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review 2016-10-28 02:23
The Last Apprentice/ Wardstone Chronicles Series-Book #8...
Rage of the Fallen: Wardstone Chronicles / Last Apprentice, Book 8 - Patrick Arrasmith,Christopher Evan Welch,Joseph Delaney

Rage of the Fallen is the 8th book in The Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney. Tom, the Spook's apprentice, has made a lot of enemies in his three years fighting the dark. One of his enemies, Morrigan -the goddess of witches has told him not to ever set foot in her homeland of Ireland but the war is still raging in their own country so Tom, the Spook & Alice must flee there anyways. His other very powerful enemy, the Fiend, is also still hunting him in hopes of catching him unguarded. The Spook decides that it's time to go on the offensive and bring the Fiend down so Tom joins forces with Grimalkin- the witch assassin, who trains him and helps him battle and bind the Fiend once and for all. 


After eight really well written books I'm starting to run out of things to say! All of them have been so good and this one was no different. The audio narrator, Evan Welsh, is just marvelous! I think it would be extremely hard to talk like a witch or demon or boggart etc. but he does it so effortlessly and he sounds just like what you'd expect a creature of the dark to sound like. If you're a fan of these type of stories, then you can't go wrong with this series. It's perfect for older kids as well as adults. 


*I read this for my 2016 Halloween Bingo: ~"Fall" into a Good Book~ square



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review 2016-09-13 06:48
The Last Apprentice/ Wardstone Chronicles Series-Book #7...
The Last Apprentice: Rise of the Huntress, 7 CDs [Complete & Unabridged Audio Work] - Joseph Delaney

I'm on the 7th of 13 books in this series and so far it hasn't gotten old yet. In this installment, the war is in progress and enemy soldiers have been ransacking the counties. When Tom, Alice & the Spook return home from Greece they find the Spook's home, including his massive library of priceless books, burnt down, the bogart has fled & the witches have escaped. They end up fleeing to an island that they think we'll be a safe haven but from the moment they disembark they encounter even more problems including the bone witch, Bony Lizzie. 


This series never lacks adventure and I really like the characters and enjoy seeing how they develop. The audio narrator is also fantastic so until the stories get old or I run out of books I'm going to keep on listening... 



*I read this for my 2016 Halloween Book Bingo: ~Witches~ square


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review 2016-04-06 09:51
The Last Apprentice/ Wardstone Chronicles Series-Book #6...
Clash of the Demons - Joseph Delaney,Christopher Evan Welch

This has been a very consistent series; all of the books have been really good. I just finished the audio version of this sixth book, Clash of the Demons, and I liked it just as much as the other ones. 


In this installment, Mam, Tom's mother, enlists the help of Tom, Alice, the Spook, the Pendle witches, Bill Arkwright and the assassin Grimalkin to travel to Greece to help her battle the Ordeen. Of course, the fighters of the dark are reluctant to actually join forces with their dark enemies but they agree that it's the only chance they have of successfully destroying the Ordeen.


In the end, a few lives are lost and Tom makes some heavy sacrifices that I'm sure he'll have to answer to the Fiend for in the near future. Overall, it was an entertaining story with all of the characters battling together. I also enjoyed the change of scenery to Greece and I'm curious to see how things play out between Tom and the Fiend.












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review 2016-03-05 13:54
Water Witches...
Wrath Of The Bloodeye - Joseph Delaney

Wrath of the Bloodeye is the fifth book in The Last Apprentice/Wardstone Chronicles series. All of the main characters, Tom, Alice and the Spook are once again battling the dark. Tom has a temporary new master, Bill Arkwright, for six months to teach him all of the things he needs to know to battle water witches. He gets to put that knowledge to use pretty quickly. Alice, my favorite character and Tom get into some trouble with the Spook in this one so I'm looking forward to the next book to see what happens with that.  


My son likes listening to this series with me in the car too. We really like the narrator and the voices he uses for the characters. There is never a dull moment either so once we start listening to him, we both get right into the story. Overall a really fun series! Moving on to book six...

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review 2016-01-11 00:00
Spook's Destiny (The Wardstone Chronicles)
Spook's Destiny (The Wardstone Chronicles) - Joseph Delaney The Spook and Co. ran away from their war-torn country and ended up in Ireland in the beginning of this installment. I might be wrong and this is my personal opinion, but I think that when it comes to mythology Ireland can easily give ancient Greece a good run for the money.
Consequently there is a lot of work for the Spook in the new country.

Unfortunately Spook's apprentice and the main hero of the series Tom managed to royally piss of a powerful local witch - without even meeting her before. To make the problem even worse, a Big Bad Guy would really like to get his hands of Tom and his girlfriend Alice. Alice still struggles with her dark side and its allure. Spook finally shows his age and becomes slow; the recent destruction of his priceless library did not help. To make a long story short, everybody got a lot of big problems.

This was the first time during my series read when I thought whether it is worth to finish it. To be fair, this thought stayed in my mind very briefly. There were some places of the book which I would rate with 2 stars and some - but rarer - places which I would rate with 4. The overall rating is weak 3 stars.

The majority of the book was way too bleak, even by the standards of the rest of the series so far. At times it seemed more like a case study of the ways to make Tom even more miserable than he already is. Spook used to be an exciting character. This time he was playing Gandalf too often to be interesting - I mean he disappeared all the time without a good reason and never bothering to explain his absence afterwards leaving such mundane tasks as saving the world to lesser mortals, like Tom and Alice.

The end of the book was fairly typical one for the series: good guys achieved a temporary victory with great sacrifices. This becomes somewhat old and I would love to see some of the big baddie to be put to final rest (final being a keyword here).

One more reason why the installment did not work for me this time: settings. Settings create atmosphere of a book. They can become stale forcing an author to change them and most of the time it breaks something important. The Spook and Tom were great in their own country; last three books took place in a different parts of the world and while the previous two somehow were decent enough, this time I could not care less about the settings. Even the local dangers seemed tame compared to the previous ones - with the exception of that witch I mentioned in the beginning.

I will still continue with the series. The next book is told from a different POV for the first time and I am curious if it would be an improvement.
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