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The Last Apprentice: Curse of the Bane by…

The Last Apprentice: Curse of the Bane (2005)

by Joseph Delaney

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As danger increases in the County, Tom is sent far north by his master to be trained by Bill Arkwright, another Spook. Arkwright lives in a haunted mill on the edge of a treacherous marsh and his training methods prove to be harsh and sometimes cruel. But he has toughened up many previous apprentices and now he must do the same for Tom and prepare him for the gravest dangers of his life.

But when the Fiend sends his own daughter, the ancient powerful water witch Morwena, to destroy Tom, Arkwright makes an error of judgement and Tom finds himself facing his enemies alone. The Spook and Alice realising his danger, hasten to his aid but will even their combined strengths suffice in the face of such terrible dark power? And what is the Spook's mistake, the consequences of which might give final victory to the dark?
  JESGalway | Feb 4, 2019 |
This is a strong sequel, which offers up a lot more unanswered questions to contribute to the later overarching storyline, while also offering a nice little read in its own right. This is definitely a strong spooky/horror series for a more diverse group of readers than such reads typically lend themselves to. ( )
  TiffanyAK | Jul 6, 2018 |
not terrible but the first book was better. ( )
  PoesRaven42 | Feb 5, 2018 |
The narrator's voice is pleasant, but the flow of plot was slow and plodding. ( )
  benuathanasia | Dec 25, 2017 |
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." ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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When I heard the first scream, I turned away and covered my ears with my hands, pressing hard until my head hurt.
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Curse of the Bane
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060766239, Paperback)

The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, rid the county of witches, ghosts, boggarts, and other creatures of the dark. And there's some unfinished business to attend to in Priestown. Deep in the catacombs lurks a creature the Spook has never been able to defeat; a force so evil that the whole county is in danger. The Bane!

But the Bane is not their only enemy. The Quisitor arrives, intent on hunting down anyone who meddles with the dark. Thomas Ward and the Spook must prepare for the battle of their lives.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:19 -0400)

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Now thirteen years old, Tom Ward continues his apprenticeship with the Spook as they confront a dangerous bane who can control people's thoughts.

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