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Revenge of the Witch: The Last Apprentice, #1 | [Joseph Delaney]

Revenge of the Witch: The Last Apprentice, #1

Only Thomas Ward is left. He's the last hope; the last apprentice. Can Thomas succeed? Will he learn the difference between a benign witch and a malevolent one? Does the Spook's warning against girls with pointy shoes include Alice? And what will happen if Thomas accidentally frees Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county?
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Publisher's Summary

Warning: Not to be listened to after dark.

For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried: some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive.

Only Thomas Ward is left. He's the last hope; the last apprentice. Can Thomas succeed? Will he learn the difference between a benign witch and a malevolent one? Does the Spook's warning against girls with pointy shoes include Alice? And what will happen if Thomas accidentally frees Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county?

©2005 Joseph Delaney; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Delaney grabs readers by the throat and gives them a good shake in a smartly crafted story." (Booklist)

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    April 01-25-15
    April 01-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Easy Listen, Not Much to It, GREAT performance"

    I didn't love the story, but the performance was great. I probably wouldn't continue the series, but I can see this as a filler for Harry Potter ending.

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    Adam 01-25-15
    Adam 01-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable, darker version of Harry Potter"

    I liked this book a lot. Can't wait for the movie. I wish it was longer, that's my only real complaint. It's an interesting twist on wizard and witches. Reminds me a bit if Harry potter but a bit darker in nature

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    lisa Burns, OR, United States 01-18-15
    lisa Burns, OR, United States 01-18-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Concise Perfection"

    Young Tom Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son. We meet him at thirteen, that year when a young boy is sent to apprentice with a local journeyman of one kind or another. But as the youngest of seven, his options are drastically limited. The eldest will take on the farm. The butcher has already apprenticed one of his brothers, as has the local carpenter and so on. Tom isn't sure what will become of him.

    Until the County Spook appears at their gate. Tom finds out his mother has written to the man, offering her son as apprentice to the one person in his life that terrifies him. Not that Tom has ever met the Spook, but what the man does! Lifting curses, fighting bogarts - hunting witches. It's a solitary life, and not one Tom is sure he wants at all.

    It never occurred to me as I listened that this was a young adult read. The main character is a boy of thirteen, but while the main character is learning and making mistakes, they are the kind of mistakes that come from inexperience, not stupidity masquerading as inexperience, and I appreciated that. It's a tale of dark magic, lonesome heroes, and encounters with girls with pointy shoes. Not too long, not too short, but just right.

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    Ryan 01-05-15
    Ryan 01-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Short but never dull!"

    Good book. It was nice to listen to a book that didn't take 7 hours before getting to the excitement.

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    Wayne 12-08-14
    Wayne 12-08-14
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    "Teen target audience creates a flat boring book"
    What disappointed you about The Last Apprentice?

    The main character doesn't follow advice just given to him. "Don't trust this kind of person." "Be wary of this kind of symptom." "Don't go here after dark." Then he immediately forgets that advice and goes and doe the exact thing he was just told not do! Perhaps this is something teens identify with, but it was frustrating to me as an adult.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joseph Delaney again?

    I'd give Delaney another chance, but probably not with this series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one where it ended.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was pretty disappointed. I think the story is supposed to evoke fear and be a "scary witch story" but it is lackluster in that department. I just came off a streak of really good books, and this one is targeted at teens, so perhaps my expectations were too high.


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't not recommend this book unless you are a teen looking for flat characters who can't follow advice from adults, but still manage to muddle though (despite an obvious lack of ability, sense, and experience in the topic at hand). The setting was a bit sketchy too: it was unclear to me if this was supposed to be medievalish, or not. There are no mention of weapons in the entire book that I can remember. With magical beasts, the reference to Latin and Greek kinda threw me off. Is it supposed to be earth or not?

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    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-20-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-20-14 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Not just for YA."

    I liked this book much more than I thought I would. It is supposed to be a YA series but I think it is just good fantasy. Tom, our main character, is the seventh son of the seventh son and when he becomes 13 his parents send him off with "The Spook". He is to train as his apprentice to learn to fight and protect his county from the bad paranormal entities that are a constant threat. I really liked all the characters in this book, even and the bad characters were interesting and original. Tom is a young man but seems to have an old soul and the maturity to handle himself, I think that is why it did not feel like a YA to me. The Spook is teaching Tom about witches, ghosts, braggarts and obsession, but, what he is really trying to teach him is to use and trust his own instincts. Overall not a thriller but not silly either, just enough adventure to keep it moving along without becoming too wordy or over explaining every thing.

    Christopher Welch has great tone and cadence to his voice and did a great job with different voices without going over the top. I hope this series just keeps getting better and better, I will be reading the second book.

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    Amber Prosnick 05-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Puts Harry Potter to shame!"
    What did you love best about The Last Apprentice?

    Might as well buy them all now as after the first you'll be too hooked to stop! Please Mr. Delaney hurry and write more, I'm lost for what to do now!! Very additive!! Very well done!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Wonderful characters, well written, very imaginative


    What about Christopher Evan Welch’s performance did you like?

    Love his voice and the passion he puts into the performance


    If you could rename The Last Apprentice, what would you call it?

    Perfection


    Any additional comments?

    I beg for more of these stories, I am attached to these characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Widener Enterprise, OR USA 04-03-14
    Brenda Widener Enterprise, OR USA 04-03-14 Member Since 2012

    book-worm

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    "Good entry book for a young reader series"

    This is the beginning of Tom's story, his apprenticeship. Tom is nervous and prone to make mistakes and he has just made two of the worst of his early career and his not even sure he wants this career. Tom is the seventh son of a seventh son and he just was given the opportunity to apprentice with the Spook. What is a Spook you ask? He is the man deals with all that bumps in the night and wakes up children when they scream. But as the first month of his apprenticeship is finished Tom has made a mistake and hides it from the Spook. So after Tom fails to convince his mom to let him quit and move home he is left to deal with the mistakes by himself untrained as he is, so begins his adventures.
    Delaney has brought a darker side of the young reader’s side of fantasy with this book and hopefully the next books in the series to come. As a reader from a young age of fantasy novels it’s nice to see some new ideas come out that I can share with my kids. Christopher Evan Welch does a great job of narrating this book and I look forward to listening to more books in which he narrates. I recommend this book to fantasy readers of all ages it is a quick read or listen with more to offer than it first appears to offer.

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    Blanca Salinas FORT WORTH, TEXAS, US 09-25-13
    Blanca Salinas FORT WORTH, TEXAS, US 09-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Thrills &chills"
    Would you listen to The Last Apprentice again? Why?

    Over and over. Never gets old. It keeps your interest and it's a grest story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alice


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Tom Ward is fighting with Mother Maulkin.


    If you could take any character from The Last Apprentice out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Alice, she facinating, smart and full of personality.


    Any additional comments?

    LOVES THESE BOOKS.. GREAT SERIES

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    breckoz 09-09-13
    breckoz 09-09-13 Member Since 2015

    Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction

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    "Children's Book"

    This is written for children. It wasn't hard to guess what was coming up next. The characters act foolishly and are unbelievable.

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