|The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch|
by Joseph Delaney
#1 in The Last Apprentice series
Genres: Paranormal, Fantasy, Young Adult
My friend's daughter had brought this book home from her school library. I had commented that I'd heard it was really good and asked her opinion of it. She bubbled over with praise and foisted the book at me telling me to read it. I did, in one night. It isn't quite as compelling as Harry Potter as I'd heard that it was, but it is still an interesting premise.
Thomas Ward is the 7th son of a 7th son. The number 7 holds very strong meaning within the mystical world and holding this place within a family tree suggests that the person would have an aptitude towards the paranormal. Thomas's mother recognizes this and arranges for him to become the apprentice of Old Gregory, the local Spook. She had even gone so far as to boast to the Spook that Thomas would be his last apprentice. Apparently it has been hard for him to find good help as Thomas is the 30th boy that Gregory has attempted to train.
This is a dangerous job and not for those with weak constitutions. Among the duties he must fill is learning to distinguish, identify and catalog types of witches, bogarts, ghosts, and ghasts and then deal with them appropriately. Even with years of experience, one can fall prey to the tricks of a particularly evil entity. It is often a life of loneliness as most residents of the village hold superstitions against the holder of this job, but sure don't hesitate to call when services are needed.
Follow Thomas Ward through the series and along his journey to become Gregory's last apprentice. Very suitable reading for older children and young adults who enjoy visiting mystical worlds through the pages of a book.