Wrath of the Bloodeye (Last Apprentice Series #5)

Wrath of the Bloodeye (Last Apprentice Series #5)

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The Last Apprentice: Wrath of the Bloodeye

Chapter One

The King's Shilling

Carrying my staff, I went into the kitchen and picked up the empty sack. It would be dark in less than an hour but I'd just enough time to walk down to the village and collect the week's provisions. All we had left were a few eggs and a small wedge of County

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The Last Apprentice: Wrath of the Bloodeye

Chapter One

The King's Shilling

Carrying my staff, I went into the kitchen and picked up the empty sack. It would be dark in less than an hour but I'd just enough time to walk down to the village and collect the week's provisions. All we had left were a few eggs and a small wedge of County cheese.

Two days earlier the Spook had gone south to deal with a boggart. Annoyingly, this was the second time in a month that my master had gone off on a job without me. Each time he'd said it was routine, nothing that I hadn't seen before in my apprenticeship; it would be more useful for me to stay at home practicing my Latin and catching up with my studies. I didn't argue but I wasn't best pleased. You see, I thought he'd another reason for leaving me behind: He was trying to protect me.

Toward the end of the summer, the Pendle witches had summoned the Fiend into our world. He was the dark made flesh, the Devil himself. For two days he'd been under their control, and commanded to destroy me. I'd taken refuge in a special room Mam had prepared for me, and that had saved me. The Fiend was now doing his own dark will but there was no certainty that he wouldn't come hunting for me again. It was something I tried not to think about. One thing was certain: With the Fiend in the world, the County was becoming a much more dangerous place—especially for those who fought the dark. But that didn't mean I could hide away from danger forever. I was just an apprentice now but one day I would be a spook and have to take the same risks as my master, John Gregory. I just wished he could see it that way, too.

I walked into the next room, where Alice was working hard, copying a book from the Spook's library. She came from a Pendle family and had received two years' training in dark magic from her aunt, Bony Lizzie, a malevolent witch who was now safely confined in a pit in the Spook's garden. Alice had got me into lots of trouble but eventually became my friend and was now staying with my master and me, making copies of his books to earn her keep.

Concerned that she might read something she shouldn't, the Spook never allowed her to go into his library, and only one book at a time was ever given into her keeping. Mind you, he appreciated her work as a scribe. The books were precious to him, a store of information accumulated by generations of spooks—so each carefully duplicated volume made him feel a little more secure about the survival of that knowledge.

Alice was sitting at the table, pen in hand, two books open before her. She was writing carefully into one, copying accurately from the other. She looked up at me and smiled. I'd never seen her look prettier, the candlelight illuminating her thick dark hair and high cheekbones. But when she saw I had my cloak on, her smile instantly faded and she put down the pen.

"I'm off down to the village to collect the provisions," I told her.

"Ain't no need for you to do that, Tom," she protested, concern evident in her face and voice. "I'll go while you stay and carry on studying."

She meant well but her words made me angry and I had to bite my lip to stop myself from saying something unkind. Alice was just like the Spook: overprotective.

"No, Alice," I told her firmly. "I've been cooped up in this house for weeks and I need a walk to blow the cobwebs out of my head. I'll be back before dark."

"Then at least let me come with you, Tom. Could do with a bit of a break myself, couldn't I? Sick of the sight of these dusty books, I am. Don't seem to do anything but write these days!"

I frowned. Alice wasn't being honest and it annoyed me. "You don't really want a walk down into the village, do you? It's a chilly, damp, miserable evening. You're just like the Spook. You think that I'm not safe out alone. That I can't manage—"

"Ain't that you can't manage, Tom. It's just that the Fiend's in the world now, ain't he?"

"If the Fiend comes for me, there's nothing much I can do about it. And it wouldn't make much difference whether you were with me or not. Even the Spook wouldn't be able to help."

"But it's not just the Fiend, is it, Tom? County's a much more dangerous place now. Not only is the dark more powerful, but there are robbers and deserters at large. Too many people hungry. Some of 'em would cut your throat for half of what you'll be carrying in that sack!"

The whole country was at war but it was going badly for us down south, with reports of some terrible battles and defeats. So now, in addition to the tithes that farmers had to pay to the Church, half of their remaining crops had been commandeered to feed the army. That had caused shortages and driven up the cost of food; the poorest people were now on the verge of starvation. But although there was a lot of truth in what Alice said, I wasn't going to let her change my mind.

"No, Alice, I'll be all right by myself. Don't worry, I'll be back soon!"

