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Sam and Lizzie are freezing and hungry on the streets of Victorian London When Sam asks a wealthy man for some coins he is rudely turned away Months of struggle suddenly find their focus and Sam resolves to kill the man Huddling in a graveyard for warmth Sam and Lizzie are horrified to see the earth around one of the tombs begin to shift shortly followed by the wraithlike figure of a ghostly man He warns Sam about the future which awaits such a bitter heart and so begins Sam's journey led by terrifying spirits through the past present and future after which Sam must decide whether to take the man Scrooge's life or notA perfectly layered tense and supremely satisfying twist on one of Dickens' most popular books cleverly reinvented to entice a younger readership


10 thoughts on “The Last of the Spirits

  1. says:

    This is definitely my favourite book from Chris Priestley I’ve read up until now Whether or not you’ve read A Christmas Carol you will be familiar with the tale and this book is a captivating ghostly tale in its own right with of course a nod to the original that inspired itSam and Lizzie are cold and hungry On Christmas Eve they ask a wealthy man for coins to buy food This man is Scrooge and you can imagine what he says Sam heart is hardened by his and Lizzie’s life on the streets and now his hate has found a face They follow Scrooge home which is how they become caught in Scrooge’s ghostly journeyChris Priestley weaves Sam and Lizzie’s journey into the familiar tale of A Christmas Carol brilliantly The book is a uick read but the story doesn’t feel incomplete The writing is great Chris Priestley has this knack for making books feel haunted like the ghostly wisps are coming of the pageThe Last of the Spirits certainly should be added to Christmas lists for years to come I know I plan on reading every winter


  2. says:

    The library where I live really needs to sort out its books I found this in its kids section There is no way I would give this book to a child given some of the topics in it It is however beautifully written and an intriguing read It's a take on A Christmas Carol written by Charles Dickens I must say it surprised me how well the author stuck to the original tale even through the eyes of a little boy


  3. says:

    Book The Last of the Spirits Author Chris PriestleyGenre Classic Adaptation Children's Book Ghosts Supernatural Fantasy Publisher BloomsburyPages 180REVIEWIntroduction It's a great children's book a reinvention of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens It revolves around two poor young children who face the odds of life and learn about humanity and importance of joy and merriness in one's life A hint of supernatural and memorable moral values are highlightsStoryline Characters The book has three prominent characters a brother sister duo Sam and Lizzie and an old man named Scoorge Other character include relatives Ghosts street ghasts and Christmas Spirits The Past The Present and The Future each having a different and a uniue appearance I love how characters show heterogenity very different from each other in the beginning and slowly as the chapters progress get very much like each other budding with happiness helpfulness and joy In the beginning these characters vices and sins are depicted Their hatred towards each other is clear but as they come to know about humanity life their benevolence is awakened and their character begins to transform Sam and Lizzie's miserable lifestly is truly pitiable it reflects the conditions during early ages in England and how Christmas brought cheer to everyone The enitre story takesplace within a few days off Christmas when the town is full with joy The Christmas Spirits are like mentors elders who guide our young and old characters show them life's worth and make them relaize their mistakes and get better It all is supported by a strong backstory Many characters are adorable some scary some pitiable I loved humans interaction with guiding Spirits These Spirits also play a central role in development of story A very memorable happy endingScenes Scenes in the book are of survival dreams and merriment Mostly in the first half of the book characters and their situations are introduced Young protagonists survival and their lifestyle is highlighted along with Christmas joy in the town The scenes show interaction with other characters Houses towns emotions feelings are all described very well in the scenes Some scenes may frighten very young children as they relate with Ghosts rising up from the graveyard all of them benevolent Later on in the second half of the book the characters get into action and elate with each other joyfully I loved the dream seuence and the idea of travelling in the past present and future in order to learn about humanity mistakes and worth of human life It has taught me many lessons and I've realized the value of human life The ending is very joyful If you are a sad person who needs some inspiration in life is so the perfect book for you pick it up without hesitation The scenes cheered me up for sure A very memorable happy endingLocations Locations include churches roads pavements graveyards spring gardens and snowy houses These locations have been described very well Some locations are very close to selective characters and play an important part in development of story But locations have not been treated as the most important part in the book just complimentary and delightfulSpeciality The book has very specialities all of which will amaze the readers This book even though is a classical reinvention meant for younger readers can be enjoyed by elders alike The language is lucid simple entertaining and joyful It radiates positivity the dialouges are enlightening and philosophical Surprisingly the Ghosts and Christmas Spirits are helpful not haunting It teaches many moral values and has a lot of wisdom hidden in it Younger children shoudl absolutely read this novel and treasure it It tells how you can overcome you hardships through positivity and good behaviour towards others It also has suspense emotional trauma mystery action horrors that will keep you entertained Go for it I just wish there would be some illustrations Reading in Hardcover recommended A very memorable happy endingNotes Keep in collection Best when read at night by the candlelight Remarks Suitable for younger readers Delightful narration Loved itRating 55


  4. says:

