Wrath of the Bloodeye
Last Apprentice series Book 5
Do not overlook this series!! It is not just for kids; in fact, I've had one parent say to me she would think twice about letting her kids read these books because of the nightmares and sleepless nights that would surely result.
I've been reading horror (the good, the bad, and the ugly) for over 20 years and I can honestly say that Joseph Delaney has created something spectacular and sinister with his Last Apprentice books. The imagery is startling and unforgettable; you will hear the thumps in the cellar and feel that cold hand grab your arm. Certain scenes unfold like the best film sequences and burn into your mind.
Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the village Spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from "ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties." Tom begins his apprenticeship as a shy and uncertain boy, homesick and terrified of the dark. His journey to become a full-fledged Spook with the ability to face down any sort of supernatural threat is exciting and nerve-wracking. Each of these books are compulsive reads; I could not stop turning the pages.
The Last Apprentice (Book I): The Revenge of the Witch
The Last Apprentice (Book II): The Curse of the Bane
The Last Apprentice (Book III): Night of the Soul Stealer
The Last Apprentice (Book IV): Attack of the Fiend
Booklist *Starred Review*
Delaney grabs readers by the throat and gives them a good shake in a smartly crafted story in which the horror is set within the parameters of a boy's new job. In an unspecified England some centuries ago, Thomas, the 12-year-old seventh son of a seventh son, is taken on as an apprentice by the local Spook.... this is a gristly thriller; Delaney's descriptions of moldering bodies hoisting themselves from the earth and hairy pigs tearing into a witch's heart will have readers' eyes opening wide. Yet the twisted horror is amply buffered by an exquisitely normal young hero, matter-of-fact prose, and a workaday normalcy.
Posted by: The Cryptkeeper