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A new darkness
Delaney, Joseph, 1945-
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Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins Publishers/Blackstone Audio, [2014]
Physical Description:
6 audio discs (7 hours, 15 minutes) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Reading Level:
HL 770 Lexile.
Format :
Audiobook on CD


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Y FICTION CD Young Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks
Y FICTION CD Young Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks
Y FICTION CD Young Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks

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In this first book in a chilling new trilogy from the author of the internationally bestselling Last Apprentice series, Tom Ward is an apprentice no longer--he is a full-fledged spook battling boggarts, witches, and other creatures of the dark.Tom Ward is the spook, the one person who can defend the county from bloodthirsty creatures of the dark. But he's only seventeen, and his apprenticeship was cut short when his master died in battle. No one trusts Tom's skill, not till he's proven himself. And a fifteen-year-old girl named Jenny knows more about the three mysterious deaths in the county than Tom does. She is a seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, and she wants to be Tom's first apprentice--even though a female spook is unheard of. Together, Tom and Jenny will uncover the grave danger heading straight toward the county, and they'll team up with a witch assassin to confront it.A New Darkness begins a three-book arc that will introduce new readers to Joseph Delaney's deliciously scary imagination and electrify his longtime fans. It is perfect for every reader who loves thrills, chills, action, and adventure--no prior knowledge of the Last Apprentice series necessary The Last Apprentice series, the first internationally bestselling series about Tom Ward, is soon to be a major motion picture, Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Olivia Williams, Antje Traue, Djimon Hounsou, and Julianne Moore as Mother Malkin.

Author Notes

Joseph Delaney writes science fiction and fantasy books. His first book, Mercer's Whore, was written under the pen-name of J. K. Haderack. Under his real name, he writes The Wardstone Chronicles, which is called The Last Apprentice series in the United States. In 2015 her made The New York Times High Profile Title's List with The Seventh Son.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

After the conclusion of the Last Apprentice series, Tom Ward became the spook of Chipenden, and now he spends his days helping ghosts, capturing witches, and defeating dangerous boggarts in the county. It's a lonely life, so when spritely Jenny the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter persistently asks Tom to take her on as an apprentice, he agrees, even though there has never been a girl spook before. She proves particularly helpful when they investigate a series of murders and discover a kobalos, a dangerous, powerful creature from a race bent on conquering humans. Together with the witch Grimalkin, Tom and Jenny set out to the far north to learn about the kobalos' impending invasion. Delaney's matter-of-fact narrative, alternating between Jenny's and Tom's perspectives, starts slow, but horrific scenes of grotesque monsters and the threat of danger gradually seep through and heighten the tension all the way up to the cliff-hanger ending. Fans of the Last Apprentice series will be happy to see Tom at work again, but there's enough background that new readers will have no trouble jumping in. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Delaney's acclaimed Last Apprentice series made it on to the New York Times best-seller list, and those fans will likely be eager to read the continuation of the story.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Delaney launches a trilogy that picks up after the events chronicled in his Last Apprentice series. With his mentor dead, 17-year-old Tom Ward has become the new Chipenden Spook, despite his incomplete training and young age, and as such he must contend with "ghosts, ghasts, boggarts, witches, and all manner of things that go bump in the night." He's joined by 15-year-old Jenny, who claims to be the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, and who wants to be his new apprentice. While Jenny's training begins, the two run afoul of a new threat, as the dreaded Kobalos finally make their long-awaited move into the County. Tom, Jenny, and the witch-assassin Grimalkin embark on a desperate gambit to learn more about their mysterious enemy, undertaking a perilous journey that may prove fatal. Delaney makes it easy for new readers to enter the off-kilter alternate England he's created, one fleshed out by dark magic and strange creatures. The story drags a little in places, but it's still a solid, suspenseful, and spooky adventure with a fiendish cliffhanger. Ages 13-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-The tale of Tom Ward from "The Last Apprentice" series (HarperCollins) continues. At 17, Tom is no longer an apprentice, but the Chipenden Spook after the death of his master. As a Spook, Tom's job is to protect his territory from ghosts, ghasts, boggarts, witches, and any other beasties that threaten the villagers. Reluctantly, he takes on his own apprentice, a seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, named Jenny. Jenny and Tom encounter a formidable new threat, the Kobalos. The Spook calls on his alliance with the witch, Grimalkin. Together, the three travel north to watch the spectacle of Kauspetnd, a deadly Kobalos assassin who has been challenging human champions to a fight to the death and always wins. The trio hopes to find out more about the Kobalos, but little does Tom know that Grimalkin has a much bigger plan. A plethora of action involving ghastly creatures, sword fights, and magic coupled with just enough backstory and description make this novel engaging enough to keep even the most reluctant reader turning pages until the end. Tom's story has a doozy of a cliff-hanger that is sure to bring teens back for more. Delaney fans and new readers are sure to enjoy this first book of a planned trilogy.-Mindy Whipple, West Jordan Library, UT (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.