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Curse of the Bane: The Last Apprentice, #2 | [Joseph Delaney]

Curse of the Bane: The Last Apprentice, #2

The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, deal with the dark. Together they rid the county of witches, ghosts, and boggarts. But now there's some unfinished business to attend to in Priestown. Deep in the catacombs of the cathedral lurks a creature the Spook has never been able to defeat, a force so evil that the whole county is in danger of being corrupted by its powers. The Bane!
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Publisher's Summary

The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, deal with the dark. Together they rid the county of witches, ghosts, and boggarts. But now there's some unfinished business to attend to in Priestown. Deep in the catacombs of the cathedral lurks a creature the Spook has never been able to defeat; a force so evil that the whole county is in danger of being corrupted by its powers. The Bane!

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Brian Andover, MN, USA 09-25-07
    Brian Andover, MN, USA 09-25-07
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyable"

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Rivers 08-28-13 Member Since 2010

    I'm obsessed with audible

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    "Fills my Potter hole"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Highland, UT, USA 11-11-09
    Patricia Highland, UT, USA 11-11-09
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    "Incredible!"

    Loved this book! Plot, characters, writing were all superb. Couldn't turn it off!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph plantation, FL, United States 07-05-07
    Joseph plantation, FL, United States 07-05-07

    love books,reading and audio..do yourself a favor and listen or read one ...it DOES make you smarter

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    "great spooky story for all ages"

    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".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Durham, CA, USA 11-26-07
    Rob Durham, CA, USA 11-26-07
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    "Intense fun"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Albert Contreras 02-20-15
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    "Awesome Book"

    It keeps you interested throughout the entire book. 😀
    You really get to know the main characters and see their development.

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    Sean 02-07-15
    Sean 02-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "awesome reading"

    I had to listen on 1.5 speed because I couldn't wait to see what happened. this is great series

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    Adrianne Latham 02-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Narrator makes it spooky"

    The narrator brought the book to life, im not sure I would have enjoyed it as much in print, the voices and sound effects are what really make the book spooky. As for the story it is enjoyable and entertaining but t lacks plot depth, the plot twist add great suspense but then are resolved too easiliy so it becomes a let down after waiting so long to find out whay was happening. The tools to attack are also getting old quick... with the number of books in this series I hope they move on to more weapons against evil than just salt iron and pits since the whole idra of a spook and the spook trade is w so promising and exciting.

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    Bettie 02-01-15
    Bettie 02-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "It was a big repetitive in some spots."

    The Narrator was perfect.
    The only trouble I had with the story was it was a bit repetitive in some spots such as repeating what had happened to bony Lizzy in the previous novel a few times within the same chapter. I suppose that is due to this being more of a childrens novel. I did enjoy the story and the writing. I do find that it can be a little predictable. I thought it was quite obvious that *****spoilers***** Toms mother was a witch. Overall I would recommend as a light fun read.

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    Jesus R Rodriguez 01-27-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Story kept me wanting more. Love it."

    The story had a wonderful flow and kept me on the edge with every turn. The narrator was great and delivered an emotional tale.

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