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It's going to be a long, hard, cruel winter. And there couldn't be a worse place to spend it than up on Anglezarke. Thomas Ward is the apprentice for the local Spook, who captures witches and drives away ghosts. As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, the Spook receives an unexpected visitor. Tom doesn't know who the stranger is or what he wants, but the Spook su It's going to be a long, hard, cruel winter. And there couldn't be a worse place to spend it than up on Anglezarke. Thomas Ward is the apprentice for the local Spook, who captures witches and drives away ghosts. As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, the Spook receives an unexpected visitor. Tom doesn't know who the stranger is or what he wants, but the Spook suddenly decides it's time to travel to his winter house, Anglezarke. Tom has heard it will be a bleak, forbidding place, and that menacing creatures are starting to stir somewhere on the moors nearby. Can anything prepare Tom for what he finds there? What if the rumors about the evil beast called the Golgoth are true? And how much danger will Tom be in if the secrets the Spook has been trying to hide from the world are revealed?


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It's going to be a long, hard, cruel winter. And there couldn't be a worse place to spend it than up on Anglezarke. Thomas Ward is the apprentice for the local Spook, who captures witches and drives away ghosts. As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, the Spook receives an unexpected visitor. Tom doesn't know who the stranger is or what he wants, but the Spook su It's going to be a long, hard, cruel winter. And there couldn't be a worse place to spend it than up on Anglezarke. Thomas Ward is the apprentice for the local Spook, who captures witches and drives away ghosts. As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, the Spook receives an unexpected visitor. Tom doesn't know who the stranger is or what he wants, but the Spook suddenly decides it's time to travel to his winter house, Anglezarke. Tom has heard it will be a bleak, forbidding place, and that menacing creatures are starting to stir somewhere on the moors nearby. Can anything prepare Tom for what he finds there? What if the rumors about the evil beast called the Golgoth are true? And how much danger will Tom be in if the secrets the Spook has been trying to hide from the world are revealed?

30 review for Night of the Soul Stealer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Evgeny

    The Spook and his apprentice Tom Ward settled in Spook's winter residence: For Tom this is the first time he visits the place and it is spooky - sorry, the bad pun was not intentional. The winter means reduced mobility, so it makes sense for Spook to live close to a big concentration of evil forces. This time it is not just random supernatural baddies that give troubles, but Spook's past mistakes caught up with him. Sometimes it is up to Tom by his lonely self to try to fix the numerous problems The Spook and his apprentice Tom Ward settled in Spook's winter residence: For Tom this is the first time he visits the place and it is spooky - sorry, the bad pun was not intentional. The winter means reduced mobility, so it makes sense for Spook to live close to a big concentration of evil forces. This time it is not just random supernatural baddies that give troubles, but Spook's past mistakes caught up with him. Sometimes it is up to Tom by his lonely self to try to fix the numerous problems. I found this book to be weaker than the first two. While the latter had fast moving plot and plenty of action practically from the start, in this case it took practically half of the book before any kind of real threat emerged. Too much time was spent on describing the spookiness of the winter residence and the nearby places. I also felt Tom behaved more stupid than before at some points. Alice who is one of the most interesting characters was not too noticeable here. Once the plot got moving it continued doing so at a steady rate. I saw the ending fairly early, but it did not diminish my interest by much. It is a good book and it does not reduce my interest in the series, but not on the level with the previous installments.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Night of soul Stealer (The Last Apprentice, #3), 2006, Joseph Delaney Abstract: It's going to be a long, hard, cruel winter. And there couldn't be a worse place to spend it than up on Anglezarke. Thomas Ward is the apprentice for the local Spook, who captures witches and drives away ghosts. As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, the Spook receives an unexpected visitor. Tom doesn't know who the stranger is or what he wants, but the Spook suddenly decides it's time to travel to his The Night of soul Stealer (The Last Apprentice, #3), 2006, Joseph Delaney Abstract: It's going to be a long, hard, cruel winter. And there couldn't be a worse place to spend it than up on Anglezarke. Thomas Ward is the apprentice for the local Spook, who captures witches and drives away ghosts. As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, the Spook receives an unexpected visitor. Tom doesn't know who the stranger is or what he wants, but the Spook suddenly decides it's time to travel to his winter house, Anglezarke. Tom has heard it will be a bleak, forbidding place, and that menacing creatures are starting to stir somewhere on the moors nearby. Can anything prepare Tom for what he finds there? What if the rumors about the evil beast called the Golgoth are true? And how much danger will Tom be in if the secrets the Spook has been trying to hide from the world are revealed? Characters: Mr. Gregory, Thomas J. Ward, Alice Deane تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز بیست و یکم ماه دسامبر سال 2013 میلادی عنوان: آخرین شاگرد کتاب سوم: شب دزد ارواح، اثر: ژوزف دیلینی، مترجم: مریم منتصرالدوله، ویراستار: احمد پورامینی؛ نشر: افق، تهران، چاپ نخست 1391، در 416 ص.، مصور، فروست: رمان نوجوان 104، شابک: 9789643698225، داستانهای انگلیسی – سده 20 م سرما و تاریکی از راه می‌رسند. محافظ و شاگردش، حالا باید در مقابل بوگارت‌ها، جادوگران و اشباحی که در منطقه پرسه می‌زنند، حواس‌شان را بیش‌تر جمع کنند. وقتی میهمان ناخوانده سر می‌رسد، محافظ تصمیم می‌گیرد به خانه‌ ی زمستانی‌ خویش برود؛ مکانی سرد و دلگیر و پر از رمز و راز. ا. شربیانی

