The Last Apprentice: Night of the Soul Stealer by Joseph Delaney, illustrated by Patrick Arrasmith, Glenwillow Books, New York, 2006.
The winter means a move to Anglezarke Moor, and dealings with different people of the dark. Anglezarke holds some of the Spook’s secrets, including the witch he loves, who he keeps by keeping her drugged. Alice, the young witch, travels with them, but does not stay in their home, but with some farmers close by; whose son is delving into the dark arts. Morgan Hurst wants to unleash the old god Golgoth, because he feels this will give him power; the power to kill others at his will. But to do so, he must steal a book from the Spook, and recruits Tom the Apprentice to help him, by controlling and torturing the soul of Tom’s recently departed father. This leads to a climax and a classic confrontation between good and evil. My only worry is that these books are beginning to delve into witchcraft, and this can be scary.
One comment, there were three or for times I thought "Why did the author write that?" It seems he states somethings which are already obvious or assumed.