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

The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch

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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    Mitchell Chicago, IL, United States 09-21-09
    Mitchell Chicago, IL, United States 09-21-09
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    "The best Apprentice"

    I enjoyed the entire series but none more than "The Revenge of the Witch." (The others are sequels.) "Revenge" has the cleverest plot and the most emotion; a real warmth about it. While all may not agree with me on that, most will agree that this book is the one to read first. It opens the series and introduces the main characters, gradually letting you get to discover their mysteries along with Thomas; especially the Spook, Alice, and mam. Great fun, and you don't have to be 13...

    Marvelous performance by the narrator.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 2011

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    breckoz SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 09-09-13
    breckoz SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 09-09-13 Member Since 2011

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kelly Portland, OR, United States 03-07-13
    kelly Portland, OR, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "My favorit book thus far!"
    Where does The Last Apprentice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Christopher Evan Welch does a good job bring the book to life!


    What other book might you compare The Last Apprentice to and why?

    The Rangers Apprentice because both books have good plots!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where Tom mets Alice!


    Who was the most memorable character of The Last Apprentice and why?

    Tom!


    Any additional comments?

    Joseph Delaney is a good writer! I have enjoyed his book a great deal!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal California 02-18-13
    Crystal California 02-18-13 Member Since 2004

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    "Good Overcomes Evil"

    I liked the main character Tom who must learn to fight witches, ghosts, and other things that go bump in the night. He has integrity, and even when he is afraid he chooses to do the right thing to help others. The narrator did a good job of making each character come to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Taylor New Jersey 12-28-12
    L. Taylor New Jersey 12-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Captivating Listen! Really!"
    If you could sum up The Last Apprentice in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome! Real Talk!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Spook is my favorite character in this audiobook. The Spook is tough about his paranormal business


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Alice helps the last apprentice escape death.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The Spook, though he wants his apprentice to choose to stay on, he does offer his apprentice the option to stay on or go.


    Any additional comments?

    Please! Don't skip this one! And you'll really enjoy the series too. If you like paranormal reads, this is a great place to get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trisha BEAVERVILLE, IL, United States 11-05-12
    Trisha BEAVERVILLE, IL, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "AMAZING"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    the narrator is amazing! i love the storyline and the book series. to date ive listened to this book 4 times.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    made me do some research on ghosts and gasts. just out of curiousity.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    he explains everything which is very helpful in keeping your attention.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    NOTHING! HE IS ABSOLUTELY MY FAVORITE NARRATOR!


    Do you have any additional comments?

    if you have not read or listened to this series i HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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