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Book Title: Heksejægerens forbandelse|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 4.71 MB
v The author of the book: Joseph Delaney
Date of issue: 2006
ISBN 13: 9788762601871
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Read full description of the books Heksejægerens forbandelse:Tom Ward is a Spook's apprentice. The Spooks are the people who deal with malevolent supernatural forces using mundane means: their physical strength, their wits, and their knowledge. This profession is somewhat similar to this:
The book starts with Tom's first independent assignment of containing a highly dangerous boggart. He succeeded, but not before the local priest was killed. The priest happens to be a brother of Tom's mentor who wants to give the last respect to his late brother.
The problem is all the priests are buried in the city called Priestown. Think local Vatican. Priests hate Spooks and their Quisitor - think Grand Inquisitor - burns them in a bonfire without any trail most of the time. Unfortunately our heroes have no choice but to go as they have another even more important business in Priestown: something very big and very bad lurking in the local catacombs, something which almost killed the Spook when he was younger and at his physical prime.
This book is as fast and easy read as the first one; it is also as spooky. I complained about some of the characters being undeveloped before, now we finally have some development happening. We learn more about the background of the Spook and Tom's parents with some very unexpected facts coming out.
The story also raises a very difficult question: can you fight evil with greater evil? If you do, what does it make you? If you managed to achieve highly noble goals, does it make the means were justifiable? I was really pondering about these while reading.
In conclusion this rates with 4 very solid stars. If you liked the first book, you will like this one. If you are looking for a horror series written with young adults in mind but which can be read by anybody even past that age, look no further than this.
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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