Books by Joseph Delaney

THE DARK ARMY by Joseph Delaney
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Skippable for newbies, but fans will salvage enough to make it worthwhile even as they hope for payoff next time. (Grimalkin's notes, glossary) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Tom Ward, the Chipenden Spook, is back from the dead and ready to fight against the monstrous wolflike Kobalos horde, with his apprentice, Jenny Calder, and the witch assassin Grimalkin by his side. Read full book review >
A NEW DARKNESS by Joseph Delaney
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Promising but questionably formed. (Grimalkin's notes, glossary) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Newly minted spook Tom Ward takes on a surprising new apprentice and investigates a gathering storm in the first installment in this Last Apprentice sequel series. Read full book review >
GHOST PRISON by Joseph Delaney
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Not for the faint of heart, this probably should be read with the lights on…they'll likely have to stay on. (Horror. 8-11)"
Billy's new job at the ghost prison may be the death of him. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2012

"A good balance between dark action and emotional costs. (Fantasy. 11-15)"
This installment deviates from The Last Apprentice's usual formula, following witch assassin Grimalkin instead of Spook's apprentice Thomas Ward after the events of Rage of the Fallen (2011). Read full book review >
ATTACK OF THE FIEND by Joseph Delaney
Released: March 1, 2008

"Not recommended for beneath-the-sheets reading. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Once again packaged as a doorstopper but reading as if it's half the length, the fourth episode in the harrowing training of teenaged Tom Ward as a bulwark against all that is evil and supernatural brings some disturbing revelations about his absent mother's identity. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Arrasmith's dark chapter-head illustrations and appended 'notebook' pages add atmosphere but not vitality to this limp, overlong outing. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
The third and weakest episode in Delaney's Last Apprentice series takes narrator Tom Ward, his secretive master Old Gregory and canny young witch Alice to winter quarters on bleak Anglezarke Moor where, thanks to massive contrivances, they survive encounters with three blood-sucking witches, a boggart or two and a necromancer out to raise one of the old gods. Read full book review >
CURSE OF THE BANE by Joseph Delaney
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Readers will be hooked from the first line. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Opening with a victim's agonized scream, Delaney returns to the boggart-ridden County for a second gruesome, lickety-split episode featuring young Tom Ward, seventh son of a seventh son and for some months now apprenticed to the Spook, a hunter of malign spirits. Read full book review >
REVENGE OF THE WITCH by Joseph Delaney
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Stay tuned. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Readers seeking lots of up-close encounters with the unquiet dead and other creepy entities need look no further. Read full book review >