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A New Darkness (The Starblade Chronicles series) by [Delaney, Joseph]
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Length: 357 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Gr 8 Up—The tale of Tom Ward from "The Last Apprentice" series (HarperCollins) continues. At 17, Tom is no longer an apprentice, but the Chipenden Spook after the death of his master. As a Spook, Tom's job is to protect his territory from ghosts, ghasts, boggarts, witches, and any other beasties that threaten the villagers. Reluctantly, he takes on his own apprentice, a seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, named Jenny. Jenny and Tom encounter a formidable new threat, the Kobalos. The Spook calls on his alliance with the witch, Grimalkin. Together, the three travel north to watch the spectacle of Kauspetnd, a deadly Kobalos assassin who has been challenging human champions to a fight to the death and always wins. The trio hopes to find out more about the Kobalos, but little does Tom know that Grimalkin has a much bigger plan. A plethora of action involving ghastly creatures, sword fights, and magic coupled with just enough backstory and description make this novel engaging enough to keep even the most reluctant reader turning pages until the end. Tom's story has a doozy of a cliff-hanger that is sure to bring teens back for more. Delaney fans and new readers are sure to enjoy this first book of a planned trilogy.—Mindy Whipple, West Jordan Library, UT

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“Delaney’s narrative . . . starts slow, but horrific scenes of grotesque monsters and the threat of danger gradually seep through and heighten the tension all the way up to the cliff-hanger ending. Fans of the Last Apprentice series will be happy to see Tom at work again.” (Booklist)

“The first book in a new trilogy featuring a main character from the popular series The Last Apprentice. Fans of the series will enjoy this look at Tom’s work as a Spook, but readers fresh to his story will find it equally engaging…Ends on an eerie cliff-hanger” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

“This first novel of an anticipated trilogy builds from the narrative arc of the extensive Last Apprentice series . . . Terrifying . . . and mesmerizing . . . readers will absolutely be swept quickly into this world.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

Product details

  • File Size: 700 KB
  • Print Length: 357 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reprint edition (September 2, 2014)
  • Publication Date: September 2, 2014
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H1UMOS8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,777 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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