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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Beast Awakens by Joseph Delaney, read by Lee Ingleby. 

They heard shouting and cries of fear. Crafty looked down the slope and realised what had happened to cause so much panic. Without warning, the dark wall of the Shole had advanced. 

Crafty can't remember a time before the Shole - the terrifying mist that has engulfed most of Britain, leaving those trapped in it to either die or be transformed into horrifying monsters: the aberrations. Crafty has been stuck in his family's cellar for nearly a year, his only companions his restless, whispering dead brothers and an unusually friendly aberration he names the Bog Queen.

But then Crafty's life abruptly changes. He is ordered to report to the Castle, where he will train as a gate grub - operators of magical portals that allow the mysterious guild of Gatemancers to explore within the Shole. It is a dangerous job, with a very short life expectancy.... 

To survive, Crafty will have to use every inch of his cunning - whatever the cost.

©2018 Joseph Delaney (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Brilliant, as always

As always, Delaney delivers an engaging, entertaining, and semi-spooky tale filled with wonderful characters and supernatural/fantasy fun. I am thrilled that we get to enter this world after The Spook's Apprentice finished. Although this is not the same universe, it has the same appeal. The narrator also does a fine job, though the near whisper volume almost did me in in the beginning. It was too low to listen in the car until the volume increased. Cannot wait for the next installment!

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Hmmmm Not Sure

Book one of the Spook s Apprentice grabbed me from the very beginning this book just did not grab me right away. Would I try book two hmmm not sure.

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Always amazing

Joseph Delaney is so underrated. Another amazing tale with so much breadth in another dark fantasy. Hope Hollywood does not get hold of this one, to underperform upon. Hope many sequels for another sinister world of imagination, humour, pathos and horror!