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The Last Apprentice: Slither (Book 11) Hardcover – January 22, 2013
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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)
From the Back Cover
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
This book diverts from our normal group of characters, to a different part of the world far from Tom Ward's country. The story is told from Sliter's point of view. Slither is a dark mage that makes a deal with a farmer in his region. When the farmer dies he promises Slither his eldest daughter, Nessa, as a slave if only Slither will see Nessa's two younger sisters to their aunt and uncle. When Slither gets on the bad side of another dark mage all of their lives are in danger. Although things take turn for the better when the strange witch named Grimalkin pops into the story.
This book is written in the same dank and dark tone as all of the previous books. Slither is not really a good character at all, but he is an honorable one. Sure he eats human blood to survive, but when he makes a promise to Nessa's dad he is bound to keep it. He is not kind, he is not caring, but he honors his bargains.
Parts of the book are also told from Nessa's point of view. Nessa is a surprisingly resilient character; I loved her bravery in the face of things more horrible than she has ever before faced. I loved how she did her best to shelter her younger sisters as well. She is one tough cookie and an excellent heroine to add to the series.
Slither's world is a dangerous and interesting one. It's bound by rules that are followed strictly but it is a vicious world. I enjoyed reading and learning about the world outside of the one we normally read about.Read more ›
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.
Slither is more of a stand-alone novel. It introduces a new character, Slither. And it is only a bit more than halfway through when you see any Last Apprentice connections. Which is fine.
Slither is a High Kobalos Mage with a tail, and Shakamure magic skills. (Don't worry. the back of the book has six or ten page dictionary for the words used in this one). He feeds on blood for physical and magical strength. When the father of three daughters dies, Slither is left responsible for their well-being. The deal made back when the oldest was born was that Nessa, the oldest, he could keep. The two younger daughters, Susan and Bryory, he promised to deliver safely to family in another county.
When they are attacked trekking across the county, Slither defends the young women by killing other beings and an assassin that--if found out, would have him on the run and looking over his shoulder for the rest of his life. If he doesn't make right the killing committed, they will not stop hunting him down until they catch and end his life.
With a Valkarky trial looming, and a Star Stone falling from the sky, Slither is faced with endless challenges. He must find a way to win the trial, and rescue the daughters (deliver them to family), and return taken items to an unlikely ally.
Again -- I was not thrilled to meet a new character 3 books from the end. It is possible that Slither will become an essential in the final two books.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
it is a wide world and not all that is dark to man is dark unto itself. Slither lives his life according to the traditions and strict codes of his people. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Connie
I did not understand what this book told about the story line about Tom. It seemed it was more of a setup for the assassin book. It was ok. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brian Stagemeyer
A good read, but not a fan of the new character "slither" and his kind.Published 4 months ago by Jammer
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 6 months ago by Jonathan H