As Thomas and the Spook prepare for the battle of their lives, it becomes clear that the Bane isn't their only enemy. The Quisitor has arrived, searching for those who meddle with the dark so he can imprison them, or worse.
Can Thomas defeat the Bane on his own? Is his friend Alice guilty of witchcraft? And will the Spook be able to escape the Quisitor's clutches?
©2006 Joseph Delaney; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers
"Delaney infuses his characters with depth and emotion, but equally important, he grows his world by contributing significantly to the back story....Kids will breathlessly await Tom's next adventure." (Booklist)
This is the second book in this young adult series and it is definitely as good as the first. I am an adult and perhaps shouldn't be admitting to enjoying this series, but I do! The stories are excellent character-driven sotries and the narration is outstanding. I highly recommend this series.
I'm obsessed with audible
I'm enjoying this series. I'm always in search of something to feel the Harry Potter void and this is doing a decent job of it.
I like Thomas. He's only 13 and he is holding his own ever since his mom sent him off against his will to train as the Spook's apprentice. It's a dangerous job and not glamorous at all, wrought with danger and weirdness around every corner. I like that it's dark.
We got to find out more about Tom's mother in this one and why she's special in her own right. That was very interesting. We still don't know what she really is and I want to know more.
I don't know how the Spook has lived to a somewhat old age because if it weren't for Thomas, both him and Alice would have been dead many times over.d
Speaking of Alice, I like her character. She's constantly walking the line between light and dark. I like that we don't know if we can trust her, if she's truly a witch, what she will do, what her motivations are. She's definitely complicated and she makes me nervous.
The voice the narrator did for the Bane was the creepiest thing I've ever heard. I almost got chills.
On to the next book.
love books,reading and audio..do yourself a favor and listen or read one ...it DOES make you smarter
once again Joseph Delany weaves a truly entertaining and genuinely spooky story replete with all types of sinister creatures and villians--great in the car --just kept me glued to the story waiting to see what would happen next--let go and put yourself there --in his haunting world of the "spook".
This was an intense and fun listen. The narrator was perfectly matched to the content and overall it was well-read.
Parental warning: With the "body-pressing" and some of the other graphically detailed descriptions in this book, I will be waiting a year or two to share it with my ten yr old daughter.
The narrator brought the book to life, im not sure I would have enjoyed it as much in print, the voices and sound effects are what really make the book spooky. As for the story it is enjoyable and entertaining but t lacks plot depth, the plot twist add great suspense but then are resolved too easiliy so it becomes a let down after waiting so long to find out whay was happening. The tools to attack are also getting old quick... with the number of books in this series I hope they move on to more weapons against evil than just salt iron and pits since the whole idra of a spook and the spook trade is w so promising and exciting.
The Narrator was perfect.
The only trouble I had with the story was it was a bit repetitive in some spots such as repeating what had happened to bony Lizzy in the previous novel a few times within the same chapter. I suppose that is due to this being more of a childrens novel. I did enjoy the story and the writing. I do find that it can be a little predictable. I thought it was quite obvious that *****spoilers***** Toms mother was a witch. Overall I would recommend as a light fun read.
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