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5.0 out of 5 stars
Witches, boggarts and pointy shoes, 7 Nov. 2004
This is a gem of a book.
Delightful reading for adults and children alike (although not to be recommended for those under ten or of a nervous disposition), the engaging story will have you reading late into the night if your're brave enough to cast aside the author's warning not to read this after dark. Personally I couldn't resist, but then once I had started reading I found it impossible to put the book down. From the moment the story begins the reader becomes thoroughly enthralled with tale of Thomas Ward, the seventh son of a seventh son who is sent away to train to be the Spook's apprentice. This is by no means an easy task, and soon we are submerged in a world of witches, boggarts and girls with pointy shoes, meeting unexpected and captivating twists and turns along the way. Just one more word of warning in addition to the author's: be prepared to be thoroughly entertained.