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I'm a long time reader - since way back when I was seven. That makes it over three quarters of my life that I will be a reader for. But it is worth it. When I'm not reading or wasting my time online on here or Goodreads I'll be off playing video games, studying teaching and messing around with friends and pop culture. Or reading some more.
The Spook's Blood (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #10) - Joseph Delaney
I have mentioned before my personal rating system which kind of goes 'stars for however I felt about that book.' And of course there is adjustment in this system for different genres as I tend to like books differently within genres and rate them differently for each genre. So my system tends to be very much a patchwork of up and down ratings. Now why am I beginning my review with this? Well I actually didn't have a reason I thought it would be a good thing to throw in there and test my readers...

No I joke! I put that in there to provide an indication as to how I feel about the entire Spook's Apprentice Series (also known as the Wardstone Chronicles). They're pretty good books, I've enjoyed them overall but I consistently give four stars merely because I do not like them as much as YA fiction like Percy Jackson, Mortal Engines or Ranger's Apprentice.

The plot of The Spook's Blood again delves into darker territory, following the idea I believe that most readers of this fiction started as younger children (say 12 or 11) and now would be 15/16, engaged in watching many mature movies and playing mature video games. This book features lots of blood, what else can you expect from a book that focuses on the conflict between the Spook and Tom and a vampire god. And the fact that it's called The Spook's Blood is no giveaway at all...

Anyway while this is a solid continuation of the series (and we are nearing the end at last) it's not exactly a ground-breaking entry. At this point things seem to be more or less serving the purpose of trying to bring everything to a conclusion. It's definitely only worth reading if you've gone through all the previous books. But if you liked them you'll probably like this book too.