My Rating: 4/5
When I first started reading The Spook’s Sacrifice by Joseph Delaney, I felt a little let down. It felt like it was sidestepping the main issue of the series that had been set up in the previous two fantasy books. By the end, however, I could see the relevance of this book and how important it is to the overarching story.
We see a lot more of Thomas’ Mam in The Spook’s Sacrifice. She’s an incredibly interesting character and we’ve seen some of her past in previous entries, but in this book, we get to learn a lot more, as well as see a lot more.
It was great to see characters from the previous two books come together to fight an enemy. It made character like Mab Moldheel stand out, and Grimalkin is quickly becoming a favourite. We get to see Bill Arkwright again, and his character development from The Spook’s Mistake is fantastic.
As this is the 6th book in The Wardstone Chronicles, it’s hard to talk about anything in particular without giving away spoilers! Thomas Ward is quickly growing into a powerful young hero, quickly catching up with his own master, John Gregory. Alice is also very quickly becoming a stronger character, but whether she will remain in the Light or fall to the Dark we are yet to see.
The Spook’s Sacrifice takes us out of the County for the first time and into Greece, where the old gods are strong, and their magic influences the world around them. We follow Thomas Ward and the others are they try to navigate this new land full of dangerous threats and it’s exciting.
This series only gets bigger and bigger, the further you go into it.