The Spook's Curse

The Spook's Curse Joseph Delaney
  • Title: The Spook's Curse
  • Author: Joseph Delaney
  • ISBN: 9781862308558
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Spook's Curse Joseph Delaney The Spook s Curse How many times have you told me that the dark s getting stronger in this town What terrible force makes good men inflict such atrocities or stand by and let them happen Aye the Bane is to blame and
    How many times have you told me that the dark s getting stronger in this town What terrible force makes good men inflict such atrocities or stand by and let them happen Aye, the Bane is to blame, and the Bane must be stopped now The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, have travelled to Priestown to defeat the Bane , a powerful, evil creature that lurks in How many times have you told me that the dark s getting stronger in this town What terrible force makes good men inflict such atrocities or stand by and let them happen Aye, the Bane is to blame, and the Bane must be stopped now The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, have travelled to Priestown to defeat the Bane , a powerful, evil creature that lurks in the catacombs of the cathedral and is corrupting the County.As Thomas and his master prepare to battle with the Bane, they soon realize it isn t their only enemy in Priestown The Quisitor has arrived, searching the County for those who meddle with the dark witches, warlocks and spooks Can Thomas and his master survive the horror that follows The series that inspired the forthcoming movie Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore.
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    About Joseph Delaney


    1. Joseph Delaney is a full time writer living in Lancashire, in the heart of Boggart territory He first got the idea for the Wardstone Chronicles series when he moved to the village where he lives now and discovered there was a local boggart a man like me needs boggarts around He made a note in his notebook a story about a man who hunts boggarts and years later when he had to come up with an idea at short notice developed this into The Spook s Apprentice , the first book in the series.He continues to draw upon the folklore of Lancashire and has acquired much local knowledge over the years which he tweaks and modifies to create his fictional world Another source of inspiration has been Lancashire s varied and atmospheric landscape Many of the locations in the County are based on actual places in Lancashire In the early days of his writing career Joseph worked as a teacher at a Sixth Form College his subjects were English, Film and Media Studies He used to get up early and write every morning before work That way he could write a book a year which promptly got rejected When the Americans bought the series he decided to give up teaching and write full time Prior to teaching he worked as an engineer in his twenties, completing an apprenticeship just like Tom Ward in the spook s books.Joseph describes his method of writing as a process of discovery He doesn t plot too far ahead and often doesn t know what is going to happen until he writes it down In other words he makes it up as he goes along He prefers writing dialogue to description, in which he says he is a minimalist and leaves much to the reader s imagination He has a new series underway, Arena 13 This is a complete departure from the world of ghosts, ghasts and boggarts and centres on a young boy called Leith and surprisingly, an Arena and an evil creature called Hob Joseph has three children and nine grandchildren and is a wonderful public speaker available for conference, library and bookshop events.The Spook s Apprentice, The Spook s Curse and The Spook s Secret have all been shortlisted for the Lancashire children s Book for the Year Award The Spook s Apprentice is the winner of both the Sefton Book Award and the Hampshire Book Awardom publisher s website


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    1. Tom Ward is a Spook s apprentice The Spooks are the people who deal with malevolent supernatural forces using mundane means their physical strength, their wits, and their knowledge This profession is somewhat similar to this The book starts with Tom s first independent assignment of containing a highly dangerous boggart He succeeded, but not before the local priest was killed The priest happens to be a brother of Tom s mentor who wants to give the last respect to his late brother.The problem is [...]

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    2. Let me open this with a caveat or two.First always be sure that your children youths are mature enough to read any YA novel, this one included Be sure that when reading a fantasy novel especially one with a horror context that they have a good reality concept.Second and for this novel be aware of the attitude in these books The Wardstone Chronicles in the UK or The Spook s Apprentice books in the US toward the church I m not Roman Catholic, but am a Christian Were my kids small, I d have let the [...]

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    3. A disappointing follow up to Delaney s excellent first novel The heavy handed anti clericalism and anti ecclesiasticism certainly didn t help, but the overall narrative also felt remarkably flat despite a gripping opening , the characters seemed unengaging and unengaged in one another, and the big bad felt like an inappropriate villain for the second story in a long running series The Bane would have been a better fit for a later perhaps even final volume, or as a recurring villain Instead we he [...]

