'You belong to the blade now. You'll belong to it until the day you die . . .'
The Spook, Tom and Alice travel to Ireland, fleeing from the war in the County. There, Tom must tackle a group of evil mages who are desperate to rid their land of the Spook and his apprentice, and to increase their own dark powers. His dangerous mission against the mages leads Tom to the Destiny Blade - a sword with a dark side, and a thirst for blood . . . Will this new weapon give him a fighting chance against the Fiend?
If he's to survive, he'll need training, and only one person can help - Grimalkin, the witch assassin. The dark against the dark . . .
The eighth volume in the terrifying Wardstone Chronicles. Read on if you dare...
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Delaney's mastery of suspense will grip even reluctant readers with his dramatic, beautifully paced prose... Unlike the vampires and so forth, both these novels carry a genuine graveyard chill. Huge fun, and deliciously shivery. - The Times
. . . ideal for the reader who has outgrown Harry Potter. Be warned, these books are seriously scary . . . Beautifully produced and consistently surprising the weird and wonderful Wardstone Chronicles are an annual treat. - The Times
Christmas traditions have long included the telling of grisly tales and THE SPOOK'S BESTIARY by Joseph Delaney fits the bill. Adding value and context to the popular series, the illustrations and design of this book are stunning. It is a brooding and eerie collection of stories for reading in one sitting or dipping into. - Bookseller 2010 Booksellers' Choice
Wonderfully dark - The Bookseller
Another breathless thriller from the genius of magic and mayhem! - Lancashire Evening Post
Fans of Joseph Delaney's fantastic Wardstone Chronicles will need no urging to buy the latest instalment... Gripping, moving and terrifying for anyone of 10+. - The Times
Beautifully crafted, genuinely creepy and ludicrously enjoyable, it hooked me: I have since rushed through the entire series so far. - Time Out
It's a really enjoyable and exhilarating read...Five out of five stars. - Time Out
Seeped in legend and ghostly tales, the deliciously chilling Wardstone Chronicles reach thei eighth volume - The Bookseller
Joseph Delaney is a retired English teacher living in Lancashire. He has three children and seven grandchildren and is a wonderful public speaker available for conference, library and bookshop events. His home is in the middle of Boggart territory and his village has a boggart called the Hall Knocker, which was laid to rest under the step of a house near the church. Most of the places in the Spook's books are based on real places in Lancashire. And the inspiration behind the stories often comes from local ghost stories and legends.