Clash of the Demons (Last Apprentice Series #6)

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"You can't make alliances with witches and suchlike and hope to avoid being drawn toward the dark."

As the Spook's apprentice, Thomas Ward's first duty is to protect the County from ghosts, boggarts, and other dangerous creatures. But now his mother has come back from her homeland to seek his help. One of the most dangerous of the old witches, Ordeen, is about to return to earth, bringing with her suffering and devastation. Tom's mother has mustered a powerful army—including Tom's friend Alice, the Pendle ...

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Overview

"You can't make alliances with witches and suchlike and hope to avoid being drawn toward the dark."

As the Spook's apprentice, Thomas Ward's first duty is to protect the County from ghosts, boggarts, and other dangerous creatures. But now his mother has come back from her homeland to seek his help. One of the most dangerous of the old witches, Ordeen, is about to return to earth, bringing with her suffering and devastation. Tom's mother has mustered a powerful army—including Tom's friend Alice, the Pendle witches, and the assassin Grimalkin—to confront Ordeen. If Tom joins them, the Spook will refuse to take Tom back as his apprentice. What sacrifices will be made in the battle against the dark?

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Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
“A gleefully chilling, eerily familiar tale that will leave readers whistling nervously in the graveyard while eagerly awaiting the next installment.”
Children's Literature - Paula Rohrlick
In this sixth title from the fantasy series, "The Last Apprentice," young Thomas Ward, the Spook's apprentice who helps battle ghosts and other dangerous supernatural creatures, is reunited with his mother. She has been in her homeland, Greece, fighting the dark forces there, but now she has come to ask Tom's help. The Ordeen, a bloodthirsty witch, poses a terrible threat to the world, and Tom's Mam has made an alliance with other witches to defeat her and wants Tom to join them. But the Spook maintains that it is much too risky for Tom to join forces with servants of the dark: that is just what his enemy, the Fiend, wants. The Spook declares that if Tom does what his mother is asking him to do, his apprenticeship will be over. Of course, Tom heads off to Greece with his mother, accompanied by his witch friend, Alice, among other forces dedicated to fighting the Ordeen—and at the last moment, the Spook comes on board, as well. Danger threatens at every turn once they arrive in Greece, and the pace of the book picks up, with attacks by fire elementals and other terrible beings culminating in a battle to the death. British author Delaney writes suspenseful, action-filled scenes, with plenty of visceral details. Fans of this excellent series will not want to miss this installment, in which the theme is sacrifice: what is worth giving up to save others? Tom, and others, must make some difficult decisions in this story. Clash of the Demons also tells us more about Alice, and about Tom's mother, and introduces us to more satisfyingly creepy creatures. Atmospheric black-and-white illustrations contribute to the menacing mood. The ending promises further adventures, while anappendix in the form of Tom's journal provides more details about the scary beings he encountered. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
VOYA - Vikki Terrile
Tom Ward is overjoyed to learn that his mother, who has been battling the Dark in Greece, is returning to the County to see him. Tom soon learns, however, that his mother's visit is no holiday; she is there to ask him, his master John Gregory, and an alliance of the Pendle witches to return with her to Greece to fight the Ordeen, an old god whose presence could herald a universal turn toward the dark. Delaney gathers many characters readers have met along the way in The Last Apprentice series, including Alice Deane, Tom's friend and daughter of the devil himself, and Grimalkin, the witch assassin. The narrative drags in places, and even the climactic scene of the defeat of the Ordeen is rather lackluster. But what is most interesting here is the dynamic that Delaney establishes between light and dark. Can Tom defeat the forces of darkness using dark powers given to him by the women who fight beside him? The growing conflict between Tom (who trusts Alice and his Mam, believing that if their methods are not always purely of the light, their intentions certainly are) and Gregory (who fears any help from the dark will damage Tom beyond repair) hints at things to come. In the end, Tom is given a choice between sacrificing his soul or allowing darkness to enter the world. His moral dilemma will leave readers wondering what they would have done in Tom's shoes as they eagerly await the next installment. Reviewer: Vikki Terrile
ALA Booklist
“The Last Apprentice series continues to be one of the best written of the last several years.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“A gleefully chilling, eerily familiar tale that will leave readers whistling nervously in the graveyard while eagerly awaiting the next installment.”
Horn Book (starred review)
“Anything but tame.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
“A gleefully chilling, eerily familiar tale that will leave readers whistling nervously in the graveyard while eagerly awaiting the next installment.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
“A gleefully chilling, eerily familiar tale that will leave readers whistling nervously in the graveyard while eagerly awaiting the next installment.”
Horn Book
"Anything but tame."
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“A gleefully chilling, eerily familiar tale that will leave readers whistling nervously in the graveyard while eagerly awaiting the next installment.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
“A gleefully chilling, eerily familiar tale that will leave readers whistling nervously in the graveyard while eagerly awaiting the next installment.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"A gleefully chilling, eerily familiar tale that will leave readers whistling nervously in the graveyard while eagerly awaiting the next installment."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061344626
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Series: Last Apprentice Series , #6
  • Pages: 404
  • Sales rank: 189,625
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Delaney lives in Lancashire, England, in the middle of boggart territory.

