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Spooks Apprentice av Joseph Delaney
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Spooks Apprentice (urspr publ 2004; utgåvan 2014)

av Joseph Delaney (Författare)

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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?… (mer)
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Titel:Spooks Apprentice
Författare:Joseph Delaney (Författare)
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Tom Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son. He is apprenticed to a Spook, whose job it is to protect common folk from the forces of darkness: witches, boggarts, etc. While fetching provisions, Tom is set upon by a group of youths, and is rescued by strong willed girl, who exacts a promise. Tom then sets into motion the release of a terrible witch and her coven, but with Alice's help and his own wits is able to defeat them, but not before imperiling his own family. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Children/teen fiction; spooky fantasy. As the 7th son of a 7th son, Tom is lucky (or unlucky) to be taken on as a Spook's apprentice. His first assignment: spend the night in a haunted house, alone, with only a candle and his wits to protect himself. From there he goes on to deal with boggarts, ghosts, and a very powerful witch. Some violence (by and against witches/possessed people, and the murderous crimes of a ghost/ghast are also described), so not for younger elementary school kids, but may be suitable for older kids (5th grades and up) that are into scary stories. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
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 |
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 |
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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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