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But Tom's is only one story. There are others. The Spook himself was once an apprentice. How did he begin his training? And what of Alice, the young witch who is Tom's closest ally? How did she overcome her dark past? What did the witch assassin Grimalkin do to become the most deadly and feared witch in the county? And, collected in a gallery of horrors, discover the rest of the county's menacing villains and relive the vicious battles waged against them.
Enter a land where creatures of the dark creep out of the shadows.
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Do you dare? Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Spook's Tale , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 04, Amanda rated it really liked it. As a big fan of Delaney's Last Apprentice series, I had to check this book out.
But readers beware: this book was published for World Book Day, and was not meant as some have mistakenly believed to be a continuation of the series but rather, a supplement to the series and introduction for newcomers to the Last Apprentice universe. The book consists of three short stories and a small "gallery of villains" which includes a brief description and passage from other novels about certain villains fro As a big fan of Delaney's Last Apprentice series, I had to check this book out.
The book consists of three short stories and a small "gallery of villains" which includes a brief description and passage from other novels about certain villains from the series. The short stories center around present day-Spook John Gregory and the events that placed him on the path to becoming a Spook, a story about Alice's origins and training as a witch, and an origin story about Grimalkin, the witch assassin. John Gregory's story easily steals the show here -it's as chilling as the other Last Apprentice novels and gives some interesting insight into John's past.
Grimalkin's story falls in the middle -it's well-paced and unique, but feels like it should have been more than a short story. Alice's story bothered me the most, primarily because it took place during book four of the series, rather than before the events of the series, and, frankly, didn't seem to add much to her character. All the information here is great back story and is good for fans who are new to the series, but The Spook's Tale and Other Horrors, even with its World Book Day backdrop, left me wanting more. Not just another book in the series, but full books about John, Alice or Grimalkin.
Perhaps we'll see these in the future, but until then, I can't wait for more Last Apprentice. View 2 comments. Dec 30, Karissa rated it really liked it. This book is more of an interlude or a supplement to The Last Apprentice series. It is well written and interesting nonetheless, but not as fantastic as a full-fledged book would have been. Although we don't have a long wait "Clash of the Demons" comes out the end of August ' There are three stories in this book.
The first details how the Spook became a Spook. This story was okay; it gives you some background around the Spook. Nothing that is really surprising, but a decent story. The second st This book is more of an interlude or a supplement to The Last Apprentice series. The second story is about what happened to Alice when she was in Pendle right before Tom came to rescue her. This was my least favorite story of the bunch. Again no surprises and a very brief story.
The third story made the book worth having. This was the story of how Grimalkin became a witch assassin. I think Grimalkin is a fascinating character and found this story to be an interesting read. It made me wish that Delaney would write some books from Grimalkin's point of view It is just filler for the main event though and I am eagerly awaiting "Clash of the Demons"!
Mar 01, Miranda Reads rated it liked it. Review to come. Blog Instagram Twitter. Feb 01, Ami rated it liked it Shelves: children-s-juvenile. While not a book that can stand on it's own, "The Spook's Tale" is a good addition to the Last Apprentice series. In these three short stories three characters' backgrounds are shared. My favorite by far is Grimalkin, the witch assassin.
Because really, don't the words "witch assassin" sound super cool and just a little bit scary? I wish these stories were longer with greater detail. I felt they only skimmed the surface and left me wanting more. Delaney is a plot driven author, so these insights While not a book that can stand on it's own, "The Spook's Tale" is a good addition to the Last Apprentice series. Delaney is a plot driven author, so these insights into his characters were entertaining.
The tale of how The Spook starts his own apprenticeship, a glimpse into when Alice first encountered Mab, and the history of Grimalkin. Didn't add much of substance, but an interesting glimpse into the lives and histories of some of our favorites from the series. Of course, I'm more interested in Gregory's story about why he left the priesthood but, as we're told, that's a story for another time Jun 07, Arnela rated it really liked it Shelves: tales. I knew this book wasn't a continuation of the series, I knew that it contained some short stories that involved the characters and their adventures, but I also wasn't sure when exactly to read it.
I wasn't sure if it was all simply backstories of the characters involved or if was a sort of hindsight view into some of their actions pertaining to a certain book or books in the series. I was happy that the tone of the book hadn't changed from the tone used in the main series.
The first story, center I knew this book wasn't a continuation of the series, I knew that it contained some short stories that involved the characters and their adventures, but I also wasn't sure when exactly to read it. The first story, centering around John Gregory's first meeting with the Spook that would later become his mentor, feels like the sort of backstory that can be read any time after the first book, possibly even before, but I feel it adds more to the Spook's character if it's learned after we have our initial idea about the Spook is formed.
The second story focuses on Grimalkin, whether it adds more to her character I do not know, for I have not reached her appearance in the book series. Because of the type of backstory that this is, I feel it to be supplementary information, therefore suggesting it be read after meeting her in the series. The last tale is told from Alice's point of view during a time where she has been captured. Again, due to this capture happening after the first 2 books it feels more like something that should be read after knowing the initial story.
Therefore I suggest reading this selection of short stories after at least the 3rd or 4th book in the series. Aug 24, Duffy Pratt rated it it was ok Shelves: childrens , fantasy , horror. The largest portion of this book is a short story written from John Gregory's point of view, detailing his first encounter with witches and boggarts several years before he became a spook's apprentice.
