December 9, 2006
Here's what Elizabeth A. Allen of Tangent Online has to say about "The Apprentice" in her review of Modern Magic.
“The Apprentice” by Joy Marchand, “Office Magic” by Jon Sprunk, and “Raven” by Elaine Cunningham—juxtapose their magic users with modern bourgeoisie settings, often to humorous end. “The Apprentice” features a weary 21st-century witch choosing her successor in a televised performance. “The Raven” takes a Lovecraftian sense of ye olde weirde New England and leavens it with wryness when a man tries to exorcise evil from his house with the help of a New Agey witch and her raven friends. In “Office Magic,” Sprunk wonders what would happen if the CEO of an investment company really was a dragon, then dispatches the protagonist to slay the monster with methods straight out of the office-humor cartoon Dilbert. This well-crafted trio provides a clever balance to the more serious works preceding.