It is time for another book review! whoop, whoop! This week it is the turn of The Spooks Apprentice, AKA Revenge Of The Witch, by Joseph Delaney. Let’s do this!
I was pleasantly surprised by this book! this is another one of those books that passed me by. I knew about this series, at least vaguely, but I never had any desire to read it. I didn’t even know what it was really about. But earlier this year I watched the film The Seventh Son and was very confused by it (weirdest film ever, literally nothing is explained!). upon doing a little bit of research online (to try and figure out what had happened in the film) I discovered that it was based off of this book series. Ever since then I have been debating whether to get it and give it a go. I finally caved a few weeks ago as it was on a 3 for 2 offer and I actually quite liked it!
This is a strange story. I will openly admit that. there is a lot of backstory to the world that we only just start to touch upon in this book. there is a lot that still needs explaining and that does make it a bit strange to read. you are trying to piece together the world, little by little. And it is a complex world. There are a lot of magical creatures and different magical elements to the story and i spent most the book trying to piece them together and figure out how they fit into the world. I did also find it a little bit difficult to ignore certain things, for instance Bogarts play a big part in the story and it was hard to step away from Potter Bogarts, but I think that may just be me.
As for the general storyline of this book, I really enjoyed it. a lot more then I was expecting too! I was expecting this book to be as strange as the film but also childish as I knew the main character was only 12. But, it really wasn’t. Yes, there were strange elements but the actual storyline really managed to hold my attention. I also didn’t find that I read young, it did very much keep to its teen genre, but it didn’t feel too young.
I think a big part of that was that the characters didn’t feel 12. Tommy in particular, felt older. More 15/16. He just didn’t act like your standard 12-year-old. He was Harry Potter, Lockwood and Co 12 as opposed to Nevermore 12. He felt just felt and acted older. He thought older, and felt it. I kept having to remind myself that he was spouse to be only 12 because he did feel older. But I liked that. it helped me to connect to the story more. and I actually really liked Thomas as a character. I found him to be smart and funny and brave but also honest. He had moments of doubt, he made mistakes, he let his heart win out over his head. He was just a very normal, relatable character.
All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! I will probably pick up the second book but I am a little apprehensive as this series is a big commitment. There are 13 books and then a spin off series and other books and it is just a lot. Will have to wait and see if I am willing to commit to that much…
4 out of 5
And there we go. Have you read The Spooks Apprentice? Should I commit to all 13 books? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon