The Last Apprentice (2): The Curse of the Bane by: Joseph Delaney Glenwillow Books, Great Britain 2005. Illustrations by Patrick Arrasmith.
For those who don’t know a bane is a terrible monster, who has been confined to the catacombs. He was weak for a time, but is now gaining in power, and controlling the minds of others. Evil is becoming more rampant in the land. Gregory, the Spook, is determined to destroy him. However there is much in his way, including the Inquisitor who want to burn the Spook at the stake and rid him of evil. He is also after the apprentice, Tom Ward, and has captured Alice, Tom’s favorite witch. The Inquisitor is after anyone he feels he could destroy and fatten his pockets with their property. He enjoys making others suffer. The only thing which could be worse would be for the bane to be released into the country side; which is what happens. This is a tale with lots of danger, and not for the weak at heart.