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Spooks Apprentice (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2004; vuoden 2014 painos)

– tekijä: Joseph Delaney (Tekijä)

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For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried--some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive. Only Thomas Ward is left. He's the last hope; the last apprentice. Can Thomas succeed? Will he learn the difference between a benign witch and a malevolent one? Does the Spook's warning against girls with pointy shoes include Alice? And what will happen if Thomas accidentally frees Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county?… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Spooks Apprentice
Kirjailijat:Joseph Delaney (Tekijä)
Info:RED FOX BOOKS (2014)
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 101) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
First off, I'm an adult - so not the target audience. Nonetheless, it is a good read.

Meshing together local myths about boggarts and witchcraft with Lancashire's hills and farms and a lot of imagination this book is a non-stop adventure.

I felt a lot of sympathy for Thomas, the protagonist. He doesn't want to be the spook's apprentice, yet he is determined to make it his career in spite of the hardship. What struck me most was his growing loneliness and the sacrifices he has to make to continue in his job, in particular the effects on his family life. He's a very mature boy and makes some tough choices. He messes up and makes amends.

This is a dark book and - unlike in Harry Potter - there are no minor characters to bring any light. Alice, who I imagine is a future love interest, poses only more trouble. As in Wuthering Heights, the bleakness of the mood suits the landscape.

I only intended to read this first book. Now I'm hooked and have just sent off for the next one! ( )
  Jawin | Nov 28, 2020 |
Tale set in mythical Lancashire 17th century.

The story is about a boy, raised on a farm, who is the seventh son of a seventh son. All the other sons have gotten jobs and now it's time our MC does also. He is to apprentice with the County "Spook" (one who fights the dark). Tom is the 7th son of a 7th son which is not completely unique in Spooks but he is also his mother's son. There are hints at things that she is not an ordinary house wife of a farmer. She is pushing hard for her son Tom to apprentice with the Spook. "The dark is coming and he [her son] has a job to do. The Spook is getting too old, if he [her son] doesn't do it, then who will?"

This is the start of a very long series. It starts out being readable by elementary school kids who like dark stories but as the series progresses it does end up getting more dark and gets labeled YA in the USA. Author says "Many children enjoy the material in my books – kids like to be scared and despite the fact that the atmosphere is dark, the light usually triumphs." Author: "If I had to, I would say 10 - 14 is ideal but many younger children and adults also enjoy the series."
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I am on one final re-read thru the series and then I'm going to let it go. It looks like the author is creating multiple new series in this world and I'd like to take a peak at them but I'd like to do a run through the original series back to back, vs. how I had read them originally which was to wait for them to be released. Then I'll read the new books. Overall, I'm not fond of his plot writing style in that he always seems to be setting up for the next book or some future book and he has said he lets the plot "reveal" itself as he writes. *eye-roll* He is very generous with Q&A and in one of those he states that while writing the final book he was still trying to decide which character dies. ugh.
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I've listened to the audiobook but I also own the physical book. The narrator, Christopher Evan Welch is fantastic!
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JD: "They aren't set in any historical period, I deliberately kept the books free of dates as I didn't want to be pinned down by history but for the purposes of film costuming. I agreed 17th century (ish).. " https://www.goodreads.com/questions/1...

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Q: I have read somewhere that you once lived in a haunted house. How was it like to live in a house like that?
A: I don't think it was truly haunted but it did have a locked attic and a dark area under the stairs where we kept the coal. I had a terrible recurrent nightmare in that house about an entity that carried me away to take me into that dark coal hole. I always awoke just in time but feared that if I ever failed to do so, I would die in my sleep and be trapped in the nightmare forever!

Q: If you would say one thing that happened to Tom Ward which also happened to you in real life, what would it be?
A: The scene in the haunted house is very close to the recurrent nightmare that I had as a child. Also I was an apprentice too and carried a tradesman's tool bag. But we fixed machinery and kept well away from the supernatural! ( )
  Seayla2020 | Nov 21, 2020 |
This book was really, really spooky... creepy enough to influence any potential recommendations. I'm not usually one for this much scary stuff, but it was really well done. Do heed the warning: not to be read after dark. Eep. ( )
  AnnaWaffles | Aug 28, 2020 |
Wow, so guess I'm reading an epic 13 book series now. I finished this in less than 24 hours. Fascinating lore and interesting spins on old concepts. Just creepy and gross enough without going overboard. It leaves some unanswered questions for you to look forward to in the sequels, but it does wrap up the plot nicely if you didn't happen to like it enough to continue. ( )
  LynnK. | Aug 4, 2020 |
Really solid first entry in the Last Apprentice series. I enjoyed the characters, the plot moved quickly and nothing was overly predictable. I got this for free on kindle, but I would have paid for it. Quite enjoyable bit of fantasy. ( )
  AliceAnna | Feb 14, 2020 |
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When the Spook arrived, the light was already beginning to fail.
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"The first time I'd learned about witches the Spook told me never to trust a girl with pointy shoes. I would have believed that if I never met Alice Deane. Despite the Spooks convictions, I can honestly say I would trust at least one girl with pointy shoes."
“I married your dad because he was a seventh son. And I bore him six sons so that I could have you,”
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For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried--some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive. Only Thomas Ward is left. He's the last hope; the last apprentice. Can Thomas succeed? Will he learn the difference between a benign witch and a malevolent one? Does the Spook's warning against girls with pointy shoes include Alice? And what will happen if Thomas accidentally frees Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county?

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