Wrath of the Bloodeye (Last Apprentice Series #5)

Wrath of the Bloodeye (Last Apprentice Series #5)

by Joseph Delaney

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Overview

"I've already drunk my fill of blood, so live a little longer. Breathe fora while and watch what's about to unfold."

Thomas Ward has spent two years as the Spook's apprentice. He's faced unimaginable peril, and survived. But a new danger has emerged: an ancient water witch, Bloodeye, is roaming the County intent on destroying everything in her path. To strengthen his skills, Tom is sent to the far north to train with the demanding Bill Arkwright. Arkwright lives in a haunted mill on the edge of a treacherous marsh, and his training methods prove to be harsh and sometimes cruel. Will Tom's new bag of tricks be enough to overcome a critical mistake that leaves him confronting Bloodeye on his own?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061344619
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/28/2009
Series: Last Apprentice Series , #5
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 103,253
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.02(h) x 1.29(d)
Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Joseph DELANEY is the author of the internationally best-selling The Last Apprentice series, which is now a major motion picture, Seventh Son. He is a former English teacher who lives in the heart of boggart territory in Lancashire, England. His village has a boggart called the Hall Knocker, which was laid to rest under the step of a house near the church.

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The Last Apprentice: Wrath of the Bloodeye


By Joseph Delaney
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
Copyright © 2008

Joseph Delaney
All right reserved.


ISBN: 9780061344602


Chapter One

The King's Shilling

Carrying my staff, I went into the kitchen and picked up the empty sack. It would be dark in less than an hour but I'd just enough time to walk down to the village and collect the week's provisions. All we had left were a few eggs and a small wedge of County cheese.

Two days earlier the Spook had gone south to deal with a boggart. Annoyingly, this was the second time in a month that my master had gone off on a job without me. Each time he'd said it was routine, nothing that I hadn't seen before in my apprenticeship; it would be more useful for me to stay at home practicing my Latin and catching up with my studies. I didn't argue but I wasn't best pleased. You see, I thought he'd another reason for leaving me behind: He was trying to protect me.

Toward the end of the summer, the Pendle witches had summoned the Fiend into our world. He was the dark made flesh, the Devil himself. For two days he'd been under their control, and commanded to destroy me. I'd taken refuge in a special room Mam had prepared for me, and that had saved me. The Fiend was now doing his own dark will but there was no certainty that he wouldn't come hunting for me again. It was something I tried not to think about. One thing was certain: With the Fiend in the world, the County was becoming a muchmore dangerous place—especially for those who fought the dark. But that didn't mean I could hide away from danger forever. I was just an apprentice now but one day I would be a spook and have to take the same risks as my master, John Gregory. I just wished he could see it that way, too.

I walked into the next room, where Alice was working hard, copying a book from the Spook's library. She came from a Pendle family and had received two years' training in dark magic from her aunt, Bony Lizzie, a malevolent witch who was now safely confined in a pit in the Spook's garden. Alice had got me into lots of trouble but eventually became my friend and was now staying with my master and me, making copies of his books to earn her keep.

Concerned that she might read something she shouldn't, the Spook never allowed her to go into his library, and only one book at a time was ever given into her keeping. Mind you, he appreciated her work as a scribe. The books were precious to him, a store of information accumulated by generations of spooks—so each carefully duplicated volume made him feel a little more secure about the survival of that knowledge.

Alice was sitting at the table, pen in hand, two books open before her. She was writing carefully into one, copying accurately from the other. She looked up at me and smiled. I'd never seen her look prettier, the candlelight illuminating her thick dark hair and high cheekbones. But when she saw I had my cloak on, her smile instantly faded and she put down the pen.

"I'm off down to the village to collect the provisions," I told her.

"Ain't no need for you to do that, Tom," she protested, concern evident in her face and voice. "I'll go while you stay and carry on studying."

She meant well but her words made me angry and I had to bite my lip to stop myself from saying something unkind. Alice was just like the Spook: overprotective.

"No, Alice," I told her firmly. "I've been cooped up in this house for weeks and I need a walk to blow the cobwebs out of my head. I'll be back before dark."

"Then at least let me come with you, Tom. Could do with a bit of a break myself, couldn't I? Sick of the sight of these dusty books, I am. Don't seem to do anything but write these days!"

I frowned. Alice wasn't being honest and it annoyed me. "You don't really want a walk down into the village, do you? It's a chilly, damp, miserable evening. You're just like the Spook. You think that I'm not safe out alone. That I can't manage—"

"Ain't that you can't manage, Tom. It's just that the Fiend's in the world now, ain't he?"

"If the Fiend comes for me, there's nothing much I can do about it. And it wouldn't make much difference whether you were with me or not. Even the Spook wouldn't be able to help."

