The Last Apprentice: Night Of The Soul Stealer


Fall is ending, so the Spook (aka John Gregory) and Tom Ward (his apprentice) are moving to their winter quarters. Alice, Tom's friend and a Lamia witch, is not happy that she cannot join them at Anglezarke. Instead, she will live with a family nearby. Immediately, the trouble begins. Morgan, a failed apprentice, is working tirelessly to raise Golgoth and unleash his evil on the world. He is determined to use Tom to help him, and going so far as to hold captive the soul of Tom's recently departed father. As Tom faces his greatest challenges yet, he uncovers secrets about the Spook and ultimately betrays his mentor. Too late, Tom realizes what is happening. He must choose: save his father or save the world. What will it be?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Preteens and teens who enjoy dark, dramatic fantasy will enjoy this adventure that gives them a front-row seat in learning about the "creatures of the night." This is a book that readers of all levels can enjoy ... and let struggling readers feel equal to their peers.

Content Awareness Factors:

Some readers may find the story too "gothic." It is dark in its imagery as well as certain aspects of the story.

Parent Reaction

I was worried about jumping into this series at Book Three, but my concerns went away quickly. The author does an effective job of telling the reader about previous events without bogging down the current story. Although this is largely a good v. evil tale, there are events that make it clear choosing "good" isn't always an easy answer. The story moves quickly, but not so quickly that teens can "skip over" the thought-provoking parts. In the end, I'm undecided about going back to read the previous books.

Type of Book:
This is the third book in this supernatural series. It is a high interest/low readability title that will appeal to teens.
Educational Themes:

This is a high interest/low reading level book meant to engage readers for entertainment. That said, the events, personalities, and dilemmas offer great discussion points in a small-group or classroom setting.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 to 12
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. If you love dark fantasy adventures, this is definitely your book. It is also a nice choice if you're undecided about the fantasy/magic/adventure books for teens. Still, it is not a classic tha I'd have in my personal library.

Title Night of the Soul Stealer

The Last Apprentice, Book 3

Author Joseph Delaney
Publisher Greenwillow Books, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2008
Illustrators Patrick Arrasmith
ISBN 9780060766269
Material Hard Cover
Cost $7.90
Genres Adventure, Fantasy
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