The Wardstone Chronicles

13 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 947 ratings

The Spook's Apprentice Summary

A terrifying series about a young boy training to be an exorcist. Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son and has been apprenticed to the local Spook. The job is hard, the Spook is distant and many apprentices have failed before Thomas. Somehow Thomas must learn how to exorcise ghosts, contain witches and bind boggarts. But when he is tricked into freeing Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the County, the horror begins...

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  • Book 1

    • The Spook's Apprentice

    • Wardstone Chronicles 1
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Jamie Glover
    • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 169
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 143

    A terrifying series about a young boy training to be an exorcist. Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son and has been apprenticed to the local Spook. The job is hard, the Spook is distant and many apprentices have failed before Thomas. Somehow Thomas must learn how to exorcise ghosts, contain witches and bind boggarts. But when he is tricked into freeing Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the County, the horror begins...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By Mr on 05-11-11

    Regular price: £18.00

  • Book 2

    • The Spook's Curse

    • Wardstone Chronicles 2
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Will Thorp
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85

    The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, deal with the dark.Together they rid the county of witches, ghosts and boggarts. But now they have unfinished business to attend to in Priestown. Deep in the catacombs of the cathedral, lurks the Spook’s nemesis - the Bane. A creature he has never been able to defeat. As Thomas and his master prepare for the battle of their lives it becomes clear that the Bane isn’t their only enemy in town.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book

    • By Amanda Palmer-Stone on 07-12-16

    Regular price: £20.09

  • Book 3

    • The Spook's Secret

    • Wardstone Chronicles 3
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
    • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83

    The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, deal with the dark. Together they rid the county of witches, ghosts, and boggarts. In this third and terrifying instalment in the Wardstone Chronicles, the nights are drawing in and it's time for Tom and his master to move to Anglezarke, the Spook's winter house. Tom has heard it will be a sinister and menacing place but nothing could fully prepare him for what he finds there.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Winning Third Book

    • By Bycicletire on 14-04-13

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  • Book 4

    • The Spook's Battle

    • Wardstone Chronicles 4
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
    • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77

    The fourth instalment of the Wardstone Chronicles. In Pendle the witches are rising and the three most powerful witch clans are rumoured to be uniting in order to conjure an unimaginable evil. Together they will be capable of raising the dark made flesh - the Devil himself.Tom and the Spook need to set off for Pendle to avert the unthinkable. But before they go, the Spook tells Tom to journey home and collect the trunks Mam left behind for him. But what dark family secrets are contained in the trunks?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Witches loose again

    • By Clive on 16-01-15

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  • Book 5

    • The Spook's Mistake

    • Wardstone Chronicles 5
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
    • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66

    As danger increases in the County, Tom is sent far north by his master to be trained by Bill Arkwright, another Spook. Arkwright lives in a haunted mill on the edge of a treacherous marsh and his training methods prove to be harsh and sometimes cruel. But he has toughened up many previous apprentices, and now he must do the same for Tom. But when the Fiend sends his own daughter, the ancient and powerful water witch Morwena, to destroy him, Tom finds himself facing his enemies alone.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My favourite series of books

    • By Amazon Customer on 28-05-17

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 6

    • The Spook's Sacrifice

    • Wardstone Chronicles 6
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 54

    As the Spook's apprentice Tom's first duty is to protect the County from the dark. But now Mam needs his help in her homeland of Greece. One of the most dangerous of the old gods, the Ordeen, is about to return there, bringing slaughter and devastation. Meanwhile, the Devil himself is still loose and if he and the Ordeen join forces, a new age of darkness will descend. Mam has summoned a powerful group to her side but among them are Tom's old enemy, the Pendle witches, including the assassin Grimalkin, and the cunning clan leader Mab Moldheel.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliantly read

    • By Amanda Palmer-Stone on 27-04-17

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  • Book 7

    • The Spook's Nightmare

    • Wardstone Chronicles 7
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
    • Length: 7 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 52
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 52

