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Spooky and thrilling,
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This review is from: The Spook's Apprentice: Book 1 (The Wardstone Chronicles) (Paperback)
Joseph Delaney dusts off the world of fantasy literature, stepping away from wizards and delivering an much darker, scarier but nonetheless entertaining read than Harry Potter. This first book in a series that will ultimate make up over thirteen installments, tells the tale of Tom who is apprenticed to the Spook, a grizzled old man who deals with the terrifying creatures that inhabit the dark. From ghosts to boggarts and demons to witches, the spook makes the world safe for the people of the county.
Not only does Delaney here deliver a thrilling, unputdownable first installment but he paves the way for what is now my favourite series of books, just beating Harry Potter. His prose, narrated in first person by young Tom, is rich with spooky imagery and the sweeping descriptions of a fictional version of Lancashire make this an atmospheric and gripping read. The characters are well developed, particularly Tom and the Spook and the descriptions are vivid and scary, making for some thrilling set pieces and some tense, spooky moments.
The first books tells the tale of Tom's experiences with the powerful witch Mother Malkin and how he must learn to control his own fear and battle alongside the Spook against the growing power of the dark.
Overall, this first installment is gripping and addictive and i found myself ordering every other book in the series as soo as i'd finished. Do yourself a favour and pick this one up. Its suitable for ages 9 and up, but beware there are some tense, scary moments - though this shouldn't put you off purchasing for you or your children.