The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, deal with the dark. Together they rid the county of witches, ghosts, and boggarts. But now there’s some unfinished business to attend to in Priestown. 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. The Bane!
As Thomas and the Spook prepare for the battle of their lives, it becomes clear that the Bane isn’t their only enemy. The Quisitor has arrived, searching for those who meddle with the dark so he can imprison them—or worse.
Can Thomas defeat the Bane on his own? Is his friend Alice guilty of witchcraft? And will the Spook be able to escape the Quisitor’s clutches? -Goodreads
My Rating: 5/5
Much like the first book in this series, The Spook’s Curse continues to introduce us to The County and the threats from the Dark that continue to plague it. Things get a little more out of hand, however, as we are introduced to boggarts and there is an old, angry God plaguing Priestown.
Thomas is such a good character. He’s constantly afraid, of course, but he’s braver than he is scared. And he’s smart. A surprising amount happens in this book, considering the size, and it’s all brilliant.
The Quisitor is out and about, ready to burn any witches or spooks he finds. The Bane is beginning to grow in power, and his grip on the people of Priestown is a threat Thomas has to overcome. And before all of that, Thomas and the Spook have to deal with a boggart who is only getting bigger, stronger, and meaner.
The plot is fast-paced and not a page is wasted. Even though there is a lot of adventure and fighting the Dark, Delaney makes room for important character development. Thomas’ Mam is a fantastic character, and her relationship with her son is wonderful. Alice is complex as she is a witch but doesn’t want to belong to the Dark – she is Thomas’ friend, but there is a lot of trust she has to build up before John Gregory will give her the time of day.
This is another wonderful fantasy book, and there are more hints at how the Dark is growing in power over The County.