Thomas Jason Ward is the main protagonist and narrator of Joseph Delaney's children's book series The Wardstone Chronicles. Throughout the series he is often referred to as Master Ward or lad by his master John Gregory. Tom is a seventh son of a seventh son and because of this he has special abilites and is able to sense 'the dark'. As a seventh son of a seventh son, Tom was apprenticed to the local Spook, John Gregory and is Mr Gregory's thirtieth and last apprentice. As well as being a seventh son of a seventh son, Tom is the son of the old god Lamia and as a result has inherited various special abilities. Tom has turned out to be Mr Gregory's best apprentice yet but, as the series continues, it is evident that there is a 'slither of darkness' inside him, making him perceptible to the dark.
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Patrick Arrasmith's impression of Tom Ward in the catacombs beneath Priestown.
Tom was born and raised at Brewer's Farm, a small farm located near Topley. Tom has six brothers, as did his father, making him the seventh son of a seventh son.
This made him especially sensitive to elements of the supernatural. Close to the farm, just outside the North Pasture was a hill upon which many civil war soldiers were hung, called Hangman's Hill. As a result of this, there were a number of lingering ghasts, which would frighten a young Tom. Eventually, when it became too much for Tom, his Mam was forced to silence them, a feat that is considered largely impossible by Spooks.
The Spook's Apprentice
Eventually, when Tom was 12, at his mam's doing, he was taken on by John Gregory, the Chipenden Spook.
Number 13 Watery Lane
John Gregory, Tom's master, forces his potential apprentices to undertake a test. They all must last a night in a haunted house in Horwich, where the spook lived as a child, abiding to strict rules; they cannot leave the house (even if they hear knocking); they cannot let the candle he gives them run out; and they must proceed into the cellar at midnight.
The house is home to a strong ghast, who in a previous life had murdered his wife out of jealousy, before hanging itself. The events of that night are played out in the house. Eventually, at midnight, Tom proceeds into the cellar to find his master already sat there, waiting for him, to tell him that he's passed his test.
Tom first meets Alice Deane in Chipenden when he is on his way back from collecting his master's provisions. Tom is at first wary of Alice due to his master's warning against women wearing pointy shoes (and women in general).
The Blood Cakes
Despite his misgivings against Alice, Tom is persuaded to give Mother Malkin (a witch bound in a pit in The Spook's garden) three cakes - one at midnight each night. Unbeknownst to Tom, these cakes contain human blood which will make her stronger. She only needed to eat two of these cakes to build the strength required to escape her pit.
Bony Lizzie's House
Tom has to try and recapture Mother Malkin without the aid of The Spook. He manages to 'kill' her, but is then captured by Bony Lizzie and the abhuman Tusk. He is imprisoned in a pit in the ground, adjacent to the bones of The Spook's last apprentice Billy Bradley. After meeting the ghost of Bradley, he manages to persuade Alice to release him from the pit. Shortly afterwards, after a close pursuit, The Spook manages to kill Tusk and bind Bony Lizzie in a pit.
Snout The Pig Butcher
Tom returns home to visit his family at Brewer's Farm, where Snout the butcher is busy slaughtering the pigs. Unbeknownst to Tom, Mother Malkin has survived and is now 'wick', meaning that she is no longer in proper human form, and is almost mushy. In this state, she possesses the pig butcher and tries to kill Tom's Family. Tom manages to drive her out of the butcher's body, and she is then eaten by the pigs as she tries to escape, ensuring she can never return. Tom then takes Alice to a relative's house in Staumin near the Fylde Coast, to prevent her from returning to Pendle.
The Spook's Curse
The Boggart in Horshaw
Tom is tasked with binding a boggart alonel. The boggart in question is a Ripper at a church in Horshaw, who is in the process of killing a priest who is The Spook's brother. Tom proves successful in binding the Boggart, but is unable to prevent the death of the priest.
The funeral of the priest is held at Preistown Cathedral, in the town of Priestown on the River Ribble. The Spook decides to attend, not only to pay respects to his brother but to also undertake a task that he has previously failed to carry out - destroying the Bane.
The Priest's Betrayal
During his efforts to prepare to enter the Bane's dwelling place in the Catacombs beneath the cathedral, his cousin (who is a priest that has been corrupted by the Bane) betrays The Spook, and he is locked up for the Quistor, who denounces him as a Warlock. The Spook is sentenced to burning, alongside other falsely accused witches.
A Deal With The Bane
Tom is forced to enter the catacombs in order to release The Spook from prison. However, when he arrives in the prison, The Spook has already been taken for questioning, and so he is unable to free him. In the meantime however, he is able to free Alice, who is also a prisoner of the Quistor.
On their second attempt to retrieve The Spook, The Bane visits Tom, Alice and Andrew (The Spook's locksmith brother) in their dreams. Tom is able to resist, but he awakes to find Alice at the 'Silver Gate', the only barrier preventing The Bane from escaping. She has made a deal with the Bane. In return for allowing it to be released, The Bane promises to help her, in return for her blood.
