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Night of the Soul Stealer (The Last Apprentice, Book 3) Paperback – July 29, 2008
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Joseph Delaney is the author of the internationally best-selling The Last Apprentice series, which is now a major motion picture, Seventh Son. He is a former English teacher who lives in the heart of boggart territory in Lancashire, England. His village has a boggart called the Hall Knocker, which was laid to rest under the step of a house near the church.
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The third book of the series was by far the most interesting and plot twisting! You find out another side of the spook, other than his old, grumpy, business like attitude. I did enjoy the increase of reference to the "old gods" they're very interesting and they add a thrill to the usual spooks business. Book 3 seemed to me as very emotional in many chapters and we did see the relationships between numerous characters. I hate to think it, but for me, the spook seems to be getting old and I doubt he's going to last very long through the series.Read more ›
These books just keep getting better with each installment. Ive seen reviewers make the statement of how Tom hasnt changed much. I think since the "actual time" taking place in the book is going at a slow pace it would make sense that he hasnt changed much. Tom does get braver as he faces different aspects of "the dark" with each installment. His relationships with the secondary charachters also grow especially with Alice. What would Tom and Mr. Gregory do without Alice??? She and Tom are my favorites and Im rooting for them!!! Also I love the relationship Tom has with his Mam. I cant wait to see her secrets unfold...and what she has in those trunks.
The monsters, witches, ghosts, and evil boggarts bring in plenty of complications soon enough as Tom begins his apprenticeship with the Spook. This isn't the Hogwarts brand of training, and you won't find the humor or occasional zany misadventures that are served up in a Harry Potter book. Instead, the tone stays serious as if Delaney doesn't want us laughing at the ghasts that haunt the night, lest we let our guard down too far. Tom spends a lot of time digging holes of the proper dimension to hold boggarts, and if that seems spun out a bit too long, be patient. Delaney's pacing in this book reminds me of a Hitchcock movie, slow and leisurely at first, but before you know it he's got you by the throat and you don't want to put the story down, especially when Tom has to confront the scariest witch I've met in recent fiction.
I'll also add that the second book in this series, THE CURSE OF THE BANE, opens with grim, hair-raising urgency. But read NIGHT OF THE SOUL STEALER first.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
written for young teens, but still has a great plot and dynamic characters.Published 29 days ago by life's journey
Very enjoyable read. Good storyline, great characters. All in all it is an awesome continuation of Tom Wards adventures with the Spook.Published 2 months ago by Theresa Poulsen
This book is a good teenagers book so I'm 62 I read it to go to sleep at night and it keeps my interest in small doses I recommended for anybody who wants a quick readPublished 4 months ago by Tobias
Do not even come near this book, the biggest.............in the world Joseph Delaney the author builds up a very sweet love relation between a young boy and a girl, truly this... Read morePublished 4 months ago by julian rodak