Although not as popular as books such as The Hunger Games, which grab you by the scruff of your neck and take you on a non-stop adventure, The Wardstone Chronicles series by Joseph Delaney has its own quirks.
First published in 2006, this series follows the story of Tom Ward, the seventh son of a farmer in the County. This allows him to see things others cannot, such as boggarts, ghasts and ghosts. As such, his parents agreeto make him the apprentice of the Spook, who fights against the darkness.
The third book in the series, The Spook’s Secret, sees the Spook and Tom staying at the Spook’s winter house in Anglezarke. At the same time, Tom starts to realize that the Spook has quite a few secrets of his own. Without giving too much away, let’s just say this story will drag you in quite deep and won’t let go very easily.
The author really brought this story to life with his writing. This book is written with a first-person perspective, so we are looking at the story through Tom’s eyes. Although stories like this are quite common, it is rare to find one that is written this well. When I read it, I felt involved with the plot and didn’t want to put it down.
Weaknesses? I don’t think the book has any, but if you don’t like fiction, this won’t be your cup of tea. However, if you’re willing to give this book a chance, I can promise you that you won’t regret it. Even though this book was written in 2006, the story never gets old.
By Aliff Damean Tham, 15, Selangor