Book 1 Summary:
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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A young adult supernatural fantasy. When I first heard about it I was psyched. I went down to my local library and checked it out. It’s a good story, the characters are good, and the setting is good. It’s good. For some reason I just couldn’t get hooked on it though. While everything was done well it just one step away from being amazing.
I think that about sums it up. One step away from being amazing. Everything about it is kind of basic. It’s YA fiction but that isn’t an excuse. Take Larklight by Philip Reeve, that’s aimed for an even younger audience and it knocks it out of the park each book. For The Last Apprentice it was just a generic setting. The Country, The Spook, Witched, Boggarts, an evil spirit called The Bane every point of it could have been awesome but went bleh instead.
There are some good parts. I like that The Spook isn’t affiliated with religion at all and there is a difference between bad and good witches. Alice is my favorite character but even she is kind of generic in her coolness. Maybe if I would have had these books when I was a preteen or early teen they would have been better but I doubt it. Someone could easily take the concept and add more depth to it for an awesome series.
Verdict: Meh. If it’s at the local library and you there isn’t anything else read it.