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Revenge of the Witch (Last Apprentice Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

22 out of 30 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.

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3.5 out of 5

posted by theokester on October 28, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Definitly a Teen Read!

I picked upthis book in 3rd Grade thinking since I had already tackled the Harry Potter series Icould handle it, I was wrong. As a meek 8 year old, this book scared me oit of my mind and gave me nightmmares for a couple months. Again like some of the other reviewers men...
I picked upthis book in 3rd Grade thinking since I had already tackled the Harry Potter series Icould handle it, I was wrong. As a meek 8 year old, this book scared me oit of my mind and gave me nightmmares for a couple months. Again like some of the other reviewers mentioned, teen book, I would strongly agree. I have not fought up the courage to go back to this book yet even though I am pretty much a teen now, but I am roundinng up my rating bevause I heard it was well written, ( I didn't get through much of it as an 8 year old). So just warning you, again I have found as well it depends on the reader but if you are a little more of a " Scaredy Squirell" I would hold off on these books untill a little later.

posted by 11173356 on January 5, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    10+

    Its really good and some parts are scary but really great.10+

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

    Very Easy Read, But A-mazing Plot

    Perfection in 200 pages

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    Great

    1 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    Book

    This book is good. I am more fond of sf books like Enders game.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    1-10

    Its 20 it is so good but i am 10 and i can finish it in a day i love so much im on book six it does have some bad languege in it but it really good

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    This book

    Get this book these series are amazing!!!!!!¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    I likes the book lotness!

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Awesome book series a must read for teens

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Good book

    This is one of my faviorite books. As a series this is one of the best

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2011

    Amazed

    Couldnt put it down

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2010

    Awesome series for teens.

    The Spook's series is a must read for teens who want to read a twist on the old good versus evil battle. In a land where boggarts, witches and other creatures of the dark roam, Tom, our main character finds himself in the role as the 7th son of the 7th son. With that ranking comes the ability to see the forces of evil. It's a fun read and the following titles in the series develop the story Delaney is telling.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

    Enjoyable read for adults too!

    Darker and more mature than Harry Potter...not nearly as absorbing as the HP series though. Some pretty intense moments.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

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    Good Start to a Fun Series

    I really enjoyed this book,Tom is the 7th son of a 7th son and has been apprenticed to the local "Spook' he is the man who takes care of ghosts and witches and such.Although the Spook gives Tom just a few rules, of course Tom breaks a biggy and ends up releasing a very bad witch that the Spook had already taken care of.And so Tom's adventure begins.
    This is a good YA or even older Juvenile Fiction.If you are a fan of Harry Potter, Septimus Heap, or even The Ranger's Apprentice I really think you will like this book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2014

    The last apprentice

    I loved this book couldn't put it down if you liked any of percy jackson books you will love this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2014

    Love it

    Whe i got this book i had my douts but it was awsome i love this series i reccomend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    It was beast

    It was beast

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  • Posted August 20, 2014

    I tried to read this book series and liked it at first. I got th

    I tried to read this book series and liked it at first. I got through the first and second book, but once I got to the third book I realized how boring it actually was. the concept is terribly interesting and I love the pictures and the back where it says "don't read after dark, especially page whatever" but I just couldn't get through it.

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  • Posted May 2, 2014

    Recommend.

    Interesting time and county. Holds your interest. A bit different from similar books. Looking forward to next book in series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Perfect

    Perfect ^

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Magical

    First of all, im going to say that people submit the worst reviews. After reading this, i have instantly been hooked onto the entire series and i found myself wishing that i was a spook. The book progresses quickly, with lots of action and a attention to detail. I highly recommend this.


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