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The Last Apprentice: Rise of the Huntress (Book 7) Paperback – August 23, 2011

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Book 7 of 12 in the Last Apprentice Series

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Praise for the Last Apprentice series: “The Last Apprentice series continues to be one of the best written of the last several years.” (ALA Booklist)

“This is the stuff of skin-prickling campfire stories.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Anything but tame.” (Horn Book (starred review))

“A gleefully chilling, eerily familiar tale that will leave readers whistling nervously in the graveyard while eagerly awaiting the next installment.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

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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Product Details

  • Series: Last Apprentice (Book 7)
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reprint edition (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061715123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061715129
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Whenever you get back from a vacation, it's always nice to get back home... unless soldiers have burned your home, and an evil witch is now on the loose. So you can guess what happens in "The Rise of the Huntress," a solid new chapter in the tale of the Spook's apprentice -- bits of horror speckling an darkly elusive fantasy story.

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).
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I must admit, I was a little disappointed with the previous book in the series. It just didn't feel that scary to me for some reason. When I found out this book had the return of Boney Lizzie in it I was a little skeptical and thought it would possibly be boring since we've already had a couple books in the series that revolved around the witches. This book, however, was VERY enjoyable. Boney Lizzie was totally creepy, as was all the new creatures of the Dark. I definitely recommend this book. I don't want this series to end. Joseph Delaney is truly a master at writing scary stories. I hope that they get made in to movies although I don't see how they could make them suitable for children. I don't even think they'd be able to get away with a PG-13 rating if they stayed faithful to the books. Anyways, I digress. Get this book!! It's truly fantastic!!
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This book introduces a bit of a break from the larger themes and plotting of the two previous books in the series. The characters' adventures on the Island of Mona could almost be a stand alone work, with a clear story arc, final resolution, and little reference to the larger developments in the two previous books. It's almost like Delaney took a bit of a break from the "big" story to write this one.

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.
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The Last Apprentice books start out harmlessly enough. There is plenty of action, and the characters are wonderfully drawn. However, as the books progress, so intensity. Each book just gets a bit darker. A little more creepy. It's like Delaney knows his audience gets another year older with each new release, and doesn't want to loose them.

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.

Phillip Tomasso
Author of Damn the Dead, and Young Blood: The Nightbreed Saga
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My daughter and I have been reading these from the beginning, and the gothic atmosphere and scary mood have been a nice change of pace from the usual juvenile fantasy fare. We've enjoyed them all, but this one feels a bit like a digression from the main arc of the series, in which young Tom faces up to his fate and may or may not live up to his destiny of defeating the Fiend and overcoming the rising darkness in the land. (It feels somewhat like a television series, when you really get caught up in the overall intrigue and then they deliver an episode that just shows the characters in action, facing some new difficulty - that's fine in television, but with a series like this I don't quite see the point of drawing it out indefinitely).

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 ...
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