and sets the scene for future things to come.
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