  3. 5 out of 5

    ☽•☾-Grimalkin-☽•☾

    Not as good as the first but better than the second. Alice still frustrates me as she seems to be really being put over as a major character now. I'm looking forward to the next book and I hope the Spook manages to keep going as I'm not ready for the change I know is coming in future tales. All in all very enjoyable! 7/10 Not as good as the first but better than the second. Alice still frustrates me as she seems to be really being put over as a major character now. I'm looking forward to the next book and I hope the Spook manages to keep going as I'm not ready for the change I know is coming in future tales. All in all very enjoyable! 7/10

  4. 5 out of 5

    Allie

    I'm re-listening to these. The Spook's Apprentice series were some of the first audiobooks I listened to; I loved them back then and I love them now. Great series. Update: listened to this again with my kids on our school trips. 16 year old son's rating: 4 stars 10 year old son's rating: 4.5 stars My rating, this time around: 4 stars. But I'll keep it at 5 stars. Just because. I'm re-listening to these. The Spook's Apprentice series were some of the first audiobooks I listened to; I loved them back then and I love them now. Great series. Update: listened to this again with my kids on our school trips. 16 year old son's rating: 4 stars 10 year old son's rating: 4.5 stars My rating, this time around: 4 stars. But I'll keep it at 5 stars. Just because.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tommye (The Fantasy Review)

    View the full review at The Fantasy Review In The Spook’s Secret by Joseph Delaney we find out a lot about the Spook’s past, which is something that has been hinted at a little before. I’m glad this was done this early in the fantasy series, as it’s good to wait a bit for mysteries to unfold, but if it’s left too long, I get bored. It’s winter, so the Spook and Thomas travel with Alice to the winter house in Anglezarke. The setting in The Spook’s Secret is appropriately creepy, and there’s a crazy View the full review at The Fantasy Review In The Spook’s Secret by Joseph Delaney we find out a lot about the Spook’s past, which is something that has been hinted at a little before. I’m glad this was done this early in the fantasy series, as it’s good to wait a bit for mysteries to unfold, but if it’s left too long, I get bored. It’s winter, so the Spook and Thomas travel with Alice to the winter house in Anglezarke. The setting in The Spook’s Secret is appropriately creepy, and there’s a crazy, ex-apprentice of the Spook running around the moor...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    This is the third in a series (as I'm sure you spotted) and while I like them I can't quite bring myself to go above 4 stars. A friend here on Goodreads mentioned that her biggest complaint with the Wardstone Chronicles was (is) that Tom doesn't change much. That is so far true. To be fair however the 3 books I've read so far take place in a period of months (less than a year). As this book ends and spring approaches Tom is about to "celebrate" (not really a good word for it I suppose) a year as This is the third in a series (as I'm sure you spotted) and while I like them I can't quite bring myself to go above 4 stars. A friend here on Goodreads mentioned that her biggest complaint with the Wardstone Chronicles was (is) that Tom doesn't change much. That is so far true. To be fair however the 3 books I've read so far take place in a period of months (less than a year). As this book ends and spring approaches Tom is about to "celebrate" (not really a good word for it I suppose) a year as the Spook's Apprentice. As this volume opens we are not much advanced in time from the end point of the second volume. Winter is approaching. Tom is facing moving to the Spook's "winter quarters" or winter house. A place that is actually much less warm, much less inviting and much less pleasant than the house at Chipenden.... So why go to a colder less pleasant house for the winter???? Their needed in "that part of the country" of course. Spook's business. So facing an unpleasant journey anyway things don't look much better to Tom when the Spook announces that Alice must go and live somewhere else. It seems she's too distracting for Tom who needs to concentrate on his studies (a lot of us males had that problem with girls when we were young. And of course some of us continue to have it much longer...like while we have a heart beat). On top of all this an ominous figure in a black cloak (like a Spook) shows up just before they are to leave to demand "what the Spook took from him"... In short, it's not shaping up to be a pleasant winter. The story here is well told and while I think if you've read much you'll see a lot of what's coming a mile off, this really doesn't hurt too much. These are YA books and the fact that plots may follow somewhat predictable arcs may be a bit more forgivable (at least I think they are) in books for younger readers. These do still (however) need to have the same warning that I've given about the earlier ones in this series. Be sure your "youth" is ready for them. There are potentially troubling plot points that I would think might be difficult for younger readers. All that being said enjoy. Tom will continue to make the same mistakes he's made in earlier volumes (as noted, you'd think he'd learn). He's still only 13 here and possibly that helps explain his continued proclivity to act unwisely, lie to his master when he ought not, and generally get himself into the soup on regular occasions. He does demonstrate that he's learned a bit here, so maybe the writer is simply more aware of the books being only months apart instead of years. After all, this is the third novel and we're only 11 or 12 months into Tom's story. I have the next in the series from the library and plan to follow the story. I like to intersperse my reading with multiple genres, though most of it lately has been in the fantasy realm (adult reading level rather than YA) and I find I do enjoy the occasional YA fantasy...if it's one I find "good". These have in many ways been a pleasant surprise after a long line of YA novels that I found mediocre to poor (my take on them of course). Four stars...nice read. A bit of a fantasy/horror mix. Enjoy. *********************** Spoilers Below Line ******************** The warning I gave earlier has to do with some of the thorny ethical struggles The Spook and his Apprentice must face. In this book we meet Meg an old love of the Spook's who also happens to be a Lamia witch. (The book doesn't go into Lamias and their mythology much...but a Lamia is an unpleasant monster). Meg has become completely "humanized" (as can happen) but her sister is a feral Lamia...and craves blood to live on, will rip you open and would really prefer the "youngest prey" she can find. Meg's sister lives in a pit in the cellar of the winter house, digging bugs and worms from the ground to stay alive. There is also another live witch in a pit down there...some bogarts a few graves etc. Meg is kept in a drugged sleep...all summer. Then she is wakened for the winter to cook and live a sort of half life while the Spook is there. She's kept drugged enough to have no memory of her past... The book tries to look at this. Is it right? what should the Spook do? In the case of Meg the Spook let his heart rule his head...and didn't lock her in a pit, but would she really want to live this way? Is being locked in a pit better than being burned??? And what comes of it when Meg wakes???? So, I'd say read the books first and see if they are appropriate for your "youths". If so, they are pretty well written.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    This one was a bit spooky. The illustrations make this so awesome. Review to come. Audiobook Comments Read by Christopher Evan Welch and it was really well done! I enjoyed listening to this one! YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads This one was a bit spooky. The illustrations make this so awesome. Review to come. Audiobook Comments Read by Christopher Evan Welch and it was really well done! I enjoyed listening to this one! YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mihaela

