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The Last Apprentice: Rise of the Huntress (Book 7) Paperback – August 23, 2011
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About the Author
Joseph Delaney formerly taught media and film studies at a high school in Blackpool, England. He lives with his family in Lancashire, in the middle of boggart territory. Revenge of the Witch is Joseph Delaney’s first novel.
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The Spook, Alice and Tom return to Chipenden... only to find that soldiers have burned the village, including the Spook's cottage. So the trio head off to find a safe place, and end up heading for the remote island of Mona, which isn't very witch/Spook-friendly. Soon Tom and Alice are imprisoned as witches, and are in danger of either being killed by a deadly test... or being eaten by a buggane.
However, that turns out to be only the start of their problems, since at least two witches are loose on Mona, and a demonic buggane is threatening them along with a shaman. And even worse, an old enemy has been brought to the island -- and she's more powerful now than she's ever been before, fulfilling the Spook's nightmare.
Joseph Delaney seems to have a knack for inserting very mundane fears -- the death of loved ones, being buried alive -- into a dark fantasy setting. And in "The Rise of the Huntress," it's all about suddenly losing your home and all your possessions, and being cast adrift in a cold cruel world. Plus evil witches causing trouble on top of that.
And the change of setting doesn't change Delaney's prose, which is surprisingly dark for a kids book. Blood, bones, straw and mud coat this adventure, as well as some monstrous creatures (the buggane is hairy, squat and oily, with two layers of omnivorous teeth).Read more ›
That said, apart from the rather disturbing question of whether the Spook is getting too old and worn out to be effective, this is an enjoyable addition to the series.
In the latest installment (for me), Rise of the Huntress, the Spook, Tom Ward, and Alice are on their way back from Greece. They get home to find the house in Chipenden has been destroyed. The Spooks books are burned (except one), the Bogart watching the place is gone, and the witches entombed in the garden have managed to escape!
Fleeing for somewhere safe while a war wages on, the band finds themselves immigrants on a distant land. They are not welcome from the moment they get off the boat -- and the locals have no problem expressing their distaste.
Lord Barrule enjoys (aside from gambling), the torture and murder of witches. Bony Lizzie is also around. She has grand plans of taking over. Her power has continued to grow. She knows nothing can stop her now. What she wants to do first is exact revenge on the Spook. Then on the Tom ward. (For Alice -- her daughter -- she envisions a bigger, greater destiny of uniting the witch clans).
On a foreign land, facing an evil Lord, and one of the most dangerous witches, where the townsfolk despise you, and there is no one to trust, no one to turn to -- the Spook, Ward, and Alice need to find sanctuary -- fast, or risk being locked away in a dungeon, tortured, or killed.
Like each of the previous books I have read and reviewed in this series, I am a fan. Joseph Delaney has a powerful series. I am sad to think I am past the halfway mark (this being book 7 of 13). However, I do have book 8 ready to go. And for now, at least, that makes me happy.
Author of Damn the Dead, and Young Blood: The Nightbreed Saga
Tom is apprentice to an ill-tempered Spook, whose job it is to eliminate the various dark forces that roam the county. They've faced all kinds of evils - witches, boggarts, evil demons and earth gods, but the worst of them all is the Dark One himself, the Fiend, and in the last episode Tom saw no alternative but to sell his soul to the fiendish one in order to save his friends. A protective potion given him by his best friend, Alice, is able to hold the Fiend at bay, but it means she has to stay by his side at all times. The spook, who mistrusts all forms of magic, is becoming suspicious.
When they arrive home from Greece, where Tom and the Spook went to fight alongside Tom's mother, they find that enemy soldiers have overrun the county. What's worse, they've destroyed the Spook's home and library, a priceless repository of knowledge about his craft. So they decide to set sail for an inhospitable island where they can ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Family Favorite! Twisted and turns with humor added. You will grow to love the characters.Published 2 months ago by laura
This series is pretty fantastic if you have not started from the beginning go back and read them they are greatPublished 2 months ago by John Galt
the war and destruction has driven the trio far from the County. and into the hands of one of the Spook's greatest enemies,Bony Lizzie. and dangers far greater than that. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Connie
4 stars. A very good addition to the already incredible seriesPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer