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The Mad Apprentice

(The Forbidden Library #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,411 ratings  ·  160 reviews
When Alice's mysterious Uncle Geryon sends her to help capture a rogue apprentice--a boy who has the same ability Alice has to Read himself into stories--she knows to expect a wild and unpredictable trip. But even though Alice has visited the magical realms inside libraries before, this adventure is far more dangerous. Because Torment, the magic creature holding this ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Kathy Dawson Books
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Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2019
Sometimes it is nice to read a well written children's book. It is relaxing - you know nothing really terrible will happen. And it is quick and easy.

The Mad Apprentice is the second book in an excellent and very well written series aimed at middle grade children. It is still very readable by adults. I enjoyed the first book and this one was just as good. The magic system is full of surprises and great fun. Imagine a dragon in your head advising you what to do next. Imagine friendly (we think)
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Book lovers rejoice, here’s a series written just for us. Do you get a tingly, magical feeling when you walk into libraries and see all those glorious books? As a kid, did you ever wish that the fictional worlds within your books were real?

The Mad Apprentice and its predecessor The Forbidden Library gave me those same giddy feelings as I read them, proving that Middle Grade novels aren’t just for children. Whether you’re
Django Wexler
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hey, I forgot to leave my own review! This is mostly so people can leave comments here, but for the record: I liked it. =)
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Executive Summary: A fun quick read, but then it's a Middle Grade book, so that's pretty much to be expected. Overall I enjoyed it a bit more than the first one, and I will definitely pick up the next one.

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So obviously I'm not the target demo here. I don't really read much Young Adult stuff, let alone Middle Grade. I picked up the first one because Mr. Wexler's Shadow Campaigns series is so good.

Every now and again it's nice to read a book where you know things won't get too dark
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it

Taking place a few months after 'The Forbidden Library' Alice is still studying by her "Uncle" Geryon's side as to be a Reader. Still biding her time in learning what game is being played and who is playing along or using her as a pawn in an even bigger game.
Suddenly a well known and old Reader is killed by their apprentice, and Alice is to join other Reader's apprentices in order to see if this Reader's books are all in order, and to bring in dead or alive, the killer apprentice, Jacob. Only
Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*
Yay, fun! This was an excellent outing in an excellent children's fantasy series. It was extremely action-packed, full of new bound creatures, new enemies and allies (but which are which?), and takes place in a new high fantasy setting. You absolutely must NOT read this without reading the first book in the series. It will not spoil anything to do so, but you have little idea of what is going on with the unique magic system of Readers, apprentices, Prison Books, Bound creatures, or the main ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read, fantasy
Actual rating: 3.50
M.L. Brennan
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from the sequel to Django Wexler’s The Forbidden Library, even though I’d been eagerly anticipating it, but The Mad Apprentice is a book that hits the ground running and never slows down. Wexler is clearly a writer who has a broad range – while The Forbidden Library had a very classic and leisurely style of pacing, The Mad Apprentice has little to no downtime, making it incredibly hard to put the book down!

Wexler continues to populate his series with
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lots of fun and solid narration. We meet new apprentices and lots of new powers. I'm really excited about what we find out about the world of Readers and there looks like there's going to be a really cool series plot line!
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
The Mad Apprentice is a much darker book than the previous title. There, Alice had only begun to learn what being a Reader meant. Now, she has had to accept, however unwillingly, that her only source of real power comes from enslaving the creatures she finds in books—and, as an apprentice, she has no choice in the matter; it is kill or be killed. She is also finding that it can be tempting to play with that power. Further information about her ally, Ending, does nothing to reassure her about her ...more
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile
This book series absolutely fascinates me.

Alice is sent to capture a "mad" apprentice and she meets up with several other apprentices, who all have special skills from the books they have "tamed".

She learns that the magic creature who holds this library together is crazy and most of the book revolves around trying to outwit him.

Alice is also hoping to find out more information about her father's disappearance.

Non stop action and more fascinating creatures. Alice makes new friends, finds out who
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Very enjoyable book2, expands the world building in a huge way.
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First of all, as a librarian and a person who grew up spending more time with books than actual human beings this series had me at someone possessing the ability to fall into a book merely by reading the first few lines. I can't tell you how much I wished to end up in books with characters who were more real to me than my classmates. And NOT end up in books with some others (Gollum, Randall Flagg, the White Witch, the Queen of Hearts).

