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The Last Apprentice: Slither (Book 11) Hardcover – January 22, 2013
"Riders" By Veronica Rossi
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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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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.
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.
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.
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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Supper Creepy! I love this series and this story is a great addition. I'm really curios to see where Mr. Delaney is going to take this new character.Published 15 days ago by Jonathan H
Do not even come near this book, the biggest.............in the world Joseph Delaney the author builds up a very sweet love relation between a young boy and a girl, truly this... Read morePublished 4 months ago by julian rodak