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Attack of the Fiend Library Binding – Apr 9 2009

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  • Library Binding: 576 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439597774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439597774
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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About the Author

Joseph Delaney lives in Lancashire, England, right in the middle of boggart territory. His village has a boggart, called a hall knocker, which was laid to rest under the steps of a house near the church. Most of the places in The Last Apprentice series are based on real locations in Lancashire, and the inspiration behind the stories often comes from local ghost stories and legends.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By Kirstie on March 17 2008
Format: Hardcover
I love this series. This book had no dull spots and kept you interested the entire time. I was able to finsh this whole book in one day because i was so into it. In this book Tom and the Spook wind up trying to stop a huge amount of witches who are trying to summon the devil himself to earth with the help of only Alice and one of the Spooks former apprentices. Tom is faced with a lot of challenging decisions and I had no idea what was going to happen because everywhere he turned had a new consequence. The book is dark and scary without being to frightening. I loved it and would recommend it to anyone about grade 6 and up.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, Mr. Delaney, As Usual!!! March 11 2008
By Gail - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading "Attack of the Fiend" last night and I was not disappointed! My eleven-year-old son and I have been waiting for this one to come out, as we have read the entire "Last Apprentice" series and absolutely love every book. As usual, Joseph Delaney did a great job of scaring the pants off of us! From the first chapter, I was on the edge of my seat, terrified for Tom, the Spook's apprentice. Several times I had to put the book down and walk away to calm my nerves, but of course, couldn't stay away for long because I just had to see what would happen next. My husband even asked once, "What is the problem? I thought this was a kids' book?" and I had to explain that reading the Last Apprentice books is like watching a terrifying movie: your stomach is clenched with worry for these characters, but you're also dying to see what trouble they'll get into next. "Attack of the Fiend" had action and suspense from beginning to end and still, left us wondering when the next book will come out so that we can find out how Tom and the Spook plan to defeat the creatures of darkness. This is great book for anyone long as you're not afraid of the dark!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
They get Better and Better and Better March 17 2008
By Jeannie Mancini - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I had the lay down date marked on my calendar, and couldnt wait to run down to the store as soon as the day came to get my copy. I had read the previous three installments and did a 5 star review on book two, The Curse of the Bane. Delaney just keeps these books remarkably riveting, scary and intense. This was the longest book yet but by far the best of the four. Our young Apprentice is getting stronger in his abilities and getting more independant to work on his own now without the constant guidance of the mighty Spook. I like that his character is growing and not staying stagnant even though the time period between book one and this book four is only a year and a half's time. This installment, Attack of the Fiend, offers more wonderful suspenseful, edge of the seat action. The scare level is right up there from page one to the end. Last Apprentice fans can not be disappointed in this new book in any way and are sure to just say "more please". Delaney does leave this installment a little open ended so that we for sure know that book five is on it's way so that we readers get resolvement on the episodes we get in this book. This is a fabulolus horror series for kids and adults and truly topnotch. I'd like to add praise too to the sensational illustrator. Not only are the cover designs remarkable but each chapter head page evokes true dark and eerie scenes that seem to scream off the page. High praise here, very very high praise for a series that is not sliding in interest, it is escalating into greatness. I eagerly await book five. I just cant wait!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Awesome spine-tingling series June 11 2008
By T. Foster - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Wow! This series just gets better and better! I don't even like horror, but these books strike the right tone. Delightfully creepy (boys will love it), but not too intense for children ages 10 and up. I loooove the narrative voice. The main character's simple, matter-of-fact voice balances perfectly with the story's melodramatic horror. The main character is very endearing. You'll be cheering for him. The plot has evolved nicely from book to book. Read Book One first, and you'll eagerly turn pages to get to this one. I love the characters, love the story, love the writing style. Love it all! Can't wait for more!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Wow! Wonderful Book! Maybe the best yet? March 1 2008
By Rosalba Scott - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I just got my copy. I had preordered this and had been waiting a while; it was well worth the wait! I could not put it down. My only regret is that I read it too quickly. If you're a fan of this series, you won't be disappointed. Lots of action and suspense from the characters we love. You'll stay on the edge of your seat from the beginning. Super, super book. I loved it!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Building momentum; Alice as a full character Oct. 22 2011
By Pop Bop - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful series, most especially because of the ongoing development of Tom's relationship with the Spook, and of Tom's connection to Alice. Be warned that in later volumes this development is much less pronounced and the books become more interchangeable episodic adventures. But for now, and the next volume, if you are interested in Tom's mother's history, and in Tom's development as an apprentice, this book will be very rewarding.

Further, this is the book where Alice comes into her own, as do the Pendle witches. The larger story arc begins to come into focus, but we begin to drift away from the original books' emphasis on Tom's practical development as a simple apprentice. I likes the series' focus on the day to day affairs of the County, but I imagine most readers will welcome the move to a grander fantasy plot.