Sunday, 30 January 2011

10+: Wardstone Chronicles 7: The Spooks Nightmare - Joseph Delaney

Release Date: 27/05/10


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 destroyed, they seek refuge on the nearby island of Mona. But with Mona in the thrall of a twisted Shaman there is little respite from hostility or denizens of the dark. And as Alice dodges the ever-tightening net of the island's witch hunters, a more deadly enemy emerges...Bony Lizzie, freshly-escaped from the Spook's bonds, has grand ambitions: to take for herself the throne of isle. She has harnessed the services of a tunnel-dwelling buggane, an evil creature which thrives on stealing the animas, or life force, from its unsuspecting victims. With the buggane as her secret weapon can she become an all-powerful Witch Queen?


Currently my final outing with Thomas, his mentor as well as Alice and one that’s felt like a bit of a sad farewell to firm friends. The writing as usual is special, the prose are magical and above all else the characters continue to grow as they find their strengths as others weaken against the dark. It’s a great title and one that also keeps the readers glued as you wonder which way the tale will go with Joseph getting the reader to question the beliefs that have held firm for years. Add to this emotional aspects as Thomas deals with his loss, deep routed fears as an old enemy escapes and you’ve got a real treat ahead. A great shame to be finishing here but with Josephs writing you never know what to expect next. Great stuff and its going to be a long wait for the next title although the Spooks Bestiary alongside the accompanying Witches will keep you going for a little while yet. What else can I currently do but perhaps take a walk in the Spooks shoes and trek across the county.

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