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Revenge of the Witch

(The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  38,428 ratings  ·  3,001 reviews
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.
Paperback, 344 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Harper Trophy (first published 2004)
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Llewellyn I'm the same way. This book is clean in terms of sex, nudity, sexual innuendo, and language. It is, however, a pretty creepy book with some scary…moreI'm the same way. This book is clean in terms of sex, nudity, sexual innuendo, and language. It is, however, a pretty creepy book with some scary situations, violence, and gore. (less)
John Smith It’s fantasy but it has some horror elements. Especially the first ones. But I read it when I was 11 and didn’t really get scared.

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Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Evgeny by: Rabindranauth
Shelves: fantasy
Warning: my long and boring rants follow. There are some things that bug me and this review happened to be a good place for them. Sorry.

If you own a farm you never split it between your children, otherwise several generations later there will be nothing left to split. You give the farm to the oldest child which leaves you a very tough problem to find a place in life for the rest of your kids. Now imagine you have seven sons - and you yourself were the seventh son, but managed to come up with som
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
I read YA and survived. Imagine that.

Now now, no need to be slightly horrified, my Little Barnacles, or fear for the future of the planet. The fact that I did not convulse while reading the book doesn't mean I loved it. Which means doom and destruction will have to wait for a bit [insert sighs of utter, total and complete relief here]. Okay, to be honestly honest, I didn't, you know, NOT love the book and stuff. I might even have enjoyed it a little.I never wrote this and you didn't read it.
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, own-read
'Warning: Not to be Read after Dark'
This is written on the back of the book. And I really wish I took that advice. Cause for a children's/ya book, this one is freaking scary.

From the beginning this book grabbed my attention, and it held it all the way to the end. I liked the characters, especially Tom and Alice. I loved how Tom grew throughout this book, and I enjoyed reading about his journey.

I liked the world, this was set in. I also really liked where the story went, and there were even som
Ahmad Sharabiani
Revenge of the Witch (The Last Apprentice, #1), 2005, Joseph Delaney
Characters: Mr. Gregory, Thomas J. Ward, Alice Deane
Abstract: 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.
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Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!
I have a very, very good feeling about the rest of the books in the Wardstone Chronicles after completing this book (it's called Revenge of the Witch in the US)...
- First of all, a very, very engaging and rather original plot! It's similar to HARRY POTTER in this: both take place in England, and both have a lot to do with folkoric creatures and legends: witches, boggarts, and the like. But there's where the similarities end. You can read the synopsis up at the to
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I'd really rather give this one 4.5 stars, because it was an excellent book. Although a young adult book, it is definitely sophisticated enough for an adult to enjoy it (I don't consider myself sophisticated, but I still think a person who is would like it). I liked that the suspense builds. There are no cheap thrills or shock value scares. Instead, the author takes his time and builds up the menace so that you spend your time trying to prepare yourself for the scare. Even still, you won't hear ...more
Nov 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Intensely scary. There was a time or two I raced up the stairs to jump into the safety of my bed after listening to this book. Thank goodness I'm left-handed which, according to the book, gives me a slight advantage over anything creepy that goes bump in the night.

One star had to go for things like coffin maggots and carnivorous hogs--gross!

Of the books I have recently listened to on CD this one has the best narration by far. It is excellent.
Gorgona Grim
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
"Baukov šegrt" je prva od 13 knjiga u serijalu, kod nas je naravno i jedina prevedena (hvala Goodreadsu i Googleu na postojanju). Pomalo mi je krivo zbog toga jer je ovo jedna od boljih knjiga za mlade koju sam pročitala u poslednjih nekoliko godina.

Pre svega, otvara nam se novi svet u kojem postoje raznolika bića za koje smo delimično čuli: veštice, bukavci, duhovi, a tu su i različite biljke koje je potrebno izučavati u okviru botanike i mnogo toga drugog. Kako bi se održao mir i zaštitili ned
Bah!, nada nuevo ni especialmente bien contado. Brujas secuestraniños y un aprendiz de brujo ( en terminología Sapkovskiana) que aquí llaman Espectro.
Lo dicho, prescindible.
Tres estrellas porque al menos me lo he acabado. ¡Anda, si hay peli del libro! Pues para la famosa madre del topo.
Jonathan Terrington

As Goodreads has grown it seems there are more and more people looking for recommendations for YA series in a similar vein to Harry Potter or The Hunger Games. As you can guess from the tangent I'm making: this is one of those books.