    I want to take the Harry Potter books away from every children and put these books in their hands instead. I really love this series :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ann Andrea

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. OMG! I will always love this series! This is the third book of the series that I've read and it never disappointed me by far. There's just more and more adventure in each book that I've read. So, Mr Gregory has a lot of untold secret. The stranger that came up to Mr Gregory's house at Chipenden is actually Morgan, the failed apprentice who chose the dark and wanted to raise Golgoth, The Lord of Winter. I'm glad that Morgan dies in the end but sad that Tom's dad died too and that he never got the OMG! I will always love this series! This is the third book of the series that I've read and it never disappointed me by far. There's just more and more adventure in each book that I've read. So, Mr Gregory has a lot of untold secret. The stranger that came up to Mr Gregory's house at Chipenden is actually Morgan, the failed apprentice who chose the dark and wanted to raise Golgoth, The Lord of Winter. I'm glad that Morgan dies in the end but sad that Tom's dad died too and that he never got the chance to see his dad before he dies and also attending the funeral.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Highness Atharva

    Wardstone Chronicles Book 3 *The Spook's Secret* Wow! The series is just getting better and better with each page. You can feel the characters growing with each breath. It's so wonderful to see how Tom has grown do much since, he became the Spooks apprentice, both physically and mentally. He is more passionate about being the Spook and is confident and responsible. Sometimes lazy, but still passionate. This book has 3 antagonists, namely, Morgan, the Spooks Ex-Apprentice, who has taken the dark pa Wardstone Chronicles Book 3 *The Spook's Secret* Wow! The series is just getting better and better with each page. You can feel the characters growing with each breath. It's so wonderful to see how Tom has grown do much since, he became the Spooks apprentice, both physically and mentally. He is more passionate about being the Spook and is confident and responsible. Sometimes lazy, but still passionate. This book has 3 antagonists, namely, Morgan, the Spooks Ex-Apprentice, who has taken the dark path, Golgoth, An old God who can bring ever lasting winter and Meg Skelton, the spooks love. There are a few new characters too who are prominent like Shanks, the delivery man, Andrew, the locksmith who is the spooks brother, Marcia, Megs Sister, The Hurst family,etc.etc. A lot of things happen in the book. I would classify them as an arc. According to the "arcs" the story is like 1)Farewell to Chipenden 2)Meeting Morgan and Arrival and Anglezarke 3)Fighting the Stone Chucker (Boggart) 4)Toms Fathers Death 5)Morgans Demand for the Grimore 6)Megs Escape and The Spook's Secret 7)Awakening of Golgoth and finally 8)Return to Chipenden As I said the plot is very simplistic but with a lot of things happening altogether. At the farm, Tom gets Tr inheritance of Man's room. This is the least expected and surprising moment. Mam reveals her opinion about going back to Greece to sort out the dark. Toms Dads death is very saddening. This marks that Toms childhood is over due to the passing of his dad and leaving of his Mam. This gives him a more experienced personality, and also he has completed an year as a Spooks apprentice at the end of the year. He has learnt to practically us his knowledge and prowess. He shows his skills in the book a lot. Noe let's talk about Alice, she is not as prominent as she was in the previous book but she is still a major character. She informs Tom about Morgan and is very helpful to him as well as the Spook. Tom and Alice develop their friendship and he traits her a lot more now. Even the spook seems to trust her a bit more. This is probably because of Meg, his first love. This is a bit of controversy, him Tom to stay away from pretty girls and him, having a relationship and deep feelings for Meg, who is also a witch. Meg really and strongly affects the Spook. This is the Spook's secret. We see a lot more of Andrew and he's very helpful. Now let's move towards the Antagonists, firstly I don't think that Morgan should have been the villain in the book. He is inexperienced, halfwit, a liar, showoff, and does not have complete knowledge, and most importantly he is a human. Humans aren't supposed to be the antagonist of the Spook's series. But I like his skills of manipulating the dead, training the atmosphere cold, conjuring and summoning the dead and his speciality, necromancy, but its tiring to see how he uses his skills to torch Toms Dead Dads Soul. He is really dark and mysterious but inexperienced. Meg and Marcia are really scary, especially Marcia who eats birds in the attic. Its really gross. The illustrations will really scare you, they are so attractively horrifying. I would rate this book as 12+ for just that reason. There is a bit more bloodshed in the book. Speaking of Golgoth, the winter god, he does not make much of appear nave but I bet he's terrifying. Delaney has really portrayed Anglezarke a darker, Colder, uncomfortable and unsocial town in the county. The icy atmosphere, the grim people, the unstable cold weather with blizzards and the moors really match with ASOIAF/Game of Thrones "Wall" really well. Its almost similar. The spooks winter house is much big, but lonely. Its has almost 10 rooms with an additional attic and a cellar. Now, the cellar is probably the most terrifying and scary room that you can find in the house. It has big pits where ghastly and despicable lamia witches are prisoned. A lot of story happens in the house. The herb tea that is given to Meg is also a practical and major part of the story. Its really interesting to see characters grow, Spook's secret coming out, his emotional health, the grim characters, the deadly old gods rising, and family deaths and parting happening in the book all at the same time. A really good and a well planned book. Recommended to all. (12+) Nice Reading

