Brother Wulf

A new Spook’s Apprentice adventure out April 16

Spook Johnson is overweight, greedy, sometimes cruel
and something of a bigot. But he is a formidable fighter and specialises in
hunting down dangerous witches.

Unfortunately, some of
the women he imprisons in his cellar are not
witches and this causes anger and resentment amongst the locals. Aware that his
reputation leaves much to be desired, Spook Johnson hires a scribe, to record
his own version of his exploits and thus turn him into a living legend. This
scribe is a young noviciate monk from the local Abbey, whose name is Brother
Wulf.

When Johnson finally
overreaches himself and is overcome by a powerful witch, Wulf sets off in
search of the only person in the whole County who might be able to help. He
travels to Chipenden to request the help of Tom Ward.

Tom Ward was once
apprenticed to John Gregory, the greatest of the County spooks. He is
well-trained and very experienced in fighting the dark. But things are not what
they seem and Tom is being led into a trap. There is a new threat from the dark
that aims to kill Tom and Alice and destroy all that they hold dear.

46 comments on “Brother Wulf

      • You have just cheered me up more than you can imagine. In January this year I was told that the cancer ive been fighting in my lung has travelled to my brain. I’ve been given a brand new chemotherapy which is draining so I have no energy to do much now, so I’ve picked up the wardrobe chronicles again and I’m reading them all. Your stories are incredible and have helped to take my mind away from the hardships in my life right now so I would like to say thank you Mr delaney.

        • Hello, I am very sorry to hear that and glad that my books have given you some comfort. best wishes Joseph

      • Mr.delaney
        Im a big fan and ive been sending you mssages from your old blog but it’s gone now. Im really sorry if my comment is little harsh, hope you understand your biggest fan here in philippines
        So here it is : starblade chronicles is a bit dissappointing, specially about Tom and alice relationship , i mean how can tom easily forgive alice after just a little saving ,i know that Tom love alice,it’s just that im not satisfied about the way he fogive her and alice explanation to tom ,its a little brief. a lot of your fans think of it too since ive been reading commnts from youtube ,amazon,good readers,my facebook group about your book they think and i too that its all of a sudden,and sudden death of jenny that left my curiosity down, i mean what about her real identity ,the power of her true name, think her character is just made just to die and nothing else.
        it would be good to ressurect jnny in this book I would really love it but I love it how alice would react. Wish tom would ditch alice
        Hoping that this book would as good as spooks and or even better
        Would there be a much more explanation about tom,alice ?and jenny?
        Lukrasta should be alive to to get alice back , think they really good in each other.
        Alice was my favourite character before even when after she betray tom and went to lukrasta,her explanation and reasons left me unsatisfied and think , think her love for tom is a little selfish

        • I was also a bit disappointed with the development of Tom and Alice’s relationship – and I wrote the book!
          As for Jenny – I feel the same way
          But I discover my plots and follow the way the story takes me. Life is tough and then you die. That is a reality we all have to get used to sooner or later. So I also think that fiction should reflect this.
          But the story of Tom and Alice continues and the new series (the first book is called ‘Brother Wulf’) is to be published in the UK next month. Tom and Alice both feature and Grimalkin is in the book briefly. There are even some references to Jenny – Tom still feels sad when he thinks about her. But she is still dead.
          Thanks for telling me your thoughts!

          • I do not plan a final conclusion at this moment. It is more likely that Tom and Alice will gradually fade away into the background as a new generation take over the world of spooks. Any story continued long enough results in the death of the protagonists – even if it is from old age! The latest account of Tom and Alice’s life will be published as the second in the ‘Brother Wulf’ Series in May 2021.

        • Yes there will be a French translation of Brother Wulf.
          There may be a third Aberrations one day but I don’t have a publishing contract for it and have other things to write.

    • Grimalkin makes a brief appearance and no, John Gregory won’t be returning. Unfortunately there won’t be another Arena 13, my publisher wanted me to write other things. I may go back to it one day but not in the near future.

  1. Hello,
    First off I’d like to say thank you for these stories, characters, and this world. I’m currently 23 and have been reading these books for the past 13 years and they have been such an enjoyable, reliable, thrilling, and helpful consistency.

    Regarding Brother Wulf, I was wondering if there any plans that you knew of for a physical US release. I’ve noticed on amazon that they have a kindle option but nothin for hardcover.

    Thanks Again.

    • Unfortunately Brother Wulf hasn’t been picked up by an American publisher yet. I hope it will one day. You can purchase a paperback through Amazon now.

  2. I think your writing has strengthened significantly since/through the Spook’s Apprentice books and I enjoyed reading the Starblade Chronicles. The final installment felt…. compacted. I think the plot points were strong but I feel like you had something grander in mind, and were constrained by the trilogy length. My best guess to this would be the publisher…. but I can’t imagine you’d be able to comment on that. Regardless, engaging even to an older reader, and I’m glad to see writing in this universe is still enjoyable to you. I read these as a kid and came back to them during the quarantine lull as a college english major/aspiring writer and found them still enjoyable. I think the theme of self belief is actually a powerful one. Good shit overall

    • thank you for returning to reading the series and for your honest comments which I believe to be sound and correct observations

  3. Hello, Mr. Delaney!

    Due to an early delivery I’have already received “Brother Wulf” here in Germany earlier.
    I’m happy that you have returned to the Pendlewitch universe! I’ve to be honest, I’ve not really kept track of your other book series but I’m all for more stories in that special world. I do understand that the old characters may only play second fiddle to new ones. That’s alright!

