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I Am Grimalkin (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles #9)

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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
258 pages
Published September 1st 2011
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Excellent, excellent book. While it was a bit awkward that this book is technically in a different series (The Spook's Series) than the main series that Delaney writes (Wardstone Chronicles if you are not in the US and The Last Apprentice if you are)--awkward because this book actually continues the last book in the series that he wrote but from the character Grimalkin's point of view.

And, wow. What a point of view. Grimalkin has been one of my favorite characters from the moment she was introd

So...I was looking back at the books I'd read this year and to my surprise there was no review for this book. So of course I have to put this little snippet in here. This is the ninth book in the series and:

a) The witch assassin Grimalkin uses her dark magic a few times
b) She faces a foe she can't defeat despite all her incredible skill
c) She has some kind of an assassin apprentice
d) She teams up with the Spook and Tom to set a trap for The Fiend (yup they physically set up a trap for the devil
ahhh something fresh to help readers carry on with the series. im not saying i dislike Tom or the Spook, but Grimalkin is probably my favorite character in the series. in this addition to the series we get the story of Grimalkin on the run upon returning to the county from Ireland, straight from the mouth of Grimalkin herself! another nice addition is an update from Agnes and introduction of Thorne who will surely grow on you if you're also a fan of Grimalkin or the other Pendle witches. Best bo ...more
Duffy Pratt
Instead of Tom Ward, Grimalkin narrates this installment. She is the witch assassin of the Malkin clan, and her name is no accident: Grim Malkin. Like her, the book is rather single minded and relentless.

My sister puts post-its of simple affirmations around herself. The idea is to bring up positive images that will help mold herself into the person she wants to be. Grimalkin seems to have done much the same, and through the power of positive thinking, she formed herself into the most brutal and
Unfortunately, I was very disappointed with this book. The Last Apprentice series is one of my favorites, but I think it is largely because I love the interplay between Tom and Old Gregory. Grimalkin made an interesting secondary character, but I wasn't interested in hearing her narration. Plus, the story was not terribly interesting to me. Here's the plot: Grimalkin runs around with the Fiend's head, making various stops or detours. And that's about it, although every so often we get a flashbac ...more
Cherie Ann
Great to see things from Grimalkin's point of view. Love the backstory of how Grimalkin came to be. One of my favorite characters in the series!
Reviewed first at Brunner's Bookshelf

"Her trade is death and torture". What a quote, I wasn't sure how I felt about this book not being a Tom and Spook story until I read this line. Yes you read this right, this book isn't necessarily the next chapter in Tom's story, but it does answer come questions. When I started this I felt like I should have just skipped this book and moved onto book 10. Why do I care what Grimalkin does when I am so wrapped up in how Tom is going to defeat the Fiend, and w
This latest chilling installment within the Wardstone Chronicles is full of terrifying drama, spine-chilling suspense and nail-biting narrative!

I am Grimalkin (aka. Grim) is the ninth installment within the epic Spooks series that is the Wardstone chronicles. Bursting will fast-paced, intense action and dramatic twists & turns, this is a book that will have you sat on the edge of your seat throughout reading in a feverish frenzy. Exciting, totally absorbing this brilliant book is just a del
I probably would've given this three and a half stars if I could. I'm a big fan of this series and Grimalkin has always been my favorite character of the series so I was really excited to read this installment and learn more about this mysterious character. Grimalkin is on the road running from many foes with the Fiend's head in tow. She may be up against more than she can handle. Little shout out to me as the evil Mage in the story (who is one of the foes following her to get the Fiend's head) ...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
If anyone's been following my progress on this series, they'll know that I really liked it in the beginning, but I've become more and more meh about it as the series has continued. For one, it's kinda of bugged me that Tom's voice and demeanor hasn't really changed, even though he's gone from 11 to 15. For another, I feel like a lot of the books are filler and the series, as a whole, feels needlessly prolonged. (I'm starting to think that the author was hellbent on having 13 books in the series, ...more
As mentioned in a previous posting in regards to this 'series', I was given almost the entire THE LAST APPRENTICE series.

