As Thomas and the Spook prepare for the battle of their lives, it becomes clear that the Bane isn't their only enemy. The Quisitor has arrived, searching for those who meddle with the dark so he can imprison them, or worse.
Can Thomas defeat the Bane on his own? Is his friend Alice guilty of witchcraft? And will the Spook be able to escape the Quisitor's clutches?
©2006 Joseph Delaney; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers
"Delaney infuses his characters with depth and emotion, but equally important, he grows his world by contributing significantly to the back story....Kids will breathlessly await Tom's next adventure." (Booklist)
This is the second book in this young adult series and it is definitely as good as the first. I am an adult and perhaps shouldn't be admitting to enjoying this series, but I do! The stories are excellent character-driven sotries and the narration is outstanding. I highly recommend this series.
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I'm enjoying this series. I'm always in search of something to feel the Harry Potter void and this is doing a decent job of it.
I like Thomas. He's only 13 and he is holding his own ever since his mom sent him off against his will to train as the Spook's apprentice. It's a dangerous job and not glamorous at all, wrought with danger and weirdness around every corner. I like that it's dark.
We got to find out more about Tom's mother in this one and why she's special in her own right. That was very interesting. We still don't know what she really is and I want to know more.
I don't know how the Spook has lived to a somewhat old age because if it weren't for Thomas, both him and Alice would have been dead many times over.d
Speaking of Alice, I like her character. She's constantly walking the line between light and dark. I like that we don't know if we can trust her, if she's truly a witch, what she will do, what her motivations are. She's definitely complicated and she makes me nervous.
The voice the narrator did for the Bane was the creepiest thing I've ever heard. I almost got chills.
On to the next book.
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once again Joseph Delany weaves a truly entertaining and genuinely spooky story replete with all types of sinister creatures and villians--great in the car --just kept me glued to the story waiting to see what would happen next--let go and put yourself there --in his haunting world of the "spook".
Fantasy with reality mixed in a way that makes you wonder if it was real, though logic tells you it's not. Love the narrative. The voice he has is just perfect for this kind of book. You learn the mother's backstory, in this one which provides a bit of anticipation for the next book.
This was an intense and fun listen. The narrator was perfectly matched to the content and overall it was well-read.
Parental warning: With the "body-pressing" and some of the other graphically detailed descriptions in this book, I will be waiting a year or two to share it with my ten yr old daughter.
This second installment of The Last Apprentice series was, even more, edge-of-the-seat thrilling than the first! I found myself in perfect step with Tom, the young exorcist's apprentice, seeing what he did, feeling the same anticipation and terror. Once again, Joseph Delaney has succeeded in keeping my attention from beginning to end. A tough accomplishment since I also write dark fantasy adventures and am very difficult to please as a reader.
The most memorable moments were when Tom was trying to rescue his master and friend from the cruel Quisitor.
Christopher Evan does an excellent job in his performance. Each character comes alive with his vocal magic.
A must read for anyone who enjoys fabulously written dark fantasy.
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