The Inquistor's Apprentice

The Inquistor's Apprentice

Book - 2011/10/04
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In early twentieth-century New York, Sacha Kessler's ability to see witches earns him an apprenticeship to the police department's star Inquisitor, Maximillian Wolf, to help stop magical crime and, with fellow apprentice Lily Astral, Sacha investigates who is trying to kill Thomas Edison, whose mechanical witch detector could unleash the worst witch-hunt in American history.
Publisher: New York : Harcourt Children's Books, 2011/10/04
ISBN: 9780547581354
Branch Call Number: J FICTION MORIARTY
Characteristics: 345 p
Additional Contributors: Geyer, Mark - Illustrator


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May 02, 2019

This was AMAZING.

I just loved it. Beautifuly written and totally compelling. It is unlike ANYTHING I have ever read before. It isn't the kind of book that sucks you in and spits you out at four in the morning wondering what you've done with your life. And it isn't the kind of book that's so dry and dull that you can't wait to put it down. It seemed like the latter at first but I couldn't stop reading it. It was pretty light, finished it in less then a day and for a middle schooler that's no small feat because I read it on a weekday.

It is amazingly well written stupendously exhilirating and and the end you're like 'there has got to be a sequel!'

Just READ THIS. You will thank me when you're done.

Sasha is a poor thirteen-year-old jewish boy who wishes his family could have more in life after the sacrifices that they've made in traveling from Russia to America.
When one day he sees someone doing magic he's taken out of school and carted off to the Inquisitors Agency to work with agent Wolf.

Sasha is exited at this fresh start and with a way to supply his family with all the dollars they need. Wolf looks very bland but Sasha has the feeling that there's more to Wolf then there appears to be. Sasha isn't Wolf's only apprentice, though, Lily a rich girl is also elected to solve mysteries at Wolf's side, and Payton is always mocking Sasha.

When a strange creature appears to be attacking Thomas Edison because Edison invented a device that is able to control people's souls, Sasha starts to wonder what's going on, especially since the creature keeps following him home at night.

With so much mystery, suspense and thrill. Chris Moriarty has really cooked up a delicious story of which you will enjoy every last bite -and wish there were more.

Although ---- really left strings untied and this book really deserves (NEEDS!) a sequel you will never regret diving into this mysterious world.

litriocht Jun 17, 2014

In this alternative history set in turn-of-the-century America, magic exists and is strictly regulated. And the special branch of the police force tasked with this regulation is the Inquisitor division. Sacha and Lily have been chosen to be apprentices to the renowned Inquisitor Wolf.

These two children could not be more different from each other. Sacha is Jewish, has a loving family and the extraordinarily rare ability to see magic, and is quite poor. Lily is from one of the wealthiest families in the city, has a mother who cares more about socializing than her family, and is determinedly persistent rather than magical. Judaism is a major influence in Sacha's life. It is explored through the occasional use of Yiddish words, a few mentions of pogroms, and descriptions of Jewish family life in New York City at this time. On his walks through the city, Sacha longingly looks at the non-kosher, delicious-smelling food that Lily devours. Despite their differences, Sacha and Lily develop a mutual respect as the plot progresses.

Robber barons, the extremely rich industrialists of this era, are applying political pressure to eradicate the use of magic among the lower classes. The industrialists' goal is to make everyone reliant on scientific inventions instead of homemade magical items. The author implies the robber barons' evil intentions by renaming actual historical figures from American history: for instance, the Vanderbilts become the Vanderbilks while J. P. Morgan is known in this alternate world as J. P. Morgaunt. Although a dybbuk summoned by Morgaunt causes trouble throughout the story, J. P. Morgaunt is the main villain.

While the book lasts nearly 400 pages, action moves quickly in this successful mixture of historical and fantasy genres.


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