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A New Darkness
Contributor(s): Delaney, Joseph
ISBN: 0062334530     ISBN-13: 9780062334534
Publisher: Greenwillow
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: September 2014
Annotation: Although his apprenticeship was not done when John Gregory died, Tom Ward spent years learning to fight boggarts, witches, demons, and more and feels prepared to be the new county Spook, but while his youth causes many people to distrust him, Jenny is determined to be his apprentice.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Supernatural; Fiction.
Apprentices; Fiction.
Monsters; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2014011963
Lexile Measure: 770
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: New Darkness
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.00" W x 1.00" (0.95 lbs) 340 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 170123
Reading Level: 5.9   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 11.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q65398
Reading Level: 5.7   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 17.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Spring)
The first in an unillustrated follow-up trilogy to the Last Apprentice series shows Tom taking over the late Spook's work. The narration alternates between Tom's voice and his would-be apprentice Jenny's; Tom resists the idea of a female Spook. Last Apprentice fans will find the same creepy imagery and a few surprises, and the backstory is clear enough for new readers.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 July #4)

Delaney launches a trilogy that picks up after the events chronicled in his Last Apprentice series. With his mentor dead, 17-year-old Tom Ward has become the new Chipenden Spook, despite his incomplete training and young age, and as such he must contend with "ghosts, ghasts, boggarts, witches, and all manner of things that go bump in the night." He's joined by 15-year-old Jenny, who claims to be the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, and who wants to be his new apprentice. While Jenny's training begins, the two run afoul of a new threat, as the dreaded Kobalos finally make their long-awaited move into the County. Tom, Jenny, and the witch-assassin Grimalkin embark on a desperate gambit to learn more about their mysterious enemy, undertaking a perilous journey that may prove fatal. Delaney makes it easy for new readers to enter the off-kilter alternate England he's created, one fleshed out by dark magic and strange creatures. The story drags a little in places, but it's still a solid, suspenseful, and spooky adventure with a fiendish cliffhanger. Ages 13–up. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 August)

Gr 8 Up—The tale of Tom Ward from "The Last Apprentice" series (HarperCollins) continues. At 17, Tom is no longer an apprentice, but the Chipenden Spook after the death of his master. As a Spook, Tom's job is to protect his territory from ghosts, ghasts, boggarts, witches, and any other beasties that threaten the villagers. Reluctantly, he takes on his own apprentice, a seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, named Jenny. Jenny and Tom encounter a formidable new threat, the Kobalos. The Spook calls on his alliance with the witch, Grimalkin. Together, the three travel north to watch the spectacle of Kauspetnd, a deadly Kobalos assassin who has been challenging human champions to a fight to the death and always wins. The trio hopes to find out more about the Kobalos, but little does Tom know that Grimalkin has a much bigger plan. A plethora of action involving ghastly creatures, sword fights, and magic coupled with just enough backstory and description make this novel engaging enough to keep even the most reluctant reader turning pages until the end. Tom's story has a doozy of a cliff-hanger that is sure to bring teens back for more. Delaney fans and new readers are sure to enjoy this first book of a planned trilogy.—Mindy Whipple, West Jordan Library, UT

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