Wednesday, 26 January 2011

10+: Wardstone Chronicles 3: The Spooks Secret - Joseph Delaney

Release Date: 05/03/09


The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, deal with the dark. Together they rid the county of witches, ghosts and boggarts. In this third and terrifying instalment in the Wardstone Chronicles, the nights are drawing in and it's time for Tom and his master to move to Anglezarke, the Spook's winter house. Tom has heard it will be a sinister and menacing place but nothing could fully prepare him for what he finds there. For this house, and indeed the whole of Anglezarke moor, is full of secrets about the Spook's past. Secrets that are about to come to the surface and could wreak havoc on the whole County.


I’m really getting into these title now so it’s been a lot of fun and a real journey as the job of a spook is not only scary but one that has many repercussions regardless of whether you did the right thing or not. It’s well written, the characters continue to grow as well as expand their world and there is something for everyone whether you want a strong female heroine or a strong male lead. Add to this great interaction, some magical touches of the authors own (almost as if he’s casting glamour’s) and when you add all this to a cracking pace alongside seriously good story telling, you know that you’ve got something special.

Definitely a title that continues to work the titles premise, expands the world and adds a flavour all of its own in its own unique voice. Great stuff.

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