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amelia, free market Puritan

    Much, much, MUCH better than the Spook's Curse, thank goodness! In this third installment of the Wardstone Chronicles, Thomas Ward and his master, the Spook, head over to Anglezarke for the winter season. While there, Tom uncovers more secrets about the Spook's shady past, including a menacing former apprentice bent on destroying the Spook - and the whole County. Delaney's flair for descriptions has returned full force! Like in The Spook's Apprentice, the setting played a substantial role in the Much, much, MUCH better than the Spook's Curse, thank goodness! In this third installment of the Wardstone Chronicles, Thomas Ward and his master, the Spook, head over to Anglezarke for the winter season. While there, Tom uncovers more secrets about the Spook's shady past, including a menacing former apprentice bent on destroying the Spook - and the whole County. Delaney's flair for descriptions has returned full force! Like in The Spook's Apprentice, the setting played a substantial role in the shaping of the story, and Delaney has an obvious knack for truly illustrating each scene. - One of the things I didn't like about its immediate predecessor was the impertinent and condescending tone of the story - in other words, there was way too much of an agenda. Here, for the most part, we go back to a basic story: there's action, there are revelations, there's character development, there's intrigue and suspense, and true to the series' overall nature, a bit of horror too. Now I will say that the Designated Supernatural Creature of this story is almost identical to the Designated Supernatural Creature of The Spook's Curse: a mysterious and seemingly all-powerful spirit-figure that is likened to a pagan god. That bit of repetition was a drawback, as was the Spook's continued crabbiness to all things "churchy". - But the bread-and-butter of Spook's Secret lies in the revelations: we learn so much about the Spook's past here and it's a rollercoaster of a story, too. There were so many twists and turns (like on a rollercoaster - only without the tummyache) that every time I thought I had things figured out, I found myself mistaken. I liked the Spook, then I hated him, then I liked him again, etc. - The best characters, though, are Tom and Alice. Tom especially goes through so much in this book, and it's so enjoyable to watch him mature! I'm ready for him to start aging, though. The three books so far have amounted to only a year's time and I personally like series books to get a bit more sequential: 1 year between each installment seems ideal, not one-right-after-the-other. I think going into Book #4 he'll be 14...hopefully. I want him to grow up! - So much, much better than The Spook's Curse, but still not as good as Apprentice. The series lacks a Main Villain character, so there seems like a lack of focus...idk, that may just be me. And Delaney still is really ambiguous when it comes to philosophical stuff... and that gets on my nerves. For example, he's got this godlike spirit that is powerful enough to "snuff out your soul," yet he's pretty much at the beck-and-call of human summonings? That's awkward, Mr. Delaney! Make up your mind! Oh, well. Mr. Delaney probably knows that I'll keep reading the series anyway, cause I'm a sucker for Tom Ward, haha. On to the next!

  12. 5 out of 5

    I'mogén

    This third book in the series really stayed true to the title name: The Spook's Secret. There were so much history and secrets glazing over the County and not only just the Spook's background, but some major side characters too. I loved finding out more about the Spook's past, in particular, especially when it was directly linked to Morgan or Meg because it gave them much more substance as believable characters and drove on the plot; of which some very surprising twists were thrown into the story This third book in the series really stayed true to the title name: The Spook's Secret. There were so much history and secrets glazing over the County and not only just the Spook's background, but some major side characters too. I loved finding out more about the Spook's past, in particular, especially when it was directly linked to Morgan or Meg because it gave them much more substance as believable characters and drove on the plot; of which some very surprising twists were thrown into the story, to keep readers guessing! Although I did love that this was all about secrets, I did kind of feel like more mysteries had been made just for this story, in order to unravel them later and I would have much preferred if the majority of some of those were hinted at (more) in previous books, for the story to flow more smoothly. I enjoyed that we got to explore more in the world of witches and necromancy, for it gave a much darker tone, that the setting of the Spook's winter house, definitely emphasized. I love how inquisitive and intelligent Tom is, especially when it comes to reading people, like the Spook. Other characters were fleshed out more as well, but I'm still undecided as to whether I'm keen on Alice or not. These books are always so beautiful to look at (e.g feeling like a worn guide, having Tom's notes, the covers (which don't really reflect Tom's age well, but still looks cool), etc) and really helps me to imagine the world Tom is living in. Another great novel to an awesome middle grade series. Pick it up, give it a go and enjoy! >(^_^)< Gén

