How did I get the book?
Received from the publisher, in an exchange for an honest review.
The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney Book #1
Synopsis: ‘How many times have you told me that the dark’s getting stronger in this town? What terrible force makes good men inflict such atrocities or stand by and let them happen? … Aye, the Bane is to blame, and the Bane must be stopped now.’
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 corrupting the County. As Thomas and his master prepare to battle with the Bane, they soon realize it isn’t their only enemy in Priestown. The Quisitor has arrived, searching the County for those who meddle with the dark – witches, warlocks and spooks! Can Thomas and his master survive the horror that follows..?
200words (or less) review: Book 2 of the Wardstone Chronicles picks just shortly after The Spooks Apprentice. Tom has been with the Spook for six months now and is doing well. At the start of the story Tom is in the middle of binding his first Boggart – alone. The Spook is recovering from illness so unable to help.
Much like the previous book the reader is treated to a descriptive and intriguing world. If you aren’t familiar with the story from before it is woven in well without boring the readers who already know it.
I liked that Tom and Alice’s new adventure isn’t a clear story of what is good and bad. We learn a lot more about the Spooks history and Alice is fast on her way to becoming my favourite things about this series.
The Wardstone Chronicles world and characters haven’t lost their sparkle though on occasion I thought the story dragged on a little. I’m looking forward to seeing what the next instalment holds.