Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney
Series: The Last Apprentice #1
Genre: YA Fantasy / Horror
Release Date: Sept 6 / 2005
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
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?
I already read this story up to the eighth book two years ago. I never followed the series and now they have new books out but I don't remember what it's about. That's why I'm re-reading it.
This book is pure genius. Everything was written perfectly. I usually don't like this kind of writing style (which sounds kind of old) but it made perfect sense with this book. The narrator, Tom, is beginning his journey to become the Spook's apprentice. He still doesn't know much yet but he's a good boy and has the courage even though he's really scared. I can see that he has grown throughout this story. The descriptions in this book was also really detailed but I was never once annoyed by it. There was a good balance between dialogue and descriptions.
I really connected with Tom through everything. I felt his fear, loneliness, anger, etc. Even though becoming a Spook is a hard career path, he never once backed down from the challenge. Sure, he did doubt himself sometimes, but that felt realistic and he worked through his problem.
The Last Apprentice is a chilling and adventurous story about someone who deals with things that go bump in the night. After all, that is their job. And if they don't do it, who will? I absolutely recommend this to everyone.