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Publisher's Summary

Warning: Not to be listened to after dark.

For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried: some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive.

Only Thomas Ward is left. He's the last hope; the last apprentice. Can Thomas succeed? Will he learn the difference between a benign witch and a malevolent one? Does the Spook's warning against girls with pointy shoes include Alice? And what will happen if Thomas accidentally frees Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county?

©2005 Joseph Delaney (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Delaney grabs readers by the throat and gives them a good shake in a smartly crafted story." (Booklist)

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  • JD
  • 02-15-17

great listen

It is a great tale of ghosts ghosts and other ghoulish sorts.
I highly recommend it.

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i love this book so much!

i wish i could get the other books but i need to get some more money so i can listen to them all. i read the series growing up and i still love them to this day i definitely recomend them.

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Fairytale Scary!

This story was just what I was looking for. An evil witch, told in a creepy, thrilling way who terrorizes a young magician's apprentice. Good read!

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5 stars *****

I really enjoyed this book. Good story, kept me on the edge of my seat quite a few. Looking forward to reading the other books from this series.

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great book

I've always loved this book. I don't care much for the voice the reader gives the spook though.

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  • rick
  • Midland, USA
  • 02-25-16

good listen

enjoyed the enjoyed the story , it kept me interested until the end, look forward to the next book.

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Intro to the Seventh Son

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I enjoyed the movie The Seventh Son and was interested to know what the books were like. This first book in the series introduces us to Tom Ward, a much younger version of the apprentice than depicted in the movie. Master Gregory, Mother Malkin, Alice, Bony Lizzie, Tusk, and boggarts appear in this book with a very different story line than that of the movie. I thought it was a fair introduction and will check out the second book in this series to see if Tom's continued training with the Spook will introduce other magical creatures as in the movie. It was a little scary to listen to before bedtime so this is a different type of book than I'm used to reading.

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Had to listen to it again!

Great story, great performance! Now I have to listen to the other books in series.

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good start

I think the first and second book need to be combined before it is a whole book

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The best book series ever

This book was all it needed to be for a child like me I loved it this book would be good for a nice October spook 😀 I loves it !!!