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"My name is John Gregory. What follows is my Bestiary - my personal account of the denizens of the dark I've encountered, together with the lessons I have learned and the mistakes I have made. I have held nothing back, and my hope is that the spook who follows me will continue to keep this record of the practical ways in which we deal with the dark."A companion title to th"My name is John Gregory. What follows is my Bestiary - my personal account of the denizens of the dark I've encountered, together with the lessons I have learned and the mistakes I have made. I have held nothing back, and my hope is that the spook who follows me will continue to keep this record of the practical ways in which we deal with the dark."A companion title to the phenomenally successful Spook's series. Discover how to bind a boggart and deal with a dead witch in this fascinating and lavishly illustrated Spook's own "notebook". A must for die-hard fans of the series and an irresistible introduction to the dark and the dangerous for new recruits....

Title : The Spook's Bestiary
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ISBN : 9780370329796
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 228 Pages
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The Spook's Bestiary Reviews

  • Evgeny
    2019-03-21 15:09

    This fictional book was mentioned in practically all of the installments of the main series. Now you can read it. As the title says it is a Bestiality: notes on all the monsters the Spook and his colleagues had to face in their line of work. For them knowledge is the power, so the Spook and his apprentices keep this book updated. As such it is full of short stories about some of his dealings with different monsters; these were only briefly mentioned in the main plotline.The only reason I read this book is that is was available in the local library. This and that is was short. It actually turns out slightly better than I expected. The short stories I mentioned filled up some unexplained parts of the main story quite nicely. The illustrations were equally good; I would not recommend looking at some of them at night if you are alone. As an example, take a look at one of the most harmless creature of the book - a banshee:It is a beaut, is not it? On the negative side some of the monster descriptions were quoted in the main books verbatim, so I remember reading most of them before. Still, the Bestiaity is good enough and short enough to warrant 3 stars.

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    2019-03-18 13:48

    Book defines the ghouls depicted in The Last Apprentice series. Do not read before the series, however, as the storylines detailed within the pages will not make sense to you without having read Tom and Alice's adventures. A must to say that you read the entire collection

  • Bladelor
    2019-03-19 09:53

    Un hors série très intéressant et superbement écrit, passionnant !!!

  • Joey the J in R.J. Spindle
    2019-02-28 17:00

    To the ReaderThis is both my chance to catch up, and learn some more about the world of the Spook stories before diving into the next Tom Ward book. I just finished "I Am Grimalkin" and it was alright. It could have been better. I do feel like this series has become a bit stretched, but I do love the world so that I only mind a little. There are still flashes of the brilliance that brought me into this series so ... I'll take what I can get. I don't expect to have many notes for this kind of book, but who knows. I'll try. The other between-the-numbers books in this series always gave us a glimpse of what was to come as well as summarizing the past. In fact, I got confused once, because I thought Tom HAD encountered a kind of creature he had not, because there was a short story about young Gregory coming up against one ... so I'll be on the look out for stuff like that. Either way, I'm sure this book will be entertaining. The DarkThis was kinda the five commandments of Spookdom, haha. Gregory is so serious. The footnote about Andy was hilarious. Cheese. I could use some cheese now. BoggartsYep, I was right, only this is SO MUCH COOLER than the previous between-the-numbers. We get short stories between the descriptions of the beasties and how to deal with them. There was some review, and some new stories. They were all fairly entertaining and enlightening. I especially liked the tale on how Gregory got the cat boggart to guard over Chipenden. It's sad what happened to that guy. If only there could be another ... having him was handy! The Old GodsThis too was enlightening. We even got to know a few gods we haven't yet met in the story. I wonder if that means we might. I might love seeing Zeus in this universe. That would be interesting. Gregory's recount of his first encounter with the Bane was nice. I was glad to review a bunch of the things we've already come across and I don't have commentaries to look back on. Maybe I shall, someday. WitchesSooooo much awesome material on the witches. I'm pretty sure Old Gregory dropped a hint here and there about things that may go wrong in the next book. I loved the footnotes that brought experiences to the pages of the bestiary. It makes it more authentic. This is such a fun little read. It really is like peering into one of the dusty old tomes that used to sit on a shelf at Chipenden ... which is being rebuilt ... boggartless--though I did notice our old friend boggart illustrated on the back cover of the next book. *gasp*Mages, The Unquiet Dead, Demons, Water Beasts, Elemental Spirits, Mysterious Deaths in the County, and Final WordsLots more nice little shorts and lots more information about all the creepy things in the spookverse. There was more than one nod to things to come in the next books as well. Certain things seemed like they were being highlighted. I wish I could say more without repeating what I have already said, but there's really nothing to talk about. I think we're about to see some of these creatures and gods in the comping books. And I can't wait to finally get through them. Lure of the Damned here I come!

