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Delaney, Joseph. Night of the Soul Stealer.

DELANEY, Joseph. Night of the Soul Stealer. (The Last Apprentice, Book 3.) Read by Christopher Evan Welch. 6 cds. 7.5 hrs. Recorded Books. 2007. 978-1-4281-7251-7. $51.75. Vinyl; plot notes. J

From the KLIATT review of the book, September 2007: "In this third volume of the series, Tom Ward and his master Mr. Gregory, the Spook, move to the formidable north moors for the winter. There, Tom finds the master's supposed beloved, Meg, has been chained in a cellar all summer long, and is now only being released to stay within the house in a drugged condition. Tom's friend Alice, who has a witch background, is sent to stay and work at a neighbor's home rather than work in the same house as Meg. The females are clearly not happy with their situations. Of immediate importance to the males are a stone-chucker who nearly demolishes the house, and an evil Soul Stealer who was a failed apprentice to the Spook. He wants to pull Tom away to the dark side, and recounts some of the Spook's less savory actions. The Soul Stealer's trump card, though, is Tom's father, who died recently. The Soul Stealer claims that Tom can speak to his dead father and save him from Limbo. Who is telling the truth? Who is good and who is evil? And why did Tom's mother run away when Tom's father died? Delaney's newest installment rates as highly as his prior work...." Although this is the 3rd volume of a series, listeners can enjoy this without having previously read the first two books. Each disc starts off with eerie music that is scary to listen to. The reader is captivating: a strong voice for Spook, a horrifying voice for evil Soul Stealer and a soft, frightening voice for the drugged Meg. Alice is depicted as a young peasant girl who has lots of street smarts but a distinctive pedestrian accent. Narrator Welch gives a skillful, stunning, scary read. Sherri Ginsberg, Chapel Hill, NC

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.
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Author:Ginsberg, Sherri
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Date:May 1, 2008
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