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Book Title: Väktarens strid|
The author of the book: Joseph Delaney
Date of issue: August 2008
ISBN 13: 9789173710428
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 727 KB
Read full description of the books Väktarens strid:It is time for the Spook and his apprentice to finally try to do something about the big looming problem; evil witches stronghold in the Country must be taken care of. The good news: the witches are divided into three powerful clans that are too busy with infighting to do real evil. The bad news: they already united once for a time when facing a real danger. The unbelievably bad news: the mentioned danger was represented by none other than the Spook, so there is no love lost between them and the witches would be ready for him this time.
By the way, the majority of people who saw the movie Seventh Son agree that it is much weaker than this series upon which it is based. So I only used the image above just as a nice visual aid.
Mildly disappointing would be the best description of the book. For starters, the main hero of the story Tom acted really stupid in a couple of scenes. He is usually smarter than this, but he looks completely retarded in the scenes I mentioned, even for his age: he is 14. As an example of one of these scenes without spoilers is his first meeting with Mab.
The Spook whose character I found really fascinating was mostly absent. Now that I finished the book the main question still remains: what the heck was he doing all of the time? Other than being mysterious and absent, that is.
This is the first book of the series so far without any conclusion whatsoever. The narration just... stopped at one point. I would not even call the ending a real cliffhanger. There was also a big plot hole left, enough to drive a couple of aircraft carriers through - side by side.
On the positive side, it was still a fast read. Something always bothered me: Tom is seventh son. Up to now we only got to meet his oldest brother who was kind of a minor jerk. We finally meet another brother who acts like a decent human being. Some of the mysterious past of Tom's mom is revealed as well as her legacy to her youngest son.
I gave 3 stars to this book, but it does not mean I would give up on the series; on the contrary I am eager to read the next book.
Read information about the authorJoseph Delaney is a full time writer living in Lancashire, in the heart of Boggart territory. He first got the idea for the Wardstone Chronicles series when he moved to the village where he lives now and discovered there was a local boggart - ‘a man like me needs boggarts around’. He made a note in his notebook ‘a story about a man who hunts boggarts’ and years later when he had to come up with an idea at short notice developed this into ‘The Spook’s Apprentice’, the first book in the series.
He continues to draw upon the folklore of Lancashire and has acquired much local knowledge over the years which he tweaks and modifies to create his fictional world. Another source of inspiration has been Lancashire’s varied and atmospheric landscape. Many of the locations in the County are based on actual places in Lancashire.
In the early days of his writing career Joseph worked as a teacher at a Sixth Form College: his subjects were English, Film and Media Studies. He used to get up early and write every morning before work. That way he could write a book a year – which promptly got rejected! When the Americans bought the series he decided to give up teaching and write full time.
Prior to teaching he worked as an engineer in his twenties, completing an apprenticeship just like Tom Ward in the spook’s books.
Joseph describes his method of writing as a process of discovery. He doesn’t plot too far ahead and often doesn’t know what is going to happen until he writes it down. In other words he makes it up as he goes along. He prefers writing dialogue to description, in which he says he is a minimalist and leaves much to the reader’s imagination.
He has a new series underway, Arena 13. This is a complete departure from the world of ghosts, ghasts and boggarts and centres on a young boy called Leith and surprisingly, an Arena and an evil creature called Hob.
Joseph has three children and nine grandchildren and is a wonderful public speaker available for conference, library and bookshop events.
The Spook's Apprentice, The Spook's Curse and The Spook's Secret have all been shortlisted for the Lancashire children's Book for the Year Award. The Spook's Apprentice is the winner of both the Sefton Book Award and the Hampshire Book Award.
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