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  The Last Apprentice: Attack of the Fiend by Joseph Delaney

Review by: Blake B.
Pennsylvania, Grade 10

This had to have been one of my favorite books of the series. As Tom Ward, a boy from a well respected farming family gets older the weight of being the apprentice to one of the last “Spooks” starts to bear its weight. Spooks do the business that normal citizens shouldn’t have to: Defense against the supernatural. Darkness is rising and Tom has been thrown into the business at a young age for training. Throughout the first three books a problem was made apparent, and that was the Pendle witches. The group threatens the security of the entire country, with the ability to do horrible things while using the powers of darkness. Rumors have risen, telling that the witches are coming together for the first time in an age and planning to raise a great evil from the depths of the underworld. In this installment, The Spook and Tom travel to Pendle hill to end their sorcery. But the witches will become more of a problem then they had originally thought.
This is the first book of the series that starts to show the internal problems that Tom has throughout his training. Alice, a young witch starts to play a bigger role in Tom’s life, and conflicting his thoughts. This book is just as action packed as its predecessors, but adds more elements into the mix to make Tom’s life even more complicated! Tom is the Last apprentice, but that doesn’t disregard the fact that he’s still a growing boy trying to figure out his feelings and understanding his place in all of this.

I liked it because it shows that even though a person can be burdened with hardship, they are still normal people with normal needs and feelings.

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