Warning: Not to be listened to after darkCapturing witches, Binding boggarts, Driving away ghosts For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried-some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive. Only Thomas Ward is left. He's the last hope; the last apprentice.Can Thomas succeed? Will he learn the difference between a benign witch and a malevolent one? Does the Spook's warning against girls with pointy shoes include Alice? And what will happen if Thomas accidentally frees Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county...? Performed by Christopher Evan Welch
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by Joseph Delaney
"Warning: This is not a tale for the squeamish. The seventh son of a seventh son, Tom Ward is sent off to apprentice himself to "the Spook," who has for years taken care of the evils in the county--boggarts, witches, and ghosts. Evan Welch gives a gripping and compelling rendering of each role--from the arrogant Old Gregory to the confused and sometimes not too swift apprentice. Welch superbly builds the tension as listeners realize Tom has brought the devil to his own doorstep. An enhanced CD allows listeners to see Tom Ward's "Secrets for Survival," identify boggarts, and get recipes for dealing with witches. D.G. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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