And again, I have to state that this is NOT FOR YOUNG READERS and should be for strictly GRADE 8 and up.

It contains Black Magic, Demons, Witches, and all sorts of bloodletting, dismemberment, and much violence depicted within it's pages. Still can't believe it's zeroed in on basicly a Young Age Group. For mature Teens and such? Yes, by all means as this is proving to be a very
Cj Wilkins
Grimalkin the Witch Assasin is the 9th book in The Last Apprentice series. The series follows the story of the people of the light battling the denizens of the dark. This version of the series follows the witch assassin, Grimalkin, of the Malkin witch clan. Although Grimalkin is a dark witch, her lifetime goal is to destroy the devil himself: The Fiend. In the previous Last Apprentice book, Grimalkin and a Spook's apprentice named Tom Ward, bound the Fiend in a pit with silver alloy stakes. Grim ...more
Mar 03, 2013 Wickedshizuku rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Paranormal Fans, Sci-Fi fans, Horror fans, Fantasy fans
Recommended to Wickedshizuku by: Goodreads
Shelves: 2013, paranormal, reviewed
First and foremost I was not a happy camper at the end of this book. What I missed in this installment was the two leading characters of the series itself.I was severely disturbed by Grimalkin's inner monologue. How she fantasizes about the 1001 ways to kill a man, and her long suffering at the Fiend's whimsy. Don't get me wrong it was nice to have another perspective to the series, but Delaney has no problem with killing off a number of characters throughout this book. That was a surprise, and ...more
It is a sad day when I read one of my beloved "Spook's" books and don't like it!! I got to chapter 6 (which is 60 pages in) and decided to give up and read the last 2 chapters to see what happens in the end. I must admit though that this story is written from a different characters point of view and I think that's why I don't like it. I don't really like Grimalkin, the witch assassin, I prefer to hear the tale from Tom Ward, the spook's young apprentice. I also enjoy The Spook's (John Gregory) h ...more
Catherine Loiseau
Gros changement pour ce tome, ce n’est plus Tom qui nous raconte l’histoire, mais Grimalkin, tueuse du clan des Malkin, alliée à Tom, Alice et l’Epouvanteur pour combattre le Malin.
Je dois avouer que ce changement m’a un peu surprise au début, mais je suis rentrée très vite dans l’histoire. On commence là où on avait terminé le tome 8 : le Malin est entravé, et Tom l’a décapité, mais les ennuis sont loin d’être terminés. Il faut maintenant trouver un moyen de détruire durablement le Malin, et su
I love this series, but I was not terribly impressed with this book. I love the character of Grimalkin in the other books, but I didn't really enjoy her being the main character and narrator of this one.

This is the first time I'm giving a book in this series less than 5 stars.

I ended up skimming through this book a fair amount and don't really want to buy it for my collection.
I missed Tom and the Spook and I am still looking forward to the next book in this series!
I got this from the library not realizing it was ninth in a series, but I'm giving it up at around 20 some-odd percent through. The protagonist is a female and she couldn't read less female if she tried. Here is the reason I tend to not like male authors writing female characters. I may pick up the first book in the series because I saw a few of my friends rated it pretty high, but at this point in time it's pretty low on my priority list.

In this latest addition to the Last Apprentice series, the main character is Grimalkin: the famous and deadly witch assassin, who is carrying the head of the Fiend. His followers have spawned a creature of the dark whose sole job is to kill her so they can reunite the head with the body of the field. While Tom, Alice and the Spook are essentially absent, Delaney continues to develop the series using other characters.
Michelle E.

Let's get right down to it. I didn't like Grimalkin always referring to her "witchy eyes." It's a stupid complaint, but there it is.

Some have expressed disappointment over a male author writing female characters. I'm not sure why that is, at least in this case. Is it because she's tough and likes to fight? Well, first of all, that was her upbringing as a witch. Witches don't exactly run around in frilly dresses and pink ribbons. And where I live and grew up, I know/have known plenty tough-a
it was NOT narrated form the main protagonist Tom Ward, yet i enjoyed it very much,was fun to know more about Grimalkin and i got to say that i loved ch42 "the hunt" although its only 2 pages :)
cant wait to c the end of the story in the next book :)
Anggia Retno
I think this is my favorite book from Spook's Apprentice Series, ironically this is not even about Spook's Apprentice

But really I love Grimalkin and to read the book from her point of view is entertaining. She's totally bad ass, courageous, strong, but still have a soft side in her.

