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The Watcher in the Shadows (Inquisitor's Apprentice) Hardcover – May 28, 2013
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Although a reader would be able to follow he plot of this book without having read The Inquisitor's Apprentice, he or she won't be as invested in the characters and their problems, so I highly recommend reading the books in order.
The books take place in an alternate New York at the turn of the twentieth century. Many things are the same - the tenements filled with groups of immigrants, the controlling robber barons, the harsh working conditions of the factories and the privileged lives of the rich. But in this New York magic is possible and a division of the police, the Inquisitors, is devoted to solving magical crimes.
Sacha Kessler is a thirteen year old boy from a Jewish family who works as an apprentice for Inquisitor Wolf, along with fellow apprentice Lily Astral. Author Chris Moriarty has stated that she wrote this book for her son, a fantasy fan, who couldn't find a book in this genre with a hero that shared his Jewish heritage. I am not Jewish, but I am very glad that Moriarty chose to write these books. Fantasy is a genre that should, in my opinion, have more diversity and less repetition in it than any other. But sadly, it is as filled with clichés as romance or mystery novels.
In this series Moriarty not only spins a fresh, original fantasy but does it really, really well. The setting is rich, diverse and fascinating. The characters are well rounded people that we can truly care about.Read more ›
I won't rehash the plot as you can read it on the webpage, but it's book 2 in a series and this time Sacha Kessler looks for the murderer of an electrocuted stage performer. The reason why I didn't give this a higher score was because though I felt that the author put a lot of work and detail into his setting I thought the flow of the story was not smooth and the speech of the characters was stilted and somewhat unnatural. Now if the flow of the story and the speech of the characters as good as the setting, we'd have a real winner here. I give this book 7/10 which in Amazon's 5 star system equates to 4 stars.
Add in Union and Non-union magicians, the Hippodrome, a "Fancypants Inquisitor," and Goldfaden saying that Harry Houdini would "have to go back in training, of course. Nothing makes a good magician go to seed faster than testifying in front of Congress." A lot of times, I felt like there were inside stories between characters that helped explain their relationships.
It is worth the trouble to get past the first parts but it would still be better to read The Inquisitor's Apprentice first.
-- Gertrude of the Amazon
This book rests on the borderline between children's and young adult fiction. It is dark and violent for younger children, but should be okay for age ten on up. The female characters are important enough to make this suitable for girls as well as boys.
It also rests between the mystery and paranormal genres. However one classifies it, it is good adventurous and imaginary reading, but as I warned, decidedly on the dark side. Highly recommended for age ten through adulthood.
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This is a great fantasy series. It's fun to have a Jewish protagonist facing legendary creatures of his culture, as the culture's legends are not as well known as others and so... Read morePublished 7 months ago by CutiesAunt
The first book of this series was truly an exploration of characters and the evolution of the the main character, Sasha. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Davis
This book was outstanding. The plot twists, the characters moved in harmony with each other, making this book impossible to put down.Published 12 months ago by Grammy Asterbad
This book kept me engaged the entire time. I downloaded it onto my iPhone so that I wouldn't have to put it down. Moriarty strikes again!Published 22 months ago by sq5628
This is author Moriarty’s second book in her INQUISITOR’S APPRENTICE series. I would recommend reading the series in order. This excellent book satisfies on many levels. Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by bobml
Chris Moriarty's "Inquisitor's Apprentice" series is a great mix of historical fiction and fantasy. Fans of Sydney Taylor's "All of a Kind Family" and the American Girl "Rebecca"... Read morePublished on September 19, 2013 by CrimsonGirl
First, if you have not read The Inquisitor's Apprentice by Chris Moriarty quite yet, remedy that issue. Read morePublished on August 31, 2013 by April
Alternate history in early 20th-century New York City.
Wonderfully creative and humourous historical fantasy. Read more