I was done reading the 3rd book, The Mark of Athena, from the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. It was a cliff-hanger and I can’t wait for the release of the 4th book, The House of Hades, in October. So while waiting, I decided to find another book to read and I end up finding another book series, The Wardstone Chronicles. Below is the synopsis of the first book, The Spook’s Apprentice.
SYNOPSIS: (US Title: The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch)
“I was going to learn how to protect farms and villages from things that go bump in the night. Dealing with ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties would be all in a day’s work. That’s what the Spook did, and I was going to be his apprentice.” Twelve-year-old Thomas Ward, as the seventh son of a seventh son, has no inheritance and is bored with farm work, and even though his new job will mean the superstitious villagers will forever shun him, he is eager to go off to adventure with the tall, hooded man he calls the Spook. His mother, a magical person herself, approves, and the Spook’s teaching is strict but kind. But when Tom has only learned enough to be able to control their house-boggart, he is tricked by Alice, the young daughter of a witch family, into inadvertently releasing and then killing Mother Malkin, a witch the Spook has imprisoned in a pit. This is no polite wicca-type witch, but a snuffling, slime-trailing, cannibalistic creature reminiscent of Tolkien’s nasgils. The story of Tom’s escape from the reincarnated witch’s hideous revenge is full of horrible details, as Alice helps, and then once again betrays him. This well-crafted novel marks an auspicious start for an exciting and fast series for young teens.
I heard this book is being adapted into a film titled The Seventh Son. The protagonist, Tom Ward, will be played by the beautiful Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian). Scheduled release will be on October 2013 and all the more reason for me to finish the series before it hits theaters soon. Can’t wait to see Ben Barnes! 🙂