- Publisher: RED FOX
- Format: Paperback | 528 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 176mm x 36mm | 322g
- Publication date: 5 March 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1862308543
- ISBN 13: 9781862308541
- Illustrations note: B/w chapter headings
- Sales rank: 19,270
'Pendle District is riddled with witches ...The biggest problem we face is their sheer numbers. You see that's right at the heart of the threat we face - that the witch clans might unite.' 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. 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? And will they place Tom's family in even greater danger? The fourth chilling installment of The Wardstone Chronicles, the series that inspired the forthcoming movie The Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore.
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Joseph Delaney is a retired English teacher living in Lancashire. He has three children and seven grandchildren and is a wonderful public speaker available for conference, library and bookshop events. His home is in the middle of Boggart territory and his village has a boggart called the Hall Knocker, which was laid to rest under the step of a house near the church. Most of the places in the Spook's books are based on real places in Lancashire. And the inspiration behind the stories often comes from local ghost stories and legends.
By Librarian Lavender 08 Mar 2014
This time Tom and the Spook have to go to Pendle, a district filled with witches. For Tom there's very much at stake and of course Alice is there to help him in her own way. The Spook can't always be there for Tom and exactly then he faces a lot of trouble. The evil is getting bigger every time.
I enjoyed the fourth book in the Spook's Series very much. The witches in Pendle are nasty. There's one in particular who seems to have it in for Tom. This book also reveals a lot about his mother and her past. Again there are many things to be afraid of, not only the witches themselves, but also their creations. Tom finds himself in unpleasant situations over and over again and every time it was a pleasure to see how he would get out of them.
"Ideal for the reader who has outgrown Harry Potter. Be warned, these books are seriously scary ... Beautifully produced and consistently surprising the weird and wonderful Wardstone Chronicles are an annual treat" The Times "Impressively written and deliciously spine-tingling" Publishing News "The spine-chilling escapades of the Spook and his apprentice continue apace" Waterstone's Books Quarterly