Series: The Last Apprentice #1
Published by Harper Trophy on August 1, 2006
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Horror, Magic, Fiction
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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.
This book was an easy read. I first read it while I was in high school. The supernatural has always interested and this book has a good amount of it, you can tell by the cover.
This book gives you a sort of old-world vibe. But judging by some of the dialogue is it set into the future. Thomas Ward is the main character in the book as well as the Spook who Thomas is learning from.
The first trail the Spook puts Thomas through sounds like a rather terrifying one. While the Spook seems to be push offish in the beginning he seems to warm up as the book progresses.
If you like supernatural beings, this book has not short supply of theme. Witches also play a huge role in this first book. “Never trust a girl with pointed shoes.” the Spook warns. Welp, about that.
Overall this was a quick read for me. The book is aimed at middle to high school-aged kids, but the book is not specifically for them. While there is a movie about this book, it honestly does not even come close to the book.
I look forward to reading the next book in the series soon.