If you're not into Dark Young Adult Fantasy then it may take you a minute to adjust to this book. And I must warn you that the series gets darker and darker - highlighting the 'adult' part of young adult. But all that said, there is a film adaptation on the way, alon
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, read-in-2016
This was pretty good! I enjoyed it. It wasn't much and it wasn't complicated but I liked this as a simple middle grade fantasy series.
I don't have a lot to say about it, but I will likely continue with the series!
Apr 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
چه کتاب بدی؛ چه ترجمهی بدی. چقدر خوشحالم جلدهای بعدی را نخریدم. ...more
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked this book overall, certainly far better than the movie based on it!

A little slow-paced initally, but very moody and evocative, and certainly seems to set the stage for some plot threads to be followed up in further books.

3.5 stars(Rounded up to 4.)
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Ο μαθητευόμενος του Σπουκ είναι ένα καλό παραδοσιακό βιβλίο φαντασίας, σε μερικές στιγμές του λίγο πιο σκοτεινό και για αυτό το λόγο παρότι ακολουθεί τη πεπατημένη, είναι ακατάλληλο για τις πιο μικρές ηλικίες αναγνωστών. Όμως στάθηκε αδύνατον να μην το αγαπήσω ιδιαίτερα, διότι ναι αγαπώ τις πολυτελείς βιβλιοδεσίες. Το παραδέχομαι. Το διάβασα πολύ πιο ευχάριστα μόνο και μόνο γιατί άγγιζα τη σκληρόδετη έκδοση και ξεφύλλιζα τα σκιτσάκια στην αρχή κάθε κεφαλαίου. Τι να πω; Είμαι κακομαθημένη αναγνώσ ...more
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-books, fantasy
Simpatična priča predominantno YA žanra, no lako je mentalno se vratiti u te godine obzirom na izuzetno lagan, pitak stil pisanja. Kome treba psihičko opuštanje - topla preporuka!
Apr 28, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although clearly written as a children's book (over explanation and reminders of what has previously occurred) - it is quite dark, with bone witches and strip the flesh from fresh corpses and blood witches that drain blood from living children, eat babies and make blood cakes to increase their strength. It does a good job of watering these parts down, but they are still there, I would not recommend it for it's target audience, and it definitely would not be night time reading for that age unless ...more
2.5 stars

I read this in the hopes it would be something my son might want to read. I'm thinking this wouldn't really be his thing, though. The setting is 'old-timey' and the writing is a bit dry compared to what he normally seems to prefer. I had a pretty easy time putting it down, and considering it took me three days to read 160 pages? Yeah...I'm probably not going to be passing this one on to him.

Anyhoo, this would probably work for a kid who is looking for a spooky series, and doesn't mind t
Miranda Reads
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a good series! There's always something special about the first novel.

Review to come.

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Read by Christopher Evan Welch and he was a splendid narrator. Loved it!

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Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vraiment très sympa ! C'est jeunesse, mais certains moments font frissonner, et l'univers en général est très intéressant, avec diverses créatures maléfiques, et une ambiance qui s'assombrit... Je lirai avec plaisir la suite à l'occasion !
Mention spéciale pour les petits bonus de mon édition: une carte, une présentation des personnages, des pages du carnet de Tom...
Mike (the Paladin)
May 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya-fantasy
Okay...first let give a sort of introduction. I liked this book, and that's a relief as the last several YA books I've read have been, disappointing. Since I read the Harry Potter books (each as it came out) "with" my own children (though they were grown by the time the series completed) I've continued occasionally reading a YA book as some of them are excellent and not to be missed...even if "we" are old, grown-up, and decrepit. LOL

Now as to this book. I considered giving it a lower rating, and
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ספר פנטזיה משובח, ממתק לחובבי הארי פוטר ודומיו. קראתי הכי לאט שיכולתי כדי שלא יגמר ונהניתי מכל רגע.
ישנה טענה בגנות השוביניזם הבוטה של "הצל", אחת משתי הדמויות הראשיות בספר, אך עד כמה שהעניין צורם, מדובר בשיקוף של הדמות הספציפית, ולא כתפיסת עולם המאפיינת את הספר.
מצער מאד שיתר ספרי הסדרה לא תורגמו לעברית.

שוליית הצל/ג'וזף דילייני
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spook’s is such a quaint English tale that it almost disarms you when the real horror begins.

