Title: The New Apprentice
Author: Vincent Morrone & Danielle Morrone
Genre: YA Fantasy
For fourteen years, Z has wondered where she came from, why strange things occur around her, and what happened to her family. When she runs into an old bookstore to hide from a horde of school bullies, she starts to find the answers with the cantankerous owner, Barnabus Krane.
Barnabus becomes her guardian, her magical instructor, and the family she's never had. He teaches her how to bring out the magic from within her 'Ka' and about the mystical world she never knew existed. But Barnabus also hides secrets. His connection to her past, his hunt for the warlock Blackwell, and the darkness that threatens to consume them all.
The hardest lesson for Z to learn is to trust in her bond with Barnabus and believe that their relationship goes beyond family. For he's not just another magician. He is the Grand Master Sorcerer, and Z is the New Apprentice.
Barnabus shot me a grin. “What do you think?”
“I’m gonna learn how to do that?”
“And more.” He turned to face me. “So, Parthenia Zogopoulos.” He ignored my wince at his use of my full name. “I would like to make you my apprentice.” He held up a hand to hold off my reaction. “The bond between a teacher and apprentice is extraordinarily special. It’s very strong and intimate in a way you’ve never experienced before. The two become family. You have to be sure you’re ready to make that commitment.”
I gave him an amused look and ignored my pounding heart. “Is this a marriage or an offer to teach me?”
Barnabus scowled. “I’m serious. Will you let me use my magic to grow yours, teach you my secrets, and guide you on your journey?”
I gulped. This was real, this offer, not like all the empty promises I’d been dished out over the years at each new temporary home. This was so much more. I tried to find the words to match it, but I had nothing.
Finally, I managed one word. “Yes.”
Barnabus nodded and held up his right hand, then placed his index and middle finger on my temple. I felt a warm sensation flood through me, racing through my body and making my veins tingle. I felt tears come to my eyes as it washed over me. It felt like something I had never had before.
It was love. Family. For the first time, I was home.
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This novel was a true labor of love, between a father and daughter writing team. It was Danielle’s debut novel. It’s told in a first person narrative, with the odd number chapters told by Barnabus Krane and written by Vincent, while the even number chapters are from Z, and written by Danielle.
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Vincent Morrone is an eclectic author of dark stories filled with broken souls that find healing through laughter and love. Born in Brooklyn, he now lives in Upstate New York with his family. Their home is operated for the comfort of their four dogs. Vincent runs a local critique group and has conducted workshops for his local RWA chapter. He is the author of nine published novels, including the award-winning Torn series, the Vision series, and Just Breathe, plus one novella and three short stories. His latest release The New Apprentice is a YA Fantasy, written with his daughter Danielle.
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