The Spook's Apprentice - Joseph Delaney
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Known in the U.S. as The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch, this is the first in a series of fantasy novels and follows Thomas Ward, a 13-year-old boy from the English countryside who's the seventh son of a seventh son, which allows him to see things other people can't. His father gets him an apprenticeship with the county Spook, whose job it is to rid the villages of evil - boggarts, ghosts, witches and other dark forces. And so begins the start of what could be young Tom's calling.

This one's not to be confused with Orson Scott Card's The Seventh Son, which shares the name of the title given to the feature adaptation of Delaney's novel. Those who like the first book may be happy to learn that there are several sequels to the first book.

THE MOVIE VERSION: Despite the title change, Seventh Son seems to be a pretty faithful adaptation of the book, with Chronicles of Narnia star Ben Barnes playing the apprentice (OK, so he’s a little older than 13, so maybe it’s not so faithful). Jeff Bridges plays the Spook, with Julianne Moore, Game of Thrones’s Kit Harington, and Anna Karenina’s Alicia Vikander rounding out the cast. The Sergey Bodrov-directed film is set for release October 18, 2013.

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