The Apprentices: The Apothecary, Book 2

Book review by Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

New villains seek A-bomb in exciting Apothecary sequel.

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 17+

The Appothecary

its a worth reading book that takes your imagination into the mixture of bitter reality and fantasy simultaneously.

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age 17+

Contains a Very Violent Passage not meant for pre-teens or teens

My 11 year old and I loved The Apothecary but were terribly disappointed by this book. I was totally shocked by the gratuitous violence depicting a woman who had been cut open and her guts were hanging out. This was fully described and quite graphic. It was revisited again in a dream sequence. As an adult, I am still haunted by this image. This kind of graphically violent description had no place in a novel for this age group. I am shocked that the author of this review did not take note of this. I urge Meloy to tone down this violent section in subsequent editions of the book to make it more suitable to pre-teens and teens. Furthermore, I found this sequel woefully lacking in many of the areas that The Apothecary did so well. The Apothecary was a great work of exciting historical fiction (and geographical fiction as the physic garden is a real place) mixed with fantasy. The Apprentices, on the other hand, was truly boring and lacking in any of the educational merit of the first book.

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Too much violence

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