Google+ Reading Teen: Quick-Fire Review: The Last Apprentice: A Coven of Witches by Joseph Delaney

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Quick-Fire Review: The Last Apprentice: A Coven of Witches by Joseph Delaney

Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (April 27, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061960381

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Beware a girl in pointy shoes!
A girl wearing pointy shoes might be a witch. And the first thing a spook's apprentice learns is never, ever to trust a witch.In this bone-chilling collection of tales, you will learn exactly why that is, as you encounter:
  • a fair and beautiful woman with green scales running down her spine . . .
  • a dead witch who lurks under rotting leaves and hunts for blood . . .
  • Alice, Tom Ward's best friend, who once lived with one of the darkest witches of all . . .
  • and a witch whose cry of revenge can kill.

The dark is all around. Who will survive?
At a Glance:
The Last Apprentice has long been one of my favorite series, bringing an even mixture of action and creepiness, horrific creatures and beautiful witches. Okay, maybe there are more horrific creatures than beautiful witches. And maybe most of the witches aren't beautiful at all. But, you get my point.
   A Coven of Witches isn't actually a part of The Last Apprentice series. It's actually a collection of short stories, from the points of view of various characters in the series, giving back story and answers to questions about characters that are brought up in The Last Apprentice series. This is very interesting, being able to read about these characters from their points of view, instead of just Tom's, whom narrates the rest of the series.

This book has some pretty cool cover art, a slightly cartoon-ish drawing of a coven of witches, being enthralled by The Fiend (Another name for the devil).

The Last Apprentice series is loaded with action, and A Coven of Witches is no exception. Lots of horror-ish action. I put the "ish" in there because it's more creepy the all-out scary. People fighting witches, witches fighting witches, witches fighting weird potato-ish creatures, weird potato-ish creatures fighting people. There's a whole lot of action here.

Nope. Sorry, but if you're looking for romance, this isn't the series for you.

Though there are several stories told by several characters in this book, the main heroine of the series is Alice Deane, who's a great character. In the main series, her character grows greatly, from a suspected witch to one of Tom's greatest allies, and A Coven of Witches includes some great back story for her character.

Tom Ward. One of my favorite leading roles in all of bookiverse. Yes. I just made up a universe. A strong character, with strong morals. Always trying to do the right thing, and with little whining I might add, as whining lead roles have become a bit of a fad in books. *cough, Eragon*

Favorite Supporting Character:
The Spook. One awesome old guy. He's a strong-willed mentor to Tom, training him to fight evil forces in the world. He's a bit like Liam Neeson in that way where if you mess with him... Well, just don't.

Something I loved:
I love the entire theme of these books. Set in the 17th century, Tom Ward is a Spook's apprentice, meaning he's learning to protect the County from witches, boggarts, ghouls, ghost, and the Fiend. Joseph Delaney is a fantastic writer, and this is one of my favorite genres.

Not at all.

Would I recommend it?
I'd recommend this book to anybody who likes fantasy. It's got great action, suspense, and horror themes. You'd have to read the rest of the series in order to understand what's going on in this book, but it's a great addition to The Last Apprentice books.

Did my friends like it?
I have a cousin, my age, who read this series and it's one of his favorites. Oh, that great feeling you get when you can discuss one of your favorite books with somebody who isn't your mom.


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