The Mad Apprentice: The Forbidden Library: Volume 2
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The dark and thrilling sequel to the book Kirkus called, "Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, and Inkheart all rolled into one"
Alice has her first adventure outside Geryon's library after he volunteers her to work with five other apprentice Readers, including Isaac, to capture a rogue apprentice who murdered his master. But none of them realize that the library of the late rival Reader is still a working deadly labyrinth, or that the vicious guardian is still protecting it. As they face the fight of their lives, Alice learns much more about Isaac, Geryon (her own master), and the fate of her father.
"Wexler is an able builder of magical worlds and creatures, with labyrinths, an enchanted library, and a feisty, swashbuckling heroine at the center. A story rich in action and allegory—fantasy fans will want to hang on for what comes next."—Kirkus Reviews
deterred by my magnificent presence. I am very intimidating, after all.” He yawned. “Yes, that’s probably it. Why don’t you leave me in that tree, and you can get on with things while I have a nice little nap?” Alice rolled her eyes. “Can’t you . . . sniff it out or something?” The cat’s fur bristled. “I think you may have mistaken me for some sort of hound.” “Don’t be silly,” Alice said. She put on a sly smile. “I just figured that whatever a stupid dog could do, you’d be able to do better.
an enormous, vicious-looking fish with a broad, fan-shaped tail and hundreds of tiny needle-sharp teeth. Patches of scales on her flanks glowed, turning the pool into a weird, flickering nightmare of shadow and unearthly green radiance, but the dinosaur was easily visible as it paddled toward shore. With a flick of her tail, Alice-the-fish surged forward, her jaw opening wide. The dinosaur heard her coming, and lowered its horns in her direction, but in this form Alice was far more agile in the
up onto the landing, hands in the air. Ellen was standing by another doorway, which was blocked by a barricade of books. Her clothes were ragged, covered in small tears and matted with spots of blood. More blood had dried around a cut on her scalp, and her blond hair stuck up in wild spikes. Over her head hovered the white light Garret had called her “halo,” and her hands glowed with the same brilliance. Alice remembered the beams of deadly radiance she’d hurled at the monsters, and swallowed
something in the Dragon’s voice, an emotion she’d never heard before. Alice— I won’t give up. Alice gathered her strength for one last pull. I won’t. She felt something give way. All the air rushed out of her lungs in a gasp, and darkness crashed down on her. She never lost consciousness, exactly. It was as though she really had torn herself away from her body, and now she floated alone in an endless black void. Am I dead? She didn’t know. She wasn’t sure what it felt like to be dead. Then
whether they are aware of it or not. In this, she is no better than Geryon. But you . . . I felt that you would not be used. Would not allow yourself to be used. You deserve the opportunity to make your own choices, to walk your own path. Indeed, I believe you will do so, regardless of what Ending, Geryon, or anyone else intends. You must do what you believe to be right.” “Right?” Alice said. “What if I can’t tell for certain?” The Dragon’s face was immobile, but Alice thought she heard a smile