"But it's not just the Fiend, is it, Tom? County's a much more dangerous place now. Not only is the dark more powerful, but there are robbers and deserters at large. Too many people hungry. Some of 'em would cut your throat for half of what you'll be carrying in that sack!"

The whole country was at war but it was going badly for us down south, with reports of some terrible battles and defeats. So now, in addition to the tithes that farmers had to pay to the Church, half of their remaining crops had been commandeered to feed the army. That had caused shortages and driven up the cost of food; the poorest people were now on the verge of starvation. But although there was a lot of truth in what Alice said, I wasn't going to let her change my mind.

"No, Alice, I'll be all right by myself. Don't worry, I'll be back soon!"

Before she could say anything more, I turned on my heel and set off briskly. Soon I had left the garden behind and was walking along the narrow lane that led to the village. The nights were drawing in and the autumn weather had turned cold and damp, but it was still good to be away from the confines of the house and garden. Soon Chipenden's familiar gray-slated rooftops were visible and I was striding down the steep slope of the cobbled main street.



Continues...

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Wrath of the Bloodeye (The Last Apprentice Series #5) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of these books and this installment is no execption. It has the aftermath of everything that happens in the forth book and many suprise twists. Also be awere that the bloodeye is almost never referred to as the bloodeye so don't get too confused, and make sure you read the book a few times or you won't really get it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 5th book of the series was outstanding but it opened up the world and auther to continue the series. I enjoyed the book as much as the previous 4. I wait for the next book to come out to find out what goes on next.
DroptheT-yler More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. I read the whole series in about 2 weeks and it would of been faster if I didn't have to wait to get the books. The witches name is Blood eye and you would understand why if you read the book. When you read about the Blood eye you'll be creeped out and I promise you that. When you see how she lures her prey in you will be freaked out. When you read the back and it says not to read a certain page at night don't read it until dark because it's creepier and don't skip right to it or it ruins the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book. I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of suspense. I just can"t beleive a horror book couod be sooooo good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very enthralling book! I loved every minute of it! Joseph Delaney has written a fascinating series. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great read! It left me wanting more. I cannot wait for the next one!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is the best book anyone can read. i am only 11 but i love this series.i dont want to give the story away but every page is full of thrill and excitment.these books r just as good as the twilight series.if u read this review then u must read this book and if u never started the series start to by reading revenge of the witch.I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very great book as can be expected from joseph delaney. It has all to do with water witches,skelts, selkies and ofcourse the fiend. There are some plot twists and suprising parts. Grimalkin joins tom to fight the evil water witch who is also the daughter of fiend. However there is a sad farewell to alice who is sent away by the spook after he finds she has been using her witchcraft skills again, and well She might just actually be the offspring of teh fiend himself and boney Lizze!!!! wow great story can wait till teh next one in greece also I hope this comes with tom's secrets for survival i just love them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that as Tom continue to prefect his training this new exprience will not only leave us wanting more but will hopefully answer some of the question that the other books left hanging. This will be another great book to sit and read everynight.
willi.nicholson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The fifth book in the Last Apprentice series, Tomas was been able survive this long. Now, though, a new danger is lurking. A witch named Bloodeye has been roaming. Tom is sent to Bill Arkwright, another Spook. The tactics of Arkwright are extremely harsh, but they do work. As the training with Bill continues, the Spook goes missing. Tom finds him, and gets an unexpected ally.This book is not for the faint of heart. Other than that, this book is very decent. Joseph has done a very consistent job so far, which is a daunting feat. The detail is at its best it's gruesome. The suspense is enough to keep you going, but not so much that you have to go to the end because you're dying to know what happens. Altogether a very fine read.
hjjugovic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This young adult series is consistently entertaining if written a bit "younger" than many in the genre while simultaneously being darker and gorey. I think the most interesting plot string by far is Alice, and what her nature/destiny really is. Fun quick read.
TylerF. on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Last Apprentice: Wrath of the Bloodeye is a book by Joseph Delaney. Tom Ward is continuing his apprentice with the spook. The spook has decided to let his former apprentice teach Tom some skill in fighting. Tom has to leave the spook and Alice behind. During his apprentice with Bill Akrwight, Tom has to face boggarts and water witches. He must even fight a water witch called the bloodeye.This is a very good book. I especially like it because it is an action book. I also like it because it surprises you every few seconds. I don't think the book ever got boring. I mainly like Tom's fight with the bloodeye. I also liked how she could use her eye to paralyze her victims. I think this book is more for early teens, although others may like it.
