The Apprentice

Children - Adventure
246 Pages
Reviewed on 06/09/2020
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

“An experienced witch does not rely on karma.” Hex: The Apprentice is a children's adventure by Fran Hodgkins. Robin West knew her grandmother was an artist, but discovering Gram Madder is a Hexmeister, carrying on an ancient family tradition of making hexes for customers, comes as a surprise. She becomes Gram’s apprentice and realizes her unique gift to make positive changes in people’s lives or prevent things from occurring. A strange preacher comes to town, ranting how evil hexes are, and there are persons in Robin’s community who believes she and Gram are witches too. Gram and Robin know they must be cautious, especially when a few of Robin’s schoolmates turn against her, and the herbalist’s barn is destroyed. A neighbor’s recurring dreams of future disaster worries Robin, who wonders if there is a hex large enough to stop the danger, or the troublemakers who will ruin her family.

Hex: The Apprentice contained the right amount of magical charms to keep me spellbound. Although I knew what a hex was, I didn’t know how it worked and that special ingredients and materials are used in making one. Fran Hodgkins provided thorough information on this topic in an entertaining way so I learned a lot. The story also emphasizes the importance of loyalty, kindness, and the value of friendship. The different characters are all noteworthy, but I am most fond of Gran Madder. Robin is a lovely teen, as is her friend Pita. Hex is highly recommended.