The Spook's Battle
The first edition cover of The Spook's Battle published by Bodley Head


Joseph Delaney


Horror, Chiller, Children's Book, Mild Fantasy, Weird Fiction


  • Bodley Head (UK Hardback
  • Red Fox (UK Paperback)
  • Greenwillow Books (US Edition)

Release Date

July 5th, 2007

Place in the series

Book Three


  • 496 (UK)
  • 576 (US)

Preceded by

The Spook's Secret

Followed by

The Spook's Mistake

The Spook's Battle is the fourth novel in the children's book series The Wardstone Chronicles written by English author Joseph Delaney.

Publishing Information

The novel was originally published on July 5th 2007 by Bodley Head in hardback but since then it has been released in paperback (published by Red Fox), re-released in a special edition paperback edition with additional content and reprinted in a new-style cover.

The book was also released in the US as The Last Apprentice: Attack of the Fiend due to 'spook' may be viewed as a racist term to some of the American population.

Book Description

In Pendle the witches are rising and the three most powerful witch clans are rumoured to be in order to conjure an unimagineable 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 unthinable. Before they go, the Spook tells Tom to journey home and collect the turnks Mam left behind for him. But what family secrets are contained in the trunks? And will they place Tom's family in even greater danger or provide the help Tom and his master need in Pendle?

Book Chapters

  1. A Visitor from Pendle
  2. Theft and Kidnapping
  3. Priorities
  4. East to Pendle
  5. The Three Sisters
  6. The Cellar of Mirrors
  7. Alice's Tale
  8. Mistress Wurmalde
  9. Footprints
  10. Tibb
  11. Thief and Murderer
  12. The Army Arrives
  13. The Sepulchre
  14. The Wight
  15. Like Lithe Cats
  16. Mam's Trunks
  17. Moonlight
  18. James the Blacksmith
  19. Agnes Sowerbutts
  20. The End of an Enemy
  21. Back to Downham
  22. The Battle of Pendle Hill
  23. Blood Moon
  24. Despair
  25. A New Order

(Additional Chapter) Mouldheels and Maggots

Chapter One: A Visitor from Pendle

Chapter Two: Theft and Kidnapping

Chapter Three: Priorities

Chapter Four: East to Pendle

Chapter Five: The Three Sisters

Chapter Six: The Cellar of Mirrors

Chapter Seven: Alice's Tale

Chapter Eight: Mistress Wurmalde

Chapter Nine: Footprints

Chapter Ten: Tibb

Chapter Eleven: Thief and Murderer

Chapter Twelve: The Army Arrives

Chapter Thirteen: The Sepulchre

Chapter Fourteen: The Wight

Chapter Fifteen: Like Lithe Cats

Chapter Sixteen: Mam's Trunks

Chapter Seventeen: Moonlight

Chapter Eighteen: James the Blacksmith

Chapter Nineteen: Agnes Sowerbutts

Chapter Twenty: The End of an Enemy

Chapter Twenty-One: Back to Downham

Chapter Twenty-Two: The Battle of Pendle Hill

Chapter Twenty-Three: Blood Moon

Chapter Twenty-Four: Despair

Chapter Twenty-Five: A New Order

Additional Chapter: Mouldheels and Maggots


Character Killed By Cause Of Death Circumstances
Wurmalde Mam's lamia sisters Thrown onto Gore Rock Battle of Pendle Hill
Tibb The Spook Weakened due to naturally shortness of life; stabbed through head with staff. Killed after being hunted for information by the Spook and Tom.


JordanLangston 05:37, July 12, 2010 (UTC)