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

Author

Joseph Delaney

Genre

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

Publishers

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

Release Date

June 30th 2005

Place in the series

Book Two

Pages

  • 432 (UK)
  • 496 (US)

Preceded by

The Spook's Apprentice

Followed by

The Spook's Secret

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

Publishing Information

The novel was originally published on June 30th 2005 by Bodley Head in hardback but since then it has been released in paperback (published by Red Fox) and reprinted in a new-style cover.

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

Book Description

The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, deal with the dark.Together they rid the county of witches, ghosts and boggarts. But now they have unfinished business to attend to in Priestown. Deep in the catacombs of the cathedral, lurks the Spook's nemesis - the Bane. A creature he has never been able to defeat. As Thomas and his master prepare for the battle of their lives it becomes clear that the Bane isn't their only enemy in town. The Quisitor has arrived, searching the county for those who meddle with the dark - witches, warlocks and Spooks! When the Spook is arrested and sentenced to death it's up to Thomas, with a little help from his old friend Alice, to rescue his master and destroy the curse of Priestown

Detailed Plot

The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward have traveled to Priestown for some unfinished business. For, deep in the catacombs of the cathedral, lurks the Spook’s nemesis - The Bane. A creature he has never been able to defeat. As Thomas and his master prepare for the battle of their lives it becomes clear that The Bane isn’t their only enemy in town. The Quisitor has arrived, searching the county for those who meddle with the dark – witches, warlocks and Spooks! But when Alice makes a pact with the bane she may be in great danger. By making a pact with the bane, she has to feed her own blood to it. The more blood that she feeds the bane, the more she becomes under its control.

The Spook fears that she will eventually be under the banes control fully and wants to stay as far away from her as possible, however that proves to be difficult since Alice and Tom became very good friends since his first adventure. Alice begins to use the bane to help her and Tom out of binds where they could be killed.When the Spook is arrested and sentenced to death it's up to Thomas, with a little help from Alice (and the bane), to rescue his master and destroy the curse of Priestown. Eventually begins to fear and dislike it just as much as Tom and the Spook do. With the Spook and Thomas helping her, she controls the Bane for just enough of a time for the Spook and Thomas to devise a plan to capture or kill the Bane.

In a race against time Thomas and Alice must face the bane deep in the depths of the catacombs. Alice requests one more thing from the Bane when they meet it in the catacombs, and that is that he does not hurt the Spook or Thomas. When Alice is its new target, Tom takes his chance and kills the bane, freeing priestown from its curse.

Book Chapters

  1. The Horshaw Ripper
  2. The Spook's Past
  3. The Bane
  4. Priestown
  5. The Funeral
  6. A Pact with Hell
  7. Escape and Capture
  8. Brother Peter's Tale
  9. The Catacombs
  10. Girl Spit
  11. The Spook's Trial
  12. The Silver Gate
  13. The Burning
  14. Dad's Tale
  15. The Silver Chain
  16. A Pit for Alice
  17. The Quisitor Arrives
  18. Nightmare on the Hill
  19. The Stone Graves
  20. Mam's Letter
  21. A Sacrifice
  22. A Bargain's a Bargain


Chapter One: The Horshaw Ripper

Chapter Two: The Spook's Tale

Chapter Three: The Bane

Chapter Four: Priestown

Chapter Five: The Funeral

Chapter Six: A Pact with Hell

Chapter Seven: Escape and Capture

Chapter Eight: Brother Peter's Tale

Chapter Nine: The Catacombs

Chapter Ten: Girl Spit

Chapter Eleven: The Spook's Trial

Chapter Twelve: The Silver Gate

Chapter Thirteen: The Burning

Chapter Fourteen: Dad's Tale

Chapter Fifteen: The Silver Chain

Chapter Sixteen: A Pit for Alice

Chapter Seventeen: The Quisitor Arrives

Chapter Eighteen: Nightmare on the Hill

Chapter Nineteen: The Stone Graves

Chapter Twenty: Mam's Letter

Chapter Twenty-One: A Sacrifice

Chapter Twenty-Two: A Bargain's a Bargain

Deaths

Character Killed By Cause Of Death Circumstances
The Quisitor The Bane/Alice Deane Alice used one of her three available commands on the Bane to kill the Quisitor. The Quisitor and his mean were hunting the Spook, Tom and Alice down in belief they were servants of the dark.
Brother Peter The Bane Pressed to death in the catacombs of Priestown.

JordanLangston 05:35, July 12, 2010 (UTC)

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