|Curse of the Bane|
by Joseph Delaney
The Last Apprentice #2
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Thomas Ward returns as the Spook's last apprentice to continue his education in dealing with things that go bump in the night. In this adventure they encounter a creature even more dangerous than previously faced. While the bane has been trapped in the catacombs deep within the city of Priesttown, it still has the power to influence those living above ground. As it grows in power by feeding on the blood and life force of hapless animals that wander into the catacombs it spreads its evil to even the priests. The most corrupted of the bane's victims is the Quisitor, a man who tortures and kills accused witches and Spooks more for his own pleasure than for any sense of cleansing the world of darkness.
I'm still not overly impressed with this series. I do enjoy the books fairly well while reading them but they don't seem to hold a candle to all the hype in my opinion. I've known people to say the same about the Twilight series as well. I think that maybe the thing that disturbs me most about this series is the fact that Ward is constantly disobeying his mentor, the Spook. Since this series is written for children, it seems to have an underlying lesson that it is OK to not do as instructed as long as the ends justify the means ... provided that one is lucky enough for everything to turn out as planned and not just end up making an even bigger mess in the end.