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Book Title: Rise of the Huntress|
The author of the book: Joseph Delaney
Edition: Greenwillow Books
Date of issue: September 30th 2010
ISBN 13: 9780061715112
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 344 KB
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Reader ratings: 6.7
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While the Spook and his apprentice were busy fighting the dark supernatural things
their country was fighting a big war nobody cared much about (World War I would be a good analogy). Still a war is a war and quiet almost backward part of the world where Spook
lived finally saw military action. It is overrun by raider parties and is about to be conquered. Spook's biggest treasure and his main goal in life - his library - is destroyed and he and Tom had to run to a remote island. To make matters worse an old enemy of both Spook and his apprentice is on the loose and she is royally pissed off at both of them.
This was the first time of my read of the series when I was really tempted to give this one the highest rating. I thought I knew what would happen from the beginning of the story, but the plot twist in the middle completely ruined my prediction. The action was good and the world was very much alive and dark. The usual theme of acceptability of using evil means (or plain cooperation with evil) to fight evil is further developed in some interesting situations. Unfortunately by the end the book kind of dragged and the ending was somewhat abrupt.
I also became a little overfed on the fact that the good guys really come up on a losing side globally speaking despite their local victories earned with great sacrifices. Some breaks for them now and then would be really nice; see Harry Dresden for another example of this. I also have a strong suspicion some of the main characters of the series will not survive the next book.
The writing quality and the plot were good enough for solid 4 stars, so this would be its rating. I look forward to reading the next installment of the series.
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Read information about the authorJoseph Delaney is a full time writer living in Lancashire, in the heart of Boggart territory. He first got the idea for the Wardstone Chronicles series when he moved to the village where he lives now and discovered there was a local boggart - ‘a man like me needs boggarts around’. He made a note in his notebook ‘a story about a man who hunts boggarts’ and years later when he had to come up with an idea at short notice developed this into ‘The Spook’s Apprentice’, the first book in the series.
He continues to draw upon the folklore of Lancashire and has acquired much local knowledge over the years which he tweaks and modifies to create his fictional world. Another source of inspiration has been Lancashire’s varied and atmospheric landscape. Many of the locations in the County are based on actual places in Lancashire.
In the early days of his writing career Joseph worked as a teacher at a Sixth Form College: his subjects were English, Film and Media Studies. He used to get up early and write every morning before work. That way he could write a book a year – which promptly got rejected! When the Americans bought the series he decided to give up teaching and write full time.
Prior to teaching he worked as an engineer in his twenties, completing an apprenticeship just like Tom Ward in the spook’s books.
Joseph describes his method of writing as a process of discovery. He doesn’t plot too far ahead and often doesn’t know what is going to happen until he writes it down. In other words he makes it up as he goes along. He prefers writing dialogue to description, in which he says he is a minimalist and leaves much to the reader’s imagination.
He has a new series underway, Arena 13. This is a complete departure from the world of ghosts, ghasts and boggarts and centres on a young boy called Leith and surprisingly, an Arena and an evil creature called Hob.
Joseph has three children and nine grandchildren and is a wonderful public speaker available for conference, library and bookshop events.
The Spook's Apprentice, The Spook's Curse and The Spook's Secret have all been shortlisted for the Lancashire children's Book for the Year Award. The Spook's Apprentice is the winner of both the Sefton Book Award and the Hampshire Book Award.
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