    >The Spook, Tom, and Alice return from Greece to find the County under siege - and the Spook's home burnt to the ground. With his precious library of knowledge destroyed, they seek refuge on the nearby island of Mona. But with Mona in the thrall of a twisted Shaman there is little respite from hostility or denizens of the dark. And as Alice dodges the ever-tightening net of the island's witch hunters, a more deadly enemy emerges. Bony Lizzie, escaped from the Spook's bonds, has grand ambitions of taking the throne.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant as always

    • By Mike on 15-05-18

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  • Book 8

    • The Spook's Destiny

    • Wardstone Chronicles 8
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    The Spook, Tom and Alice travel to Ireland, fleeing from the war in the County. The only thing protecting Tom and Alice is the fragile and precious bloodjar. They must remain together and the jar intact - otherwise they are both at the mercy of the Fiend himself.Meanwhile Tom is recruited to tackle the evil mage alliance, on a mission which ultimately leads him to the possession of the Spook's Blade. A sword with a dark side and a thirst of its own for blood...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Anonymous User on 15-06-18

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  • Book 9

    • Spook's: I Am Grimalkin

    • Wardstone Chronicles 9
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
    • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    I am Grimalkin, and I have already chosen those I will kill...Grimalkin has made it her lifetime ambition to destroy the Fiend, avenging the brutal murder of her son. Having grudgingly joined forces with the Spook and his apprentice, Tom, and assisted them in the binding of the Fiend, she is now on the run. And her mission is deadly. She has to help them bind the Fiend's spirit for ever no matter who - or what - comes after it.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • loved it

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-03-15

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 10

    • The Spook's Blood

    • Wardstone Chronicles 10
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
    • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    Time is running out for Thomas Ward. His final battle against the Fiend is drawing near, and the Spook's apprentice has never felt more alone in his task. Isolated and afraid, the Fiend is set to send the greatest of his servants against him - Siscoi, a Vampire God more ferocious than anything he has yet faced. Tom must risk his life to prevent the evil beast from entering this world, even as he learns that the final destruction of the Fiend may involve a sacrifice more terrible than he can imagine….

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really good book.

    • By Mike on 31-05-18

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 11

    • Spook's: Slither's Tale

    • Wardstone Chronicles 11
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Toby Longworth, Kate Harbour
    • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    Far from the Wardstone, a new darkness is rising . . .Slither is a haizda mage who preys upon humans, drinking their blood to feed his dark urges. So when a local farmer dies, it’s only natural that Slither should want to feast on his lovely daughters.But then the farmer offers him a deal, and extracts from Slither a promise that will take him on a journey to the City of the Petrified Tree, to a fallen star-stone that holds great power, and straight into the path of Grimalkin, the Witch Assassin.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • It was very good.

    • By Mike on 05-06-18

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 12

    • Spook's: Alice

    • Wardstone Chronicles 12
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Annie Hemingway
    • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    A lot of dark stuff happened when I was young that I‘ve never even told to my dearest friend, Tom Ward. Dark and scary things I hoped I had left behind for ever... Over the years, Alice has fought evil side by side with the Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward. But now Alice is alone – in the realm of the dark. And the creatures she has helped to banish there, now have the chance to take their revenge. Alice must seek the final weapon needed to destroy the Fiend for good. If she fails, the world will fall into despair and darkness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • eagerly waiting for the final book

    • By Christine Hargreaves on 29-07-16

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 13

    • The Spook's Revenge

    • The Wardstone Chronicles, Book 13
    • By: Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
    • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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    Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Spook's Revenge by Joseph Delaney, read by Thomas Judd. ‘He’s the seventh son of a seventh son. His name is Thomas J. Ward and he’s my gift to the County. When he’s old enough we’ll send you word. Train him well. He’ll be the best apprentice you’ve ever had and he’ll also be your last.’ These were the words of Tom's Mam to the county Spook some years ago. As Tom, the Spook and their allies prepare to battle with the Fiend on a huge scale, to finally enact their revenge, it now remains to be seen whether Mam's declaration will come true.

    Regular price: £19.99