The Spook's Secret is the third 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 6th, 2006 by The Bodley Head in hardback, but since then has been released in paperback and reprinted in a new-style cover (published by Red Fox).

The book was also released in the U.S as The Last Apprentice: Night of the Soul Stealer due to 'spook' may be viewed as a racist term to some of the American population.


As the weather gets colder, the Spook announces that it's time to move to his winter home on Anglezarke - a bleak, forbidding place, close to the dark with a deep cellar full of bound witches and boggarts. Once there, Tom finds himself discovering more and more about his master's past and the identity of a mysterious visitor who, it seems, is the Spook's sworn enemy. Is the Spook's past catching up with him? And how much danger will Tom be in if his master's secrets are revealed?

Book Chapters

  1. An Unexpected Visitor
  2. Farewell to Chipenden
  3. Home
  4. The Winter House
  5. What Lay Beneath
  6. A Nasty Piece of Work
  7. The Stone Chucker
  8. The Stone Chucker's Return
  9. Intimations of Death
  10. Bad News
  11. Mam's Room
  12. Necromancy
  13. Trickery and Betrayel
  14. Snowbound
  15. Down to the Cellar
  16. Up to the Attic
  17. Home Truths
  18. The Chapel of the Dead
  19. The Round Loaf
  20. Golgoth
  21. The Trap
  22. For the Best
  23. Back to Chipenden


Character Killed By Cause Of Death Circumstances
Morgan Hurst Golgoth Frozen to death A flaw in the pentacle used to summon Golgoth
Tom Ward's Dad Sickness Died of a sickness which begun in The Spook's Curse N/A