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

The Last Apprentice: Curse of the Bane

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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Rivers NC 08-28-13
    Diane Rivers NC 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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    Trisha BEAVERVILLE, IL, United States 11-05-12
    Trisha BEAVERVILLE, IL, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "awesome book."
    Would you listen to The Last Apprentice again? Why?

    yes....this is actually already my third time listening to it. i love the series...it captivates me every time i listen to it.


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

    there in my opinion is nothing that comes close to this book series.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Evan Welch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    the only experiences of his work i've listened to is from this series. but if all his performances are like this i bet they are amazing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    at times made me feel just as scared as tom was. i felt like i was just standing there with him.


    Any additional comments?

    this is my favorite series...even better then the harry potters!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Green Bay , WI, USA 07-27-07
    Richard Green Bay , WI, USA 07-27-07
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    "LZeaves you waiting for the next"

    all I got to say is IT'S GREAT"

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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