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Revenge of the Witch (The Last Apprentice, Bk 1)
Revenge of the Witch - The Last Apprentice, Bk 1
Author: Joseph Delaney, Patrick Arrasmith (Illustrator)
Capturing witches, Binding Boggarts, Driving away ghosts: 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...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780439903677
ISBN-10: 043990367X
Publication Date: 10/2006
Pages: 343
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4.2 stars, based on 16 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic inc.
Book Type: Paperback
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The style of writing was juvenile, not meant in a negative way at all. On the contrary, personally I would've devoured these books when I was in elementary school. Of course, I never did scare easily (I'd gone through the horror section of both the public library and video store before I hit double digits in age). The witches were scary, or would be with the correct audience. Witches who are bound to their bones so they are still a threat after death. Witches who aren't bound and are still a threat after death. Using children's blood in rituals, a few deaths, a truly haunted house. It would be too much for some children, and some adults for that matter. For me, it wasn't even creepy. It was interesting though, and overall, I enjoyed reading it.

It reminded me a lot of the old Grimm Fairy tales. Not the sanitized versions, the originals. I liked the storyline and plot, and I may one day read another in the series. I'm just not overly eager to do it anytime soon. I just don't think I'm the target audience any longer.

This book reminds me of a quote by C. S. Lewis, "A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest." It's a good story and can be enjoyed by people of all ages.