Reading Level: Middle Grade
Length: 112 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Stand Alone or Series: Stand Alone
Rating: 4/5 stars
I got this book as a gift for Christmas. I am a big fan of Delaney’s Last Apprentice series and was excited to read this novella. It was a well done novella very spooky and ironic.
Billy is leaving the orphanage to start a job as an overnight Prison Guard. Everything goes pretty well. He adjusts to the creepy noises and ghosts, that is until a plague kills the senior guard and Billy has to take over feeding the mysterious beast in the Witch Well.
This is a very creepy, spooky, and darkly funny young adult novella set in the same world as The Last Apprentice but with different characters. Billy is a practical character and is grateful for the work he is doing. He tries to do things by the book, but everything goes bad when a big portion of the population dies of a plague.
The Billy is alone on the night shift and has to deal with the creature in the Witch Well by himself. The creature in the Witch Well must be fed, if it’s not the consequences could be grave. But what is the creature in the Witch Well and what will happen to Billy when he goes in there?
The story is very engaging and I was surprised out how attached I was to Billy and how involved I was in the story by the end. This is a super quick read, but I didn’t put the book down once because I had to know what was in that Witch Well…
I enjoyed the story a lot and loved the illustrations throughout. The story wraps up in a way that is darkly humorous and creepy all at the same time.
Overall I definitely recommend this for fans of creepy historical horror and ghosts. The novella will be too scary for younger children but middle grade and older will enjoy the creepiness, the excellent illustrations, and the dark humor.