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The Last Apprentice: Rise of the Huntress

by Joseph Delaney

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The Last Apprentice books start out harmlessly enough. There is plenty of action, and the characters are wonderfully drawn. However, as the books progress, so intensity. Each book just gets a bit darker. A little more creepy. It's like Delaney knows his audience gets another year older with each new release, and doesn't want to loose them.

In the latest installment (for me), Rise of the Huntress, the Spook, Tom Ward, and Alice are on their way back from Greece. They get home to find the house in Chipenden has been destroyed. The Spooks books are burned (except one), the Bogart watching the place is gone, and the witches entombed in the garden have managed to escape!

Fleeing for somewhere safe while a war wages on, the band finds themselves immigrants on a distant land. They are not welcome from the moment they get off the boat -- and the locals have no problem expressing their distaste.

Lord Barrule enjoys (aside from gambling), the torture and murder of witches. Bony Lizzie is also around. She has grand plans of taking over. Her power has continued to grow. She knows nothing can stop her now. What she wants to do first is exact revenge on the Spook. Then on the Tom ward. (For Alice -- her daughter -- she envisions a bigger, greater destiny of uniting the witch clans).

On a foreign land, facing an evil Lord, and one of the most dangerous witches, where the townsfolk despise you, and there is no one to trust, no one to turn to -- the Spook, Ward, and Alice need to find sanctuary -- fast, or risk being locked away in a dungeon, tortured, or killed.

Like each of the previous books I have read and reviewed in this series, I am a fan. Joseph Delaney has a powerful series. I am sad to think I am past the halfway mark (this being book 7 of 13). However, I do have book 8 ready to go. And for now, at least, that makes me happy.

Phillip Tomasso
Author of Damn the Dead, and Young Blood: The Nightbreed Saga
http://www.philliptomasso.com/ ( )
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  ptom3 | May 2, 2015 |
Oh my goodness! I can't believe this.



This installment picks up right where it left off in the last book. There wasn't much recap time. This was a good thing, but for others I suppose it would be aggravating. I thought that the groups voyage to the Island of Mona didn't make any sense, but the plot took them there due to the soldiers in the county. I was confused by this if it really followed history or if it was complete fiction. I found that it was a mixture of both. I think what threw it off was that the enemy army wasn't identified.
A travesty that Chipingham was overrun. Bony Lizzy's reappearance was one of those moments that I was screaming NNOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Great antagonist for the story. Also Alice really grows as a character in this installment. So the last I can say is Cheers and Happy Reading! ( )
  wickedshizuku | May 12, 2014 |
This series continues to be everything it was at the beginning; spooky, fast, full of adventure and terrifying creatures. Bony Lizzie was very scary in this one. I can't wait to keep going!

This book was hard on the Spook. He has lost a lot and the Spook is getting old and feeling defeated. Tom is going to have to start stepping up and doing more hands on fighting that the Spook can't do anymore. ( )
  TheMadHatters | Feb 13, 2014 |
It is so confusing to keep track of this series and when new books are coming out. Why must they rename every one that comes out in America? Why does the entire series have to have a different name (Wardstone Chronicles vs. The Last Apprentice)? This is the seventh book in the series, but who knows what it'll be called in the States and when it will be released. Whenever that happens, I'll read it if I can find it.
  Crowinator | Sep 23, 2013 |
This is the seventh book in the Wardstone Chronicles series. Originally the series was supposed to have seven books in it, but now I believe the series is going to total 10 books so this is getting close to the end. In this book, Mr Gregory, Tom and Alice have to leave the County and end up in Mona, an island off the County's coast. They find that Bony Lizzie has escaped her confinement at the Spook's house and has also made her way to Mona.

It's made very obvious that Mona is actually the Isle of Man. The city of Douglas and the Legs of Man symbol are both referred to several times. Mona is the historic name of the Isle of Man, however, I found it quite confusing because I was more aware of it being the original name of Anglesey, off the coast of Wales!

I was already a little baffled as to why the previous book had to take place in Greece, and this is further enhanced by now having the trio travel to the Isle of Man. And if the indication in this book pans out, the following one will take place in Ireland. All this sudden travelling about this late on in the series makes it seem as though the author has run out of things to write about and is trying to stretch out the story to fill the extra 3 books that have now been announced. It also makes a bit of a mockery of Tom being Mam's 'gift to the County' when he's not doing anything there.

I think the series has run its course and it's now just marking time until it gets to the final book. If you've read any of the previous ones, then this book continues in the same vein. It didn't feel like there was anything new in this book, any kind of plot advancement or character development. And again, Tom and Alice are still acting as though they're 12, rather than 16. It's all getting to be rather samey, and I don't think extending the series to 10 books was a good idea. ( )
  Ganimede | Jun 3, 2011 |
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[From Amazon] The Spook, Tom and Alice return from Greece to find the County under siege - and the Spook's home is burnt to the ground. With his precious library of knowledge destroyed, they seek refuge on the nearby island of Mona. But with Mona in the thrall of a twisted Shaman there is little respite from hostility or denizens of the dark. And as Alice dodges the ever-tightening net of the island's witch hunters, a more deadly enemy emerges...Bony Lizzie, freshly-escaped from the Spook's bonds, has grand ambitions: to take for herself the throne of isle. She has harnessed the services of a tunnel-dwelling buggane, an evil creature which thrives on stealing the animas, or life force, from its unsuspecting victims. With the buggane as her secret weapon can she become an all-powerful Witch Queen?
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Returning from Greece, Tom and the Spook find that their home, including the Spook's precious library of knowledge, has been burned to the ground, and that their battle against the denizens of the dark must continue.

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