He's the seventh son of a seventh son. He's the only one who can stop the greatest evil.
Tom Ward, the Spook's last apprentice, has everything he needs to vanquish the Fiend, once and for all: The three blades recovered from the dark, the gifts from his witch mother, and the skills he's learned from Master Gregory. And Alice, the one he loves most, is willing to sacrifice herself to fulfill the spell.
Or is she?
Racing against time, all of Tom's old allies - and old enemies - return. They will clash in a final battle more epic than any he has fought before. And a danger Tom never dreamed of will be revealed.
Who will survive? Are you brave enough to find out?
This is the final volume of the internationally bestselling Last Apprentice series.
©2014 Joseph Delaney (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
I wish I would have read this last book instead of listening to it. I understand that the author was left with the difficult task of finding a replacement after the unfortunate passing of the original performer (who was by the way amazing and will be missed by many I'm sure). I just don't understand why they chose a replacement with such a different take on the character voices? Why not keep the character voices similar for continuity sake? And the choice of new character voices was very weird. The all powerful fiend's voice, in particular, was aweful. He transcends accents, right? It kept brining me out of the story and thinking of the SNL skit "If it's not Scottish it's crap!" Yes, I know I am mixing Irish and Scottish, but believe me, so does the performer! Just disappointing.
The book on the whole was OK. It felt like too much like a set up for a new series, as opposed to a conclusion of the current 10 book series. We devoted fans deserve more than that.
Absolutely - Joseph Delaney
Not if I have to listen to this narrator making everyone except Tom sound CELTRIC/ Don't do that.
Please, Please go back and get the original NARRATOR Christopher Evan Welch. I would purchase it again just to hear him narrate it.
The Alice relationship, which is a crux for most of the series felt extremely glossed over and shoved to the side. The whole explanation of Alice's motivations and what really happened also felt very rushed.
No, I felt it was the worst book in the series thus far. I love this series and was very much looking forward to this installment. It felt like Delaney just forcing a new series out of this book. He doesn't let this book properly finish the Last Apprentice series. Can he continue on? Sure, but this book felt like it didn't have a resolution at all. If felt like the characters were more flying by the seat of their pants after having these clear options before them.
There is a gross amount of reiteration of old material that isn't put forward in a way that is anything but dull to readers who have been following the series. Not only that, but he does it multiple times!
I was actually quite surprised and sad to find that Christopher Evan Welch didn't read this book. Cendese was fine, but he couldn't match Welch's depth and strength.
I just don't appreciate where this book went at all. Frankly, I'm still so angry that I'm having a hard time putting it into words.
This is the Harry Potter for grown ups. A series so good I've tried buying new releases from England (who gets it first). One of the first thing the cover of the book advises is to "not read it after dark". That advice makes me smile because this describes the series perfectly. It is so fun creepy, that you never want the book(s) to end.
In this the 13th and last book, it was wonderful that Tom shed the old issues and people and paves the way for a new series. A new apprentice that is the 7th DAUGHTER of a 7th DAUGHTER. How cool is that?
There are some that lament the lost of Alice to the dark; but I for one was getting tired of the inner fighting of Alice's soul. I mean, enough already. I even got bored with old Gregory's preaching.
This was a book that had Tom finally grow up. He understood his role and came to appreciate his powers without being torn between Alice's and Gregory's vision of his place in future events.
Tom is ready to move on--and so am I.
I bought all 13, I repeat ALL of the Harper audiobook versions of the Wardstone Chronicles. While it's really sad that Christopher Evan Welch was not able to finish (cause he died) why the heck did Harper get somebody who was nowhere close to the style and approach of the other 10 books, let alone that one that ended the series?In addition, I felt that Joseph Delaney just wanted to finish up the big baddy Fiend as an arch which isn't really isnt. This was a decade long series for heaven's sake, the author could have at least given it a little better closure and drama. Instead we were treated to what if felt like is a prologue for another series. It really didn't have to be written that way, we would have continued to the next either way.
The way the fiend was defeated was rather flat and it felt empty because of how we kept getting set up for the next series while this ones not even resolved yet. We waited a decade for how Tom vs Fiend in the end would come to be. Their final showdown was WEAK.
NO and whoever did should get fired.
The audiobook version really dropped the ball.
just a Truck Driver with nothing to do but listen to books
the stories just kept getting worst, like the author didn't care. it's money I can't get back
I have enjoyed the narration up until this book. Regrettably a new narrator was needed, but it just did not seem like a good fit. It was almost like listening to the ending of a series that was entirely different. None of the characters felt familiar. I ended up not listening to it and just getting the print version so the distraction of the new narrator did not take away from the ending of the series. Then I listened to a New Darkness and yet again another new narrator. I also stopped listening and read the book. The storyline for book 13 was good but I could have imagined the ending differently.
I would recommend reading the print version due to the change in Narrator.
If he started a series or if the book was a stand alone perhaps. But once a narrator starts a series they should continue it. Cendese was good but not the right fit for theses books.
Losing such a significant main character took away from the book. I can see why it was done but I believe it will be to the detriment of further books. Without the Spook ,Tom's character is diminished, Tom needs the Spook to balance out the storyline. I don't believe Tom's character alone can hold the series.
Yes, I would honestly listen to it again, as it is a very enticing story.
Those who definitely enjoyed the Harry Potter series (That I read/listened to previously before this) Would definitely find this interesting.
Well when I first listened to him I admittedly hadn't expected a voice like his, yet after this first chapter it was easily likable, and his voice impersonation of most of the male characters were fantastic, though some of the females were a bit far fetched such as Grimalkin, but that doesn't mean they were bad. Just more or less just unexpected.
I felt as though at the end of the book, they way he described the final moments towards the end seemed somewhat touching, almost even more than when I previously read it.
Great book, great voice actor, and if it is in fact the last book in the series as I'm told, (Hopefully not, as I'm more than likely misinformed.) a wonderful book to read, though to go on further would spoil it for some.
Alexander wasn't bad, but he's no Christopher Evans Welch. This book was a great story, summing up Tom's learning and evolution. However, it was hardly a happy ending. I hope Joseph Delaney continues stories of Tom Ward and the other characters I've come to enjoy.
It is true that there are better books in the series, but this is a good one. It wraps up what needs to be dealt with... spoilers... then the space ships arrive and Will Smith saves the day... just kidding.
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