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A New Darkness

Starblade Chronicles, Book 1
Written by: Joseph Delaney
Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Something is terrorizing the villages of the county. People are dying - covered in blood, their faces frozen in fear. But with not a wound on their bodies.

Battling creatures of the dark is the job of the local spook, but 17-year-old Thomas Ward never finished his apprenticeship. It will be no easy task to earn the trust of the villagers and to defeat a monster that no one has ever seen.

Yet Jenny - a seventh daughter of a seventh daughter - knows an awful lot about this new evil. And she's willing to share what she's learned with Tom…if he takes her on as his apprentice. No girl has ever been a spook's apprentice before. But vanquishing this creature will take Tom and Jenny far from home. And that's exactly what Jenny wants.

This new arc in the legend of Thomas Ward, the hero of the best-selling The Last Apprentice series, begins a dark and sweeping adventure that will chill your very soul.

©2014 Joseph Delaney (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Chris A.
  • 2015-05-31

wth

this is the most vague book of the entire series. We didn't even get a play by play of the hour long battle? I enjoyed the different character perspectives as always. typically we get more of a climax with some sort of an ending. I'm still a fan though. thank you for the books

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  • George Magoon
  • 2014-12-16

Good narrator. KEEP HIM!

The narrator in this is good. So don't you DARE keep changing him like wardstone!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2015-10-23

hated the ending

There was no lead up for the ending, seemed very forced. I think the author was tired of writing stories for Tom.

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  • Johnny
  • 2015-07-27

Tremendous

For anyone that had read The Last Apprentice (The Spook's Apprentice) series this is a MUST read. The story is the continuation, of course, and it advances quite naturally with many details coming together gradually. No spoilers here- but expect to be shocked. The performances are wonderful. Overall I loved it!

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  • M T
  • 2019-02-12

Great book!

Awesome book, good story and great narrators. Lots of engaging moments and there are no parts that are dull or boring that could make you fall asleep...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-02-23

A must read but frustrating

Amazing performance and good story. The continuation of Tom ward’s journey as a spook. Only frustrating thing was the inconsistencies of what characters were capable of in the last apprentice series. But, I suppose there wouldn’t be much suspense if the main character got stronger and not weaker as the enemies would not pose as much of a threat. Overall a captivating read, but, not quite as what I thought Tom would develop. Now suddenly, he doesn’t use any of his gifts. There seems to be a determination to keep the enemy as op as possible.

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  • Jesse
  • 2017-07-04

If you enjoyed the Wardstone Chronicles you'll love this.

It's great to see Tom Ward again. And the new threat if very intriguing. The new Character Jenny is a welcome addition to the cast. Please keep these narrators!

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  • Chr1sH4ll
  • 2016-09-13

Cliffhanger! a great Tom Ward sequel!

Picks up right where the Last Apprentice series leaves off. I was very pleased with this. Thomas Judd is an awesome Thomas Ward! please don't change narrators, EVER!

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  • Joshua C. Burt
  • 2016-05-14

The story felt rushed.

D: Tom... The story's end was rushed and lacked a lot of detail what was expected to be in this book given the events that occurred.

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  • Saqlain H Ali
  • 2015-12-07

In my opnionr Joseph Delaney is struggling.

The story is form by putting in some of the pieces from other great novels that is been written. For example [Eragon], the star blade and Jenny's. mind reading skills is the original work from the Eragon. I've.came across some work is from Powe of the Five another great novel series. Much is I like Delenay's work, I find this novel to be.very disappoint ing. Ending was very bad because I did not see any conclusion. So, in my noopinion it deserves one star.