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The Last Apprentice series continues to be one of the best written of the last several years. Here, in the sixth entry, Tom, the Spook’s apprentice, must face up to several things he’d rather not: his friend Alice being the daughter of the Devil, his mother returning to her feral roots, and the notion that sometimes you must form alliances with enemies. As in previous books, the writing is direct, and the plotting and characters, most not of the human variety, are smart and believable. Naturally, fans of the series are the best audience, but this is accessible even to those just jumping in. Grades 6-9. --Ilene Cooper --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Praise for The Last Apprentice series: “This is the stuff of skin-prickling campfire stories.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review) )

“Anything but tame.” (Horn Book (starred review) )

“A gleefully chilling, eerily familiar tale that will leave readers whistling nervously in the graveyard while eagerly awaiting the next installment.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review) )

“The Last Apprentice series continues to be one of the best written of the last several years.” (ALA Booklist )
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Product Details

  • Series: The Last Apprentice (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reprint edition (July 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061344648
  • ASIN: B00966J9SS
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,471,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph Delaney formerly taught media and film studies at a high school in Blackpool, England. He lives with his family in Lancashire, in the middle of boggart territory.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Hootch on September 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Well let's see, I am a 40 year old male that sometimes get embarrassed when I read the grade level for these Joseph Delaney books, but let me tell you; they are very entertaining. I love how all the forces come together for this installment. Great story telling. The problem is you read the books so fast and you end up wanting more. So I picked up the the Witches Revenge and started reading it again. I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a great good vs. evil book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeannie Mancini VINE VOICE on September 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When I cracked open this book and saw a screaming woman with bloodied knives in each of her hands, and a face covered in swirling Maori-like tattoos staring up at me, I knew I would once again be frightened out of my wits for the entire time it would take me to read Clash of the Demons. Delaney returns with a more powerful than ever, frightful tale of the latest adventure of the Spook and young Tom Ward.

Tom's mother has returned from Greece and wishes him and the Spook to accompany her back to her homeland to fight off the greatest of evil beings, that if not slayed, will destroy the country and soon the world. So desperate for assistance in her plight she gathers up all the local witches, including Gramalkin whom we have fought before, and pulls together all of Tom's past foes to fight evil with evil as she believes it is her only chance to rid the world of the abomination called the Ordeen. The Spook doesn't like the sound of this plan one bit, and at first refuses to go as it is against his principle to fight the demons of the world with darkness itself, but he is finally convinced after talking with fellow spook Arkwright, and Mam herself, that it will be THE only way to win this war. Alice too, Tom's friendly witch-amore that we saw banished from Chipenden by the Spook in the last episode, is also called upon to help and make the journey.

It is a sorrowful, weary and terrified band of both light and dark that board the ship Celeste, all silently praying they will come back alive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Foster on September 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Another great book in a very fun, well-written series. I enjoy these books as much as my 15-year old son. I don't usually like horror, but these books are page-turners. They ARE gory and frightening, so not appropriate for kids under 10 or 11, in my opinion. Read Book One first. Each book has its own complete story and conclusion, but they build upon one another, adding more information with each book. The main character, Thomas Ward, is extremely likeable (a humble hero) and he's surrounded by an intriguing mix of fascinating side characters. The problems Tom faces are never simple, and the answers are never clear. He often must choose between two terrible choices. Which keeps me turning pages. The plot moves along as a very brisk pace. In fact, my one complaint with this series is that the books end too soon. I read this book in two days and eagerly await more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on September 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Clash of the Demons is the sixth book in Joseph Delaney's explosive Last Apprentice series. I'm a big fan of the series and very was excited to pick up the latest installment. This time, the stakes are higher, the villains are scarier and the monsters are more horrifying than ever before.

After defeating the horrible Bloodeye and learning that Alice Deane is the Fiend's daughter, Tom must travel to Greece to fight his way through the Ord (a kind of tower) and battle the horrible Ordeen to keep her from being unleashed onto the world. Tom isn't alone, along with the Spook, fellow Spook Bill Alwright and Alice, Tom teams up with his Mam and a group of witches to take on the dark.

Clash of the Demons is, by far, the darkest and most action-packed novel in the Last Apprentice series so far. The hordes of terrifying monsters that Tom encounters inside the Ord sent shivers down my spine and gave fuel to my nightmares. I hadn't thought it was possible for this series to get even darker and scarier, but the creatures in Clash top everything in Delaney's universe so far. I have to give special kudos to the illustrator for helping bring these horrific creatures of the dark to life.

While Clash of the Demons has plenty of the twists and turns that the series is known for, a few things about it were just a little lacking to me. First, I thought it was too short. The book is only about 400 pages long, which is short compared to the past few books in the series. There were also a few times that it seemed like the action overtook the plot and the reader was left with a collection of back-to-back action scenes. While these scenes were phenomenal (and kept me flipping pages) they just didn't have the same kind of spark that I remember from previous books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karissa Eckert on September 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is the sixth book in the Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney. This was another wonderful book in this series; a lot of changes happen to Tom Ward and his adventures as a Spook take on a more worldly nature to them.

Tom is contacted by his mother who wants him to travel to Greece with her to face the Ordeen, an evil goddess, who is in league with the Fiend. Mam, thinks Tom's presence will help to win the final battle with the Ordeen. Bill, the Spook, and Alice areamong those who Mam hopes will accompany her to Greece. Tom faces all sorts of strange new creatures and has to face one of the most deadliest forces of evil yet. Will Tom be able to resist his own slow decline into the dark?

This was a wonderful book. I loved learning more about Mam, her true nature, and more about her homeland. Tom's dealings with the Fiend were interesting and make the story take on an urgency. This was definitely a page-turner. It was hard to put down and kept you on the edge of your seat the whole time.

The new creatures and dangers that Tom encountered were interesting and creative. It was nice to have Alice deeply involved in the story as well. Delaney doesn't pull any punches as far as the danger these characters face. The writing is superb; the books are beautiful to read.

Another great book, in a wonderful series. This book is a keeper. I just can't wait to see what will happen next!
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