Parents' Guide to

A New Darkness

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Spooky spin-off series introduces a gifted girl apprentice.

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There are many reasons Joseph Delaney's Last Apprentice series was incredibly popular, and the good news for fans is that there's more of the same here. The world full of ghosts, witches, and other dark scary stuff is easy to get lost in, and Tom is a great character -- earnest, brave, talented, smart, and very humble. Tom the Spook is still hard at work in A NEW DARKNESS. The darkness in question is quite outside the realm of the usual witches and boggarts, but it's captivating all the same. The better news for girl fans: the addition of a female character who isn't a child-eating witch or suspicious witch assassin. And Jenny brings her own talents to the table. Not much is developed yet, but her power of empathy seems impressive.

Overall, little seems fully developed yet. It's one of those series books all too visibly trying hard to save some mystery and excitement for the other books. Readers will get quite a cliff-hanger out of it but will be wishing for more.

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