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It was a decent story, but contained nothing that I found surprising or revelatory. The writing style was solid and comfortable, and it was good to be back in Delaney's misbegotten county. The second story I enjoyed a bit more, largely because I love Alice's manner of speech. It tells of the time w The largest portion of this book is a short story written from John Gregory's point of view, detailing his first encounter with witches and boggarts several years before he became a spook's apprentice.
It tells of the time when Mab and the Mouldheels captured and tortured Alice to get information so they could then capture Tom Ward. It's an episode that was left more or less to the imagination in Attack of the Fiend. I haven't yet read up to I Am Alice, but I enjoy her voice so much that I may raise these books on my list of priorities. I would rather not get them on Kindle, but I've been reluctant to order them online. So I have come to more or less of a halt with this series.
After the second story the book takes a radical turn downhill. When it was published, the Grimalkin tale was probably pretty exciting and it featured a new voice. Unfortunately, the same material in this tale is covered in I Am Grimalkin. And it may even be lifted word for word.
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That redundancy, for me, severely cheapened what was already a slim volume. And then, there is a "gallery of villains" which consists of nothing but very short excerpts from the books that had already seen publication.
So the entire last third of the book was basically a waste. View 1 comment. Apr 03, Eden rated it liked it Shelves: books-to-buy , horror , reviewed , fiction-paranormal. This is part of The Last Apprentice series, but not a main entry in the series. Instead the book has three stories from three of the characters of the series. John Gregory's tale is about when he was younger and exactly how he became a Spook.
As is known from the other books, he was older when he finally decided to begin his training as a Spook. This tale explains exactly how he met his master and expe This is part of The Last Apprentice series, but not a main entry in the series. This tale explains exactly how he met his master and experiences with the dark early in his life.
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I enjoyed the Spook's tale and honestly wouldn't mind if there would be another book written that was just about John Gregory and his training as a Spook. Alice's tale is about when she went to Pendle to find Tom's brother and his family. It explains how she was captured and when she eventually was rescued. Before that though, some is explained about Alice's life and how she came to be with Bony Lizzie.
And the last tale is of Grimalkin and how she became a Witch Assassin. It's also explained why she dislikes the Fiend, but if you've read book nine 9, most of her tale will not be new to you. Next there is a gallery of villains, explaining a bit about each and has a sample from the book each they appear in. So, Although this isn't part of the main series, I still enjoyed it and I think any fans of the series will like it.
Recommended to Lynchan by: actually, the temptation caused by free reading. Shelves: style-of-writings-i-adore , suspense-horror , mythological-insights , gothic , unearthly-characters , kick-ass , nightworld-pipz , adventure-fantasy. From the bottom of my heart It was a story on how he met the dude sorry I forgot the name. I have a weakness when it comes to memorizing people's namesakes, and yeah, even the fictional ones who would teach him the art of Spook's trade.
Just read it if you want to know what I mean. But of course, I'm betting that Tom is more courageous than his master. You aren't alone. Oh yeah, just like me! But is he ready to face the dark or will his first fight be his last? The Wardstone Chronicles are a wonderful series of young-adult fantasy books that began in with the publication of The Spook's Apprentice. The Spook's Apprentice spent 7 weeks in the Best-seller charts and sold over 35, copies in the first few months. Life Sales World Wide across all titles are over 1 million copies!
The Spook's Tale was specially written and published for World Book Day and provides a fascinating and chilling account of John Gregory, the titular figure from the popular Spook's series. The style stays true to the existing series, the only difference being that the first person narrative is now told from the perspective of John Gregory rather than Thomas Ward. The beautifully drawn illustrations that decorate the first page of each chapter are thankfully also in place for this sixty-two page tale. This a great addition to the series, an excellent introduction for those new to the series and an intriguing insight to the Spook's past-life for those who are, like me, already addicted to these dark and immensely enjoyable books.
The Spook's Tale is an essential buy, both for the reading pleasure it gives and the money it raises for charity. It had a long sharp blade and she held it out, moving towards me purposefully. Was she going to take some of my bones? She held the knife above my head and suddenly grasped me very tightly by my hair, twisting my head backwards. She was going to kill me!
Joseph Delaney is a retired English teacher living in Lancashire. His home is in the middle of Boggart territory and his village has a boggart called the Hall Knocker, which was laid to rest under the step of a house near the church. World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is made possible by generous sponsorship from National Book Tokens, participating publishers, authors and booksellers. This The Spook's Tale book review was written by Floresiensis. When young John Gregory For years, the local Spook has been keeping the County safe from ghosts and boggarts, but more especially from witches.
Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son and has been apprenticed to the local Spook. The job is hard, the spook is distant and many apprentices have failed before h Having bound the Fiend's spirit temporarily, Tom now has to come up with a permanent solution - and quickly. But the forces of the dark are now throwing everything they Slither is a haizda mage who preys upon humans, drinking their blood to feed his dark urges.
So when a local farmer dies, it's only natural that Slither should want to Dark and scary things I hoped I had left behind forever 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 cor In Pendle the witches are rising and the three most powerful witch clans are rumoured to be uniting in order to conjure an unimaginable evil. Together they will be capable As danger increases in the Country, Tom is sent north by his master to be trained by Bill Arkwright, another spook.
Arkwright lives in a haunted mill on the edge if a treac But now Mam needs his help in her homeland of Greece. One of the most danger The Spook, Tom and Alice return from Greece to find the County under siege - and the Spook's home is burnt to the ground. With his precious library of knowledge destroy There, Tom must tackle a group of evil mages who are desperate to rid their land of the Spoo We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them.
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