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    4. This one was so irritating to read I hated Tom Ward in this one He was such a wussy who kept refusing to see the bigger picture, who kept disobeying his master, who kept whining about Poor Alice even if she was responsible for so many bad things due to what she did It pissed me off how he kept justifying her actions, and how he was so willing to risk so many innocent lives due to POOR FUCKING ALICE arghhhhhhhhh

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    5. I started this series years ago, and I was impressed that this is genuinely scary horror fiction for younger readers Finally, I was able to pick this series up with the second book I actually own this in Kindle and Paperback, but I wanted a scary book to listen to on audio for Halloween Needless to say, I didn t finish it until November So I guess I should talk about my thoughts on the book Frankly, I didn t like this as much as Book One I guess I liked the evil witch villain than I liked the B [...]

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    6. 4.5 porque hubiese querido un final del problema m s rimbombante aunque la explicaci n de por qu no lo fue, me dej muy satisfecha Se agradece que las brujas coman bebes o c mo se disfruta una novela de fantasmas, espantos y otras varias edificantes compa asNo s por qu no se habla m s de esta saga de libros, cuando es tan sabrosa Intuyo que tal vez es porque s lo est n traducidos los tres primeros al espa ol y como sabemos, a muchos les da pereza leer en un idioma que no es el suyo o simplemente, [...]

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    7. Perhaps the silliest title I ve seen If you don t know what I mean, I suggest you look bane up in the dictionary It comes straight from the Department of Redundancy Department.Nonetheless, I liked the book and thought it was a very good sequel to Revenge of the Witch In most series I ve encountered, the second book will expand the world and the cast of characters Here, while we do get to see a bit of the County, the characters remain largely the same Tom, the Spook, and Alice are again central [...]

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    8. Third time through with this audiobook I can t believe I originally gave it 5 stars Hmm I had recently given birth when I first rated it, so maybe I was on some kind of high I don t know The second time through was because my audiobook options were really limited This time around it was to listen to it with my boys My 10 year old gave it 5 stars, my 16 year old gave it 4 I d say 3.5, rounded down because the narrator was not easy to listen to Most of his voices were purposefully shaky, and it wa [...]

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    9. O carte de la care am am avut a tept ri foarte mari i care nu m a dezam git Delaney se pricepe de minune la pove tile alerte i, pe alocuri, nsp im nt toare, f r s fac vreun deserviciu personajelor str lucite pe care le am nt lnit n primul volum.

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    10. 3 5not perfect also not badaround average

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    12. This book wastes no time with the boring introduction and plunges us straight into the bidding of Tom s first boggart Just like the first book, Joseph Delaney manages to evoke feelings of fear and dread on almost every page I was really crept out by the Bane and his whispers and description I can still picture it in my mindAnyway, in this book, we learn about the characters including the Spook s involvement with two women, one being a witch No wonder, he warns Tom to be careful of girl with poi [...]

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    13. Curse of the Bane is another installment in the Last Apprentice chronicles that relates the adventures of Tom Ward and his mentor the Spook who travels around and rids people of supernatural monsters I have been enjoying this series even though some of the scenes depictted are rather dark in atmosphere for a young adult book As a middle schooler I would have really enjoyed this series had it been available then Heck, as an adult I really enjoy this series The writing is smart and the stories are [...]

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    15. lk kitaptan hem daha g zel hem daha hareketli bir kitapt , ilk sayfalarda ba layan hareket kitab n geri kalan na da hakim oldu Kitap Thomas ve hayaletin, Zehir adl ok k t bir d manla m cadelesini konu al yor ve tabii ki olaylar sadece Zehir le s n rl kalm yor, ba ka d manlarda var.Okurken hi s k lmad m, sayfalar h zla akt gitti, yazar nda tempoyu d rmemesi okumay daha zevkli hale getirdi Hayaletin Laneti gerilimi bol g zel bir kitapt T r ne g re g zel ve ba ar l bir seri, ben sevdim ve devam etm [...]

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    16. Well, It is starting to get interesting, this feels like Harry Potter only the horror version, unlike Mr Potter, who had so many many friends, Thomas doesn t have that much, only his mother and the Spook, but what a mother Good things about the book, expansion of the Delaney world, earlier ghosts, witches and boggarts, now we have the Bane, a tougher, malevolent entity, glimpses of Mr Gregory s bygone days and yesteryears, origin of Mister and Missus Ward and of course, we see how Thomas begin [...]