Spook’s Apprentice is was a YA debut novel by Joseph Delaney, so I’ll be find *crosses heart*. Spook’s is one of those a-typical British fantasy novels, where it takes a lot of influences through the English countryside and English mannerisms (J R R Tolken, C S Lewis etc). It reminded me of sitting in front of the TV when I was 10, watching The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe being scared half to deat
It is hard finding a great fantasy series to sink my teeth into, but I have found one with this series.

Thomas Ward comes from a long line of apprentices that eventually become Spooks who are known to be protectors of all things evil. He is the seventh son of a seventh son and when a Spook comes to his village seeking him out, he ends up going on a long and adventurous journey into the wilds to learn the tricks of the trade. Ghost, witches, boggarts abound in this book and Thomas slowly learns h
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Σε αυτό το βιβλίο πίστευα πως θα διάβαζα άλλη μια ιστορία για μάγους και μαθητευόμενους. Κι όμως ξεχωρίζει αρκετά απο τα υπόλοιπα τέτοιου είδους που κυκλοφορούν. Οι σκοτεινές εικόνες που σου μεταφέρει ανά σελίδα του σε εξιτάρουν και προσωπικά το ευχαριστήθηκα αρκετά.
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This “young adult” book actually offers more chills and thrills than adult horror books I have read. Surprisingly well written. There were moments that actually made me have that feeling we all know of when we are watching a horror movie and we want to cover our eyes. The language and words the author chose made for a very eerie atmosphere.

In my limited experience in reading horror (Stephen King, John Saul) I have rarely gotten frightened by anything I have read. Though when it comes to movies
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So the other day I was bored (common occurrence with me) and plucked the movie "Seventh Son" off the library shelf even though most of the reviews said it was rubbish, and two hours later I thought, "Eh, that wasn't too bad, bet the book is better."

Imagine my surprise when the movie is almost nothing like the book... and the book, had it been turned into a movie, is about a hundred times creepier than anything the movie came up with. I liked the book a lot. The boggart who fixes breakfast and ta
JP Capili
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fiction
Plot: A young boy apprentices to the Spook and learns to defend the County and combat the growing threat from the witches.
Good: interesting plot, good illustrations
Bad: no character depth

I have decided to give this book a shot because it is being adapted into a major film. This was definitely a children's book, but the horror element may be too gory for very young kids. The writing was simple. It had an interesting plot, but the characters were under-developed. The book felt more like a summary
Liz Hopps (Elizabetha)
En realidad 4.5, sólo porque me hubiese gustado que desarrollara algunas partes de la trama de una manera más extensa, pero, a veces (como decía mi profesora de Historia Moderna), menos es más :) Se agradece, pues esto es algo que generalmente los autores de literatura juvenil no entienden y es así como nos llenamos de trilogías innecesarias y de libros que, más que tramas bien construidas, le sobran hojas.

La historia engancha, la prosa está muy bien utilizada y hay partes que realmente dan un p
Neat world building. I like how Delaney draws from Medieval ideas about witches, while still having a lot of elements that strike me as being rather original. The witches are really quite dangerous, and the options for dealing with them are very limited. Adds a nice bit of tension. Unfortunately, the story depends on the main character doing something very foolish for no apparent reason. For somebody training to be what is essentially an exorcist, he's horribly lacking in genre savvy. I mean, if ...more
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Joseph Delaney is a full time writer living in Lancashire, in the heart of Boggart territory. He first got the idea for the Wardstone Chronicles series when he moved to the village where he lives now and discovered there was a local boggart - ‘a man like me needs boggarts around’. He made a note in his notebook ‘a story about a man who hunts boggarts’ and years later when he had to come up with an ...more

Other books in the series

The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Curse of the Bane (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #2)
  • Night of the Soul Stealer (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #3)
  • Attack of the Fiend (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #4)
  • The Spook's Mistake (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #5)
  • The Spook's Sacrifice (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #6)
  • Rise of the Huntress (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #7)
  • Rage of the Fallen (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #8)
  • I Am Grimalkin (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #9)
  • The Spook's Blood (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #10)
  • Slither (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #11)
“And an unaware witch means a witch who doesn't know she's a witch, and because she's a women that makes her double trouble. Never trust a women."
My mothers a women," I said, suddenly feeling a little angry, "and I trust her."
Mothers are usually women," said the Spook. "And mothers are usually quite trustworthy, as long as your their son. Otherwise look out!”
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