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Series: Last Apprentice


GRIMALKIN THE WITCH ASSASSIN by Joseph Delaney
Released: April 1, 2012

"A good balance between dark action and emotional costs. (Fantasy. 11-15)"
This installment deviates from The Last Apprentice's usual formula, following witch assassin Grimalkin instead of Spook's apprentice Thomas Ward after the events of Rage of the Fallen (2011). Read full book review >
ATTACK OF THE FIEND by Joseph Delaney
Released: March 1, 2008

Once again packaged as a doorstopper but reading as if it's half the length, the fourth episode in the harrowing training of teenaged Tom Ward as a bulwark against all that is evil and supernatural brings some disturbing revelations about his absent mother's identity. Read full book review >

NIGHT OF THE SOUL STEALER by Joseph Delaney
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

The third and weakest episode in Delaney's Last Apprentice series takes narrator Tom Ward, his secretive master Old Gregory and canny young witch Alice to winter quarters on bleak Anglezarke Moor where, thanks to massive contrivances, they survive encounters with three blood-sucking witches, a boggart or two and a necromancer out to raise one of the old gods. Read full book review >

CURSE OF THE BANE by Joseph Delaney
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

Opening with a victim's agonized scream, Delaney returns to the boggart-ridden County for a second gruesome, lickety-split episode featuring young Tom Ward, seventh son of a seventh son and for some months now apprenticed to the Spook, a hunter of malign spirits. Read full book review >

REVENGE OF THE WITCH by Joseph Delaney
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

Readers seeking lots of up-close encounters with the unquiet dead and other creepy entities need look no further. Read full book review >