I changed gears a bit with this book. This book was not classified as a Young Adult book in our LIbrary system – but grouped into the Junior Fiction section. A little surprising to me – that I read it that is! One of the things that I noticed about the book that struck me as different was the size of the font – I know silly!!! But reading the book seemed to flow quickly and I suspect the size of the font played a little role.
The story itself was fun! However I did find that there really wasn’t too much depth to the story – but if we have it classified as a Junior Fiction and not Young Adult – maybe that’s why. As I noted it was a fun story set quite a while ago when witches, boggarts, ghosts and ghasts were alive and threatening everyone. The story is about Thomas Ward, the seventh son of a seventh son who is destined to apprentice as a Spook. What is a Spook you may ask? Someone who fights off the “bad” spirits. During Tom’s early time as the Spook’s apprentice, he made 2 critical mistakes and ends up with a witch after him and his family. Let’s just say he learned alot on the job 🙂
As I mentioned above I enjoyed the story even though it was a little different from the books I have been reading to date – but it was fun. It flowed easily and was an easy read. If you’re curious about it – check it out at HarperCollins Children’s Book using their Browse Inside feature.
Check out what Joseph Delaney has to say about his series – Oh did I forget to mention that The Revenge of the Witch is the first is a series…
“… A ghast is like a reflection in a pond that stays behind when its owner has moved on.” P. 29
Delaney, Joseph. (2005). The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch. New York, NY: HarperCollins Children’s Books.
Series website: http://www.spooksbooks.com/