Night of the Soul Stealer (Last Apprentice Series #3)

Night of the Soul Stealer (Last Apprentice Series #3)


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As the weather grows colder and the nights draw in, the Spook and his apprentice Tom Ward must be even more vigilant in their battles against the boggarts, witches, and ghosts roaming the county. When they receive an unexpected visitor, the Spook decides it is time to move to his winter house in Anglezarke. It is a bleak, forbidding place, full of witches and secrets. Tom hears rumors of menacing creatures stirring on the moors nearby, including the evil beast called Golgoth. Who was the mysterious visitor? And is Tom prepared for what he will find in Anglezarke?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060766269
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/29/2008
Series: Last Apprentice Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 71,938
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Joseph DELANEY is the author of the internationally best-selling The Last Apprentice series, which is now a major motion picture, Seventh Son. He is a former English teacher who lives in the heart of boggart territory in Lancashire, England. His village has a boggart called the Hall Knocker, which was laid to rest under the step of a house near the church.

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The Last Apprentice: Night of the Soul Stealer

By Joseph Delaney

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2007 Joseph Delaney
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780060766252

Chapter One

An Unexpected Visitor

It was a cold, dark November night, and Alice and I were sitting by the kitchen fire with my master, the Spook. The weather had been getting steadily colder, and I knew that any day now the Spook would decide it was time to set off for his "winter house" on the bleak moor of Anglezarke.

I was in no rush to go. I'd only been the Spook's apprentice since the spring and had never seen the Anglezarke house, but my curiosity certainly wasn't getting the better of me. I was warm and comfortable here in Chipenden, and that's where I'd rather have spent the winter.

I glanced up from the book of Latin verbs I was trying to learn, and Alice caught my eye. She was sitting on a low stool close to the hearth, her face bathed in the warm glow of the fire. She smiled and I smiled back. Alice was the other reason I didn't want to leave Chipenden. She was the closest I'd ever had to a friend, and she'd saved my life on a number of occasions over the last few months. I'd really enjoyed having her living here with us. She made the loneliness of a spook's life more bearable. But my master had told me in confidence that she would be leaving us soon. He'd never really trusted herbecause she came from a family of witches. He also thought she would start to distract me from my lessons, so when the Spook and I went to Anglezarke, she wouldn't be coming with us. Poor Alice didn't know this, and I hadn't the heart to tell her, so for now I was just enjoying another of our last precious evenings together in Chipenden.

But as it turned out, that was to be our last one of the year: as Alice and I sat reading by the glow of the fire and the Spook nodded off in his chair, the tolling of the summoning bell shattered our peace. At that unwelcome sound, my heart sank right down into my boots. It meant only one thing: spooks' business.

You see, nobody ever came up to the Spook's house. For one thing, they'd have been ripped to pieces by the pet boggart that guarded the perimeter of the gardens. So, despite the failing light and the cold wind, it was my job to go down to the bell in the circle of willow trees to see who needed help.

I was feeling warm and comfortable after my early supper, and the Spook must have sensed my reluctance to leave. He shook his head as if disappointed in me, his green eyes glittering fiercely.

"Get yourself down there, lad," he growled. "It's a bad night and whoever it is won't want to be kept waiting!"

As I stood up and reached for my cloak, Alice gave me a small, sympathetic smile. She felt sorry for me, but I could also see that she was happy to sit there warming her hands while I had to go out into the bitter wind.

I closed the back door firmly behind me and, carrying a lantern in my left hand, strode through the western garden and down the hill, the wind trying its very best to tear the cloak from my back. At last I came to the withy trees, where two lanes crossed. It was dark, and my lantern cast disturbing shadows, the trunks and branches twisting into limbs, claws and goblin faces. Above my head the bare branches were dancing and shaking, the wind whining and wailing like a banshee, a female spirit that warned of a death to come.

But these things didn't worry me much. I'd been to this spot before in the dark, and on my travels with the Spook I'd faced such things that would make your hair stand on end. So I wasn't going to be bothered by a few shadows; I expected to be met by someone far more nervous than I was. Probably some farmer's lad sent by his ghost-plagued dad and desperate for help; a lad who'd be scared just to come within half a mile of the Spook's house.

But it wasn't a lad waiting in the withy trees, and I halted in amazement. There, beneath the bell rope, stood a tall figure dressed in a dark cloak and hood, a staff in his left hand. It was another spook!

The man didn't move so I walked toward him, halting just a couple of paces away. He was broad-shouldered and slightly taller than my master, but of his face I could see little as the hood kept his features in shadow. He spoke before I could introduce myself.

"No doubt he's warming himself by the fire while you're out in the cold," the stranger said, the sarcasm heavy in his voice. "Nothing changes!"

"Are you Mr. Arkwright?" I asked. "I'm Tom Ward, Mr. Gregory's apprentice. . . ." It was a reasonable enough guess. My master, John Gregory, was the only spook I'd ever met but I knew there were others, the nearest being Bill Arkwright, who plied his trade beyond Caster, covering the northern border regions of the County. So it was very likely that this man was him—although I couldn't guess why he'd come calling.

The stranger pulled the hood back from his face to reveal a black beard dappled with flecks of gray and an unruly thatch of black hair silvered at the temples. He smiled with his mouth, but his eyes were cold and hard.

