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"Moriarty’s novel is chock-full of period detail (both in the author’s confident prose and Geyer’s occasional pen-and-ink illustrations), feisty character dynamics, and a solid sense of humor. It’s a fascinating example of alternate history that leaves the door open for future mysteries."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A marvelous, mystical romp that doesn’t ignore reality. A hint of a possible sequel whets readers’ appetite for more: Yes, please!"—Kirkus, starred review
"Moriarty's thoroughly imagined alternate history has a killer premise...The mystery unfolds at a heady clip." -Booklist
"Spoiler Alert: It’s awesome." —Fuse #8 Blog on School Library Journal
"A wonderfully inventive and fascinating story of the clash of ancient magic and early-twentieth century technology. A compelling book that I read in a single sitting and highly recommend."—Garth Nix, New York Times bestselling author of Sabriel and the Seventh Tower series
"Fantastic . . . a great magic trick."—Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother
"You’ll fall right into The Inquisitor’s Apprentice by Chris Moriarty."— Robin Hobb, international best-selling author of the Rain Wilds Chronicles
"Cory Doctorow told me I would love this, and he was so right!"—Ellen Kushner
Chris Moriarty grew up in New York surrounded by a loud and zany family much like Sacha Kessler’s. Chris has published several science fiction novels, including Spin Control, which won the Philip K. Dick Award. She wrote The Inquisitor’s Apprentice for her children so that they would be able to read a fantasy that celebrates their New York Jewish heritage. Chris lives in upstate New York.
Mark Edward Geyer is best known as the illustrator of two Stephen King novels: Rose Madder and The Green Mile. Mark has worked in a variety of illustration genres, including corporate advertising, editorial, and architectural. He comes from a long line of artists. Visit his website at www.markedwardgeyer.com.See all Editorial Reviews
Sacha Kessler is an immigrant, Jewish boy living in the tenements in this alternate New York City about the year 1900. Read morePublished 5 days ago by K. M. Martin
Chris Moriarty blends alternate history, magic, folklore and mystery in a delightful first installment. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Gwendolyn Grace
This was a breathtaking book. In the beginning, it was a bit slow but once you get into it, you can't stop. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Grammy Asterbad
I loved Chris Moriarty's Spin State, Spin Control, and Ghost Spin, so when I saw that she'd written a series of young adult books starting with The Inquisitor's Apprentice, I... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Piaw Na
Good story but suffers from some pacing in the mdidle
The story of Sacha Kessler starts off great, with a hilarious scene involving local Jewish housewives selling... Read more
In the world of Chris Moriarty's "The Inquisitor's Apprentice," magic is real and in the early 20th century fills a role similar to the one socialism did in the real world --... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Neurasthenic
"The Inquisitor’s Apprentice" by Chris Moriarty is a colorful YA fantasy set in an alternate New York City circa turn-of-the-20th-century. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Fitzwoman
Teen to young adult fiction that is well written. It's not a Pulitzer prize-in-waiting, but very good at what is is meant to do, which is to entertain. Read morePublished 22 months ago by CW Canadian
I am a big fan of well written and well conceived alternative histories. I'm not normally a fan of books about magic, at least not the sword and sorcery type. Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by Glenna Jo Christen