Before she could say anything more, I turned on my heel and set off briskly. Soon I had left the garden behind and was walking along the narrow lane that led to the village. The nights were drawing in and the autumn weather had turned cold and damp, but it was still good to be away from the confines of the house and garden. Soon Chipenden's familiar gray-slated rooftops were visible and I was striding down the steep slope of the cobbled main street.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
What would it be like to be trained to dispose of the evil forces in the world? What would one have to learn and how tough would one have to become? Do you ever know enough to feel safe regardless of where you go? In this book, the young apprentice named Thomas Ward finds out the answer to all of these questions and more. He begins this adventure at the home of his teacher Spook and friend Alice. Soon, a new threat enters his world, and Thomas is sent to another teacher. His new teacher will train him to sense danger from any place and be able to fight to the death. Will Thomas have the stamina and courage to save the world from the Bloodeye? Will it do away with Thomas? Will his friend Alice turn out to be more then he ever imagined? Is she a friend or a foe? Joseph Delaney has created a story with familiar fantasy elements (e.g., a quest, fighting evil), but here our hero makes multiple mistakes, and his teenage antics will draw in young readers. The constant plot twists and turns add to the already suspenseful story thread. The reader does not have a clue about how this story will end until the last page. Do not let the almost 500 pages deter you from picking this up; it is an easy and fun read. This book is part of the "The Last Apprentice" series. Reviewer: Julia Beiker
VOYA - Vikki Terrile
In this fifth volume of Delaney's popular series, Tom Ward is sent to train with one of his master's former apprentices, now a spook in the county's watery north. Arkwright, burdened with a family tragedy, drinks heavily but has much to teach if only Tom can survive long enough to learn. Adding water witches and skelts to his creepy creature collection, Delaney picks up where the previous novel ended, once again pitting Tom against things he may not be ready to face. Arkwright is a convincingly troubled man, flawed and violent but ultimately redeemed. There continues to be something unsettling about the roles that female characters play in the series, however. In this volume, the only women readers meet are in the form of witches or monsters-a strong, independent woman labeled "daft" by her neighbors, a selkie chased back to sea after the other wives' jealousy brings Arkwright to sort her out, and the ghost of Arkwright's mother whose suicide after the accidental death of her husband has bound her to this earth. These women are memorable characters-perhaps none more so than young Alice, whose connection to the devil himself is revealed-and yet stacked solidly on the dark side of Delaney's world of good and evil. How the author develops the story surrounding Alice will more than likely reveal what this gender divide means, but fans of the series will be eager to read the next installment no matter how it plays out. Reviewer: Vikki Terrile

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061344602
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/26/2008
Series:
Last Apprentice Series , #5
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.80(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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The Last Apprentice: Wrath of the Bloodeye


By Joseph Delaney
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
Copyright © 2008

Joseph Delaney
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ISBN: 9780061344602


Chapter One

The King's Shilling

Carrying my staff, I went into the kitchen and picked up the empty sack. It would be dark in less than an hour but I'd just enough time to walk down to the village and collect the week's provisions. All we had left were a few eggs and a small wedge of County cheese.

Two days earlier the Spook had gone south to deal with a boggart. Annoyingly, this was the second time in a month that my master had gone off on a job without me. Each time he'd said it was routine, nothing that I hadn't seen before in my apprenticeship; it would be more useful for me to stay at home practicing my Latin and catching up with my studies. I didn't argue but I wasn't best pleased. You see, I thought he'd another reason for leaving me behind: He was trying to protect me.

Toward the end of the summer, the Pendle witches had summoned the Fiend into our world. He was the dark made flesh, the Devil himself. For two days he'd been under their control, and commanded to destroy me. I'd taken refuge in a special room Mam had prepared for me, and that had saved me. The Fiend was now doing his own dark will but there was no certainty that he wouldn't come hunting for me again. It was something I tried not to think about. One thing was certain: With the Fiend in the world, the County was becoming a muchmore dangerous place—especially for those who fought the dark. But that didn't mean I could hide away from danger forever. I was just an apprentice now but one day I would be a spook and have to take the same risks as my master, John Gregory. I just wished he could see it that way, too.

I walked into the next room, where Alice was working hard, copying a book from the Spook's library. She came from a Pendle family and had received two years' training in dark magic from her aunt, Bony Lizzie, a malevolent witch who was now safely confined in a pit in the Spook's garden. Alice had got me into lots of trouble but eventually became my friend and was now staying with my master and me, making copies of his books to earn her keep.

Concerned that she might read something she shouldn't, the Spook never allowed her to go into his library, and only one book at a time was ever given into her keeping. Mind you, he appreciated her work as a scribe. The books were precious to him, a store of information accumulated by generations of spooks—so each carefully duplicated volume made him feel a little more secure about the survival of that knowledge.

Alice was sitting at the table, pen in hand, two books open before her. She was writing carefully into one, copying accurately from the other. She looked up at me and smiled. I'd never seen her look prettier, the candlelight illuminating her thick dark hair and high cheekbones. But when she saw I had my cloak on, her smile instantly faded and she put down the pen.