Unkletom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For maximum enjoyment, the Last Apprentice series should be read in the order. That said, Wrath of the Bloodeye (volume 5) can still be enjoyed as a standalone novel without having read the previous volumes. I read volume one and then skipped over the next three to read this one. While there is a clear subplot and many references to events that happened in the intervening volumes, the main plot is independent of the others and I still enjoyed it greatly. In Bloodeye, apprentice Tom Ward is sent to the Lake District for additional training from that area's spook. This new setting is rich in all things wet and soggy; bogs and fogs, swamps and mires, canals, moats and deadly tidal plains. It is equally rich in all the evil beasties that make water their home. There are selkies, skelts, spirits of drowning victims and, deadliest of all, the water witches. Tom's new master, Bill Arkwright, is a fascinating character, tormented by demons both inside and out. He is a hard and angry man but Tom manages to see the value of his training and accompanies Arkwright on a mission to capture Morwena, the worst of the district's water witches. When tragedy leaves Tom on his own it is up to him to call upon all that he has learned to defeat Morwena alone. Delaney is great in setting an atmosphere of impending danger and Bloodeye does not disappoint. The reader is always convinced that something wicked is waiting just a few feet away in the fog and Delany seldom disappoints us. Bloodeye was hard to put down.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the fifth book in the Spook's Apprentice series and it is just as fantastic as the previous books have been. I am impressed that these books have continued on with such great story telling over this series.In this book Tom Ward leaves Gregory to serve 6 months under a different spook; the new spook is harsh in his methods but endeavors to teach Tom more fighting to toughen him up. During the stay though Tom finds himself again being hunted by the Fiend and his children. Most notably Morwena, The Bloodeye witch, who can paralyze any unsuspecting person with a single glance of her evil red eye.Once again this is a great story. I wish that this series was higher on the bestsellers list. It has been a consistently wonderful series. As Tom Ward gets older and gains more knowledge the plot of the book widens in breadth. Tom finds himself more embroiled with the world at large, and as the Fiend hunts him he is forced to ask himself deeper and deeper questions about what it means to be of the dark or the light.The writing is excellent, the black and white drawings add to the mood of the story, there is a ton of action, more dark creatures, and more danger than ever. I love these books. I cannot wait for the next book in the series.
Eurekas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This series in unbelievably good and it does not flag as it goes on. The characters are all singular and believable. Evil is not completely evil and Good is not entirely good. The plot flies. Delaney always lands on his feet and the story just races to the end. New characters are introduced in this book and old ones return. Delaney does not fall back on Deus ex machina; the story unfolds for the reader just as it does for Tom. The confusion in the plot, the lack of a firm place to stand are all very life-like. I highly recommend this book and all the others in the series as well.
vernefan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Taking up immediately after the ending of book four, book five in the Last Apprentice series still delivers the goods. Not a stand alone story, one must have at least read book four, if not all the others, in order to understand what happens in this book and which characters are on which side of the battling forces of good and evil. This series has not petered out, the action, the frightening events and scenes, the ongoing developments of Tom's apprentice training, and additional insight into the main characters, remains steady and intriguing. I did not feel AS frightened in this book as in the others, but the reader will not be disappointed. The fear and chills are still there to keep the eerie intensity and high suspense alive. There are a good deal of high action scenes to keep you riveted to the book and to keep the pages turning. I found the author put in a lot more character development to the key players, showing us that all of us have darkness as well as light within us. As Tom learns this more in this book it helps him grow and aids him in his ongoing training as he inches toward his eventual graduation to an official Spook himself some day. I also felt that this book had more of an intricate plot that leads the reader down many paths and shows us many twists and turns that are unexpected and surprising. As Tom grows, his experience broadens and the story backs this up with more of a challenging read than the earlier, simpler installments. I enjoyed this book as much as the others, I found no disappointing aspects and in fact, I thought the wonderful surprise elements at the end were quite brilliant and teasing which will have us all eagerly awaiting the next book. It appears that the author is showing us his increasing talent, as well as our young hero's. Delaney has created a fabulous horror series for young adults that just does not stop delivering terrific reads. One other thing I feel I must add and praise; the illustrations. I truly feel that these marvelous black and white illustrations and almost holographic cover designs add even more appeal to the success of these books. Each illustration evokes such a frightening feeling that the reader just cant help but feel scared to death. The art work here is truly talented and wonderful to behold. How can you not have a winning series with sensational illustrations to accompany very talented and creative stories? Bravo to both the author and the artist!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad farewell is a spoiler. Dont look.
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imeeyyu726 More than 1 year ago
More than a month now and did not receive the book yet.
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Aweome book and series u got read all of them joseph delaney is just to good wen her writes books
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When i first saw this series i was sicted and now im on the fith book !!!!!!! I cant wait to move to the sixth one