The Spook's Mistake
The first edition cover of The Spook's Mistkae 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

June 5th 2008

Place in the series

Book Five


  • 480 (UK)
  • 544 (US)

Preceded by

The Spook's Battle

Followed by

The Spook's Sacrifice

The Spook's Mistake is the fifth 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 5th 2008 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: Wrath of the Bloodeye due to 'spook' may be viewed as a racist term to some of the American population.

Book Description

As danger increases in the County, Tom is sent far north by his master to be trained by Bill Arkwright, another Spook. Arkwright lives in a haunted mill on the edge of a treacherous marsh and his training methods prove to be harsh and sometimes cruel. But he has toughened up many previous apprentices and now he must do the same for Tom and prepare him for the gravest dangers of his life. But when the Fiend sends his own daughter, the ancient powerful water witch Morwena, to destroy Tom, Arkwright makes an error of judgement and Tom finds himself facing his enemies alone. The Spook and Alice realising his danger, hasten to his aid but will even their combined strengths suffice in the face of such terrible dark power? And what is the Spook’s mistake, the consequences of which might give final victory to the dark?

Book Chapters

  1. The King's Shilling
  2. The Truth of Things
  3. A Late Reply
  4. The Mill
  5. A Shrill High Scream
  6. Water Lore
  7. Frog-Kicks
  8. The Fisherman's Wife
  9. Whacks and Lumps
  10. The Spook's Letter
  11. The Witch's Finger
  12. Morwena
  13. The Hermit of Cartmel
  14. A Dead Man
  15. The Dancing Finger
  16. The Trail of Blood
  17. Pursuit
  18. Two Messages
  19. The Bargeman's Daughter
  20. No Choice At All
  21. Hobbled
  22. Widdershins
  23. A Witch Bottle
  24. The Folly
  25. Grimalkin
  26. The Unthinkable
  27. A Hard Bargain
  28. The Fight on the Marsh
  29. Where I Belong
  30. The Black Barge
  31. Whose Blood?


Character Killed By Cause Of Death Circumstances
Morwena Grimalkin Cut out her heart and fed to Claw. The fight on the marsh.
Large number of water witches. Tom and Grimalkin Cut out their hearts and fed to Claw. The fight on the marsh.
Mr Gilbert the bargeman The Fiend Unknown causes Used as a vessel for The Fiend to walk the earth.

JordanLangston 06:09, July 12, 2010 (UTC)