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Revenge of the Witch (Last Apprentice Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

21 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

Creepy & Tense

Picked this up a while ago but decided it would be a fun Halloween read. I wanted to preview it for my 10 year old son. He's been a fan of R. L. Stine's Goosebumps for years and from the general premise, I thought The Last Apprentice might be a fun series for him.

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Picked this up a while ago but decided it would be a fun Halloween read. I wanted to preview it for my 10 year old son. He's been a fan of R. L. Stine's Goosebumps for years and from the general premise, I thought The Last Apprentice might be a fun series for him.

For being a middle-reader book, I found this rather engaging. I really enjoyed the character development. I liked the language and imagery used. And I found the story entertaining.

The concept of the book (the first in a series) is somewhat intriguing. We're in some "County" that feels loosely based on 18th/19th century America. A collection of small towns and villages spread over the countryside with generally religious/righteous people who are very superstitiously afraid of all things supernatural. Which is where the story comes in.

Gregory is a "Spook" which basically means he wanders around the County taking care of these supernatural problems..witches, ghosts, boggarts, etc. He's sort of like a colonial era version of the Ghostbusters. And he's taken our central character Tom as his apprentice. Tom is a bit frightened and wary of what this means, but he puts his heart into the effort and learns a lot, but also makes a number of very BAD mistakes which lead to a lot of bad problems for himself, the community, the Spook and others.

I felt like the story arc was pretty cohesive and the trajectory was generally believable. It was a bit of a stretch for me when Tom kept quiet about his encounter on the way back from town (I don't want to spell out what he kept secret, as it's a semi-spoiler). The Spook is Tom's authority figure and he'd given him very specific and particular advice. It didn't seem odd to me that Tom would have an opportunity to go against the Spook's advice.but it did seem odd that he didn't let the Spook know what happened. I guess perhaps he was ashamed/embarrassed, but since nothing had really happened, there shouldn't have been any need for hesitation. Still, I guess that's probably just me trying to put an adult mindset on a child's behavior.

Anyway, the story progressed well and I found myself caught up in the suspense and horror of the events as they unfolded. Things went from bad to worse to disastrous. And it felt like a natural rather than contrived flow. I was somewhat surprised at how everything finally came to a resolution.

So, overall, I enjoyed the book and found it an entertainingly creepy read. But, would I recommend it for my ten year old? NO. I would not. Part of me wants to because it was an entertaining read.but the larger part of me doesn't want to because this is a dark and gritty book. It's definitely written with children in mind. The horror stays on the tamer side of things.but it's still very creepy and very dark. The elements of violence and segments of gruesome interactions would certainly be frightening to anyone with tender sensitivities. Perhaps I'm being over protective as a parent.but I don't feel like this is the sort of book for a young reader. I could see the content working for a teenage audience.but by that point, it may come off as a little thin for teens who would rather graduate up to adult horror/thrillers.

Generally, I give the writing and the story 3.5 out of 5 stars, but even though it's a "kids" book, I can't recommend it for youngsters.

****
3.5 out of 5

posted by theokester on October 28, 2010

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5 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

THe Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch

Have you ever read a book so thrilling that it almost seemed like watching a horror movie? The horror fiction Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney will lead you through a very exciting and eerie journey. This book will take you to a new exciting world of ghosts and wi...
Have you ever read a book so thrilling that it almost seemed like watching a horror movie? The horror fiction Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney will lead you through a very exciting and eerie journey. This book will take you to a new exciting world of ghosts and witches.
Tom Ward is an ordinary boy who lives on a farm next to Hangman's Hill. This is a place where most soldiers are hanged after a fierce battle and also a place full of scary witches and ghosts. This fascinating setting really catches the reader's attention. The town needs a spook to save the people and the only spook of the town, Old Gregory will not be able to live any longer. Tom Ward is the seventh son of the seventh son, which makes him really special. He is chosen to be the last apprentice to take over Old Gregory's place after he dies. He is the last chance and the last hope. Even though Tom is really scared of being a spook, he is forcefully taken by the spook. Tom gets trained for months to master the skills that he had been taught. Tom and Old Gregory go along very well, but Old Gregory appears to be very mysterious and always tries to hide his profile. His mysterious behavior makes the audience not want to stop reading this book. Throughout his training, Tom grows more mature and independent. Tom and Old Gregory start their journey on fighting witches and chasing ghosts. On their way, Tom meets a mysterious witch named Alice. Later on, his whole family is jeopardized by Mother Malkin Tom ends up having to deal with Mother Malkin himself without the help of the spook. Tom courageously fights Mother Malkin with all the knowledge he has from the spook's teaching.
Will Tom and Alice go along together well? Will Alice betray Tom and end up being a trap? Can Tom kill Mother Malkin and save his family? Will Tom be able to survive? I really think this book kept the readers interested with the creative settings and believable characters. Also, some of the actions in the plot really made me not want to put this book down.

posted by wcikedyomama-ijaoijsdjoaj on April 1, 2010

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  • Posted April 1, 2010

    THe Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch

    Have you ever read a book so thrilling that it almost seemed like watching a horror movie? The horror fiction Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney will lead you through a very exciting and eerie journey. This book will take you to a new exciting world of ghosts and witches.
    Tom Ward is an ordinary boy who lives on a farm next to Hangman's Hill. This is a place where most soldiers are hanged after a fierce battle and also a place full of scary witches and ghosts. This fascinating setting really catches the reader's attention. The town needs a spook to save the people and the only spook of the town, Old Gregory will not be able to live any longer. Tom Ward is the seventh son of the seventh son, which makes him really special. He is chosen to be the last apprentice to take over Old Gregory's place after he dies. He is the last chance and the last hope. Even though Tom is really scared of being a spook, he is forcefully taken by the spook. Tom gets trained for months to master the skills that he had been taught. Tom and Old Gregory go along very well, but Old Gregory appears to be very mysterious and always tries to hide his profile. His mysterious behavior makes the audience not want to stop reading this book. Throughout his training, Tom grows more mature and independent. Tom and Old Gregory start their journey on fighting witches and chasing ghosts. On their way, Tom meets a mysterious witch named Alice. Later on, his whole family is jeopardized by Mother Malkin Tom ends up having to deal with Mother Malkin himself without the help of the spook. Tom courageously fights Mother Malkin with all the knowledge he has from the spook's teaching.
    Will Tom and Alice go along together well? Will Alice betray Tom and end up being a trap? Can Tom kill Mother Malkin and save his family? Will Tom be able to survive? I really think this book kept the readers interested with the creative settings and believable characters. Also, some of the actions in the plot really made me not want to put this book down.

    5 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Suks

    I relly hated this book!



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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    Bad

    Bbbbbad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Dont like it

    Lol not good at all

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    i dont really like this book.

    I dont like this book because the cover kind of looks scary. But when you read it doesnt sound scary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    Crazy carrot

    It SUCKED I HATE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    W

    Weaseltail staggers to the nursery.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    Sucks

    I hate it so much.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    Boooooo

    So totally terrible

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    get fair dare!

    By Heather Small. It's a very funny book!

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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