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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.

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Joseph 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.

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Phillip Tomasso III
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#NextYACraze Book Review: Curse of the Bane (Last Apprentice, Book 2)
Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2015
I 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... See more
I 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 Tomasso
Author of Damn the Dead and Blood River
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Linda Tippit
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I love this series
Reviewed in the United States on April 23, 2018
I love this series! It is well written and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire book. It was one where I would almost throw things at someone that interrupted me. That doesn’t happen very often. I will get irritated, but not often to the point of throwing things. Book... See more
I love this series! It is well written and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire book. It was one where I would almost throw things at someone that interrupted me. That doesn’t happen very often. I will get irritated, but not often to the point of throwing things. Book 2 kept the same feel as the first book. The characters were the same, but you could see them growing as they went along. This is a wonderful story that keeps you entertained through the entire book. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that enjoys fantasy.
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Alison In Bookland
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An Enjoyable Installment
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2012
I really enjoyed the first book in the series so I''ve been excited to get my hands on the rest of the series for quite a while. This book picks up several months after the previous book left off. If I didn''t have a million other books I want to read, I would have... See more
I really enjoyed the first book in the series so I''ve been excited to get my hands on the rest of the series for quite a while. This book picks up several months after the previous book left off.

If I didn''t have a million other books I want to read, I would have tried to read these closer together. The mythology in the books isn''t hard to understand exactly, it is a middle grade book after all. It''s just that there is a lot of information and you need to keep it all straight in your mind. Seriously, there is a lot. As much as I loved listening to the first book as an audiobook, reading and seeing the information would have helped me retain it better. Of course, then there is the "problem" of Delaney using creatures that readers are semi-familiar with. I''m not familiar with the traditional uses of boggarts, witches, and other creatures so I don''t know if he is using them "correctly" or is he is putting his spin on the creatures. [I kept getting boggarts confused in my mind because I''ve read several other books that have them and none of the books seem like they''re talking about the same creature!]

Story wise the book was enjoyable enough. It was kind of interesting to see how England in the 1600''s reacted to witches, real ones and the poor people who are accused of being witches. I can imagine that''s how the Salem witch trials went only we didn''t have real witches. I wasn''t thrilled with the use of the church in the story though. Overall, it was enjoyable but I didn''t love it.

I guess I was right with my prediction from the last book! There is something more to mam. The book only hinted at it so I''m still not sure exactly what it is. [Is she some sort of witch?] Hopefully they''ll get back to it in the next book. I still don''t trust Alice. Like Tom, I think she''s mostly okay but the way she was raised has me concerned. Tom has matured a bit. He was able to do quite a bit for only having 6 months of being an apprentice under his belt.
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T. Dellinger
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COULDNT PUT IT DOWN!
Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2012
Thomas Ward and The Spook are at it again in the 2nd installment of The Last Apprentice series. The Spook has to travel to Priestown to attend a funeral. Turns out he also has unfinished business in the very same town from 20 years ago. This unfinished business (The Bane)... See more
Thomas Ward and The Spook are at it again in the 2nd installment of The Last Apprentice series. The Spook has to travel to Priestown to attend a funeral. Turns out he also has unfinished business in the very same town from 20 years ago. This unfinished business (The Bane) has been lurking in the catacombs (under the big cathedral where the priests live) invading the minds of those who dwell above. Tom and The Spook have just a bit more to worry about when they find out the Quisitor is hot on their trail. The Quisitor believes that anyone who deals with The Dark must be stopped. This puts Tom and The Spook in serious danger. They risk being caught and burned alive to rid the county of The Bane once and for all. Tom runs into Alice (the witch) once more and with her help they can save themselves and the county from lurking evil.

