We were lucky enough to have Spook’s Apprentice author, Joseph Delaney, visit us in Christchurch this week. I’ve been a huge fan of Joseph’s ever since the very first book in the series was released in 2004 so it was great to hear all about the series from the man himself. It was great to watch the children in the audience reacting to Joseph’s stories and the creepy pictures from his books.
Thanks to Random House New Zealand and Joseph Delaney I have 4 signed Spook’s books to give away. Four lucky readers will win a signed book each. All you have to do to get in the draw is enter your name and email address, and answer this question: Who is your favourite character or creature of the dark in the Spook’s series? Competition closes Thursday 28 February (NZ only).
Thanks to everyone who entered. The winners are Ali, Loraine, Julia and Tokhuor.
Joseph Delaney, the author of the Spook’s Apprentice series, is one of my favourite authors. The Spook’s books are dark, spooky and creepy, and are full of witches, boggarts and creatures of the dark. If you like spooky stories, with a bit of history, mystery and adventure you’ll love Joseph’s Books. The movie based on the series, Seventh Son, is due out later this year and I’m sure it will be fantastic.
Joseph Delaney is the author of one of my favourite series, The Spook’s Apprentice. It’s seriously creepy and full of all sorts of horrible creatures. As the Spook’s Apprentice, Thomas has to keep the County safe from the evil that lurks in the dark. The latest book in the series, Spook’s: Slither’s Tale, has just been released, and to celebrate Joseph has joined me today to talk about his Top 5 scariest creatures in the Spook’s stories.
This creature is used in ritual combat to determine the outcome of disputes between citizens of Valkarky (See ‘Slither’). It has three selves which share a common mind and they are, for all intents and purposes, one creature. It is fast and ferocious with fearsome teeth and claws.
This is the witch assassin of the Malkin Clan (See ‘The Spook’s Battle’ and also ‘I am Grimalkin’). She is deadly with blades and stores powerful dark magic in the thumb-bones that she cuts from her dead enemies with her snippy scissors in order to wear around her neck.
This creature from ‘The Spook’s Curse’ is trapped behind a silver gate in a labyrinth of dark tunnels under Priestown Cathedral. It is a shape-shifter with a terrible power; the Bane is able to press a victim so hard that his blood and bones are smeared into the cobbles.
This ‘Lord of Winter’ from ‘The Spook’s Secret’ has the power to plunge the world into another Ice Age. If summoned from the dark he can freeze you solid and shatter you into pieces like an ice stalactite falling on to a slab of rock.
She is the most powerful of the water witches (See The Spook’s Mistake). Fathered by the Fiend, she has a blood-filled eye which is usually closed, the lids fixed together with a sharp thin bone. But anyone she gazes upon with that eye is immediately paralyzed and she is able to drink that victim’s blood at her leisure.
Get a copy of the latest book in the Spook’s Apprentice series, Slither’s Tale, from your library or bookshop now.
If you’re a fan ofThe Spook’s Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney, you’ll be excited to hear the latest book in the series, The Spook’s Blood is released in NZ this month. I love this gripping, creepy series and I’m always excited to read the next installment. Grab your copy from your library or bookshop now in July.