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michael Sorbello

    Synopsis: Thomas Ward is the apprentice for the local Spook, who captures witches and drives away ghosts. As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, the Spook receives an unexpected visitor. Tom doesn't know who the stranger is or what he wants, but the Spook suddenly decides it's time to travel to his winter house, Anglezarke. Tom has heard it will be a bleak, forbidding place, and that menacing creatures are starting to stir somewhere on the moors nearby. Review: Harsh winters, feral la Synopsis: Thomas Ward is the apprentice for the local Spook, who captures witches and drives away ghosts. As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, the Spook receives an unexpected visitor. Tom doesn't know who the stranger is or what he wants, but the Spook suddenly decides it's time to travel to his winter house, Anglezarke. Tom has heard it will be a bleak, forbidding place, and that menacing creatures are starting to stir somewhere on the moors nearby. Review: Harsh winters, feral lamias, necromancy, a vengeful god, romances with witches gone horribly wrong and some family drama to go along with it. I think this was the best one so far, we got to learn a lot about the Spook's past and Tom's mother. Alice also got a much bigger role in the story which is a big plus for me since she's been my favorite character since she was first introduced. The drama and tension has slowly been building up since the first book, we really start to get the impression that there's a bigger threat behind all of the dark happenings going on in the world and the way this brings the characters together is enjoyable to experience. *** My Social Media My Instagram Account: https://www.instagram.com/michael_sor... My Wattpad Account: https://www.wattpad.com/user/Michael-... My YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPPs... My Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/SorbelloHorror My Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/michael.sorb...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hanzel

    Another installment in Mr. Delaney's Wardstone Chronicles, bit by bit we are introduced to his wonderful/dark universe(for me it is a bit teen-ish????), first two books introduced to us the particular creepy crawlies that inhabit his particular world, boggarts, witches, ghasts, ghosts and a the Bane(again I prefer to ask the people who read my rant/rave section to discover by their own, rather than give spoilers)!! For Book Three, the story of Thomas Ward continues, here we are introduced to some Another installment in Mr. Delaney's Wardstone Chronicles, bit by bit we are introduced to his wonderful/dark universe(for me it is a bit teen-ish????), first two books introduced to us the particular creepy crawlies that inhabit his particular world, boggarts, witches, ghasts, ghosts and a the Bane(again I prefer to ask the people who read my rant/rave section to discover by their own, rather than give spoilers)!! For Book Three, the story of Thomas Ward continues, here we are introduced to some more of the mythos that makes this a good read, pacing is as always slow then builds up to the climax whether you have predicted the ending or not, add to this, we finally read the humane side of The Spook!! Not much else here, so until the next Chronicles..............

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

    Another good Last Apprentice. Some of the plot devices are getting a little tired (everything would have gone a lot smoother if the kid had just told his friends what he was doing, etc.) and the plot is guessable, but the elements are still done solidly and the characters are interesting. We finally get to meet a character that was introduced in a previous book. I still like that Alice is kind of on the edge, good/bad wise, and that it's her treatment by the good side that kind of keeps her ther Another good Last Apprentice. Some of the plot devices are getting a little tired (everything would have gone a lot smoother if the kid had just told his friends what he was doing, etc.) and the plot is guessable, but the elements are still done solidly and the characters are interesting. We finally get to meet a character that was introduced in a previous book. I still like that Alice is kind of on the edge, good/bad wise, and that it's her treatment by the good side that kind of keeps her there. Also, the author keeps introducing more knowledge about the way the world works, in this case stone-chucker boggarts and also a little more direct magic.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Coewless

    This was my favorite in the series so far. Where I thought that the second book kinda went back and forth a lot, this one kept moving forward in just the right paste. It was never boring, always a lot of action going on. I thought it was a really great book and I very much enjoyed it! The only thing I am missing is the scary parts that I think the first book had. In that one I was actually "scared" but there has not been that same feeling in number two or three in the same way, and I think that This was my favorite in the series so far. Where I thought that the second book kinda went back and forth a lot, this one kept moving forward in just the right paste. It was never boring, always a lot of action going on. I thought it was a really great book and I very much enjoyed it! The only thing I am missing is the scary parts that I think the first book had. In that one I was actually "scared" but there has not been that same feeling in number two or three in the same way, and I think that would make the book just perfect!

