|Ben Barnes as Tom Ward and Jeff Bridges as Master Gregory|
In a deadly reunion, Gregory comes face to face with the evil he always feared would someday return. Now he has only until the next full moon to do what usually takes years: train his new apprentice, Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) to fight a dark magic unlike any other. Man’s only hope lies in the seventh son of a seventh son.
|Julianna Moore giving great face as Mother Malkin|
|Kit Harrington and Alicia Vikander|
I'm still loving the casting of Alicia Vikander, who plays Alice, who while lesser known, has put out some cool movies this year. You may know from 2012's Anna Karenina (she plays Kitty in this uber stylized film), or the danish romantic drama A Royal Affair. Rounding out the cast led by Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, and Jeff Bridges is Djimon Hounsou and Olivia Williams. Set for release by 10/13/13, I am hoping this dark fantasy delivers on all of it's promise.
The Last Apprentice, Book One
by Joseph Delaney
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Driving away ghosts For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried-some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive.
Only Thomas Ward is left. He's the last hope; the last apprentice.
Can Thomas succeed? Will he learn the difference between a benign witch and a malevolent one? Does the Spook's warning against girls with pointy shoes include Alice? And what will happen if Thomas accidentally frees Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county ... ?