    I received this book in a subscription book box and was excited to add it to my holiday reading list The Last of the Spirits by Chris Priestley is a dark and familiar journey into the literary world of an old classic Christmas story A retelling of a Dickens A Christmas Carol Priestly manages to make something old new again while honoring the original source material—an enticing ghost story we have all grown to loveThe new characters and storylines intermingle with the story of old seamlessly and provide the reader with another view of Dickens beloved tale Priestley’s story focuses on two forgotten street urchins and how their fight for survival is intricately intertwined with both Marley and Scrooges lives—past present and future It is a creative retelling that gives the reader a new twist to enjoy as they take a familiar walk through a literary tale that has been a Christmas classic for generations It is a uick read and I highly recommend adding this to your holiday TBR list


  5. says:

    The last of the spirits 'No The chains aren't to bind me They're to remind me''These are the chains I forged for my soul in life these are the chains I'm bound to wear in death Every link on them I made myself not by a blacksmith's skill honest labour but rather through my own greed selfishness Never was there a pointless existence These links aren't forged in Hest but by cold hearts Money making gives you the means to be heartless but it doesn't give you a monopoly on heartlessnessThe chains are not to bind me They're to remind me The word 'remind' echoed round the graveyard bouncing from tombstone to tombstoneIgnorance want beware them both but beware Ignorance most of allFor what would Christmas be without a ghost story?An amazing inspiring beautiful spectacular retelling of 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles dickens Sam and Lizzie are freezing and hungry on the streets of Victorian London When Sam asks a wealthy man for some coins he is rudely turned away Months of struggle suddenly find their focus and Sam resolves to kill the man Huddling in a graveyard for warmth Sam and Lizzie are horrified to see the earth around one of the tombs begin to shift shortly followed by the wraithlike figure of a ghostly man He warns Sam about the future which awaits such a bitter heart and so begins Sam's journey led by terrifying spirits through the past present and future after which Sam must decide whether to take the man Scrooge's life or not A perfectly layered tense and supremely satisfying twist on one of Dickens' most popular books cleverly reinvented to entice a younger readership


  6. says:

    When I received this book 'The Last of the Spirits' from Goodreads I was a complete newcomer to Chris Priestly but no this one has me hooked While based on Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' this has its own uniue storyline beautifully linked to the traditional tale of Scrooge and the ghosts of ChristmasOn a freezing winter's night in London Sam approaches a wealthy man begging for help When Scrooge for this is indeed who the man was roughly turns him away Sam vows revenge Sam takes his sister to find refuge in a graveyard where in the middle of the night they encounter the ghost of Jacob Marley The two youngsters become embroiled in Scrooge's visits from the spirits of Christmas past present and future As children their fears and fascinations grip the reader than those of Scrooge himself adding an additional depth to the Dickens narrativeGrowing up I saw BBC adaptations of this story and have since read the original so I am able to appreciate the uality of Priestley's writing If I had not read Dickens then this book would have given me the necessary push to do so I think that this would be an excellent way to convince younger readers to give those old classics a try


  7. says:

    This was such a great uick read This story is told from the perspective of two children who meet Scrooge on Christmas Eve They encounter the same spirits that Scrooge does and they see their own past and futures I really enjoyed this Priestley entwined Dicken's story really well with his own I really enjoy the story of a Christmas Carol and this was an interesting take on the story I thought it was done really well and I would liked to see from this author One thing to note is that it is classified as a childrens book but I am not sure if it is suitable for young children as some of the themes are uite dark and it could be a bit scary for younger children


  8. says:

    Good story to read at Christmas


  9. says:

    3 12 starsThis was an interesting twist on a Christmas Carol but I feel to truly enjoy it you need to know the original fairly well Whilst there is fun to be had here for those who cannot spot the references to Charles Dickens classic those that know it well will delight in spotting classic characters and uotes as well as enjoy seeing the story from a different perspective The story follows two children and their struggle to survive on the streets of London on a particular christmas eve They soon find themselves mixed up within Scrooge's redemption and this being a Chris Priestly book the tale takes several twists and turn before arriving at its final destination It's a great new take on the tale and an interesting read So what are my issues? Well it is predictable I suppose that's what happens when you base a story around the most famous Christmas tale of all time In addition to this the moral for me is uestionable It comes down to money a little too much and although the writer clearly makes his beliefs clear in regards to the way it is used I still wonder if it was entirely necessary for it to play as prominent a role as it did in this happy endingIn conclusion The Last of the Spirits is a fabulous take on a Christmas classic Fan of Dickens' original will delight in spotting the crossovers and clues as the two stories interwoven whilst those not familiar are still in for a chilling and extremely effectively written tale A great Christmas book for those wanting a dark and intricate festive treat


  10. says:

    Follow Scrooge's conversion through the eyes of a hardened troubled boy and his little sister Lizzie who are starving in the streets of London When Sam is treated cruelly by Scrooge and continually realizes how much injustice there is he is starving while Scrooge clings to the money he hoards but doesn't use he plans to kill Scrooge Enter the ghost of Jacob Marley who tells Sam that he will be visited by three ghosts Sam and Lizzie see their past and future selves yet at the same time enter an alternate dimension to follow Scrooge's supernational journey with the help of the spirits Sam comes to realize that Scrooge though cruel is only human and that perhaps unkind cruel people need the most pityThough this book is aimed at older teens it is still a very interesting read for adults Purists of A Christmas Carol will not likely enjoy this book but the average fan will like this retelling Though the book too freuently reads like a fan fiction the story and characters are interesting enough to keep you turning the page to find out what happens next