And I can't not love Thorne, she's witch assassin apprentice, Grimalkin's protege. Trust me, you gotta love her character

Beside Grimalkin's adventure in this book I love how Delaney give us a lil bit snippet about Gr
Librarian Lavender
After binding the Fiend together with Tom, Grimalkin takes possession of his head. She has to keep it out of the hands of the enemy. She's on the run, but she can't always operate alone when her enemies are coming closer. Together with her former apprentice Thorn and the friendly witch Agnes she tries to keep them at bay.
This is the first story in the Spook's series that has a different main character. Grimalkin is fierce, fast and deadly. She does everything to win and always survives. I love G
Dggluna Luna
“I am Grimalkin and I have already chosen those I will kill.”

“I am Grimalkin and I could kill you all!”

“I am Grimalkin, the assassin of my clan,

“ I have the instincts of a warrior. Whatever the odds, I will win. I am Grimalkin!”

“Some worship dark gods; others serve the light, but I walk alone. I am Grimalkin.”

Ok yo quiero ser como mi heroí una asesina, es una bruja, la más temida.....
pero tiene su propio código.....este es el libro número 9 y ninguno me había gustado tant
Sam Whitehouse
For the ninth book in the series, Joseph Delaney leaves behind Tom's narrative and his adventures with the Spook to develop Grimalkin's character. Grimalkin is one of my favourite characters from the Wardstone Chronicles and we don't really get to know her all that well until the last few books. And so giving a book to herself was a stroke of genius on Delaney's part. As usual, the narrative is in first person, this time Grimalkin and, whilst it's at first a little odd not hearing Tom recount ev ...more
Ms. Yingling
I was concerned that this book would not advance the plot of the series, but it does, and it makes sense that Tom is not the main character. The Fiend has been captured and bound, with his body in a remote location trussed up in silver, but Grimalkin is forced to carry his head around in a sack so that his followers can't get it to reunite with his body and reanimate him. This does not stop the followers from producing a kretch that is on Grimalkin's trail. Even with the help of her apprentice, ...more
Review posted here....

From the publisher:
"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 th
*Won from Goodreads First Reads*

This book is not aimed at my age group. And why that doesn't always matter with most books, the fact that this is for younger readers shines though. You don't need to have read the rest of the series to understand this. I've not read any of the other Spooks book and I could follow it from the begining. However I just couldn't connect to this at all. It's not a bad book and I think it would be enjoyed more by younger readers, it just wasn't for me.

The main charac
Ken Kugler
I don’t know if this book was written to counter the anti woman things I have heard about Joseph Delaney’s’ The Last Apprentice series. I don’t see It although I could stretch my imagination to encompass it.
This book, The Last Apprentice: Grimalkin the Witch Assassin, is told by Grimalkin. She has a rollicking story to tell in which she has to find a way to finally rid the world of the Fiend. Her story includes why she hates him so much as well how she became the Witch Assassin. It seems that sh
Lex (Fastidious Reader)
Whoa. A story told by a kick-ass assassin Grimalkin! It brings the reader in me back in the funk. :D Although some of her story was already told in the books before this one and especially the Grimalkin's Tale, this story will really make you grip the edge of your seat.

Grimalkin is a powerful Witch Assassin and a Dark Witch to boot. In this book, Tom Ward doesn't really appear much. Just once. And this is really a great book. You'll see a side of Grimalkin that has never been seen or maybe once
The book, "I am Grimalkin" talks about a witch assassin named "Grimalkin" who is helping his friend, Tom Ward and his master get rid of the fiend. Now she on the run with the head of the fiend but she's getting chase by the fiend's follower. She met up with her apprentice, Thorne, they go across the country escaping from the followers. But then the mages create a wolf man kretch to kill Grimalkin so with some help of some fellow that betray them later, they lead them to a place where the kretch ...more
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