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  • Posted October 8, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    "We all have choices..." and make YOUR choice to read this book!

    Last Apprentice series, book 6. Clash of Demons. I've been dying to read it since it came out in late august. Finally, i put it on hold, and was one of the very first, if not THE first, to read my local library's copy. I couldn't wait. I finished it's almost 400 pages in just a few days. And, of course, it was worth every word and every late school night i stayed up to read it.
    This series just keeps getting better. Tom Ward, a spook;s apprentice, keeps facing more dark evil since the fiend (aka, the Devil) has been released to roam free on the earth. In this newest addition, Tom travels to his mother's homeland, Greece, to fight off an evil goddess called Ordeen. To make a long story short, people die, Tom makes the biggest sacrifice, and perhaps, the biggest mistake of his life, and we see that true love is sacrificing your life for the people you love and the good of mankind.
    And no, Alice doesn't die.
    This book was a little slow to get started, which made me skeptical in the first few chapters. But towards the middle, it picked up past like a bullet shot and BAM! Action, action action! It was one of the most thrilling of the series and even though it's cliche, i could NOT stop turning the pages. It kept me up late on schoolnights cuz i had to finish it. I will say, that these are indeed intended for slightly older readers. They keep on getting darker and darker with each new edition, and this one especially has some thematic elements and dark descriptions that even made ME cringe in fright. So don't be handing this out to little seven year olds as a Halloween gift. But saying that, they're wonderful reads for teens, upper middle schoolers, and heck, even adults! I love this series to death. Joseph Delaney has talent, and it shows.
    So, what to do until the next book comes out? Will it be the last? I have a feeling it will, especially with the conclusion to this novel. We can only wait and see...

    **Thanks for reading! Please vote this review as helpful and read my other reviews! Thanks! :) **

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Great

    These books are great and they keep on getting darker, the characters are great and you come to know them well. At first i thought i wouldnt like these books because i dont like creepy things but its written so well
    I would reccomend this book to anyone

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2009

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    Pure Awesomeness!

    I got this book and red it in less than twelve hours. It was that good. The characters are very well developed and every twist and turn Joseph Delaney brings into this story is extremely thrilling. I definitely recommend this book and the rest in the series!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    Awsome

    This book is great and im only 10 about 2 turn 11.i love 2 read i finished book 4 in just 3 days. This is agreat book. Joseph D. is a great author. Cant wait 2 get 2 book 7.read the book if your not scared.just make sure not 2 run into the fiend(devil) also the dad of alice.Spoiler:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Greay books

    These boks are amazing. I think everyone should give them a try. The end of this book was awesome. I didnt see it coming. I stayed up all night on a school night just to finish it. Hope you guys are enjoying this series as much as me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Better

    After you finish one you want the next one. The books are always better than the last one. I love the ending in this book. I never see what is about to happen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Another awesome book!

    Good book, but it did have some sad parts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Love

    Fave series

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Loved

    Couldnt put it down read in 2days

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    :]

    Amazing you have to get LURE OF THE DEAD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Love, love, love this series!!

    I have read all the books in this series to date and have not been let down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Alsom book

    Love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    Love

    Love it
    1 through 10 it is 20

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  • Posted January 28, 2012

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    This is highly recommended if you have read The Last Apprentice Series!

    This book made me want to buy the next book just as quick as I finished it.. It made me jump and it made my heart thump waiting for the next part and I felt sad and feel more suspense than any other book. I think these books are amazing if you are looking for suspense and horror all put together in one awesome series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    My daughter really loved this book

    My daughter just finished it for her summer reading. She loves action adventure. Check out a book called, Smitty's Cave Adventures. Good summer reading material.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2010

    the best bok of the series.

    i love this book. Worth every pennie. this is an encaptivating book with the others in the series. I would recommend this book for people 12 and up also those who can follow a big series that is still growing. If this where made into a movie i would cast Samuel L. Jackson as the spook Jaden Smith as Thomas and Megan Fox as Alice

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  • Posted October 20, 2009

    Good read in the series.

    This is a good continuation of the series. The story is interesting with surprises along the way. I like the characters, find that they behave in an appropriate manner given the circumstances they are in. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2009

    Love this book so far.

    A little short for one of Delaney's, but none the less, a very exciting adventure.

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  • Posted October 11, 2009

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    Amazing

    Amazing. Redundant but applicable. The only criticisms to offer are the cover. The humor aspect is rather moot since this is a horror or at the very least dark fantasy. As for the cover not the best out of all the ones we have seen so far but not bad either. Now on to what really matters. The story. Can't put it down, page turner, prioritize reading it above all else. All can be used to describe what it was like to read this book. Delaney continues to entertain and surprise us with excellent plot, wicked twists, developing characters, and moments that jerk tears and make us smile. Even cringe in feat. An interesting fact on that subject is that every book comes with a warning of certain pages not to read in the dark. In this book listen to the warning. If you don't and you get nightmares. You have been warned....twice.

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  • Posted September 25, 2009

    Love it.

    ive been reading these books sice i was 12, and im 15 now. this book gives out more details than any other before it. most secrets become revealed about mam, toms possible destiny, and much, much more. i read these books in hours.

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