"My name is Slither, and before my tale is finished you'll find out why."
The dark is full of terrifying creatures. And Tom Ward - the seventh son of a seventh son, and the Spook's last apprentice - hasn't seen all of them. Far from the county, one named Slither has lived for hundreds of years, hunting blood.
But a dying father binds the monster to a bargain. If Slither will take his two youngest daughters safely to their family in the south, then the eldest daughter, Nessa, is his.
For Nessa the nightmare is just beginning. And when Slither and Nessa cross paths with the feared witch assassin Grimalkin, they will become unwitting players in the quest to stop the Fiend once and for all.
The blood-curdling 11th volume of the Last Apprentice series.
©2013 Joseph Delaney (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
I love this series, and I enjoyed this book , but it barely tied into this series. It didn't have Thomas Ward or Alice in it at all. But, (again) I enjoyed this story, it could have easily been a stand alone book or in a series about Grimalkin. Another enjoyable character. So, my final opinion is that it is a really good story and I enjoyed it. I'm just looking forward to the next story furthering the situations with Alice and Tom. If you enjoy this series you'll know what I am talking about and if you haven't read the series, it is an interesting series, it's worth a try. I really like it.
I am a loyal Delaney fan, and these series are my latest addiction, but this book ruined it for me. I couldn't even get half way. And it wasn't because of the story or Christopher Evan Welch. I absolutely love Christopher Evan Welch. Great narrator. Love even his female performances.But I can't listen to Angela Goethals' performance. No offense and nothing personal. She just ruined it for me. Her performance is completely exaggerated, over dramatic and plain inappropriate for the character and theme. Is like she is reading some dramatic poetry, she tries waaaay too hard. Is just so unsettling and very hard to listen to. Her character is a young girl, and there's no way a young girl in the situation that she is, that anyone would talk like that. PLEASE, for future books, keep Christopher as the sole narrator. He does a great job and is hard to get used to a new (overdramatic and unsettling) new narrator when we are just used to him already. Everything was perfect up until they added Angela.I am returning this audiobook just because I can't take her narration. I just can't. Is ruined.
Can't say much about the story. It was alright so far. Is the performance that ruined it, and I guess I'll never know unless I read it on paper.
Just take off Angela Goethals altogether. Christopher Evan Welch does a superb job alone and we are used to him.
I don't know. Couldn't finish it. Huge turn off by female narrator.
Please keep Christopher Evan Welch alone.
The story itself was almost outside the Last Apprentice universe. I have a feeling that Slither and Nessa will tie in to the later books, but while listening I couldn't help but think "How does this relate to Tom Ward?" You could almost read this book as a stand alone in the series. The latter half of the book, after Grimalkin enters to story, is faster paced and more exciting than the first half.
I agree with everyone else. Welch's characters are better and I am used to hearing him characterize their voices. Alternating between Welsh and Goethals disconnected me from the story. I didn't enjoy this story as much as the others.
Him, yes. Her, no.
Pro Tip: Set Angela to 1.25 or 1.5 speed in your Audible app. It speeds her up to normal.
I love books that teach and thrill. To become part of new worlds or to explore the unknown realms of this one.
You just get sucked in and can't wait to get the next thing or the new element. The fight scenes are pretty good.
It's all it's own but if you like a good fantasy you will love this
I love this story! It may be different, but I really enjoy seeing the world from the eyes of a potential enemy of grimalkin and Thomas. I get that the girls voice isn't amazing, but it doesn't ruin a good story.
I would like to get back to Tom and the main story instead of stories from other people's perspective, or new characters. Just my opinion. Was an entertaining read though. Another good Delaney book.
Maybe...I like the strong female characters and being kept in suspense....however, the content made me feel uncomfortable. The creature lives in a world where torture is enjoyed; women and girls are trafficked and brutalized; strong older men prey on young girls holding them down while forcefully taking their blood - this seemed like a type of rape as it was done in their beds at night and it was done to really young girls which I felt was really an unfortunate choice. While these acts certainly exist in our world, I question the choice to use them as topics meant for entertainment in a juvenile fiction....or any aged fiction for that matter. I was ashamed to keep reading such material, but did so as I have read the series leading up to this book and have enjoyed them all. Although the content of the previous books was filled with blood and gore, it didn't cross the line. I felt this one did...for me.
I was already won over by Welch and worried about Goethals after reading the reviews, but in the end I liked her voice and narration - it worked well to alternate between the two.
I would never make a film of this book
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