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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

Critic Reviews

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

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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.

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  • Mitchell
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 09-21-09

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.

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Creepy. Cool. And Oddly Deep.

I honestly haven’t enjoyed a book this much in a while. The main character is smart and stupid in the most relatable way and the action was riveting.
But be warned, this book is awesome but it is dark with witches and ghosts. I typically don’t like darker books but this one broke the mold.

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Easy yet intense

I️ really enjoyed this book. It was not a very complicated book, easy to follow along. There were a couple of time when my heart started pounding and I️ got a little anxious. Fantastic narrator as well. Excited for #2.

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my all time fav series

is a good audio book the reader does very well at keeping me wanting more

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good

It was great to listen on my way to Rocky Point as I was driving!

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it was a good excape form my day to day I loved it

I love listening to this on my off times at work on my break like I said before it was a good excape from my day to day

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A great book for young and old

This series is amazing got me into reading alongside princess bride , and others. Great read for children and teens wanting to get into a good series. Highly recommended

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  • JD
  • 02-15-17

great listen

It is a great tale of ghosts ghosts and other ghoulish sorts.
I highly recommend it.

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i love this book so much!

i wish i could get the other books but i need to get some more money so i can listen to them all. i read the series growing up and i still love them to this day i definitely recomend them.