But anyhow, I am so intrigued by this book. I feel like it is
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
What I really love about this book is that the sense of danger isn't downgraded so that the book is 'safe' for children. Five apprentices (plus the one they went into the maze to find), children/young teens go into a very dangerous situation and they don't all make it out. People die because the dangers of the labyrinth are real and scary. It takes so much for our heroine to even get the few out that she is able. One of the teens leaves early because it's so dangerous. Very much enjoying this ...more
Kristina Jean Lareau
A continuation of the first with more mysteries and labyrinths. I am interested as to what will happen to our main characters, but this book was meandering and lacked a direction--the whole premise--being lost in the labyrinth and fighting their way through--is interested but just got so repetitive. I can see this as a trilogy, so we can find out what happens to the characters, but anything more than that is stretching this world and premise to its limit.
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in this series that I have read and I am looking forward to the next one. Great YA fantasy book with supernatural creatures, danger and intrigue all controlled by the Readers, but it's not really the Readers at risk, it's their apprentices. The question is, will they survive the adventure? Definitely fun to read and hard to put down!

I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway.
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alice meets some other fellow apprentices in this strong sequel, and finds out something about her father's fate (maybe!). My only reservation is that Alice and Co. continually fight SO MANY monsters that desperate struggles become not so much plot peaks as the general milieu. But the monsters are nicely ooky, and the sense of real danger is always sharp. More, more!
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful story that I believe was better than the first book. It was fun and engaging from start to finish - filled with dark mystery and magic. I love that it has a tough and smart female lead. I highly recommend the book and series.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
I am absolutely head over heels for this series! ...more
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The pace of this book is fast and it's a great read from beginning to end. I would recommend this series to any reader who enjoys a good and creatively written story.
Suzanne Maley
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Better than the first book. On to the 3rd book.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved the descripted description.
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I listened to the audio book.

What a fun story. I loved how Alice's bravery and personal sacrifices pushed her fellow apprentices to change and care about others too. I thought the dragon was great, and I LOVED the ending.
Chelsea Johnson
When Alice's mysterious uncle Geryon sends her to help capture a rogue apprentice--a boy who has the same ability as Alice has to Read himself into stories--she knows to expect a wild and dangerous afternoon. But even though Alice has visited the magical realms inside libraries before, this adventure is shaping up to be more than even she could have expected. Because Torment, the magic creature holding this library together, has gone mad. But he might also have information about Alice's missing ...more
Mike Voss
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every once in a while a sequel outdoes it's predecessor. Django Wexler's The Mad Apprentice, sequel to the delightfully inventive ya novel The Forbidden Library, does just that. And then some.

In The Forbidden Library we were introduced to Alice, a young girl unaware of her own special nature as a Reader, one who can tap into the magic hidden within books and bind the magical creatures found therein to her will.

It isn't until The Mad Apprentice that the reader is shown just how useful such
Becky B
When news of a master being killed by his apprentice arrives, Alice is sent by Geryon to join a group of other apprentices to bring in the murderer for justice. It is supposed to be a relatively simple assignment. There may be some books leaking in the absence of the master, but the labyrinth itself is supposed to be not functioning. Alice finds herself in a foreign realm with 5 other apprentices, all in an uneasy alliance (it's hard to trust one another when your masters train you that all ...more
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm generally a little wary of the second book in a book series, because I've had some experiences where the second book hasn't necessarily been great. However, I figured that as someone who could write something as special as The Forbidden Library, Django Wexler would absolutely bring his A-game to The Mad Apprentice.

Wexler reintroduces readers to the spectacular world that we first visited in The Forbidden Library. A Reader has been killed by his apprentice, and Alice, Issac and four other
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Alice has only been an apprentice Reader for a few months, but she's starting to get more comfortable with her power and her new life. Too comfortable? She can't forget Ending's comments about Readers building their power on slavery. But when another Reader's apprentice somehow manages to murder his master, Alice and a group of apprentices are sent to apprehend him. It's her first time (officially) meeting others like her. Her first time being sent to kill someone. She's not sure what she'll do ...more
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it

Grades 4-7 - Djano Wexler’s second installation in the Forbidden Library series “The Mad Apprentice” is very fast paced. The tale continues six months after the first book. Alice is learning magic and tricks from her master the old reader, Uncle Greyon. Alice’s latest task has to do with a reader like her. She must set out on a crazy journey to find an apprentice that seems to have gone mad. Alice is joined by five other apprentices. Serving different masters each apprentice has a skill that
Tonja Drecker
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was looking forward to reading this and had it on my TBR shelf for quite awhile when I was lucky enough to win a copy here on Goodreads (yay!).

This is a fun adventure, perfect for middle grade readers. There's surprises at every turn, a world full of fantasy, and characters which are realistic enough, they could be real friends. I really enjoy the mixture of dark and light, humor and tension and especially Alice's great attitude to do what she has to do. . .but without loosing compassion and
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Django Wexler graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books. When not planning Shadow Campaigns, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays ...more

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“But you...I felt that you would not be used. Would not allow yourself to be used. You deserve the opportunity to make your own choices, to walk your own path. Indeed, I believe you will do so, regardless of what Ending, Geryon, or anyone else intends. You must do what you believe to be right.” 4 likes
“And now that she knew, she couldn't do nothing. She couldn't. The anger would build inside he, on and on, forever until it poisoned her” 1 likes
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