Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney

As the seventh son of a seventh son, Thomas Ward doesn’t have much of a farming future ahead of him. He can’t stay on his family’s farm since his older brother’s family is growing. But that doesn’t bother him too much, and anyways, his life is about to get really interesting. His parents have arrange an apprenticeship with the Spook–one of the most feared people in the County. Together and alone, they will face ghosts, boggarts, witches and other things that crawl in the night. Can Tom make it through his apprenticeship? Let’s hope so because he is The Last Apprentice.

Looking at the cover of the book I thought we would be in for a dirty and dreary ride. While there is some dirt and digging, the book was anything but dreary. The short chapters really propelled the story along and soon we are learning all about ghosts and boggarts and the different kinds of witches. I really liked Tom. He is one of the most honest characters I’ve meet in a while. He knows when he makes mistakes (and boy does he!), but he admits to them and learns from them. He is also one of the bravest characters I’ve met as well. Unlike Harry Potter, when Tom is in danger, he has no magic to rely on. Instead, he must use his head and his instincts to help him survive.

But will those things help him survive the Revenge of the Witch?

Have YOU read this one? What did you think?


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