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The Last Apprentice: Lure of the Dead (Book 10) Hardcover – August 21, 2012

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Praise for The Last Apprentice series: “The Last Apprentice series continues to be one of the best written of the last several years.” (ALA Booklist)

“This is the stuff of skin-prickling campfire stories.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Anything but tame.” (Horn Book (starred review))

“Delaney’s mastery of suspense will grip even reluctant readers with his dramatic, beautifully paced prose.” (The Times (London))

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Nobody enters here after dark. Come back in the morning . . . if you're still breathing.

Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son, and apprentice to the local Spook. He has battled boggarts, witches, and the most powerful evils of the Dark. But his most trying task is yet to come.

When Tom and the Spook are deceived by one they trust, they find themselves in the most terrifying danger yet. Blood-hungry creatures have invaded a sleepy village. Tom can save the Spook—and the whole county—but only by betraying one of his greatest allies. With everything on the line, Tom must have the courage to stand and fight, and to face a choice that could break his heart.


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Product Details

  • Series: Last Apprentice (Book 10)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1 Reprint edition (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062027603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062027603
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.8 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like everyone else, I've been waiting for this book for a very long time. I've never read a series with this many books in it, so when I invest that much time and so many years, waiting for each new book to be released, I want a terrific payoff for what I've put into it. Unfortunately, this book doesn't provide near the satisfaction or closure that it should after such a long journey. Imagine running a 26 mile marathon, only to get to what you think is the finish line, for someone to say, "Only another 26 more miles to go!" THAT'S how I felt at the end of this book. It was a betrayal of the reader and of the original story, only so a second series could be made as a spin-off.

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Several times through this long series, the author has pulled the rug out from under his readers in two ways. There are at least three, possibly four books, in this series that are entirely unnecessary to the plot--so much so, that you could remove them from the series and never miss a beat of the story. Rise of the Huntress is one such example. This series is LONG and it became obvious that the author was under deadline to get the next installment to the publisher and so just banged something out without even attempting to fit it into the overall arch of the story he'd created. Secondly, and more egregious, he wrote books that took his characters through incredible challenges, only to find out at the end of the installment that: their entire journey and everything they just risked was completely unnecessary! That's how this book ends, too.

This entire book, not to mention this ENTIRE series, has been about nothing but destroying the Fiend. Now that Tome finally does that, we find out that...IT WAS ALL A BIG MISTAKE! WTF?
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If you have read the previous 12 books in this series, I highly doubt a negative rating for this book will stop you from reading the 13th book. I know it wouldn't stop me. With that being said, this book infuriated me so much that I took the time to write a review. I have 5 words for the author... Shame on you Joseph Delaney! Below contains spoilers on why.

******* SPOILERS*******

- John Gregory's death. What a disgrace. We have followed this man from book one and this is how you kill him? A quick "off screen" death that Tom doesn't even see but only notices when he passes by the body during the battle? Imagine if Tolkien had decided to kill off Gandalf but gave no description of what happened and the hobbits happened to notice his body laying on the side of the road as the were wandering through Mordor? The man deserved better.

- Tom and Alice's relationship. For the 12 previous books people have been wanting to know how this ends and this is the payoff? She dumps Tom for some character who just appears in this book? No real explanation other than it was love at first site and she had gone to the Dark? Talk about an epic letdown. Grimalkin is part of the Dark and she fights along side Tom and the Spook, yet when Alice claims to have gone to the Dark, she has no choice but to be evil? Nonsense. What was the point of the "I am Alice" book then? We spent all that time learning about Alice's back story and how she is a good person at heart and how she risked her life for Tom, yet she turns on him at the drop of a hat. Maybe this will be resolved in later books but it should have been in this book. By far the biggest disappointment of the book.

- The Fiend.
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So put me solidly in the disappointed crowd. I eagerly awaited the conclusion to this entertaining series. I've grown to love the character of Alice just as Tom has. The series to this point has resolved around their relationship and what they have each had to overcome. In the 12th book, Alice literally goes to the depths of hell to retrieve a weapon which she knows will be used to sacrifice herself to kill the fiend. Suddenly in this book, in a scene which we don't even witness, Alice suddenly says, "Later Tom." To call it abrupt does not do it justice. Tom finds out from a note which essentially says "Hey Tom, we can't be friends anymore." I finished this book around 3 in the morning and I had to search the internet to see if what I just read really was true. Was this how it ended and were people as upset as I was? Well, I see now that there is another planned series. I can only hope that we will get a true resolution to this story.

The other thing I find extremely unsavory about this turn of events is that Alice and Tom are approximately 16-17 years old. (I can't remember if their ages are explicitly stated, but Tom is in the 4th year of his apprenticeship. Nothing is explicitly stated, but Tom says that Lukastra and Alice "shared a bed". He sees a single bed slept in so unless they are just cuddling.... Tom says at one point that Lukastra could be 1000 years old. At the very least, he is an adult. Alice IS A TEENAGER! This just seems wrong
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