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The Last Apprentice: Slither (Book 11) Hardcover – January 22, 2013

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Praise for GRIMALKIN:“Ratchets up tension , , , A good balance between dark action and emotional costs.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Praise for the Last Apprentice series:“Without doubt the best ongoing fantasy series.”—www.fantasybookreview.co.uk“Continues to be one of the best written [series] of the last several years.” (ALA Booklist)

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The eleventh volume in the spine-tingling, best-selling Last Apprentice series. In Slither, Joseph Delaney takes us far from the County, to a land where a spook has never set foot and terrifying creatures of the dark thrive. Slither is one of these monsters, and Book Eleven is his story.

Slither has never heard of Tom Ward, or the Spook, or Alice Deane. He thirsts for blood. He takes it from whatever he wants, animal or human. And he has his eye set on the home of a farmer and his three daughters. With his dying breath, the farmer offers Slither a bargain: if Slither will take his two youngest daughters to safety, the eldest daughter is his. A journey of horrors begins . . . and along the way Slither meets the fearsome witch Grimalkin, who is still searching for a way to destroy the Fiend for good.

The eleventh volume in the series that inspired the major motion picture Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, and Ben Barnes.

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Product Details

  • Series: Last Apprentice (Book 11)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (January 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062192345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062192349
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph Delaney formerly taught media and film studies at a high school in Blackpool, England. He lives with his family in Lancashire, in the middle of boggart territory.

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By Purple on January 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I've worked as a Children's/Young Adult Librarian for over 20 years and have not yet come across a series of books as good as "The Last Apprentice". Starting in 2005, with the the release of "Revenge of the Witch", this has been my go to suggestion for the reader looking to try something new and different. All eleven books plus the two short stories collections, along with the bestiary are fantastic. The latest book "Slither" keeps the reader spellbound from page one until the the final glossary entry. Old characters and new take us on a journey across the phantasmagorical landscape created by the mind of Joseph Delaney.
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The Last Apprentice series is probably one of my favorite series that has been so well written that from book 1 to book 11, I'm still grabbing a hold of the books as soon as they come out. Delaney is continuing to expand his world further and further outside the COunty. With Slither, we meet another monster that wants nothing but to live his life out in his area, drinking blood, watching over his humans, and oh yeah, drinking more blood. One family nearby is safe from his thirst fro mblood due to an agreement made between the father and Slither. After an accident breaks that agreement, we follow Slither as he goes about fulfilling his requirements as a mage, bringing a human slave to meet his quota for the year.
During his trip, he begins to feel emotions that are not normal for a mage, but he works to figure out how he can make a compromise and fulfill his requirement and his emotions. Plus we meet up with the deadly Grimalkin who is still in possession of the Fiends head.
A couple of people have been saying who cares about Slither, he won't be in any other books, like Grimalkin. THere was a lot of foreshadowing in this book about how he probably will show up in the end to play his part in a finale only Joseph Delaney has any idea about.
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Looked forward to reading this, but, Alas! Where is Spook? Where is Tom? Thank goodness (or badness) that a familiar character (Grimalkin) shows up late in the book. Meet Slither, a nauseating creature who lives on blood, and sometimes flesh, of any animal, but particularly enjoying human hemo. With her father’s permission, Slither habitually creeps into 17-year-old Nessa’s bedroom, to lie on her chest and suck blood from her neck. He calls her Little Nessa throughout the book, and is enthralled by her touch, and his bloodlust overcomes him constantly. From Slither’s dream-poem at the end of the book: “For Little Nessa I do see, Still tapping on her silken knee… I carve her flesh in succulent slices… For although I’ve loved our downy bed, I’m happier still when I’ve been fed!” There’s quite the cupful of Fifty Shades of Grey here—plenty of dominance and submission with a wafting of sadism, not involving sex, of course, but gory bloodthirsty carnage. Gross!
The narrative point of view goes back and forth between Slither and Nessa, but the author contrives no distinctive feel between the characters. Yes, the reader can believe when Slither is speaking, but there is no good voice for feisty “Little Nessa.” What keeps this series in vogue is Patrick Arrasmith’s artwork and the distinctive layout and well-spaced type of the book.
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It appears that other reviewers didn't like this book just because it didn't focus on the main characters of Alice, Tom and the Spook. I, for one, did not mind that one bit. I think this book just further expands the wonderful world that Delaney has created with the Last Apprentice series. It even had a jaw-dropping moment that I was totally not expecting. I thought that Slither was a very interesting character and enjoyed his struggle to not become "weak" in the eyes of his kind by having compassion for humans. Also I thought Grimalkin's role in this book was fantastic! This book made me love Grimalkin even more than I already did (which I did not think was possible). If you go in to this book thinking you're going to get major plot progression with the main story then you might be let down. If you go in to it expecting to get more in depth to the world Delaney has created then you will definitely enjoy this book.
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"Slither" should not be a numbered book in the Last Apprentice series because it is more of a Side-story or even a backdoor for a spin-off series about the Kobalos demons.

However that does not mean it is a bad story. Slither himself is the most interesting character and gives us a good view inside the world of his species with his narration. These are creatures that know nothing of Spooks and witches and Delaney does a good job showing their unique culture.

The problem is the other narrator Nessa. Slither has been tasked with escorting Nessa and her two sisters to safety and in return Slither gets to keep Nessa and sell her as a slave. Unfortunately Nessa's narration is boring and although her character has strong moments it seems as though she is wondering whether she will be killed by Slither almost every other sentence even after Slither tells her repeatedly that he is not going to kill her.

Ultimately Nessa loses any chance of advancing as a character because Grimalkin shows up. While it is always good to see the Witch Assassin (she has become my favorite character) I do feel like she was simply thrown in for the sake of having one character from the series in the book and to tell us that she is going to make a new sword for Tom.

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However one interesting thing about her interactions with Slither concern one of the Kobalos Gods, He Who Has Yet To Be Born. Slither tells us that when this god is born not only will his people take over the earth but this god will be born into the form of a Skelt like the one depicted on Tom's swords.
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