Spook's Mistake
Joseph Delaney

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Narrated By: Thomas Judd

Duration: 8 hours and 2 minutes

What to expect

As danger increases in the County, Tom is sent far north by his master to be trained by Bill Arkwright, another Spook. Arkwright lives in a haunted mill on the edge of a treacherous marsh and his training methods prove to be harsh and sometimes cruel. But he has toughened up many previous apprentices and now he must do the same for Tom and prepare him for the gravest dangers of his life.

But when the Fiend sends his own daughter, the ancient powerful water witch Morwena, to destroy Tom, Arkwright makes an error of judgement and Tom finds himself facing his enemies alone. The Spook and Alice realising his danger, hasten to his aid but will even their combined strengths suffice in the face of such terrible dark power? And what is the Spook's mistake, the consequences of which might give final victory to the dark?


Children's / Teenage fiction: Fantasy, Children's / Teenage fiction: Horror & ghost stories, chillers

Listen to a sample

As a fan of the Spook's books, I can't recommend this enough.

The South Wales Argus

Joseph Delaney's terrifying and brilliant Wardstone Chronicles probes the nature of evil...the ambiguous relationship between all the characters is as gripping as the gory battles against blood-sucking witches and demons, forcing its hero to continually question whether evil is inherited or chosen

The Times

Natural magic is best in summer, but the more claustrophobic high-concept kind for 10+ flowers in...Joseph Delaney's new Wardstone Chronicle, The Spook's Mistake which has Tom crossing witch-infested marshes to train under a new master while the Devil dogs his steps

The Times

Fourth in the wonderfully dark Spooks sequence.

The Bookseller

As always, Joseph Delaney captures the imagination and holds the attention to the very last page. The Spook's Mistake is an amazing book which will not only keep you entertained, but waiting eagerly for the next volume too.