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The Last Apprentice: Grimalkin the Witch Assassin (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 Spook's apprentice.
Published April 17th 2012 by Greenwillow Books (first published September 1st 2011)
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Jan 18, 2016 Evgeny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
After the events of the previous book of the series the witch assassin Grimalkin (yes, she is exactly as badass as it sounds like) is on the run with a lot of dark forces hell-bent on killing her, ironically exactly the moment she ended up on the side of good guys for the first time in her life. This is basically all there is to say.

I can talk about bad sides of the book non-stop, so it is much easier to say what is good about it. This is the first time in the series the tale is not told in Tom
Oct 26, 2011 Clare rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 29, 2013 Droy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 23, 2016 Wickedshizuku rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal Fans, Sci-Fi fans, Horror fans, Fantasy fans
Recommended to Wickedshizuku by: Goodreads
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
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
May 20, 2012 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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
Christine Rains
Aug 17, 2013 Christine Rains rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this ninth book of the Last Apprentice series, Grimalkin is the narrator. A very different and intense protagonist compared to Thomas Ward. Grimalkin is my favorite character in the series, and I was ecstatic that one of the books featured her.

The witch assassin Grimalkin is on the run with the Fiend's head in a sack. Followers of the dark chase her, but she is no easy target. So her enemy must create a monster designed only for killing her. And they may well succeed. Grimalkin is brought to
Jun 16, 2016 Nina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cherie Ann
Oct 16, 2013 Cherie Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Joey the J in R.J. Spindle

Chapter I: A Large Green Bitter Apple

It's been a few years since I've picked up a book from this series ... mostly, because I didn't have the money to buy the books. It's funny, now that I DO have the money, I've checked the book out from the library. Oh, how things go sometimes.

I am thankful that this first chapter recaps some of the key points in the last book ... at least the ones we'll need to know at the start of this story. I'm glad that we're getting this book from Grimalkin's perspectiv
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
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
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
Dec 22, 2016 Timóteo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016, ya
3.5/5 Gabstars para esse livro sendo generoso.

Honestamente, essa série não me agrada mais quanto agradava a uns 5~6 anos atrás. Não sei exatamente se os livros cairam de qualidade mesmo ou se foi simplesmente meu gosto que mudou. Ainda pretendo terminar a série (pq né, eu já li 9 dos 13 livros), mas a cada livro que passa, menos interessante ela parece ficar.
Jul 30, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
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
Michelle (The Crazy Cat Lady)

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
Cj Wilkins
Dec 01, 2012 Cj Wilkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 30, 2012 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books, j-level
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
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
Chandler Corpus
Nov 06, 2016 Chandler Corpus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book, Thomas continues his Apprenticeship as a Spook, someone who fights the dark and boy is it a hard one. It continues the story of The Last Apprentice but this time, in Grimalkin's, a witch assassin who has temporarily allied with Thomas to destroy the Fiend, point of view. It's always nice to know a little backstory from a character who actually kills for a living. What made me really like the book is that I noticed that the writing was different than in Thomas's point of view. There ...more
Jan 06, 2012 Sam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
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
Anggia Retno
May 18, 2014 Anggia Retno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ebook, english
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
Sep 03, 2012 Brandi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Nov 12, 2014 Skip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror
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.
Jun 09, 2012 Terri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you read the last book in a series first, and then must go back to read all the previous ones, you know it was a good book. I am now on book 6. In book 9, Grimalkin is a wonderfully strong character. She lives by a code of honor yet serves the dark. She is one of those unfortunate beings who could have been messianic but compartmentalized her grief to such a degree that she can act without feeling. The perfect witch assassin.
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!
This book was a different view than the others, it was written from Grimalkin's POV. It's her storyline from the time she took custody of the fiend's head. It also looks back on her life and gives great insight into who she is and why / how she has become the witch assassin. Great read and a fresh take, was good to not have to put up with "the spook's" constant whining about "the girl".
May 11, 2012 Yami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 :)
Lynne North
May 10, 2013 Lynne North rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful book by Joseph Delaney. Here is one talented writer, able to keep pace and interest throughout. I believe there is a film in the making too, and I can't wait to see it! My life would be complete if one of my books became a film...
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Joseph Delaney is a full time writer living in Lancashire, in the heart of Boggart territory. He first got the idea for the Wardstone Chronicles series when he moved to the village where he lives now and discovered there was a local boggart - ‘a man like me needs boggarts around’. He made a note in his notebook ‘a story about a man who hunts boggarts’ and years later when he had to come up with an ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles (1 - 10 of 15 books)
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“Each day say to yourself that you are the best, the strongest, and the most deadly. Eventually you will start to believe it. Finally it will come true. It came true for me. I am Grimalkin.” 6 likes
“Cowardice and courage are just labels—words invented by foolish men to bolster their egos and denigrate their enemies. In battle we should be cold, clinical, and disciplined. That” 2 likes
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