Oh man what a glorious find. The Last Apprentice series is geared for middle grades but i am facinated with them. They are dark and scary in just the right way! This is one series i feel i will see thru all the way to the end. Highly recommend!!!!
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Rittwolf
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... second book in the series started out at a nice pace, but quickly became a ho-hum book for ...
Reviewed in the United States on April 30, 2015
This 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... See more
This 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.
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ConverseBear
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Easy and fun-filled read
Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2015
Delaney did a wonderful job helping the reader experience everything Tom felt or did, including the struggle of doing what you''re told versus doing what you think is right. All the characters changed and grew in a way that fit them perfectly (I dislike when an author keeps... See more
Delaney did a wonderful job helping the reader experience everything Tom felt or did, including the struggle of doing what you''re told versus doing what you think is right. All the characters changed and grew in a way that fit them perfectly (I dislike when an author keeps the characters one dimensional or unrealistic). I also appreciated the balance of action with all of the background information. It never felt dull or boring to read, which seems to happen often during the second book in a series. Don''t skip the bonus material at the end of the book--it helped fill in some information that was briefly mentioned and it will definitely help with the rest of the series.
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Mercedes
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Keeps getting better
Reviewed in the United States on July 6, 2009
This is the 2nd book in the Last Apprentice series. Tom is an apprentice to the Spook. Tom is sent in place of the Spook himself to deal with a nasty boggert that has his brother held as victim. Even though Tom defeats the boggert the Spook''s brother dies. His funeral... See more
This is the 2nd book in the Last Apprentice series. Tom is an apprentice to the Spook. Tom is sent in place of the Spook himself to deal with a nasty boggert that has his brother held as victim. Even though Tom defeats the boggert the Spook''s brother dies. His funeral is held in Priestown where the evil Bane is bound. The Spook and Tom head there for the funeral and to take care of the Bane once and for all. However, along the way, the Spook becomes a prisoner and Tom discovers his friend Alice is set to burn. He may have to take on the Bane alone.

This book is a real page turner. I''m an adult and don''t find the book scary but it''s defiantly dark fantasy. So far this is a great series and a keeper. I recommend this book to all.
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Nicholas Clark
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read the entire series asap
Reviewed in the United States on June 21, 2014
best book of the series... if you liked this, read a series called "the bartimaeus trilogy" and "the lost years of merlin" by t.a.baron. please let this review go through and post publicly, because EVERYBODY who loved the last apprentice will love... See more
best book of the series... if you liked this, read a series called "the bartimaeus trilogy" and "the lost years of merlin" by t.a.baron.

please let this review go through and post publicly, because EVERYBODY who loved the last apprentice will love those two other series as well. (read the second merlin book first, i did it on accident and it turned out to be the best order to read them in, it all makes sense when you read the first one after you read the second one first.) and definantly read the bart trilogy... ive read all 3 books and the spin off fourth book, it is as good , or better, than harry potter. ive never seen a demon so sarcastic, so funny, so witty than bartimaeus. read and re-read all 3 of those books its like watching a movie when you read it more than once you understand alot more.
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Sam
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Addictive, spooky and even better than the first
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 9, 2011
The first book in the Wardstone chronicles was excellent, it was spooky, witty and suspenseful. Delaney has delivered us another winner with the second title, The Spooks curse, which takes is farther away from the spooks house and into Priestown where an evil lurks in the...See more
The first book in the Wardstone chronicles was excellent, it was spooky, witty and suspenseful. Delaney has delivered us another winner with the second title, The Spooks curse, which takes is farther away from the spooks house and into Priestown where an evil lurks in the catacombs, an evil the spook has faced before. The writing is once again thrilling, scary, perfectly described and when reading the pages seem to flick past in a blur. The characters of Tom and Alice are developing well, but Delaney wisely leaves many details about the Spooks life secret, which gives his character a sense of mystery that makes the books even more enjoyable. The situations are scarier, the enemy more evil and terrifying and the book is longer which is a huge bonus, though i still finished in two days and am desperate to read the third. Not since the Harry Potter books have i so anticipated the sequels.
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Elz
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Really great
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 2, 2021
This book was a huge surprise for me. Expected a good fun read like the first, ending up reading it all in one sitting! Loved it.
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James
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The best series I''ve found
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 28, 2019
Randomly stumbled upon this series as a 10 year old who got his dad to buy him a book so he could look grown up at an airport. Going away for a week, never having an intention to read the book. Awkwardly, it was the 4th in the series instead of the first. That didn''t matter...See more
Randomly stumbled upon this series as a 10 year old who got his dad to buy him a book so he could look grown up at an airport. Going away for a week, never having an intention to read the book. Awkwardly, it was the 4th in the series instead of the first. That didn''t matter though, I read it, I read from cover to cover. Now if I''m not reading one of them, I''m listening to the audio books (also amazing i might add). The spook is harsh yet lovable. Alice devious yet so intriguing. Tom absolutely infuriating in his ignorance. Just a shame the movie is trash.
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Got as a present
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 29, 2021
I got this for my Uncle as he loves these can for books
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Brilliant
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