Curse of the Bane

Curse of the Bane

Now it's the dark's turn to be afraid The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, deal with the dark.

Deep in the catacombs of the cathedral lurks a creature the Spook has never been able to defeat; a force so evil that the whole county is in danger of being corrupted by its powers.

As Thomas and the Spook prepare for the battle of their lives, it becomes clear that the Bane isn't their only enemy.

Can Thomas defeat the Bane on his own?

And will the Spook be able to escape the Quisitor's clutches?

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He succeeded, but not before the local priest was killed. The priest happens to be a brother of Tom's mentor who wants to give the last respect to his late brother. Unfortunately our heroes have no choice but to go as they have another even more important business in Priestown: something very big and very bad lurking in the local catacombs, something which almost killed the Spook when he was younger and at his physical prime.

Second and for this novel be aware of the attitude in these books (The Wardstone Chronicles in the UK or The Spook's Apprentice books in the US) toward "the church". Will Smith's character answers "you were stung as a child weren't you?" I wonder if maybe the writer had a bad experience with someone in the Catholic church... I'd say read the books first then use your judgement... Again we are with Tom Ward the apprentice Spook who seems constitutionally unable to do what he's told by his master or be honest with him for that matter and therefore ends up in the soup. While there are flaws this is a good book, the second in what looks like it might be a pretty good YA series. The Spook has a sure remedy for that however...the witch pit, and Tom just can't bear the thought.

The story is flat, the characters are flat, and the Bane is actually a rather pathetic villain. I suspect this is, in part, because the author really just wanted to use this volume as a platform to rail against his vision of medieval priests and British churches; far more text and time is spent dwelling on how eeeeeeeeeeevil those two elements are than on the Bane itself. I'll read the next book, but this volume makes me glad I only bought the first three.

Frankly, I didn't like this as much as Book One. I guess I liked the evil witch villain more than I liked the Bane (and the weak humans he manipulated and used to do his evil). The book shows that sometimes the worse evil is human evil. But frankly, if the Bane was not able to find humans to use and manipulate, he probably wouldn't have done as much harm in this book as he did. One thing I can say about Delaney is that he taps into the complexity of human nature. It's scary and it shows some really dark aspects of human nature. As far as parental oversight, reading this book would have some very important discussion points about what faith really represents and how the church has a responsibility to the community and others.

4.5 porque hubiese querido un final del "problema" más rimbombante (aunque la explicación de por qué no lo fue, me dejó muy satisfecha) "Se agradece que las brujas coman bebes" o cómo se disfruta una novela de fantasmas, espantos y otras varias edificantes compañías No sé por qué no se habla más de esta saga de libros, cuando es tan "sabrosa". Insisto, en estas trama la maldad no esta estereotipada ni es "romántica" con un aire de oscuridad y condena byroniana (cualidad por la cual estoy un poco harta de que lo único que puedan hacer los malos es tratar de seducir y así atraer a la oscuridad a las pobres doncellas de las novelas, como si no hubiera otras cosas peores que eso), no hay nada de "maldad idealiza" y eso es maravilloso. Está es una de las principales razones de por qué la novela tiene escenas muy creepys y algo repugnantes, cosa que celebro. Ojo, tampoco es Gore o desagradable tipo peli de terror de serie b, pero para ser una novela "middle grade" es bastante "intensa" (como alguien señaló por ahí, idea que comparto plenamente) Desde un tiempo a esta parte, me he dado cuenta que disfruto mucho las novelas que tienen como punto de vista principal, el de un protagonista masculino, de ahí mi shelf "Bart Simpson point of view". No hay grandes sorpresas, pero la trama es lo suficientemente interesantes y bien construida, como para hacerte pasar un excelente momento mientras las lees.También debo mencionar, como punto a favor, que carecen por completo ese humor tipo "gag" de serie gringa que tanto odio y que me hizo desagradable los libros de Rick Riordan. Otra cosa favorable y que facilita mucho la lectura, es que, debido a cómo está narrada la historia, te encariñas fácilmente con los personajes Personalmente, cuando acabe con el tercer libro, leeré resto de la saga en inglés :)

As a result, even though Tom and the Spook are the main focus of the stories, I think the most interesting characters are the women -- Alice and Mam. Delaney hasn't actually revealed it yet, but it's pretty clear that Mam has a dark past. Tom hasn't guessed (and it will be interesting to see how he deals with his blindness on the topic), but it seems clear that Mam is a lamia witch with a bad past, and she is a powerful one at that. After two books, I think this series has a lot of promise.

Third time through with this audiobook. The second time through was because my audiobook options were really limited.

Joseph Delaney is a full time writer living in Lancashire, in the heart of Boggart territory. 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 Spooks Apprentice, the first book in the series. 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.