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    17. Ne to dinami niji nastavak, ne automatski i bolji Zadr ana je delimi no ona prijatna atmosfera.

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    18. Four very solid stars I m loving this series because I think its so well written for the age group it targets Pretty scary, but not super evil or disturbing characters who make mistakes and admit it, who grow and evolve and a plot that moves along in an interesting and engaging way, building on the past and for the future of this series A quote from Tomas Ward s mom You ve been Mr Gregory s apprentice for nearly six months, so you ve had long enough to see things for yourself, she said And by no [...]

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    19. Un tome o on en apprend un peu plus sur certains personnages, mais o le myst re demeure On se rapproche un peu plus d eux, on rentre un peu mieux l univers qui pour moi promet d tre de plus en plus fouill au fil des tomes H te de lire la suite 4,5 5jenesaispointlire maledicti

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    20. It had been a while since I was Joseph Delaney s Spooks world a good couple of months in fact, and during that time, I read a lot of books, so it s unclear to me as to whether my reaction to Spooks Curse is an honest reaction to the novel itself, or whether it s also been touched by the length of time it s taken me to continue to series Spooks Curse was not a bad sequel, in fact, it provided and gave me everything I was wanting and expecting in the sequel, but there were areas it seemed to weake [...]

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    21. As of late with series the second book hasn t live up to the potential of the first This cannot be said about the second book of the Last Apprentice series In it Joseph Delaney has proven himself to be a stead fast author whose works has weakened, but appears to be getting better and better.The tale takes place a few months after the first Tom and the Spook must journey to Priestown for the funeral of the Spook s brother There the Spook plans to finish some unfinished busy Namely finally get rid [...]

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    22. One day this house will belong to us, Tom Don t you feel it she asked Tom and the Spook have been working together to defeat the darkness But, when the Spook gets the news about his brother, they set a journey to Priestown to attend the spook brother s funeral alongside with some unfinished business that they need to deal with Deep down under the Cathedral catacombs, lurks a creature that Spook himself can t defeat a force that so evil that put the County is in danger being corrupted by its powe [...]

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    23. Curse of the Bane The Last Apprentice, 2 , 2005, Joseph DelaneyCharacters Mr Gregory, Thomas J Ward, Alice DeaneAbstract The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, deal with the dark Together they rid the county of witches, ghosts, and boggarts But now there s some unfinished business to attend to in Priestown Deep in the catacombs of the cathedral lurks a creature the Spook has never been able to defeat a force so evil that the whole county is in danger of being corrupted by its powers The Bane [...]

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    24. I don t normally find myself reading books about ghosts and boggarts but I just can t put these down They are spooky, mysterious and entertaining Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son which gives him special abilities to deal with the things that go bump in the night He is back with Gregory and Alice to deal with The Bane, a creature that the Spook fought and lost back during his apprenticeship After the untimely death of his brother, Tom and the Spook are forced to return to Priestown [...]

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    25. i think it is one of the best childrens books that i ever read in my lifea bit splatterish but it was nice.well i would recomend it only in 13 yolds and above.Anyway TSC is a great sequel takes six months after the events of the first book and continues the story giving us new villains the inquistor is a very scary persona ,new loveable character and hollowing settings and a few counter issues happening to the characters.Delaney is a great story teller that hates stalling in his stories.A great [...]

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    26. What I really liked in this volume was the personal relationships.Between the spook and Thomas, between Thomas and his father, mother and Alice and so on.I also liked very much the things we learned about the Spook and his past and also about Thomas mom On the other hand, I found the story a little weak even though the Bane had great potential.The ending was a little rushed in my opinion, because in a large portion of the book we deal with the quisitor and the witch hunting A story I did not par [...]

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    27. Gostei bem mais deste volume Achei o bem mais completo e o desenvolvimento das personagens bem mais interessante Mas cont nuo a n o sentir empatia por elas O ponto alto o conflito interno que o Thomas sente, entre agradar o Mago e defender a Alice

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    28. Is it weird that my favourite character is Tom s mother Did this happen to anyone else 4.5 5

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    29. This was a good sequel in the Wardstone series I enjoyed learning about the Spook and seeing Tom stepping up I look forward to the next book in the series.

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