Wow!! This is a phenomenal book. Some really deep topics are excellently explored throughout, whilst keeping the storyline constantly engaging and exciting. The characters fit the storyline well (gotta love strong female leads; especially for a young adult’s text), and Akande brilliantly navigates the fictional and fantasial whilst tying the characters into a sense of credibility and believability.
Olusegun has a rare talent for easy storytelling. He has a way of setting a scene with lovely descriptions and creates characters that are immediately likable (even the mean ones!). His narrative skills hook the reader from the very first chapter.
The Apprentice doesn’t disappoint. It is a fantasy story set in a world of Dragons and flits effortlessly between their realms and the backdrop of a girls’ school in the UK.
I love the idea that the realms are parallel and what happens in one affects the other. And the book starts at the end so it hooks you in – making you want to find out how it got to that point. I was hooked!
You are REALLY in your stride about boarding schools. Your descriptions, observations, the detail, the pictures you are painting – all so real and therefore for me so engaging.
The Apprentice is a story that can be read on many levels – it is a fantasy adventure, a morality tale, a book about the power and vulnerability of the human state, or just an exciting read with genuine characters, and a great deal to enjoy. Ideal for the teenage market looking to reignite an interest in reading, or for older readers who want to relive their youth, and challenge their emotions.