The Mad Apprentice by Django Wexler

June 26, 2016

This is the second book in the Forbidden Library series

This book is much stranger than the first book.  The library apprentice is driven mad  and becomes the bad guy of book. Alice and her friends are forced to fight the monsters from every book in order to stop an evil plot. I didn’t like that the author chose to make the apprentice the brother of Alice’s friend.  This makes the story have a sad, uneasy undertone.  Other characters in the book are killed while fighting multiple enemies which also makes this book the down arc of the series story line.  I did like the theme of friendship and learning to work together as a team, which makes the losses even harder.  The book starts starts off slow but speeds up through the middle and then slows to the end which happens abruptly leaving you ready for the third book.  If you read this book you have to read the third book so that you are not left with a sad, ugh, feeling.  It will be worth it in the end.

AR Points 10 Lexile Level 880

Percy age 9

Wrap Up

The Mad Apprentice

Pros

  • Themes of Friendship
  • Team building

Cons

  • violence
  • loss
  • difficult situations for Alice

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