  • Larissa
    2019-02-19 15:51

    This is John Gregory's guide to The Dark and all the creatures whom dwell within it. Some creatures you will have heard of, you may even have had your own dealings with the likes of boggarts, ghasts and witches. Other creatures you may be learning about for the first time such as boogles, Kabalos mages and skelts. Regardless of their notoriety and level of threat to the County all beings of the dark should he handled without fear, with knowledge and always using common sense.Not everyone can be a seventh son of a seventh son and therefore eligible to become a Spook, many of you will stumble blindly through the dark with little knowledge of the threats that lie in wait for those of you who are foolish, ignorant or just plain unlucky. But within this Bestiary is the knowledge that could one day save your life, if only making you aware that you have a problem and giving you the foresight to fetch a Spook before you loose your thumbs, are drained of your blood or are just plain frightened to death.The Spook's Bestiary is an invaluable guide not only for Spooks' and their apprentices but also to those fascinated with the dark, frightened of the dark or are fans of The Spook's series. The Dark is an ever present threat that is continuously growing in strength, but so to is the Spook's determination to fight The Dark in all its forms. With descriptions, stories, notes and sketches no home in the County is safe without a copy of this book to stave off the dark times. An informative and riveting read.

  • Glenn
    2019-03-14 12:59

    Disappointed with this book overall, loved the stories but not much else...

  • James
    2019-02-27 16:54

    A good catalog of ghastly ghouls with powerful images and lots of nods to various mythology. I received the book as a gift and, while not familiar with the series prior to it, if this is indicative of it, I'll probably give them a shot. Pulls heavily from various myths of old and new gods, folklore, etc. but is effective due to solid visuals.

  • Miranda Reads
    2019-02-19 13:11

    Okay. Love the idea. But the paperback had grey pages. It was hard to read.Review to come.

  • Ken
    2019-03-12 12:04

    The Spook's Bestiary is John Gregory's guide to the dark. It is a must read for any spook apprentice and to my surprise an astonishingly good read. If you are familiar with the Wardstone Chronicles, then surely you would be familiar with the Spook's Bestiary which was mentioned quite a few times within the series. Upon finishing it, I was blown away. The book gives so much details on the dark. From binding boggarts, witches, to introducing the old gods to so much more. This book is just full of information about the county and the denizens of the dark. Without a doubt Joseph Delaney wrote a very well written add on, to the Wardstone Chronicles. The book not only acts as an encyclopedia to the denizens of the dark but it also includes past stories of John Gregory, the spook, and his earlier work. It also includes some stories of his master, Henry Horrocks, and some John Gregory's other apprentice. Without a doubt the addition of these stories makes the book so much more interesting. Also the integration of Greek mythology was just right, it does not quite follow the original myth, but it is tweaked and blended nicely to fit in the Spook's universe.Another addition to this magnificent book, is the artwork. My goodness the artwork, as terrifying as it is, it is enticing to look at. The drawings are surely scary and one would be thankful that none of these exist, or do they. But they definitely give the readers an idea on what the creatures look like in the series. To sum up, as a big fan, I really love this book and without a doubt a favorite of mine. The extracts are so detailed one would wonder, 'How on earth does Joseph Delaney come up with this stuff?', surely all of this can't come from personal experience, or did they. Nonetheless it is an amazing read and it is highly recommend that long time fans of the series should put this to their reading list. Although as a precaution, this should be at least be read after the 10th book, The Spook's Blood, to prevent any spoilers.

  • Mrs. Corriston Corriston
    2019-03-04 09:56

    I loved this book, it’s the perfect guide to help understand the series more and why John Gregory acted so… I believe it’s best to give this book a rating of 4 ½. Not five because it’s nearly IMPOSSIBLE for me to get totally involved with a book (That doesn’t mean I didn’t have my head in the story all day). Be careful, this book is meant to be read AFTER you have read the ENTIRE series. It might confuse you if you haven’t. The format of this book is your old fashioned guide of survival. It has topics such as Boggarts, Witches, The Fiend, and more. These subtitles lead to categories for each topic. For example, the subtitle Boggarts has Stone Chuckers and Hall Knockers (and more). What I liked about this book is that after each subtitle you have your info and so on. But right before the next subtitle you have John Gregory and his past apprentice’s notes. All in all, I recommend this book to the lovers of the Last Apprentice series.

  • Eden
    2019-03-07 16:01

    This is the bestiary mentioned throughout The Last Apprentice series. It contains information about many creatures of the dark and some ways to deal with them.There were also some stories about the Spook and some of the creatures he had bound, or gotten rid of. I liked finding out how the Spook got the boggart as well.It's not a main entry in the series, but I thought it was a great read. The bestiary is the book Tom reads from a lot and now fans have a chance to read it as well. I think that is great.It was a very enjoyable and interesting read. I also really liked reading some more stories about the Spook when he was younger and the notes from his apprentices were a nice touch too.

  • Nathan Miller
    2019-02-26 10:57

    The Spook's Bestiary is an ok book. It wasn't exactly what I thought it was going to be, but it was still was ok. It is a book describing the monsters throughout The Spook's Apprentince, known as The Last Apprentice in the United States. It had short stories every so often about one of the spook's encountering one of the beasts. The whole short story part of the book was the main reason I kept reading. I would only recommend this book to people who like books with more than one subject in them.

