Sunday, 21 August 2011

The Spook's Curse by Joseph Delaney

"You've been Mr Gregory's apprentice for six months, so you've had long enough to see things for yourself," Mam said. "And by now the dark has noticed you and will be trying to hunt you down. So you're in danger, son, and for a while that danger will keep on growing. But remember this... when you're a man, then it'll be the dark's turn to be afraid. Because then you'll be the hunter not the hunted. That's why I gave you life."
The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, have travelled to Priestown on some unfinished business. For deep in the catacombs of the cathedral lurks a creature the Spook has never been able to defeat, a creature so evil that the whole County is in danger of being corrupted by its powers. They call it 'the Bane'.
As Thomas and the Spook prepare for the battle of their lives it becomes clear that the Bane 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...?

The Spooks Curse is the sequel to The Spook's Apprentice, as well as being the second book in the Wardstone Chronicles. Now, one of my best friends suggested to me to read the Spook's Apprentice, and I have been hooked ever since. Although the book may at first appear to be for younger readers, it is not. It isn't as gruesome as any of Darren Shan's novels, but parts of it may still give you a bit of a fright. Like the book before it, the Spook's Curse lived up to its expectations, and was full of twists, turns and mystery which literally had you hooked for start to finish, as you waited to see what Thomas, the Spook, the Bane and the Quisitor would do next. After you have finished, the book leaves you wanting to find out more about the secrets revealed in this book, so you will be itching to grab the next one!

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