"I'm off down to the village to collect the provisions," I told her.

"Ain't no need for you to do that, Tom," she protested, concern evident in her face and voice. "I'll go while you stay and carry on studying."

She meant well but her words made me angry and I had to bite my lip to stop myself from saying something unkind. Alice was just like the Spook: overprotective.

"No, Alice," I told her firmly. "I've been cooped up in this house for weeks and I need a walk to blow the cobwebs out of my head. I'll be back before dark."

"Then at least let me come with you, Tom. Could do with a bit of a break myself, couldn't I? Sick of the sight of these dusty books, I am. Don't seem to do anything but write these days!"

I frowned. Alice wasn't being honest and it annoyed me. "You don't really want a walk down into the village, do you? It's a chilly, damp, miserable evening. You're just like the Spook. You think that I'm not safe out alone. That I can't manage—"

"Ain't that you can't manage, Tom. It's just that the Fiend's in the world now, ain't he?"

"If the Fiend comes for me, there's nothing much I can do about it. And it wouldn't make much difference whether you were with me or not. Even the Spook wouldn't be able to help."

"But it's not just the Fiend, is it, Tom? County's a much more dangerous place now. Not only is the dark more powerful, but there are robbers and deserters at large. Too many people hungry. Some of 'em would cut your throat for half of what you'll be carrying in that sack!"

The whole country was at war but it was going badly for us down south, with reports of some terrible battles and defeats. So now, in addition to the tithes that farmers had to pay to the Church, half of their remaining crops had been commandeered to feed the army. That had caused shortages and driven up the cost of food; the poorest people were now on the verge of starvation. But although there was a lot of truth in what Alice said, I wasn't going to let her change my mind.

"No, Alice, I'll be all right by myself. Don't worry, I'll be back soon!"

Before she could say anything more, I turned on my heel and set off briskly. Soon I had left the garden behind and was walking along the narrow lane that led to the village. The nights were drawing in and the autumn weather had turned cold and damp, but it was still good to be away from the confines of the house and garden. Soon Chipenden's familiar gray-slated rooftops were visible and I was striding down the steep slope of the cobbled main street.



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Meet the Author

Joseph DELANEY is the author of the internationally best-selling The Last Apprentice series, which is now a major motion picture, Seventh Son. He is a former English teacher who lives in the heart of boggart territory in Lancashire, England. His village has a boggart called the Hall Knocker, which was laid to rest under the step of a house near the church.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of these books and this installment is no execption. It has the aftermath of everything that happens in the forth book and many suprise twists. Also be awere that the bloodeye is almost never referred to as the bloodeye so don't get too confused, and make sure you read the book a few times or you won't really get it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 5th book of the series was outstanding but it opened up the world and auther to continue the series. I enjoyed the book as much as the previous 4. I wait for the next book to come out to find out what goes on next.
DroptheT-yler More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. I read the whole series in about 2 weeks and it would of been faster if I didn't have to wait to get the books. The witches name is Blood eye and you would understand why if you read the book. When you read about the Blood eye you'll be creeped out and I promise you that. When you see how she lures her prey in you will be freaked out. When you read the back and it says not to read a certain page at night don't read it until dark because it's creepier and don't skip right to it or it ruins the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book. I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of suspense. I just can"t beleive a horror book couod be sooooo good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very enthralling book! I loved every minute of it! Joseph Delaney has written a fascinating series. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great read! It left me wanting more. I cannot wait for the next one!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is the best book anyone can read. i am only 11 but i love this series.i dont want to give the story away but every page is full of thrill and excitment.these books r just as good as the twilight series.if u read this review then u must read this book and if u never started the series start to by reading revenge of the witch.I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very great book as can be expected from joseph delaney. It has all to do with water witches,skelts, selkies and ofcourse the fiend. There are some plot twists and suprising parts. Grimalkin joins tom to fight the evil water witch who is also the daughter of fiend. However there is a sad farewell to alice who is sent away by the spook after he finds she has been using her witchcraft skills again, and well She might just actually be the offspring of teh fiend himself and boney Lizze!!!! wow great story can wait till teh next one in greece also I hope this comes with tom's secrets for survival i just love them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that as Tom continue to prefect his training this new exprience will not only leave us wanting more but will hopefully answer some of the question that the other books left hanging. This will be another great book to sit and read everynight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad farewell is a spoiler. Dont look.
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More than a month now and did not receive the book yet.
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Aweome book and series u got read all of them joseph delaney is just to good wen her writes books
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When i first saw this series i was sicted and now im on the fith book !!!!!!! I cant wait to move to the sixth one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
New favorite author, could not put this book down. Im now reading book 6. Awesome!
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liked the books
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Great book
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