  • Christian
    2019-03-07 12:45

    I continue to enjoy Delaney's work. The bestiary is a nice addition to the canon. It fleshes out the creatures from the series and provides some context to their behavior and history. It's also nice to get the additional voices of previous apprentices through the footnotes. My one hope is that this indicates that the series will continue on. I wasn't sure following the conclusion of the last novel, but there are creatures in the bestiary that haven't been seen yet. (I'm not sure if they've been mentioned, though it is quite possible.)

  • Sean
    2019-03-17 10:53

    Another great book in the Spooks series by Joseph Delaney. This is an additional book and not part of the main story, it is a catalogue describing all the creatures that John Gregory and his apprentice Tom Ward have to face during their adventures fighting the Dark. There are some great little bits of back story and it's all illustrated by the awesome Julek Heller. My only criticism of this book is that it should have been printed on better quality paper and maybe in a larger format to maximise the impact of the illustrations. I'd have given it 5 stars instead of 4.

  • Nicole
    2019-03-20 08:58

    The Spook's Beastiary is a nice companion book to The Last Apprentice series. It had nice definitions for all the creatures of the dark along with pictures. My favorite part was the quotes at the end of each chapter from The Spook, Tom, and various apprentices. I also enjoyed seeing the way beings from the dark were classified by someone besides Tom. The added chapter at the end about unknown beings from the dark was a nice bonus and while I would like to know what the dark beings were the mystery is fun.

  • Gustavo
    2019-02-28 11:01

    This book is the journal (aka "bestiary") maintained by the Spook. Therefore, it is supposed to be written in the voice of the Spook (John Gregory), which reads different than the voice of Tom Ward. Honestly, I was disappointed by the book overall, finding it hard to simply skip entire pages. It reads as dry as I imagine reading an encyclopedia would feel, and it didn't hold my interest for long, so I had to read it in many short sittings. This is so different to how I devoured through the series.While I was glad this book was offered to complete the series, I was disappointed with it.

  • João Batista
    2019-03-16 08:50

    Livro em capa dura no Brasil! Por que demoraram tanto para lançar um desses após 8 em capa mole?! Coisas de editora brasileira...Bem, este é um manual passo a passo de como enfrentar as criaturas das trevas, entremeado de relatos não encontrados nos livros da série; há notas nas margens das páginas de antigos aprendizes de John Gregory, tornando o livro mais agradável de se ler. A melhor imagem é a da página 226...

  • Luke Cummins
    2019-03-19 11:53

    I loved it sooooo much. It wasn't exactly what I expected but that's not a bad thing! The pictures were amazing as well as the information it gives. I highly recommend this to any fan of the Spook's (The Last Apprentice) series or those who want to start it and are a bit confused. A really good read. I read it in a day!

  • Cindy
    2019-03-09 11:06

    Wonderful companion volume to the series The Last Apprentice - this is the only book left in the Spook's library after his house at Chippenden burns down. It's full to the brim with stories about the creatures and people of the Dark that the Spook has faced in his long career keeping the County safe from denizens of the Dark. Great illustrations throughout!

  • Ryan McCarthy
    2019-02-26 11:46

    Maybe I'm just tired of this series, but god damn am I glad I'm done reading this. Yet another unnecessary addition to an already protracted series that my completionist tendencies wouldn't let me skip. Delaney straight up lifted passages from his other books to make some of these encyclopedia entries. Lazy and uninspired. It's a shame, because I really did enjoy this series overall.

  • Fidencio Ramirez
    2019-02-19 10:13

    I liked this book because it is about one of the seven sons.The son goes on adventures killing bad spirits and creatures.The son talks and describes all the creatures had to fight against witches,demons,swamp people and so much other i cant remember what there name is.

  • Roy
    2019-03-21 15:59

    This is a really fun one! If you are trying to build a collection of the series you definitely need this book in the collection. I think Mr. Delaney must pretty well have the whole series figured out based upon some of the contents of this book.

  • Niall Ford
    2019-03-01 16:46

    It's a very good book but it isn't anything like the stories. It's written and played out like a factual book but it's a nice touch to have a recreation of the book that is mentioned in the stories. Any Spooks lover would love this.

  • Sam
    2019-02-24 17:04

    Another great book by Delany. But, if you haven't read the whole series the book may contain some spoilers. It also can get a little long. However, all in all still another good addition to the series.

  • Mark Lacy
    2019-03-09 14:45

    Didn't hold my interest like the other books in this series because there wasn't a single story to the book. Most of it wasn't story at all, and when there was, it was just short little vignettes.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-18 13:13

    I've read all of the books in this series as well as all of these side stories and loved them all! Managed to get through the lot of them in 3 weeks time! I just couldn't stop reading them!!!

  • Mark Louie Parcasio
    2019-03-07 13:07

    Boring. I need that last book!

  • Carly
    2019-02-19 16:07

    A great addition to The Spook's series! Perfect for any fan! Review to come...

  • Stefan
    2019-03-19 12:47

    A fun read, a nice addition to The Wardstone Chronicles and has great art!

  • Richie Chagas
    2019-03-19 09:46