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It's like someone crossed The Princess Bride with every Shakespeare play they read in high school, but took themselves completely seriously. It was a huge pile of cliches, and as such, extremely predictable, excep Well, that was legitimately disappointing. It was a huge pile of cliches, and as such, extremely predictable, except for the parts that were unexpectedly violent for a mid-grade book dissecting a fully-conscious human? That's a little harsh. The theme, "The Importance of Stories," has been done before, much less heavy-handedly.
I guess that really gets to the heart of what bothered me about it--everything is heavy-handed. The humor is heavy-handed. The plot is heavy-handed. And I know this copy hasn't gone through its final edit, but a chapter heading of "Just Deserts"--that isn't a pun? So as much as I would like to, I'm afraid I can't recommend this. Feb 21, Kim Pocock rated it really liked it.
I had to read this book because my tutor girl has a book report on it and has no idea what it was about. Reading this book as an adult, I didn't mind it. However, I understand now why my tutor girl understood nothing. It is very difficult in terms of comprehension. There is much disgusting blood, guts, violence and gore. Admittedly, I probably missed a few. The language is not easy to understand. Again, I e I had to read this book because my tutor girl has a book report on it and has no idea what it was about. Again, I enjoyed it to a certain degree.
However, my fourth grader was obviously overwhelmed by this book. I feel that the info, language, and plot line were advanced; whereas the characters were flat and boring. Mar 06, JulieLaLa rated it it was amazing. I haven't read such a great book in a long time! It is so good, I didn't want to read it because it would end! The writing is superb, and with excellent pacing. The characters and the action grab our interest and carry us along an amazing storyline. I can't wait to recommend this book to many of our library's patrons. They're often surprised that I read books in the "juvenile" section, but this is storytelling of a superior nature.
The Grave Robber's Apprentice
Jan 10, Matt rated it really liked it. Grave robbers apperentice was a good book for many reasons. One reason was because it was very action packed. Another reason is that it grabs your attention right off the bat! My favourite chracter was hans because he ends up saving his papa in the end and i think he was very brave!
I would suggest this book for kids and adults who like action! Nov 02, Daniel Legault rated it it was amazing Shelves: Terrific adventure fantasy scary, funny with characters you can care about. Sep 09, Pamela Hatch rated it liked it Shelves: Hans is a foundling washed up on the beach and adopted and raised by a grave robber a job he does not look forward to. By chance he meets Countess Angela Gabriela, nearly thirteen, on the run from an evil archduke interested in her families wealth and plans to get it through marrying her. A deal with the sly necromancer goes wrong leaving Angela buried alive, her parents in an insane asylum, and the evil archduke loose upon the world.
What will it take for them to form an alliance, develop a plan, and foil the archduke's plan -- a traveling circus with dancing bears, and a warrior hermit. I like unusual stories, but this one was very dark in nature. I almost stopped reading, but the way the author used words and developed his characters kept me wanting to go on.
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The most creative of the characters turned out to be the Necromancer. A wraithlike creature, hairless and pale, his willowy frame was draped in a dirty velvet shroud. His ears were withered; his nose and lips rotted. He had no teeth; no eyes. His sockets were empty caverns rippling with shadows from the lamplight. A satisfying ending, but lots of murder, blood, terror, and torture to get there. Jul 16, Gypsy Madden rated it really liked it. Though this seemed pitched at children, I often wondered if it was perhaps too gross and violent for the audience age.
It does have grave robbing aplenty, and a deliciously evil duke and necromancer and plenty of adventure with a plucky heroine and reluctant hero. And I did love the Shakespearean touches Angela was quite like Viola in Twelfth Night, disguising herself as a man before embarking on her quest , and there were touches of MacBeth with the prophecy of the forest coming to Dunsanane, Though this seemed pitched at children, I often wondered if it was perhaps too gross and violent for the audience age. And I did love the Shakespearean touches Angela was quite like Viola in Twelfth Night, disguising herself as a man before embarking on her quest , and there were touches of MacBeth with the prophecy of the forest coming to Dunsanane, and of course Juliet faking her death.
