This book is scaring the hell out of me

The Spook's Apprentice by Joseph Delaney. It's about a young boy who is the seventh son of a seventh son and becomes apprentice to the Spook--the old, weathered monster hunter who rids the town of boggarts, witches and things that go creepy crawly.

It has some truly scary moments and I wonder how kids perceive it. I wrote a scene not too long ago and then got rid of it because I thought it was too I'm reconsidering. I know it still has to be right for me though, and not just because someone else does it.

It's written in a very spare style, but really effective. The unnamed country is very English farming town circa late 1800s.

I highly recommend this book if you want to be creeped out. I think there are five in the series.


By the way, that cover is really cool, but I think it is the British edition. Those Brits always get the cool covers.


Sarah J Clark said...

Just hearing your synopsis is going to give me nightmares tonight.


Carrie Harris said...

I love stuff like this and will definitely check it out!

Michele Thornton said...

I love's on my list!

Kelly said...

That does sound like a good one. I'm finally on the last Harry Potter. Finally! Is this book YA or MG? (I'm wondering, because my son is also reading the Harry Potters and is wondering what to read next!)

Prince Balthazar said...

Hi guys!

Kelly, I think it says 10 and up, but boy, it truly has some ick factor in it.

Have you heard of Percy Jackson and the Olympian Series? The first one is the Lightning Thief. Highly recommended.

beth said...

Ooo, sounds like a great book--thanks for the recommendation!

Prince Balthazar said...

You're welcome, Beth. Thanks for stopping by.

PJ Hoover said...

Sometimes a good creep-out is awesome! I may take you up on this one!