"Who I am is none of your business, boy. But your master knows me well enough!"

With those words he reached inside his cloak, pulled out an envelope, and handed it to me. I turned it over, examining it quickly. It had been sealed with wax and was addressed To John Gregory.

"Well, get on your way, boy. Give him the letter and warn him that we'll be meeting again soon. I'll be waiting for him up on Anglezarke!"


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would say that you of the first two. This one has got be the best. Joseph Denaly is good at writing suspense. Everytime i read about the feral lamia i thought it was truely going to eat him. When she found him in that hole,i really really thought then that that was it. I just started the fourth book hopefully Joseph can pull it off again. Good job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this third installment of the tragically little known Apprentice Series (it really should be on Best Sellers list), Tom, Alice, and the Spook travel to the north. We learn a lot more about the Spook's past and that not all of his apprentices died or turned into Spooks themselves. We finally meet Meg, the lamia witch, and Tom's life begins to turn bleaker than it had before as he begins to learn that he has no choice but to grow up fast to avoid being trampled on by life. This is a great book to all the cool people of the world that have enjoyed Old Gregory and Tom Ward from the very beginning!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible book everyone should read.The story is interesting, frighning, and adictive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like this series. They are scary but really well written and throughly addictive. He writes like he has seen the spooks buisness firtshand and seen all the monsters. I really got to know more about meg and spook and cant wait for the next one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the last apprentice seires soo much I ordered this book and the fourth on line from england, this book is called the spook's secret over in the uk and It answered alot of question about meg skelton and such I was disapponted though there wasn't much witchcraft and Alice in this book it would wicked good all the same but if you like this series wait till the 4th They go to pendle!!! and it has witchcraft on every page
hjjugovic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another good read. I really enjoy the ambivalence of Alice and Meg, although Tom is a bit clueless about Morgan's threat.
8F_SAM on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was pretty good. I think in this book, you found out more about the Spook's personal life. In this book, the Spook, Tom and Alice moved to the Spook's winter home in Anglezarke. But before they left, the Spook recieved a mysterious letter from Morgan, a failed apprentcie of the Spook. The letter deeply disturbed the Spook, and Tom is curious about why. When they get to their winter home, Tom discovers yet another thing about the Spook. Meg, a lamia witch, and the Spook's past love, is free to roam the house. Soon one thing leads to another, and Tom is in trouble again!
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney. This was an excellent book and a great follow up to the first two books.In this book Gregory and Tom move to the Spook's winter home after being contacted by a man named Morgan, who is a former apprentice of the Spook's. In Gregory's winter home Tom learns many more secrets about Gregory's past and finally gets to meet the mysterious Meg. Things get more dangerous than Tom ever expected when Morgan starts to dabble in some seriously dangerous magic. Can Tom and Gregory make it through the winter and survive?This book was great. Easy to read, well-written, fast-paced, and suspenseful. This was a great "horror" book for kids. Tom is a likable character that you can't help rooting for and Alice is also very engaging. Meg made for an interesting addition to the book too. It was great to learn more about Gregory's past and it was also wonderful to spend more time with Tom's Mam.I eagerly await the next book. What will happen next as the dark continues to rise? What will Tom find in the secret room that Mam has left him? Will Alice be able to stay on the path of the light? I am excited to find out. I love these books there are just such a nice pleasant, and spooky, read.
JohnB.Good on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
SUMMARY: The Last Apprentice: Night of the Soul Stealer is about a boy named Tom
smallmeadow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While I haven't finished reading this book yet, I have read the first two of the series, and while they are on the dark side, and I can't read all of them without some books in between, these books are gripping. The black and white illustrations by Patrick Arrasmith compliment the book so well. This is yet another British piece of work. I must say a Golden Age seems to be in progress for children's literature in Britain, and while this is for mature children, or more appropriately young adults, it is wonderful. It's a scary read for young children.
Crewman_Number_6 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've truly enjoyed this series. It feels original and fresh. It is also chilling, yet not too scary. I like the fact that Tom is not perfect. He makes mistakes, but is always willing to take responsibility for them.
Eurekas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Last Apprentice series. It takes place in the Spook's winter home in Anglezarke. The characters are the Spook, Tom, Alice, Andrew (the Spook's brother), Meg (a lamia witch), her sister Marcia (a feral lamia witch), Morgan, and the Hursts. It is not just business as usual in this book. Tom and the Spook are nearing the end of their first year as master and apprentice and are working better as a team but for the first time the reader sees a much more emotional side of the Spook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find I put it down just to save it so I can catch up later. Super fast reader when it comes to books I like. And this series has definitely caught me. Not too much romance and for that I'm grateful. I love how the characters are coming together even the creatures that come across their way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the first and second. AMAZING! This one better be good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You're raeding this. Chances are you that read wrong. You read that wrong too, probably. You're checking. 1. You are smiling 3. Or you are thinking this is a waste of time 4. I skipped 2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty spook-y. Tom Ward-er. : )-
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This was the best book ever. I think everyone should read it.
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Blahh blahh blahh! Other peoples reviews dont deserve to exist. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! PRETTY GREAT BOOK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just got done with the third book amd it was the most interresting book i have ever read i didnt think meg would remember that she was a laima witch all in all it was a REALLY GOOD BOOK.! I would recomend it to anyone it is a really awesome book.!
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