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#148696 in Books Greenwillow Books 2007-07-24 2007-07-24Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 8.00 x 1.12 x 5.31l, .82 #File Name: 0060766239455 pagesGreenwillow Books | File size: 60.Mb Joseph Delaney : The Last Apprentice: Curse of the Bane (Book 2) before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised The Last Apprentice: Curse of the Bane (Book 2): 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful. #NextYACraze Book Review: Curse of the Bane (Last Apprentice, Book 2)By Phillip Tomasso IIII started reading Joseph Delaney's Last Apprentice books when I learned a new movie was to be released called, Seventh Son, and that the film was based on the first two books in the now thirteen book series. Click on the link to read my review of the first book, Revenge of the Witch. I have since finished the second
book, Curse of the Bane. In short, I even more excited to see Seventh Son than I had been prior to reading the books.The dust jacket flap gives a brief synopsis of the novel as such:The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, rid the county of witches, ghosts, boggarts, and other creatures of the dark. And there's some unfinished business to attend to in Priestown. Deep in the catacombs lurks a creature the Spook has never been able to defeat; a force so evil that the whole county is in danger. The Bane!But the Bane is not their only enemy. The Quisitor arrives, intent on hunting down anyone who meddles with the dark. Thomas Ward and the Spook must prepare for the battle of their lives.Just for some background, Thomas Ward is the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. While his father was able to call in favors for employment for the first six sons, Thomas was given to Old Gregory. Old Gregory is a Spook. A Spook is not always the most popular person in any county. They are, however, needed. They wrestle witches and boggarts and spirits and anything supernatural to protect their county. Six months into his apprenticeship, Thomas is beginning to appreciate his new position.When the Spook's brother dies, the Spook and Thomas must journey to Priestown for the funeral. Priestown is a town filled with priests, and priests are especially not fond of Spooks. Once in town, they learn that the evil Quisitor is there. The Quisitor accuses people of witchcraft, and burns them, but only after hours and sometimes days of endless torture. Additionally, below the town in the maze of catacombs, is a bound malevolent creature known as the Bane. It is a powerful being that, if released from captivity, will reek havoc on counties far and wide!When the Quisitor captures both the Spook and Thomas' friend, (and witch), Alice, the nightmare begins. With limited training, Thomas must call on all of his knowledge to find a way to free his friends before they are burned to death. Disobeying all commands he must figure out how to outsmart the Quisitor and deal with an angry and vengeful Bane.Family, friendship, and unexpected sacrifices fill the chapters of this page turning adventure. Yes. Delaney's series is a young adult fantasy / horror. Let me tell you, I am thoroughly enjoying the tales! They are horrific and suspenseful. The characters are very well drawn. The background stories and prophecies and sinister plots are compelling. I have purchased all thirteen books in the series, and am not sure I will be able to stop reading until I have finished the very last one!Curse of the Bane was action packed. I will be curious to see how the 1st and 2nd books are incorporated into one film.Phillip TomassoAuthor of Damn the Dead and Blood River0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. Warning: don't get the whole series spoiled like I didBy Owen johnsonFirst of all, I just want to say this is one of my favorite books for middle readers such as myself, because it has creepy elements and there is a sense of danger unlike some books where you automatically know the hero wins. Anyway, I will warn you of something. Under the one star reviews of every book in this series, books 1-13, there is a spoiler for not the book you are reading, but for the series as a whole. After I read a novel, I like to look at the one star reviews for it to see the argument against it. When I went to this book, one review had a spoiler warning. I thought it was for the book I had finished, and read it, and it spoiled the whole series for me. Hopefully the series is still entertaining for me, and I hope this review can save some people from my fate0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. ... second book in the series started out at a nice pace, but quickly became a ho-hum book for ...By RittwolfThis second book in the series started out at a nice pace, but quickly became a ho-hum book for me. It seemed to have a lot of repeat/recap of the rules that the Spook taught Thomas in the first book and I found that to be a bit frustrating. It probably didn't help that I read it soon after finishing the first book and hadn't had time to forget anything. I also feel like some of the things Thomas is accomplishing on his own may be a bit far fetched for a boy his age, but this is a fiction book so I try not to think about that too much. These books are geared for middle-school aged readers and they would probably find it more exciting than I did.I would still be inclined to read more books in this series just to see where things go from here. The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, rid the county of witches, ghosts, boggarts, and other creatures of the dark. And there's some unfinished business to attend to in Priestown. Deep in the catacombs lurks a creature the Spook has never been able to defeat; a force so evil that the whole county is in danger. The Bane!But the Bane is not their only enemy. The Quisitor arrives, intent on hunting down anyone who meddles with the dark. Thomas Ward and the Spook must prepare for the battle of their lives. From School Library JournalGrade 5-7In this second book in the series, Delaney chronicles the spine-tingling adventures of Thomas Ward, seventh son of a seventh son, and the last remaining apprentice of monster hunter Mr. Gregory, aka the Spook. The most dangerous monster of all, the Bane, has been imprisoned in the catacombs under Priestown. He kills by squashing his victims completely flat, and he appears to be succeeding at controlling the minds and actions of some of the town's inhabitants. He needs to be dealt with once and for all. Priestown holds its own dangers for Thomas and the Spook, however, as their work makes them subject to being declared witches and executed by the Quisitor. In the scary and dangerous events that follow, Thomas, accompanied by his friend Alice, faces the most difficult choices of his life so far, and learns to trust himself rather than simply follow his master's instructions. His first-person narration gives this truly spooky story an immediacy and a sense of reality that heightens the tension and impending danger. While part of a series, the story stands successfully on its own. Occasional eerily atmospheric woodcuts enhance the story's mood.Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.From BooklistGr. 6-9.
When readers met Tom Ward in The Revenge of the Witch (2005), the first entry in the Last Apprentice series, he was a callow lad, apprehensively apprenticed to the Spook, who routs the Dark from the County. The malevolent forces that came into play last time seem almost mundane compared to the challenges Tom and the Spook face now: a violent, deadly bane growing in strength and power to become the embodiment of evil. Despite the blood and gore, this tale is more than a well-crafted horror story. Delaney infuses his characters with depth and emotion, but equally important, he grows his world by contributing significantly to the back story. Readers learn the reason the Spook has strong feelings about women in general and witches in particular, and Tom discovers something unexpected about his mother and her wisdom. Delaney also does an exceptional job of interweaving stories, with one plot point leading insistently to the next; at the book's conclusion, readers can go over all Tom has learned by leafing through his journal. Kids will breathlessly await Tom's next adventure. Ilene CooperCopyright American Library Association. All rights reservedAbout the AuthorJoseph DELANEY is the author of the internationally best-selling The Last Apprentice series, which is now a major motion picture, Seventh Son. He is a former English teacher who lives in the heart of boggart territory in Lancashire, England. His village has a boggart called the Hall Knocker, which was laid to rest under the step of a house near the church.