    I just wonder how you came to choose a young monk as your new protagonist? That should be interesting. Funny thing is, right now I see the new remake of “The name of the Rose” as a TV series on German TV.

    Though I still hope to get one day a book series about Grimalkin’s exploits in her first missions as a witch assassins. Or a book about witches today (just think about all the opportunities they would have in the new world with technology, nuclear plants, computers, secret services and mobiles). Heck, considering the current situation witches may be the only people who could be crossing borders with their broomsticks! 😉 (Which leads me to the question why your witches didn’t fly yet? They should – they could fight their clan wars above the clouds!)

    In any way, Mr. Delaney, keep your good spirits up, I press my thumbs for a successful launch of the new series and stay healthy!

    Thank you for your continuous hard work! Your books are the best!

    Many greetings,
    Dieter from Berlin

    • Yes I thought a young monk would be an interesting character and remember that John Gregory spent time being trained as a priest (It refers to it in ‘The Spook’s Tale). I read ‘The Name of the Rose’ years ago. A good writer – I enjoyed the book and the film is good too.

      Witches don’t fly in my books? {WARNING SPOILER} In the new one – In ‘Brother Wulf’ a witch flies – so that’s a first but there is a good reason why she is able to do so.

      Thanks for your email and glad that you enjoyed the books. Keep safe too and keep reading.

      Best wishes,

      Joseph Delaney

  4. Dear Mr. Delaney,
    I’ve just ordered your new book and I’m waiting impatiently to read it. I love, love Tom and Alice and can’t wait to read about their life together. I thought when Tom got in touch with his supernatural self that his potential as a warrior against the Dark would be extraordinary. Of course I had the wish to read about his new adventures together with Alice. I will comment on the new book after reading it. Thank you so much for giving us the chance to visit Tom and Alice (and the Boggart). Keep up the great work! Stay healthy too!

  5. This is basically a review i wrote on all the spook’s books and i wanted the writer to read it:
    Spook’s series by Joseph Delaney, is an amazing work of fiction. The reader simply gets smitten by the magical work of this British writer. I started reading the Wardstone Chronicles and couldn’t put it down till I hadn’t finished all the books in the series. When I had finished the Wardstone Chronicles I craved for more, I was sad that they ended. Then one day I was searching for books on an online store that I stumbled across the Starblade Chronicles (this is trilogy, of the further encounters of Tom Ward; the main character) Oh! How happy I was, and this was not the end then came Brother Wulf, I was more than pleased. The plots were very intriguing and complete, and the best parts were the twists. The twists were on another level. They were beyond prediction. I am a slow reader but when the writer was building up for a scary or deadly scene, my speed increased considerably and I’d realise this after the scene ended! I couldn’t find any holes on the plot and wasn’t bored for a second when I was reading. The characters were build quiet efficiently and left an imprint of their appearance on my imagination, so much so that they were nearly alive! In nutshell; it was complete and amazing.
    I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in fiction with a little touch of horror in it and believe me you will not regret.

  6. Great book Mr Delaney! I really enjoyed how Tom and Alice’s story has resumed in this installment. I had read you original series while I was in middle school but have since returned to the Starblade Chronicles and this Brother Wulf during quarantine as a 21 year old in college. Reading them again brought back so many good memories and I thank you for that. I hope to read more stories from the Spook’s universe soon! Will there be a sequel to this latest book? Best wishes and thank you for all the amazing books.

    • If I were Tom I would definitely forgive Alice! After all she had little control over what she did because she had to obey Pan. Had she not done that deal with Pan, she would have been trapped in the dark forever and Tom would never have seen her again. I think Tom should have trusted Alice more but I can’t blame him for being jealous.

  7. Dear Mr. Delaney,
    I’ve been following your books series when I was in quarantine!!
    Your series was stunning. I’ve even challenged myself to read 13 series of your book in 2 weeks which I did. It really helped me to be brave against the Dark. I was also the first person in our town library to request your book.
    I also loved the idea of publishing your fan’s comments on your novel series.
    Actually, I do believe that I could be a good girl spook cause I am left-handed.
    Please write more and more I don’t know how to survive without reading your books.
    As a fan I have three questions:
    DO YOU BELIEVE IN DARK CREATURES?
    HOW OLD IS TOM IN BROTHER WULF?
    ARE YOU LEFT HANDED?
    Hope you are safe.
    Rojin-Shariati

    • In Brother Wulf Tom is about twenty. I believe in dark creatures because I am one myself! No I am not left handed.
      Well done reading so many books so quickly, and still liking them at the end!

    • I started reading the Wardstone series since quarintine started too, and when I finished it I was really sad when I thought there was not any more books. Now that I know there is, I have a new reason to be sad: TOM AND ALICE NEED TO BE TOGETHER! I would really like it if they got together again but I didnt read the other books yet. And please dont spoil how things are going, Its the best series Ive read so far!

      Thank you for your books!

  8. Any chance on elaborating on how John Gregory met his bogart and how it became to live in his home? I’ve read this series at least six times, but that is a question I’ve always wondered. I wasn’t sure if we would find out in a back story or something similar. Thank you for writing such a wonderful series and communicating with your fans.

    • There is quite a full account of this in ‘The Spook’s Bestiary’ where in a short story John Gregory details his confrontation with the boggart and how they came to an agreement. So that is the best place to read what happened. There is no account in the early Spook’s books but. later in the series, we see Tom make his own deal with that same boggart!

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