The Inquisitor’s Apprentice is a great book that I recommend for young teenagers that are at least 10 years old. The story takes place in an alternate 20th century where immigrants from a lot of different countries bring to New York City; their own kind of magic. When a poor Jewish boy named Sacha Kessler’s ability to see magic earns him an apprenticeship under the star of the NYPD (New York Police Department) Maximillian Wolf he is immediately assigned to a case that has to do with one of the most well-known inventers ever heard of; Thomas Edison. Sacha was yanked out of his regular life in the tenements on Hester Street to stop and fight magical crime. Sacha and his work partner, Lily Astral’s first job is to find out who is trying to kill Thomas Edison. He has just created a mechanical witch detector that could cause an even worse witch hunt than the Salem witch trials or even the worst in American history! During one of the tests Sacha had to take to qualify as an Inquisitor, a dybbuk of him was created by millionaire, J.P. Morgaunt. In Jewish folklore, a dybbuk is a malicious or malevolent possessing spirit believed to be the dislocated soul of a dead person. Every magician in New York wants Edison dead. This excellent novel is action-filled and very adventurous combining some pieces of history with fantasy. I definitely recommend this book for kids who appreciate books about magic and books filled with expeditions. Chris Moriarty has done a great job with this book and I now know to expect good things from this book’s sequel.
~Rohan, Teen Book Reviewer