A Coven of Witches (Last Apprentice Series)

A Coven of Witches (Last Apprentice Series)

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Beware a girl in pointy shoes!

A girl wearing pointy shoes might be a witch. And the first thing a spook's apprentice learns is never, ever to trust a witch.

In this bone-chilling collection of tales, you will learn exactly why that is, as you encounter:

  • a fair and beautiful woman with green scales running down her spine . . .
  • a dead witch who lurks under rotting leaves and hunts for blood . . .
  • Alice, Tom Ward's best friend, who once lived with one of the darkest witches of all . . .
  • and a witch whose cry of revenge can kill.

The dark is all around. Who will survive?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061960390
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/27/2010
Series: Last Apprentice Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Joseph Delaney lives in Lancashire, England, in the middle of boggart territory.

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A Coven of Witches (Last Apprentice Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Achilles44 More than 1 year ago
I just got this book yesterday, and I am already loving it. But, it is not how I thought it would be. Instead of actually being the seventh book in the series, like I expected, it is actually just a short book(about 200 pages), that explains stories of the character's past, like how John Gregory, The Spook, first met Meg Skelton, and how Alice Dean was born into the Pendle Witch Clan. It also has the story of two other witches that were never mentioned in the series. Other then not continuing off where Clash Of The Demons(The sixth book), ended, this book is great. This book is similiar to another short book in the series, The Spook's Tale And Other Horrors, which also came out recently, because it's not really part of the storyline. Also, it is similiar to Rick Riordan's "The Demi-God Files", from the Percy Jackson series,which is also a book filled with 3 short stories, interviews from the characters, etc. But if you were wondering about the actual seventh book in the series, it is called "Rise Of The Huntress", and the first two chapters are in the back of "A Coven Of Witches", this book. This book/series is definetely worth reading, but unfortunately, it is not very well known. If you like fantasy, like me, and you are looking for a good book, go to the store immediately, buy the first book, and start reading!
DoJeff More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the background info on the Wardstone Chronicles characters...this is a good read to tide you over until the next full length book comes out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not book nine. It fills in missing bits from the real plot with info and stories on the whitch clans and others. Still good though.
Lea3011 More than 1 year ago
Gives great history and more details of some of the witches you meet along with the regular series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best series out right now. But can someone please tell me, is this book nine?
mg4 More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! I just love the way the author writes the series, and also this companion to the last apprentice. The stories feature many characters from the original books and the it includes some great art through out the book.
TheElizabethP More than 1 year ago
This is the first of the series that i have read. i enjoyed the read.
AwsomeReviewGuy More than 1 year ago
Witches, Spooks, salt, , and silver chains. As always Joseph Delaney manages to weave a fascinating tale that shows the past of the characters I have come to love. Gregory and his error with Meg. Alice and her introduction to the world of Witches, and the preview of the coming book Rise of the Huntress was a surprise and just as enjouyable. Be warned about this story it is graphic in its description of death and gruesome situations, but nothing like a slasher movie or anything that grotesque. Nonetheless the plot moves quickly refusing to be put down and the characters have their charm and all in all it is a great read. Anyone who liked Delaney must get this, and anyone who hasn't heard of him should pick up the first book Revenge of the Witch.
Eurekas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was not what I thought it was going to be. I thought it was Book 7 in the Last Apprentice series, and it isn't. It tells stories which are peripheral to the Thomas Ward being trained by the Spook stories. These stories are well written and interesting just not what I expected. They also go back in time. In one of the stories Bill Arkwright is one of the characters. After having him die in the previous book it felt a bit odd to be reading about him as if he were still around.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another set of four short stories set in the The Last Apprentice world all featuring witches.- Meg Skeleton: Fills in the story of how the Spook met Meg and details the events that happened with Meg and her sister that lead to their imprisonment. Most of this you already know if you are reading the series, but it was nice to have this subplot filled out.- Dirty Dora: gives some insight into how dead witches become dead witches. This was an okay story but nothing too exciting.- Alice and the Brain Guzzler: This story tells how Alice ended up learning some of the witch art. Basically it is what happened to her after her parents died and she ended up living with Bony Lizzie. This was probably the best story of the bunch, it gives a lot of insight into Alice's character.- The Banshee Witch: Tells of the banshee witch that Tom Ward fought with when he was apprenticed with Bill Arkwright. This was my second favorite story of the bunch. It was nice to hear more about Tom's apprenticeship with Arkwright.Overall a pretty decent set of stories. Alice and the Brain Guzzler and The Banshee Witch make the book worth buying, if you are really set on having the whole series. I personally just got this one from the library to read. The writing is the same style as all the previous books; I enjoyed it. The stories Dirty Dora and Meg Skeleton didn't add a lot to the series for me, but they were okay reads.Basically this book is just filler as we want for the next book "The Huntress Rises" which is supposed to come out in August 2010. It's a good read and adds some depth to a couple of the characters, so I would recommend reading this book if you are a fan of the series.
vernefan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Which Witch Will Bewitch You?Just when I think Joseph Delaney¿s Last Apprentice stories can¿t get any scarier, he comes back and frightens me even more! A Coven of Witches is Delaney¿s second volume of short stories involving the characters that we see in the ongoing saga of the Spook¿s Apprentice Tom Ward. Teasing us with another intermediary volume of mini tales of terror that will scare the breath out of you, this book offers up some pretty gruesome, gross and gory vignettes starring the many witches of Pendle and Chipenden that we have met previously in the other seven installments. This volume may be short of pages but is certainly filled to the brim with well penned horrifying adventures and vividly drawn illustrations certain to keep the chills and thrills of Apprentice fans begging for more! Bringing up past characters and accounts we¿ve already been introduced to, we learn how John Gregory meets his love, the witch Meg Skelton and her evil feral sister Marcia. We¿ll watch how our adorable pointed toed witch girlfriend of Tom Ward, Alice Dean, gets her early dark arts training from aunt Bony Lizzie. Many witches of the Malkin, Mouldheel and Pendle clans will drip blood across these pages as they haunt, slay, slice and dice their prey, wreaking havoc across the English countryside giving the Spook and his Apprentice a run for their money. Headless witches, swamp witches, screaming banshees, child stealing, malevolent, and blood thirsty necromancers that rise up from the dead, will all have the reader jumping at those things that go bump in the night if they¿re turning these blood curdling pages in the dark by candlelight!I¿m 53 years old and The Last Apprentice teen horror series has never yet disappointed me or failed to give me 100% chilling entertainment. I love this series and really can¿t wait for the next book that will return us to the main agenda where Tom Ward and John Gregory have the feared Fiend unfortunately unleashed at last, threatening to consume all of mankind. Sensational read as usual, and a series no horror love should miss!
224perweek More than 1 year ago
These books never disappoint me. Great stories for middle grades and up. They can be a little scary but there is lots of action also.
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