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YA Review: The Last Apprentice: Slither (Book 11) by Joseph Delaney

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Age Range: 14 and up

Genre: Fantasy/Horror

Series: The Last Apprentice (Book 11)

Hardcover: 416 pages

Publisher: Greenwillow Books (January 22, 2013)

Language: English

Source: Won in a First Reads Giveaway

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

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 where terrifying creatures of the dark thrive.
Slither is one of these monsters, and Book 11 is his tale.

Slither
has never heard of Tom Ward, the Spook, or Alice Deane. He thirsts for
blood. He takes it from whatever he wants, animal or human. And he has
his eyes 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 will meet 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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About the Author:

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.

My Thoughts:

I won this book
in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I must have been in a weird mood
the day I entered the giveaway because horror novels are SO not my
thing. It took almost a year of staring at it on my shelf before I
decided to bite the bullet and read it.

This is the eleventh book in a series,
but as far as I can tell, it is only loosely connected with the rest of
the books and can be read on it’s own. It is told from alternating
point of views between Slither, a Kobalos creature, and Nessa, the girl
he inherits from a trade with her father. Trade is very important to
Slither and his people, so he does his best to honor the bargain he
struck with the girl’s father. The thing I like about Slither is that he
never pretends to be something other than the beast he is. He is a
blood thirsty monster, and he doesn’t apologize for it. I like the
respect and almost friendship/alliance that he and Nessa develop. It
makes them both grow as characters. Nessa proves to be brave and
selfless almost to a fault. She defends and protects her two younger
sisters at her own risk and peril, even when they don’t really deserve
it. 

Now, this is a horror book. It is full of declarations of blood lust and
dire intentions. There are gruesome fights and lots of beheadings.
Horror tends to either scare me to death or bore me to death. I will
admit that the constant yearning for blood and intents to carve flesh
caused me some boredom and more than a few eye rolls. But the rest of
the story I actually liked. The characters were interesting. Their
journey was intense and I was fascinated by the customs and traditions
of the Kobalos. 

Recommended for teens ages 14 and up that like horror and fantasy. 

Content: Horror, blood and guts, violence, disturbing scenes.

FOUR STARS

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