Parents' Guide to

The Apprentices: The Apothecary, Book 2

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

New villains seek A-bomb in exciting Apothecary sequel.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 17+

The Appothecary

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

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Some Apothecary fans may be disappointed at the relatively brief (or sometimes non-) appearances of favorite secondary characters, but the current cast and their interactions are deftly handled. The Apprentices will make a lot more sense to those who've already read The Apothecary, as many characters (and their issues) return from that story. The fast-moving plot has characters whisked from one side of the world to the other as new, sinister villains threaten the world and our heroes; Ian Schoenherr's illustrations add vivid appeal. The story brings a wealth (which might border on overload if it weren't so intriguing) of anthropological field reports, mid-20th-century history and political issues, ethical dilemmas, and magic -- as well as the social difficulties of high school. A third volume is in the works to resolve some of the pending cliffhangers.

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