Last Apprentice

26 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 7,460 ratings

Revenge of the Witch 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
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  • Book 1

    • Revenge of the Witch

    • The Last Apprentice, #1
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
    • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,404
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023

    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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One Spooky book

    • By twiggy on 11-05-09

    Regular price: $19.38

    • The Spook's Apprentice

    • Wardstone Chronicles 1
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Jamie Glover
    • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    A terrifying series about a young boy training to be an exorcist. Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son and has been apprenticed to the local Spook. The job is hard, the Spook is distant and many apprentices have failed before Thomas. Somehow Thomas must learn how to exorcise ghosts, contain witches and bind boggarts. But when he is tricked into freeing Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the County, the horror begins...

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  • Book 2

    • Curse of the Bane

    • The Last Apprentice, #2
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 867
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 657
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 664

    The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, deal with the dark. Together they rid the county of witches, ghosts, and boggarts. But now there's some unfinished business to attend to in Priestown. Deep in the catacombs of the cathedral lurks a creature the Spook has never been able to defeat, a force so evil that the whole county is in danger of being corrupted by its powers. The Bane!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thoroughly Enjoyable

    • By Brian O'Dell on 09-25-07

    Regular price: $22.81

    • The Spook's Curse

    • Wardstone Chronicles 2
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Will Thorp
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, deal with the dark.Together they rid the county of witches, ghosts and boggarts. But now they have unfinished business to attend to in Priestown. Deep in the catacombs of the cathedral, lurks the Spook’s nemesis - the Bane. A creature he has never been able to defeat. As Thomas and his master prepare for the battle of their lives it becomes clear that the Bane isn’t their only enemy in town.

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  • Book 3

    • Night of the Soul Stealer

    • Last Apprentice, #3
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
    • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 663
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 493
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 492

    Thomas Ward is the apprentice for the local Spook, who captures witches and drives away ghosts. As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, the Spook receives an unexpected visitor. Tom doesn't know who the stranger is or what he wants, but the Spook suddenly decides it's time to travel to his winter house, Anglezarke. Tom has heard it will be a bleak, forbidding place, and that menacing creatures are starting to stir somewhere on the moors nearby.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Left Me Wanting More

    • By Brian O'Dell on 09-25-07

    Regular price: $22.81

    • The Spook's Secret

    • Wardstone Chronicles 3
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
    • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, deal with the dark. Together they rid the county of witches, ghosts, and boggarts. In this third and terrifying instalment in the Wardstone Chronicles, the nights are drawing in and it's time for Tom and his master to move to Anglezarke, the Spook's winter house. Tom has heard it will be a sinister and menacing place but nothing could fully prepare him for what he finds there.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great series

    • By colin o,neill on 04-29-13

    Regular price: $21.32

  • Book 4

    • Attack of the Fiend

    • The Last Apprentice, #4
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 517
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 405
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 407

    Thomas Ward is the apprentice for the local Spook, who banishes boggarts and drives away ghosts. But now a new danger is threatening Tom's world: the witches are rising and the three most powerful clans are uniting in order to conjure an unimaginable evil. Tom and the Spook set out to stop the witches before they unleash the demon. But when Tom finds himself on his own, he wonders if he has the courage and cunning to defeat the most powerful enemy he has ever encountered.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Last Apprentice: Attack of the Fiend

    • By Patricia on 07-02-10

    Regular price: $22.81

    • The Spook's Battle

    • Wardstone Chronicles 4
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
    • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    The fourth instalment of the Wardstone Chronicles. In Pendle the witches are rising and the three most powerful witch clans are rumoured to be uniting in order to conjure an unimaginable evil. Together they will be capable of raising the dark made flesh - the Devil himself.Tom and the Spook need to set off for Pendle to avert the unthinkable. But before they go, the Spook tells Tom to journey home and collect the trunks Mam left behind for him. But what dark family secrets are contained in the trunks?

    Regular price: $21.42

  • Book 5

    • Wrath of the Bloodeye

    • The Last Apprentice, #5
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
    • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 538
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 406
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 412

    Thomas Ward has spent two years as the Spook's apprentice. He's faced unimaginable peril, and survived. But a new danger has emerged: an ancient water witch, Bloodeye, is roaming the County intent on destroying everything in her path. To strengthen his skills, Tom is sent to the far north to train with the demanding Bill Arkwright. Will Tom's new bag of tricks be enough to overcome a critical mistake that leaves him confronting Bloodeye on his own?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wrath of the Bloodeye

    • By WordsAPlenty - charla white on 07-23-09

    Regular price: $22.81

    • The Spook's Mistake

    • Wardstone Chronicles 5
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
    • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    As danger increases in the County, Tom is sent far north by his master to be trained by Bill Arkwright, another Spook. Arkwright lives in a haunted mill on the edge of a treacherous marsh and his training methods prove to be harsh and sometimes cruel. But he has toughened up many previous apprentices, and now he must do the same for Tom. But when the Fiend sends his own daughter, the ancient and powerful water witch Morwena, to destroy him, Tom finds himself facing his enemies alone.

