Revenge of the Witch

Revenge of the Witch

The Last Apprentice, Book One

Book - 2004
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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.

Publisher: New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, 2004, 05
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780060766207
Branch Call Number: JUV FIC Del
Characteristics: 344p : illus
Additional Contributors: Arrasmith, Patrick, illus
Alternative Title: Spook's apprentice


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Sep 18, 2017

This really is very good book for horror fiction. I would suggest to read at night with just lamp. The feeling is nice. Would definitely going to read next book.

Jan 03, 2017

This book is dark, almost too dark to be aimed at junior high readers. For instance, there is a scene describing a ghoul tearing off the fingers of a teenager from which their blood is drank until they die. That being said, the language was not too tough for a junior high reader, and the action is non-stop. Quite the page turner, akin to Harry Potter books, but on a much smaller, yet creepier scale.

me_tis_awesome Jun 04, 2016

Spoooky... Love it. Great plot. You can't help but feel that Toms decisions will effect him badly in the near future. Like how he did something that made things turn. Mother Malkin is a creepazoid. Creepiest part in the book is Number 13 Watery Lane. Spooks brother hates him so much that whenever he comes he makes a huge cross , and he does it very dramaticly. This reminds me of Salem Witch Trials. Pictures By every Chapter add to creepy feel. Spoooky...

May 17, 2016

Revenge of the Witch, follows a twelve year old farm boy named Tom as he apprentices under a Spook in the countryside of England. Tom goes on a journey like no other, going far from home and learning about things he never knew existed. Joseph Delaney creates a world much like our own, however tied to dark and mysterious forces which many don’t believe in. This story is thrilling, scary, filled with adventure and knowledge of a different side to life. As you read you and Tom learn more about what happens around him and it's thrilling to not know what happens next. Overall, i strongly recommend the entire series, as each book is something new.
- @Kuhaica of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

LPL_FisherA Apr 22, 2016

This is one of the scariest YA books I have read, and I am so glad that I decided to give this series a try. If you are unfamiliar with the story, The Revenge of the Witch follows twelve year old Tom - he is the seventh son of a seventh son who becomes an apprentice to Old Master Gregory - a resident witcher who fights the forces of evil in the English countryside. When Tom's naive actions lead to the release of an ancient blood magic witch, it is up to him and his master to take care of her before she kills again. The story is intense, gripping, and had me guessing till the very end. I love the author's portrayal of witches because they aren't your typical Disney-fied fare. Rather, these witches are the stuff of nightmares and will totally creep you out. I also adore his writing style, as it immediately hooked me from the first page and kept me immersed in his unique world. I didn't want to leave when the book came to a close, which meant that I had to start the next book right away. If you are a big fan of the television series Salem or the video game Bloodborne, you will love this title!

Oct 24, 2015

I read this after seeing the movie based upon it. The things that didn't make sense in the movie were cleared up in the book. I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading the next one in the series.

sorenkrane Jan 29, 2015

Honestly, I half expected this book to unimpress me. Boy was I wrong. Gripping action, creepy lore, and wonderful, yet mysterious characters. Sold.

Jul 12, 2014


Jul 06, 2013

The Revenge of the Witch - The Last Apprentice Book 1 – Good book, strong finish. Doctor-at-Bass! T. A.

1.The Spook's Apprentice /Revenge of the Witch
2.The Spook's Curse /Curse of the Bane
3.The Spook's Secret /Night of the Soul-Stealer
4.The Spook's Battle /Attack of the Fiend
5.The Spook's Mistake /Wrath of the Bloodeye
6.The Spook's Sacrifice /Clash of the Demons
7.The Spook's Nightmare /Rise of the Huntress
8.The Spook's Destiny /Rage of The Fallen
9.Spook's: I Am Grimalkin /The Witch Assassin
10.The Spook's Blood /Lure of the Dead
11.Spook's: Slither's Tale/Slither
12.Spook's: Alice /I Am Alice
13.The Spook's "Book Thirteen" (5 December 2013)

Additional Books
The Spook's Tale
Spook's Stories: Witches/A Coven of Witches
The Spook's Bestiary

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me_tis_awesome Jun 04, 2016

By the time the stone was lifted, almost half an hour had passed, and by then it was too late. The boggart had bitten off Billy's fingers as far down as the second knuckle and was busily sucking the blood from his body. Billy's screams of pain had faded to away to a whimper, and when they got his hand free, only his thumb was left. Soon after he died of shock and loss of blood.


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