  17. 5 out of 5

    17naseerw206

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Once again, Tom returns with the Spook and Alice, as they move down to Angelzarke Moor for winter. However when an enemy appears and the witch the Spook has kept under his protection breaks free from memory loss, Tom's in for a bad winter. I really enjoyed the book, because Delaney uses action and abrupt twists to keep you interested. Once again, Tom returns with the Spook and Alice, as they move down to Angelzarke Moor for winter. However when an enemy appears and the witch the Spook has kept under his protection breaks free from memory loss, Tom's in for a bad winter. I really enjoyed the book, because Delaney uses action and abrupt twists to keep you interested.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Review #3 - December 2019 Went with the audiobook this time. Tom and the Spook are headed for their winter quarters in Anglezark. (?) Tom finds out that one of the Spook's mysteries is contained within the walls - Meg. Meg is a lamia witch that the Spook fell in love with. He couldn't bear the thought of putting her in a pit so he keeps her tame with a special tea and goes to live with her in the winter months. Alice will be staying with a family named the Hursts. They have a son named Morgan tha Review #3 - December 2019 Went with the audiobook this time. Tom and the Spook are headed for their winter quarters in Anglezark. (?) Tom finds out that one of the Spook's mysteries is contained within the walls - Meg. Meg is a lamia witch that the Spook fell in love with. He couldn't bear the thought of putting her in a pit so he keeps her tame with a special tea and goes to live with her in the winter months. Alice will be staying with a family named the Hursts. They have a son named Morgan that is trying to stir up trouble. He used to be an apprentice with the Spook but turned to the dark arts and is now a necromancer trying to raise an evil being named Golgoth. (?) I enjoy the latter half of this story. There's a lot that happens. Alice is one of my favorite characters. I adore her spunk and loyalty to Tom. Review #2 - July 15, 2016 One of my favorite themes running through this series is that no one is perfect. No one is wholly good or wholly evil. The Spook counsels against girls with pointy shoes but has Meg. Alice tells Tom that what the Spook is doing to Meg is wrong and Tom believes it, but also trusts the Spook. I love that there isn't really a right answer most of the time, it's just Tom and all his friends doing the best they can. Sometimes all our choices our bad and we just have to go with what we think to be the least wrong. Seriously love this series. Excellent story and fantastic characters. Review #1 - July 29, 2012 Thomas and Mr. Gregory take off for the winter house in Anglezark. Mr. Gregory has a secret, that he keeps at the house. Meg is a lamia witch that the Spook fell in love with, a witch he just couldn't put into the pit. Also, Morgan, a necromancer is running amok causing trouble. These books are dark, but not evil. Youngsters who want something a little darker would enjoy these. I love all of them, hence how many times I've read most of them.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Another in the exciting adventure series featuring Tom Ward and his mentor, the Spook. This time Tom and his mentor have to overwinter in the Spook's winter house. The winter house has secrets that Tom's mentor keeps to himself about his life experiences. Ultimately, with Tom's help, the Spook has to confront some of the consequences of his earlier life choices. This tale seems darker in tone especially with the introduction into the story of one of the Spook's past apprentices that failed to c Another in the exciting adventure series featuring Tom Ward and his mentor, the Spook. This time Tom and his mentor have to overwinter in the Spook's winter house. The winter house has secrets that Tom's mentor keeps to himself about his life experiences. Ultimately, with Tom's help, the Spook has to confront some of the consequences of his earlier life choices. This tale seems darker in tone especially with the introduction into the story of one of the Spook's past apprentices that failed to complete his training. In some ways this story seems to bring some conclusion to many of the characters that we have grown accustomed to from the previous books. It will be interesting to continue reading this series to see how the story as well as the characters will progress forward over time. I again enjoy this series and look forward to reading more of Tom's adventures as he continues his training to take over the Spook's job. Recommended even though for younger readers some scenes may be a little scary.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jack Keely

    I just finished two more books by Joseph Delaney. 'Curse of the Bane' was good. 'Night of the Soul Stealer' is even better. Mr. Delaney creates a darkly textured and very believable world in which a traveling "spook" an his young apprentice fight against forces of darkness. The threats they face include greedy inquisitors, rock hurling boggarts, shape shifters, and, best of all, witches. Scary witches. Really scary witches. Mr. Delaney creates witches that are unique and original. The punishment I just finished two more books by Joseph Delaney. 'Curse of the Bane' was good. 'Night of the Soul Stealer' is even better. Mr. Delaney creates a darkly textured and very believable world in which a traveling "spook" an his young apprentice fight against forces of darkness. The threats they face include greedy inquisitors, rock hurling boggarts, shape shifters, and, best of all, witches. Scary witches. Really scary witches. Mr. Delaney creates witches that are unique and original. The punishment that they must suffer is so grim, that even the spook and his apprentice feel torn about meting it out. This holds true for many of his other monstrous villains as well. Even though I want Mr. Delaney's evildoers to be defeated, I can't help but feel a touch of sympathy for them. The mix of emotions he engenders adds depth and resonance to this author's work.

  21. 4 out of 5

    [Name Redacted]

    Not bad. More happened in this volume than in the previous one and the enemies felt more appropriate to this place in the series than did the enemies in the second volume. I also enjoyed the further insight into the Spook's past. However, I swear the protagonist is getting more and more contemptible and foolish with each passing novel; likewise, his mentor seems to learn nothing from his own repeated mistakes. The author still manages to squeeze in another bit of shallow anti-religious, anti-cle Not bad. More happened in this volume than in the previous one and the enemies felt more appropriate to this place in the series than did the enemies in the second volume. I also enjoyed the further insight into the Spook's past. However, I swear the protagonist is getting more and more contemptible and foolish with each passing novel; likewise, his mentor seems to learn nothing from his own repeated mistakes. The author still manages to squeeze in another bit of shallow anti-religious, anti-clerical ranting, but not as much as in the previous volume.

