Tuesday 24 August 2010

The Spook’s Nightmare

The Spook’s Nightmare by Joseph Delaney (Random House)
HB RRP $29.95
ISBN 978-0-3703-2981-9
Reviewed by Oliver Phommavanh

The Spook’s Nightmare is Joseph Delaney’s latest novel in The Wardstone Chronicles. The series follows Tom Ward, the apprentice of the Spook, protecting the land from dark forces. They are also accompanied by Alice, a half human and witch.

The trio finds refuge on an island Mona, where a deadly shaman is in charge. The wicked witch Bony Lizzie comes to take over Mona with the help of a Buggane, a creature capable of sucking the life-force out of anyone.

At the core of this story is the Spook struggling with his own abilities. His confidence is shattered, leaving Tom to question his master’s powers. This is a turning point in the series that fans will not want to miss.

Delaney delivers another thrilling read that doesn’t stop from start to finish. There are some pretty violent scenes that may scare a few readers but it never goes over the top.

When a book tells you not to read it after dark, you know you’re in for a ghastly read. The Spook’s Nightmare has enough gore and scares to satisfy its growing audience. It’s recommended for ages 10 and up.

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