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As the Spook's apprentice, Thomas Ward's first duty is to protect the County from ghosts, boggarts, and other dangerous creatures. But now his mother has come back from her homeland to seek his help. One of the most dangerous of the old witches, Ordeen, is about to return to earth, bringing with her suffering and devastation.

Tom's mother has mustered a powerful army - including Tom's friend Alice, the Pendle witches, and the assassin Grimalkin - to confront Ordeen. If Tom joins them, the Spook will refuse to take Tom back as his apprentice. What sacrifices will be made in the battle against the dark?

©2009 Joseph Delaney; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Carl
  • West Palm Beach, FL, United States
  • 10-11-09

Wish Adult Fantasies were this good

Fun and exciting "young adult" fantasy fiction which is fun, well written, imaginative, exciting, and characters you care about. Nice addition to the series. Reader is also the best. My only recommendation is that you start at the beginning of the series. I am 54 yet I find many of the young adult writers are more imaginative and original than the adult ones who just write Hobbit ripoffs.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great Book - Crappy Audio

I have been listening to Joseph Delaney's books on my MP3 device. The problem is that this author stopped using Audible Kids to make his recordings. His new audio book studio is not even half the quality of Audible Kids.

The quality is so poor I'm almost of a mind to stop buying the audio books. I'm not sure how to get that information to him. Hopefully he will find out from this post.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Clash of the Demons

This serious is just great. My 10 year old son loves them, and I enjoyed the first few so much a bought the series and went ahead of him. Great characters.

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Great Read

Another great addition to the story line. Liked how the author has tied a lot of things together in this book.

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  • MaarQe
  • Toronto, ON CA
  • 08-10-15

One Me Favourites

I just could not stop listening. It was an amazing journey to that I didn't want to end (sounds cliche but it's the best way to explain it) Again kudos to the narrator!!!

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Heading is not actually optional...

Tom is finally growing up, so this one was even better than the previous ones!

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Great book with great narration

Any additional comments?

I have noticed several reviews saying that the narration was different or worse than prior books in the series, Something must have changed since those reviews were written, because it was the same narrator using the same voices, and was superbly done.

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  • Saya
  • guess
  • 01-20-15

Intriguing

The story intrigued me from the first and continues to do so. I look forward to reading the next in the series. I feel it is worth getting regardless of ones age. The books will not fail to capture your attention and drag you deeper into their pages.

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  • FredaC
  • WALDORF, MD, US
  • 01-17-15

Awesome story

The narrator truly makes this book series come to life! I recommend it to all young adults and older adults.

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  • John
  • Colchester, VT, United States
  • 09-24-12

Best book in the series

This book was great. It was like the thomas ward all-stars. Highly recommend this book