  22. 4 out of 5

    GD

    This great series shows no signs of letting up. If I could go back and give myself some books when I was 10, this series would definitely go with me.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Yannick Serres

    Can't wait to read the next one! Story is perfect. Apprentice growing ans master ... read it if you want to know! Can't wait to read the next one! Story is perfect. Apprentice growing ans master ... read it if you want to know!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Raven Lucero

    Not as good as the second book. I feel like the writing in terms of narration, plotting, and character building was simply not up to par, especially with how good I thought the second book was. Also, no spoilers, but the conflict falls apart in terms of how Tom has supposedly developed as a Spook's apprentice. Considering how large his part was in the second book, you'd think his part would be equal, if not larger. To play devil's advocate against my own complaint, it does help along his relatio Not as good as the second book. I feel like the writing in terms of narration, plotting, and character building was simply not up to par, especially with how good I thought the second book was. Also, no spoilers, but the conflict falls apart in terms of how Tom has supposedly developed as a Spook's apprentice. Considering how large his part was in the second book, you'd think his part would be equal, if not larger. To play devil's advocate against my own complaint, it does help along his relationship with the Spook. But in terms of independence and in general Tom not acting like an idiot, nada. The plot does pick up in the second half, and the writing gets a bit better in terms of not treating the reader like we're really dumb, just a little. Still, Morgan's villain monologues had me rolling my eyes, and the construction of the story relied a lot on several major deus ex machinas for it to make much sense. Also, I know these books are for younger readers, but the reveal about the Spook's past and immediate backtracking to recover his good name is annoying. We already know he's done some shit in the past that he regrets, but we also know he's always done what he thinks is right. Considering how dark this series is, I don't think it's too much to make the Spook even more morally complex. My understanding is that the series matures with both its main character and intended audience, so perhaps we'll see even more of those dilemmas with some follow through. 3/5 stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anita Reads

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Duffy Pratt

    Each book is getting better than the last. I like how Delaney can tell a focused, self-contained story with each book, and at the same time advance his over-arching plot. There are two main threads in this book, both dealing with the Spook's past. First, there is the central plot involving one of the Spook's failed apprentices, and his forays into the dark. This is the main driver of the book, but probably the less interesting of the two main threads. The second involves the thing in the basemen Each book is getting better than the last. I like how Delaney can tell a focused, self-contained story with each book, and at the same time advance his over-arching plot. There are two main threads in this book, both dealing with the Spook's past. First, there is the central plot involving one of the Spook's failed apprentices, and his forays into the dark. This is the main driver of the book, but probably the less interesting of the two main threads. The second involves the thing in the basement. In this case, its three things -- or witches. One is your garden variety nasty witch. The other two are sister lamia witches from Greece, including Meg, the witch that the Spook loves. Here are the odd things: lamia witches are not human. They can become more human through extensive interaction with humans. But left alone, the return to their feral form. This changes not just their attitude, but their shape as well. There are basically two ways to deal with witches: either you can destroy them by eating their hearts or burning them, or you can seal them into a pit forever. With human witches, this may seem just, because they have turned to evil and had a choice. But what about the lamia witches? They are just what they are. Delaney doesn't directly address this problem, but the situation itself raises the problem. It might be OK simply to say that they are monsters. But from their standpoint, humans are either just prey or enemies, and can be equally dangerous. Anyway, the Spook has contrived a third way of dealing with Meg -- by keeping her doped up. And in some ways, while this is easier on the spook, it may be more cruel than either of the first two methods. These issues are not central to the books yet, but I find them fascinating, and I think that's largely because Tom still has not figured out that his mother is also a lamia witch. (I'm not putting this as a spoiler because its really just my educated guess from what I've already read, but my confidence level is very, very high on this point. Mam doesn't like the sun. She's from Greece too. She was found bound on a rock, and turned toward good because of the generosity of Tom's dad. She has strange powers that go beyond the Spook's working knowledge, such as her ability to quiet ghasts. Thus she is a witch, from Greece, and like Meg, most likely lamia.) This means that Tom is only half human. And it also means that perhaps his mother will also have to be "dealt with" some day. I'm really looking forward to how Delaney finally reveals this to Tom. It will also be interesting to see whether the Spook or Alice already know this.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michael Weber-Williams

