Books like this remind me of how unlucky I was as a child when it came to available reading. Kids now are just so lucky to get lengthy fantasy stories like this instead of the the shorter ones I remember.
This was a really good book, even though the witches were cliched. (After all, they are so easy to persecute as the bad guy.) The story was quick to read and ended well. My favorite character was the Spook's boggart. I really hope to see it in the next book!
Enjoyed this very much - well written so the characters came alive; easy to understand without seeming too simple; interesting story; scary tests and details - I look forward to reading the next in the series.
This is a great book for anyone who likes a well-told, scary story. It's the first book in a series about a young boy named Thomas Ward. Youn Tom is the seventh son of a seventh son, making him a perfect candidate to be trained to the the next "Spook" of the County. In his training he learns about witches, boggarts, and other evil characters. (You'll have to read the book to learn what a boggart is!) This book definitely wants to make me read the next one in this series!
I read this book as an adult, and really enjoyed it. Might be a bit too scary for a 9-year old though, as the book's target audience is 9 to 12 year-olds.
I love, love LOVE these books. They are creep and get creepier every book. I couldn't put them down. Fans of Harry Potter will love these.
I absolutely loved this book. The author is very imaginative and held my attention with very page. I highly recommend this book.
I hope Delaney writes more in this series. I love this book. Joalice
pretty good story, not predictable
I loved this book. It kept me wanting to know more and more. Then next thing you know it was done. So I had to go out and get the next one.
It's about a boy named Tom who is the 7th son of the 7th son. That makes it perfect for him to become a spook. So at the age of 12, he sets off with the current spook to train. A spook's job is to take care of ghosts, witches, boggarts, etc. Tom trains and soon finds that he is left by himself so the Spook can take care of matter in another town. This turns out to be a set up so some witches can get at Tom. They want him to release a powerful witch that the Spook has "locked up". Without realizing what he did until it is too late, the witch is released. He decides to go after her. From there is just keeps getting better. You must read the book to find out more.
The style of writing was juvenile, not meant in a negative way at all. On the contrary, personally I would've devoured these books when I was in elementary school. Of course, I never did scare easily (I'd gone through the horror section of both the public library and video store before I hit double digits in age). The witches were scary, or would be with the correct audience. Witches who are bound to their bones so they are still a threat after death. Witches who aren't bound and are still a threat after death. Using children's blood in rituals, a few deaths, a truly haunted house. It would be too much for some children, and some adults for that matter. For me, it wasn't even creepy. It was interesting though, and overall, I enjoyed reading it.
It reminded me a lot of the old Grimm Fairy tales. Not the sanitized versions, the originals. I liked the storyline and plot, and I may one day read another in the series. I'm just not overly eager to do it anytime soon. I just don't think I'm the target audience any longer.
This book reminds me of a quote by C. S. Lewis, "A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest." It's a good story and can be enjoyed by people of all ages.