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 6

    • Clash of the Demons

    • The Last Apprentice
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
    • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 503
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 383
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 385

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wish Adult Fantasies were this good

    • By Carl on 10-11-09

    Regular price: $19.38

    • The Spook's Sacrifice

    • Wardstone Chronicles 6
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    As the Spook's apprentice Tom's first duty is to protect the County from the dark. But now Mam needs his help in her homeland of Greece. One of the most dangerous of the old gods, the Ordeen, is about to return there, bringing slaughter and devastation. Meanwhile, the Devil himself is still loose and if he and the Ordeen join forces, a new age of darkness will descend. Mam has summoned a powerful group to her side but among them are Tom's old enemy, the Pendle witches, including the assassin Grimalkin, and the cunning clan leader Mab Moldheel.

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  • Book 7

    • Rise of the Huntress

    • The Last Apprentice, #7
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
    • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 497
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 392
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 394

    The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, have returned to the county after a long journey and a hard battle. But their troubles are far from over. Their home has been over-run by enemy soldiers. The Spook's house is in ruins, the boggart protecting it has fled, and the malicious witches imprisoned in the gardens have escaped. Tom, Alice, and the Spook must flee, too, across the ocean to the island of Mona. And it's on Mona that this small band fighting against the dark will face an old enemy grown terrifyingly powerful.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • super great book

    • By RazerOfPain on 05-04-18

    Regular price: $26.23

    • The Spook's Nightmare

    • Wardstone Chronicles 7
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
    • Length: 7 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    >The Spook, Tom, and Alice return from Greece to find the County under siege - and the Spook's home burnt to the ground. With his precious library of knowledge destroyed, they seek refuge on the nearby island of Mona. But with Mona in the thrall of a twisted Shaman there is little respite from hostility or denizens of the dark. And as Alice dodges the ever-tightening net of the island's witch hunters, a more deadly enemy emerges. Bony Lizzie, escaped from the Spook's bonds, has grand ambitions of taking the throne.

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  • Book 8

    • Rage of the Fallen

    • The Last Apprentice, #8
    • By: Joseph Delaney, Patrick Arrasmith
    • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 476
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 406
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 408

    Thomas Ward has served as the Spook's apprentice for three years. He has battled boggarts, witches, demons, and even the devil himself. Tom has enemies: The Fiend stalks him, waiting for a moment of weakness. The terrifying Morrigan, goddess of witches, warned him never to step foot on her homeland, Ireland.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story, 1 letdown

    • By Patrick on 08-09-16

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    • The Spook's Destiny

    • Wardstone Chronicles 8
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 52

    The Spook, Tom and Alice travel to Ireland, fleeing from the war in the County. The only thing protecting Tom and Alice is the fragile and precious bloodjar. They must remain together and the jar intact - otherwise they are both at the mercy of the Fiend himself.Meanwhile Tom is recruited to tackle the evil mage alliance, on a mission which ultimately leads him to the possession of the Spook's Blade. A sword with a dark side and a thirst of its own for blood...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Be Warned!!

    • By Donna on 11-06-11

    Regular price: $21.32

  • Book 9

    • Grimalkin the Witch Assassin

    • The Last Apprentice, Book 9
    • By: Joseph Delaney, Patrick Arrasmith
    • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 390
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 365
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 365

    One witch is the most feared, the most ruthless, and the most deadly of all the witches in the county. If she hunts for you, she will find you. If you have crossed her, you don't stand a chance. She is the witch assassin, and her name is Grimalkin. Grimalkin's one alliance is with Tom Ward, the Spook's apprentice. With Tom, she plans to rid the world of the most terrifying evil, the Fiend, who once did her a great wrong. For the first time, fans of the Last Apprentice series will hear the story from Grimalkin's side.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • awesome story

    • By Juan on 03-11-15

    Regular price: $22.81

    • Spook's: I Am Grimalkin

    • Wardstone Chronicles 9
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
    • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    I am Grimalkin, and I have already chosen those I will kill...Grimalkin has made it her lifetime ambition to destroy the Fiend, avenging the brutal murder of her son. Having grudgingly joined forces with the Spook and his apprentice, Tom, and assisted them in the binding of the Fiend, she is now on the run. And her mission is deadly. She has to help them bind the Fiend's spirit for ever no matter who - or what - comes after it.

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 10

    • The Spook's Blood

    • Wardstone Chronicles 10
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
    • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Time is running out for Thomas Ward. His final battle against the Fiend is drawing near, and the Spook's apprentice has never felt more alone in his task. Isolated and afraid, the Fiend is set to send the greatest of his servants against him - Siscoi, a Vampire God more ferocious than anything he has yet faced. Tom must risk his life to prevent the evil beast from entering this world, even as he learns that the final destruction of the Fiend may involve a sacrifice more terrible than he can imagine….

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Lure of the Dead

    • The Last Apprentice, Book 10
    • By: Joseph Delaney, Patrick Arrasmith
    • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
    • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 378
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 353
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 356

    Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son, and apprentice to the local Spook. He has battled boggarts, witches, and the most powerful evils of the Dark. But his most trying task is yet to come. When Tom and the Spook are deceived by one they trust, they find themselves in the most terrifying danger yet. Blood-hungry creatures have invaded a sleepy village. Tom can save the Spook - and the whole county - but only by betraying one of his greatest allies. With everything on the line, Tom must have the courage to stand and fight, and to face a choice that could break his heart.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • loved it

    • By rachel kennison on 09-06-18

    Regular price: $22.81

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