Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1 edition (April 17, 2012)
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"I'm coming for you, and nothing living or dead can stop me."
One witch is the most feared, the most ruthless, and the most deadly of all the witches in the county. If she hunts for you, she will find you. If you have crossed her, you don't stand a chance. She is the witch assassin, and her name is Grimalkin.
Grimalkin's one alliance is with Tom Ward, the Spook's apprentice. With Tom, she plans to rid the world of the most terrifying evil, the Fiend, who once did her great wrong.
For the first time, fans of the Last Apprentice series will hear the story from Grimalkin's side, as she is hunted herself by creatures of darkness set on revenge.
Grimalkin has never been defeated. But can she survive an enemy created for the sole purpose of destroying her?
At a Glance:
This is such a great series. Nine books in, and no sign of it getting any duller. Joseph Delaney is a true genius when it comes to writing these books. So far, this has been one of the best series I've ever read, and the ninth installment, Grimalkin the Witch Assassin, continued that streak fabulously.
Pretty similar, art-wise, to the other books in the series. It shows Grimalkin the Witch Assassin just standing there, being generally awesome while holding the severed head of the Fiend.
This series always brings some great action, and this book possibly even more so. It is the first book in the series to not be from the point-of-view of Thomas Ward, the Spook's Apprentice. Instead, it is told from the perspective of Grimalkin, who is pretty much one of the baddest characters in the history of the world. At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like this. But I soon found that Delaney really tied the character into the story well enough to pull off using her perspective. Reading the book from the view of the book's deadliest assassin was pretty cool, and the action was of course, never ceasing. It was pretty great.
Though there is normally a romantic side to these books, this wasn't the case with this one. It was pretty much just non-stop monster fighting with Grimalkin. If you're a fan of the series, you probably won't have a problem with this. And in any case, this isn't the series you're likely to read if you're looking for something romantic.
As stated above, Grimalkin is pretty awesome. She's a malevolent witch assassin who teams up with the Spooks (The good guys) in order to take down the Devil. She's kinda crazy, and kinda evil. But somehow, she turns out to be really cool.
Favorite Supporting Character:
This book introduced a new character: Grimalkin's apprentice, Thorne Malkin. Like Grimalkin in almost every way, except that she seems to show a lot more emotion than her master. This is a good way of writing in a very interesting character to the story.
Something I loved:
I love the whole story of The Last Apprentice. I usually tend to get bored with a series that has a very large number of books. But despite this being the ninth in the series, I am still wanting desperately to read on.
Not a cliffhanger, but it leads nicely to the next book.
Would I recommend it?
Definitely. This is a great series and Joseph Delaney of one of the better fantasy writers out there.
Did my friends like it?
Several of my friends love this series. All of whom are teen boys.