Delaney, Joseph. The last apprentice; attack of the fiend.

Author:Farmer, Lesley
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

DELANEY, Joseph. The last apprentice; attack of the fiend. HarperCollins. 532p. c2008. 978-0-06-089127-5. $16.99. J

The newest volume of The Last Apprentice finds Tom Ward up to his rowan branch in witches who are attracted to him--or to the trunks given to him by his mother. On his part, Tom wants to rescue his family, who are trapped in a mansion that is soon to be captured by evil forces. Further complicating matters, Tom works in consort with a local cleric who is stabbed to death by a witch in disguise; a local official who is bewitched by the killer blames Tom for the murder instead. All of these calamities happen while Tom's master, The Spook, is away. Will he come back in time to help Tom? Can any witches be trusted? Do the trunks portend good or evil? Can Tom himself be trusted? Tom begins to realize the truth in his mother's...

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