    “Why does it have to be like this?' I asked bitterly. 'Why does life have to be so short, with all the good things passing quickly. Is it worth living at all?” ―Thomas Ward Thomas Ward, the protagonist of The Last Apprentice series, lives in a primitive time with his teacher, John Gregory, and witch friend, Alice, in a town called Chipenden. Tom began his apprenticeship early in autumn, but now winter was approaching and he was now going to move to the Spook's winter house located outside the tow “Why does it have to be like this?' I asked bitterly. 'Why does life have to be so short, with all the good things passing quickly. Is it worth living at all?” ―Thomas Ward Thomas Ward, the protagonist of The Last Apprentice series, lives in a primitive time with his teacher, John Gregory, and witch friend, Alice, in a town called Chipenden. Tom began his apprenticeship early in autumn, but now winter was approaching and he was now going to move to the Spook's winter house located outside the town of Anglezarke. Once there, Tom saw one of his master's secrets first hand; the Spook was hiding a witch that he once loved in his basement instead of bound in a pit. Not only that, but John was drugging her to prevent her from regaining her memory. Now, even though the witch would provide to be a threat if not continuously drugged, Tom and the Spook's main struggle was a previous and failed apprentice John took on named Morgan. Instead of helping the dead move on, Morgan chose to toy and use the dead, like a necromancer, for his personal gain. He was now attempting to revive an Old God, Golgoth. If that were to happen, harsh winters would just be the start, then all sorts of chaos would be unleashed. To add to the chaos, one day, when Tom returned to the Spook's house, he couldn't find his master and ran into the sober witch. Would she want to seek revenge on John Gregory and Thomas? Would they be able to stop Morgan? Throughout the book, Tom and his master learn that even though the Spook thought he was doing the right thing for his old love, he needed to free her from her imprisonment. Sometimes in life if you truly love something you have to let it go. I really wanted to read this book because I read the first two books and longed to continue the series. I was thrilled to be reading yet another one of Joseph Delaney's works, for the fact that I enjoyed the previous pieces that I read, and was more than pleased. This book reminds me of my life because when read about Tom moving and adjusting to his new home, I was reminded of my move here six years ago, how I felt, and adapted. You should read The Last Apprentice: Night of the Soul Stealer if you want a slightly romantic thriller in addition to the practice of dark arts. It's a great and entertaining read. This book is targeted for teenagers that enjoy fantasies, but anyone else who enjoys supernatural beings and phenomenons would find this book to be quiet amusing.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gloria Piper

    This a part of a Young Adult series, which I recommend because the story is not only gripping, but the book stands on its own while referring to incidents that occurred in a previous book. Thirteen-year-old Tom Ward is the Spook's last apprentice because the others didn't last. He certainly has to be dedicated because his teacher not only gives him tedious chores but draws him into frightening adventures as they seek to push back the darkness that wants to invade the world. Each character has hi This a part of a Young Adult series, which I recommend because the story is not only gripping, but the book stands on its own while referring to incidents that occurred in a previous book. Thirteen-year-old Tom Ward is the Spook's last apprentice because the others didn't last. He certainly has to be dedicated because his teacher not only gives him tedious chores but draws him into frightening adventures as they seek to push back the darkness that wants to invade the world. Each character has his or her strengths and weaknesses, and the story plays on these. Thirteen-year-old Alice is Tom's closest friend, but the Spook doesn't trust her because she's a witch. On the other hand, the Spook loves a witch of the worst kind and must keep her sedated and harmless. And then there's the failed apprentice who has chosen the dark arts in order to gain power, no matter who it hurts. He must be stopped before it's too late. We're hooked from the start. With each chapter the tension builds as we negotiate each surprising twist. Not only is this novel a fun read, but the illustrations by Patrick Arrasmith are an added bonus.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karen ⊰✿

    This has quickly become my new favourite Middle Grade-Young Adult series. The relationships between the characters make the novel, but more than that, I think it is Tom's actions. Whereas in some similar books the young protagonist will be told "don't do Y or X will happen" and do they don't do Y and we face-palm ; when Tom is told something like this we are privy to his logical reasoning of "Way can't I do Y?" ,"What would happen if I did Y?", "Who will it impact if I do Y?" and importantly "Who This has quickly become my new favourite Middle Grade-Young Adult series. The relationships between the characters make the novel, but more than that, I think it is Tom's actions. Whereas in some similar books the young protagonist will be told "don't do Y or X will happen" and do they don't do Y and we face-palm ; when Tom is told something like this we are privy to his logical reasoning of "Way can't I do Y?" ,"What would happen if I did Y?", "Who will it impact if I do Y?" and importantly "Who should I tell that I've been given this ultimatum?". It is a wonderful thing to see and a great role model for young readers. As a side note, these books are labelled as "horror", but is really more for younger readers to be aware. If you have a young child that doesn't like scary things (boggarts and witches in cages or pits for example) then I wouldn't recommend this. But for older readers or those that enjoy scary things, this is perfect.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

    "The darkness hates the light." This is a great series. Book 3 and I'm still really enjoying it! The Spook is finally opening up to Tom and giving him more information. Along with still teaching and instructing, he's also allowing Tom real life times of facing something and having to think on is feet. And Tom is truly showing he can handle it. He faces many things of evil in this story and shows he has been well trained but is also bright and creative. He's getting stronger and better. But this one "The darkness hates the light." This is a great series. Book 3 and I'm still really enjoying it! The Spook is finally opening up to Tom and giving him more information. Along with still teaching and instructing, he's also allowing Tom real life times of facing something and having to think on is feet. And Tom is truly showing he can handle it. He faces many things of evil in this story and shows he has been well trained but is also bright and creative. He's getting stronger and better. But this one also shows the Spook has made some decisions we still don't understand and has shown a weakness that has put them all in danger. It definitely shows that the decisions you make one year may pop up again many many years later. I can't wait to continue this story. There were some hints in this one that show Tom is a very big player in a puzzle that is still having it's pieces gathered. Many rode boats away at the end, but I don't think it's the last we'll see of them.

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