The Burning on Beacon Fell
The Spook and the other prisoners are taken up nearby Beacon Fell to be burned at the stake. Tom and Alice journey to the Fell, and use the Bane to secure The Spook's freedom. Tom and Alice take The Spook to the farm, and Tom's Mam heals The Spook.
Heysham and Naze's Ghost
Tom, The Spook and Alice journey to Heysham, the burial site of many of the Segantii, or the Little People, to track down the person who managed to bind The Bane in Priestown. This person is Naze, who, Like Tom and The Spook, is the seventh son of a seventh son. He tells them that he too had to sign a pact with The Bane. If it was ever to be freed, and then return to Priestown, it would forever be bound in the catacombs, where it could be killed.
The Death of The Bane
The three return to Priestown, with the knowledge that, if The Bane was to be killed, the energy released would be so great that those present would almost certainly be killed, forcing The Spook to insist that Tom remain outside. Tom does not feel comfortable with this, so he enters the catacombs anyway to assist. Once in the catacombs, Alice once again summons The Bane, who is then killed by Tom whilst it is drinking Alice's Blood.
Resurrection, and Alice's Pit
Tom is killed by the energy released by the death of the creature. Alice is distraught, so uses her magic to ressurect him. The Spook is disgusted by this, so upon their return to Chipenden resolves to bind Alice in a pit. Tom uses knowledge of The Spook's love - a Lamia witch called Meg Skelton - to force him to let Alice go. The Spook allows Alice to stay, in return for copying books and teaching them more about witches
The Spook's Secret
Morgan and Necromancy
Golgoth and the Round Loaf
The Battle of Pendle Hill
Training with Bill Arkwright
Finding Bill Arkwright
The Fiend's Bargain
The Fight on the Marsh
The Banshee Witch
Isle of Mona
The Buggane and the Grim Cache
Defeating Bony Lizzie
Not much is known about Tom's appearance but it is known he has green eyes and is left handed, which is normal for a spook's ( like John Gregory and Bill Arkwright are left handed and green eyes) . In some fanart picture's he is shown to have brown hair and it also shows him on the front cover of the eighth book The Spook's Destiny.
Powers and Abilities
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son powers
As the seventh son of a seventh son Tom has gifts such as being able to see and interact with Ghosts and Ghasts, and being hidden from the long-sniffing of witches.
Powers inherited from Mam
Tom has the ability to "squeeze" time, similar or the same way that the Fiend can, however to a lesser extent, probably because of his lack of experience with the power. He could possibly, although definitely not yet mentioned or confirmed, have inherited other lamia powers from Tom's Mam, Lamia herself. It is a possibiliity, and has been mentioned by Delaney, that Tom could have a 'feral' form as aposed to his current domestic form. Such a form could only be discovered if Tom spent several moths away from any humans, though he doesn't have a scaley spine on his back.
Tom, being trained by the Spooks, is fairly skilled in using, and fighting with, his staff, silver chain and his recently found, Destiny Blade . However not much is revealed about his physical abilities apart from that, when he fought Grimalkin (a practice fight), in The Spook's Destiny, using both his power to manipulate time and his physical abilities, he won over, and nearly killed, the witch assassin in the fight. Bill Arkwright also taught Tom to swim, which many people of that day could not do.
There are many hints that Tom has feelings for Alice Deane, and that they are in fact in love, but just don't know it yet - hinted when Alice almost dies and Tom was more upset than even when his father died.
Later, in The Spook's Destiny, Alice is given to the Fiend by an enemy Celtic witch. Now that she had gone, Tom realizes that he had loved Alice, admitting it to himself, and repremanding himself for not realizing it sooner.
Friends, allies and enimies.
Tom saw Mab Mouldheel as his enemy, due to her being the head of the Mouldheel clan. Mab, however, wanted Tom as her own, and got a shock when she discovered, that he already 'belonged' to Alice.
Tom and the witch assassin of the malkin clan have a very peculiar relationship. Tom, being a seventh son of a seventh son, is a natural enemy of the dark, and vice versa. However, Tom and Grimalkin are considered friends as well as allies in the fight against the Fiend. Even though she once attempted to kill Tom, Grimalkin has saved his life on numerous occasions. She has now allied herself with Tom, the Spook and Alice in order to destroy the Fiend. She has currently him bound and is in control of his head, whilst the other three find a way to destroy the fiend forever. Grimalkin fears that, in the ordeal the four are in, not all of them will survive (she was scryed her death).
- The Spook's Apprentice
- The Spook's Curse
- The Spook's Secret
- The Spook's Battle
- The Spook's Mistake
- The Spook's Sacrifice
- The Spook's Stories: Witches
- The Banshee Witch
- The Spook's Nightmare
- The Spook's Destiny
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