Revenge of the Witch (Last Apprentice Series #1)

Revenge of the Witch (Last Apprentice Series #1)

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Revenge of the Witch 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 291 reviews.
Zyrian225 More than 1 year ago
First of all, in response to the previous two reviews, yes, this is a direct part of the series plot, and no, it is no book nine, but book one. This series is, to put it lightly, very well written. I have read several teen series and I don't find any of them to have just quite everything that this series brings to the table. It has the perfect formula for an amazing series and the author's spectacular use of language and prose makes it just polished to the very finest shine. I highly recommend this series to anyone ten and up, or somewhat just getting started in fantasy. I began reading this series as a young teen and still can't wait to finish it out as an adult. The series also progressively gets better with each installment. I promise, if you take the time, you will deeply enjoy The Last Apprentice series.
Kelipso More than 1 year ago
Not a vampire/ werewolf book. I really liked it. Read this book in 3 days then devoured the second. It might be scarey for younger kids who aren't ok with blood, death and suggestive torture. Really depends on the child. My older son doesn't like blood or violence in his books. My youngest is fine with it. It is creepy but ends well. I really enjoyed a break from werewolfs. Give it a try.
theokester More than 1 year ago
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
Edena More than 1 year ago
Reading this book was a very easy and quick read, which as an adult I enjoyed when I wanted to be entertained without investing a major commitment of time. It is great for those times when you want to relax your brain and I was surprised how addicted I became to the characters. Its like a really good piece of candy that you consume quickly and leaves you wanting more. I read through the remainig published series and loved them. I can't wait for my children to be old enough to read this series and I look forward to the next published book.
smodi65 More than 1 year ago
If you like the Fablehaven, Harry Potter type books. You will love these.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read for teenagers
Whisperlynn More than 1 year ago
The last apprentice has it all...interesting characters, magic, and adventure. So much fun to read, - great for fans of horror fiction though not overly graphic or gory - I was not able to put this down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im on the forth book and i love the series. So far this is the shortest book, but still great. My friend and i agree this is the scrariest one (my friend got me into it and he's on the 11), so don't get discoraged if its freaky. (Please excuse my spelling, spelling my week point...) :={)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best. But very SCARY.$
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though ive read through book 10, all of my "OMG whats going to happen next?" moments stayed the same
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was of course very sad when Harry Potter ended and I needed something to fill the void that was my childhood. This book fulfilled it and then some! I have owned all of the books and can't put them down! This was also the only other book series to make me cry. Harry potter being the other. I love all the characters and I'm excited for the movie coming out. Its called Seventh Son if you want to check it out. Its a fun book that sometimes even makes this 21 year old scared of the dark. Enjoy!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was nerve racking and it was a bit scary. Of course i listened to it,i didn't read it. If you haven't read this book, i highly suggest this book(if you like this book read the rest of the books in the series). I hope this reveiw helps.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic series to read with great imagery and a creative story. The books are spooky and well written if your into fantasy. Since the books is currently listed as costing only $2:00, I say GO FOR IT! You won't regret this fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast read.. Even for me... "book a day bandit"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. Just dont read it after dark.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its really good and some parts are scary but really great.10+
ZXJ More than 1 year ago
Perfection in 200 pages
Mouselander More than 1 year ago
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.
librarysusie More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous 11 months ago
Appreciated that its first person narrative sounds like a youngster!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book captured my interest right away and kept me reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't always win w/ each Free Friday selection. This was just too fanciful, way out there for me. After page 90 something, I had to quit as I had no idea where this was going or why. If it's YA, I hope the ugliness of the story stops and some goodness comes through