The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by bestselling British author Joseph Delaney is the 1st novel in his The Last Apprentice sub-series which is the foundation of his Spook’s Universe setting of tween/YA supernatural dark fantasy adventures, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Greenwillow imprint.
This was originally published under the title of The Spook’s Apprentice in the UK, where the series is known as The Wardstone Chronicles. This dark fantasy/light horror series is set in a magical version of Lancashire County, where supernatural beings haunt the English countryside and Spooks are elite magicians who are highly-trained to combat the evils that arise. This sub-series follows the training of the titular last apprentice of one such Spook, whose previous apprentices all had a very high mortality rate, with this installment introducing the one who will eventually survive, if he can overcome various fatal challenges including the titular witch.
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Driving away ghosts
For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried–some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive.
Only Thomas Ward is left. He’s the last hope; the last apprentice.
Can Thomas succeed? Will he learn the difference between a benign witch and a malevolent one? Does the Spook’s warning against girls with pointy shoes include Alice? And what will happen if Thomas accidentally frees Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county … ?