Joseph Delaney's Wardstone Chronicles are brilliant, they offer chills, action, adventure and horror and are written in a fast paced, engrossing style. This latest installment is no different and right from the very first page you will be transported back into the Spook's world and won't leave until the very final page which will leave you desperate for the next book. Delaney again uses Tom's first person narrative to provide the reader with a thrilling, suspenseful story and the character development, as always, is of a very high quality.
This time around, Tom faces perhaps his most dangerous adversary, a vampire god sent by the still weakened Fiend to kill Tom and wreak horror upon the County. Along the way there are plenty of chills and adventures and a perfect blend of horror, action and enough scary creatures to satisfy fans of the series and of horror. Secrets are revealed, questions answered and new questions posed. This is perhaps not the best of the Wardstone Chronicles, and it seems somewhat rushed and could have benefited from some deeper levels of detail in parts. However, Delaney's prose never becomes boring or repetitve and the pages go past in a blur - he needs to make them longer, the books are over way too quickly.
Overall, this is an awesome and scary tenth installment and is a worthy penultimate story for Tom's side of the narrative. (there will be three more books, one more in Tom's story, another told by a mage: Spook's Tale: Slither, and the 'i am alice' that will be told through Alice's POV). If you're already a fan pick this one up now, if you're new i suggest starting from the very beginning (Spooks Apprentice) as is will offer up a journey you won't regret starting.
The Spook's Blood: Book 10 (The Wardstone Chronicles) ペーパーバック – 2014/1/2
Joseph Delaney used to be an English teacher, before becoming the best-selling author of the Spook's series, which has been published in 30 countries and sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide. The first book, The Spook's Apprentice, was adapted into a major motion picture starring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.
- 出版社 : Red Fox (2014/1/2)
- 発売日 : 2014/1/2
- 言語 : 英語
- ペーパーバック : 384ページ
- ISBN-10 : 1782952551
- ISBN-13 : 978-1782952558
- 対象読者年齢 : 9 - 14歳
- 寸法 : 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 2,089,864位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
Good and yet... (spoilers)2012年8月2日に英国でレビュー済み
While Spook's Blood was a good read - with some genuinely shocking parts - it was a tad disappointing after I Am Grimalkin. Also, the series is starting to drag a little now... I started with the books when I was 11, at 21 I'm now getting a little bored that this is the first time we're given clues about The Wardstone - and disappointing clues they were too. I get the feeling that Delaney is just working his way through the creatures that are in the bestiary that Tom's not met yet. The book's focus on the strigoi/strigoica was predictable and it'll probably be easy to guess which creatures will be in the next book too. Also Tom's grey morals are starting to get darker. Thus far I've been able to see his side of the choices he's made, but that has started to change in this book...we'll just have to see if that ends up as Tom's decent to the dark or where the ends justify the means...
More of the same good material that has made this series what it is.2013年1月5日に英国でレビュー済み
I've been reading these books since I was 15 years old. Now 21, I'm still enjoying them massively, and will be sad when the series finally draws to a close. It's been an excellent replacement for Harry Potter. This book has Thomas Ward facing a very powerful Old God (AGAIN?!) from Romania, and other nasty things from those lands. It's funny to think that after everything he's been through, such as fighting the Fiend, and the numerous Old God's he's faced, there are still things out there that he is totally unfamiliar with, to test him and the skills he's acquired during his apprenticeship in new and exciting ways, but Joe Delaney always manages to convincingly create new dangers for Tom and his Master take on, this time in the form of a Transylvanian vampire god called the Siscoi. I have not yet finished this book, because I'm trying to make it last, (these books are very quick reads, you could get through all 400 pages within a day very easily) but the 200 pages I've read thus far have been really great. I'm also very glad that the inconsistent cover designs seem to have stopped, and it's back to the old style. I shall have to replace the ones on my shelf that are different with the collectors editions, to satiate my need to have them all looking the same!
Mr. J. Stead
Ten out of Ten2012年7月30日に英国でレビュー済み
Depending upon your imagination level, this 10th instalment of the popular Spook's Stories is possibly the most graphic and memorable to date. Characters both good and evil are becoming more developed and the various plots from Joseph Delaney's previous novels increasingly inter-twined so that I may just have to read this one more time to make sure... Strangely addictive, perhaps one day a film-maker will come along and take on what could just be the most interesting British fantasy project since J K Rowling's Harry Potter stories. Don't read these before going to sleep... adults included.
I really loved this book. It has the perfect amount of action, sadness, mystery and suspense! I like how grimalkin was used in this book again, but was devastated at some twists and turns in the story!!! I recommend this book, but like always you have to read the others in the series first, and in order!!! Otherwise really confusing! Really great read, couldn't put it down!!!