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For the most part, I thought the story was a fun romp. The only points where I thought it got tedious were that the villains were so moustache twirling evil and were rather one-dimensional in their personalities, and toward the end there were so many theatrical reveals of characters suddenly turning out to be something else, I totally lost count of how many reveals there were. Admittedly, I was more than a little grossed out by the Necromancer, not to mention felt a bit gipped since he never actually conversed with the dead, it was like the author just pulled out a creepy title for the character and went with it mainly because it gave the character a reason to live in the same graveyard as the grave robber.
Dec 28, Andrew Canfield rated it it was ok. The Moses-like beginning to the story-where the protagonist washes up as a baby and is found by the grave robber Knobbe-is far from the tale's sole unoriginal aspect. From the young boy Hans falling in love and vice versa with the daughter of more distinguished family Angela , to said girl being longed for by a vainglorious, powerful is novel falls somewhere between two and three in the star category, failing to achieve anything great while barely passing the muster of minimal expectations. From the young boy Hans falling in love and vice versa with the daughter of more distinguished family Angela , to said girl being longed for by a vainglorious, powerful ruler of a kingdom the twisted archduke , the Grave Robber's Apprentice abounds in cliches inherent in its genre.
Sadly, Stratton rarely reaches for anything beyond these lazy cliches, putting together a book with paper thin character development and a bare minimum of self-reflectiveness in its universe's inhabitants. There are some harrowing scenes of narrow escape including one of a girl being buried alive that will make readers cling to their seats but the overall product did not even approach the story line's potential. Mar 19, Shadow rated it it was amazing. The story that was written by Allan Stratton was magical, it kind of reminds me of the book inkheart, the author of inkheart made the story come true by using the right words and weaving them so that they will suck you into the story.
The author has a very unique way of connecting the reader to the characters, he weaves the words so that they magically bring the story to life, a very fine book with lots of detail explaining things unlike other books, the ending is pretty obvious even from the st The story that was written by Allan Stratton was magical, it kind of reminds me of the book inkheart, the author of inkheart made the story come true by using the right words and weaving them so that they will suck you into the story. The author has a very unique way of connecting the reader to the characters, he weaves the words so that they magically bring the story to life, a very fine book with lots of detail explaining things unlike other books, the ending is pretty obvious even from the start of the book, a really similar story to other fairy tales but this one has some twists that would not appear in other fairy tales, a very unique one indeed.
Jun 28, Hannah Belyea rated it it was ok. After Angela is freed from the coffin where she faked her death by the son of a grave robber, Hans, the duo join forces with travellers across the land in order to stop the terrible reign of an evil Archduke and the Necromancer working for him before the men can end their lives - learning of life changing secrets along the way.
Though brisk with rushed character development and darkly gory descriptions, Stratton will have avid fans of dark fantasy pleased with this quick romp. Hans and Angela ma After Angela is freed from the coffin where she faked her death by the son of a grave robber, Hans, the duo join forces with travellers across the land in order to stop the terrible reign of an evil Archduke and the Necromancer working for him before the men can end their lives - learning of life changing secrets along the way.
Hans and Angela may have just met, but their decisions as a team will change the fate of their home forever. Jan 27, Evonne rated it really liked it. Oh my goodness what a frolicking read! Splendid adventures for brave and heroic underdogs; impressive villany by devilish tyrants; and a lively, colourful supportive cast. Best afternoon of reading in a long time! References to Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and the Holy Bible dash boldy and without apology throughout the story for those who can catch them. Thoroughly enjoyable and recommended to all!
Nov 19, Aletha rated it liked it. A cute, clean, middle grade read full of a timeline that moves quickly, a setting that is imaginable, and characters that are lovable. Nov 06, Noah rated it it was amazing. It is about a boy named Hans who was adopted by a grave robber, and a girl who the archduke wished to marry.
It was challenging because of the two plot lines but was tense and thrilling. Mar 23, Meya rated it really liked it. I recommend this book for people unless your 11 or under. Because some parts are not good. In this beautifully crafted literary tale Stratton offers first a found child Until that time Hans exists as a son to the grave robber living in a cave and learning but not liking the trade. What would this story be without a princess?