Wrath of the Bloodeye

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The Last Apprentice #5

Joseph Delaney

3 of 5 stars

 

An interesting story about ye ol’ apprentice broadening his horizons. New horrible creature to deal with, etc.

My issue with this was the definition of the fiend as the dark, but no corresponding force for the light. The line between dark & light is continuing to be blurred and the Spook is presented as an old fool for not using the dark against the dark.

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Night of the Soul Stealer (The Last Apprentice #3)

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The Last Apprentice #3
Joseph Delaney
Ebook, 189 Pages
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

Considering that it hasn’t even been a year, poor little Apprentice has had to put up with a lot!
And while he certainly makes some dumb mistakes, I don’t get pissed off at him. He is 12/13, for goodness’ sake. I blame Spook.  He never tells his apprentice anything fully, always shuts down his questions and then expects miracles out of him.

But everything turns out ok in the end. Which is very important, cause it seems like things are going to get real bad soon…

Curse of the Bane

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Curse of the Bane by Joseph Delaney
The Last Apprentice #2
Ebook, 201 Pages
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

We find out much more about Tom’s mother, the Spook’s past and there are more collisions/intersections with Alice.

The only thing that kind of pissed me off was the continual downing of the priests. Spook keeps saying “let them stick to what they know and are good at” but that is never specified. Just a continual bombastic blast against them.

If I was reading this with a young person, that above point would be a wonderful springboard for talking about some deep theological issues though. So it isn’t necessarily bad.

Revenge of the Witch

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Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney
The Last Apprentice #1
Ebook, 158 Pages
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

When I first saw the cover, my first thought was Ranger’s Apprentice! but for magic?

So I kind of went in with high expectations because the Ranger’s Apprentice series was fantastic.

This turned out to be pretty good. At first I was kind of surprised by the actions of the main character,but I just kept reminding myself that he was what, 11, 12 or 13? And as long as I reminded myself of that, it was no longer surprising.

I think Delaney does a fantastic job of showing us the sad and lonely side of the life of a Spook. When his sister-in-law talks to him near the end, it really crashed home, for the character as well as for the reader. Spooks are alone, period.

I also liked the possibility of redemption hinted at for the young witch. Redemption themes always get points from  me.