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Slither (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles #11)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  1,751 ratings  ·  149 reviews
"My name is Slither, and before my tale is finished you'll find out why."
The dark is full of terrifying creatures. And Tom Ward—the seventh son of a seventh son, and the Spook's last apprentice—hasn't seen all of them. Far from the county, one named Slither has lived for hundreds of years, hunting blood.
But a dying father binds the monster to a bargain. If Slither will tak...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published January 22nd 2013 by Greenwillow Books (first published September 1st 2012)
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Slither's Tale is one of those most annoying of all books in a series. It is a filler novel. A novel that stands aside from the rest of the series and yet introduces ideas and characters which may be interesting later on. I would liken this novel how J.R.R Tolkien added in appendices for The Lord of the Rings to expand the story of Middle Earth. However, J.R.R Tolkien did not write an entire additional book for that purpose (though Christopher Tolkien seems quite content to edit out extra novels...more
You rule Grimalkin!!
I bow down to your greatness! :P
Another great dark tale brilliantly told and once again Grimalkin proved that she absolutely rocks!

Because of things Grimalkin said in this book I'm wondering if there will be more books with Tom after they defeated the Fiend or a spinoff with Grimalkin as main character.
Barb Middleton
Tension; check. Monsters; check. Assassins; check.

I keep scratching my head as to what makes me pick up these horror books over and over. I'm the person who sits through horror movies with her eyes closed. Who gave up on "It" by Stephen King because it scared the sneakers off her feet. The one who had nightmares after seeing, "Jurassic Park." The person who lifts a Goosebumps book and drops it making the excuse she'll read it another time. For someone who doesn't do well with violence and gore,...more
Ms. Yingling
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Kelsie Beaudoin (The Bookworm)
Slither as a character was complex, teetering between evil and good the entire story, much like Grimalkin. And that is likely why I enjoyed him as a character so much. He fights against his base nature to do what is right, what he has sworn. Also Nessa…such a strong character. I loved her as well. I felt like Delaney was hinting that she had magic though no one else seemed to realize it. Slither wonders, but doesn’t know, and I certainly think that Nessa has no clue what she is doing. How inter...more
By the halfway point of Slither’s Tale I did think about stopping because I kept asking myself “Why are you reading this?” This book has next to no impact on the Wardstone Chronicles up until this point and I can’t see it being vital for the last two books in the series either. It is a filler book.

A good filler book but a filler book nonetheless and that’s why it’s so frustrating. Grimalkin makes an appearance at the end and there is a small reference to the mission but still Slither’s Tale real...more
Ley Hayley
With this particular story, it was difficult to come up with a good rating. Mostly because, although this story takes place within The Last Apprentice world, there are few creatures and places that are familiar from the other books. And while I love the series and found the story interesting, I found that I had to stop pretty often in order to get myself oriented to the characters and their locations. It's mostly because of this that I gave Slither only 3 out of 5 stars.

The story was interesting...more
Oh how I wish these books didn’t end!!! I read thru these 400 some pages quicker than I wanted to. Joe Delaney’s writing immediately draws the reader in and in no time the book is done and you want more. A prolific writer, Delaney knows how to weave a ‘hard to put down’ tale of dark magic and suspense. I look forward to every release for this series. PLUS: there is an upcoming movie for the series due out in October 2013!!! I may be camping out for the first show!
Was nice to see Delaney write about someone other than Tom. I thought Grimalkin and Slither were going to join together to try to destroy the Fiend. The society Slither lives in is brutal. Slaves and sacrifices, blood and monsters. It was more interesting seeing Slither battle his inner voice than to just have his actions. This book didn't really have much to do with the other Last Apprentice books but it is still a must read.
Librarian Lavender
Slither is a monster, a Kobalos, who's main source of nutrition is blood. The Kobalos are a completely male race of monsters who are capturing human woman to serve as their slaves. Slither has made a deal with a farmer and he has to keep his word, no matter what happens. He can have the eldest daughter, as long as his other two daughters remain safe. He wants to sell her as a slave. When someone else takes an interest in the girls things are starting to go very wrong. That's when Slither meets G...more
All up I wouldn't say it was a "bad book" more of a confusing story.

Like all the other Spook books it was written very well in great detail. But unlike the others Slithers tale was full of complex and made up words (that were briefly explained.) there were so many words that after a while it was just confusing trying to remember the meaning behind them and took away a lot from the story.(And yes I do know the words were explained in more detail in the back of the book but having to flip back and...more
Ted Mccoy
Good lord, this was painful to read. A stand-alone story that barely advances the overall plot, similar to Grimalkin the Witch Assassin. Awfully gory at times, and I *like* gore. The Last Apprentice Series seems to be stretching things out these days, which is a shame because the first few books were amazing.
there is no sign of Tom, Alice or the spook in this one, I dont understand what was the purpose of introducing a whole new side story, with new protagonists and new fresh threat, wither the coming books will explain this one, or it will be the beginning of a new series.

the only familiar character, was GrimMalkin, and she was like the guest, in this one.
if there is ever a saga for GrimMalkin then this one will be introductory for it.
putting the absence of Tom and Alice aside,

the book is interes...more
Jo Dale Guzman
Although I enjoy the imagination of the book, I miss Tom and Alice.
Alec Perez
I love this book would give a five out of five but I have read books much better than this one.I love how the storyline switched from all about Tom to life on the other side of the world.It was nice not to know things you didn't know before.I would recommend this book to lovers of the Wardstone Chronicles.I disliked the fact thet Slither betrayed his "religion" just to save his potential downfall.I loved that Joseph Delaney really pushed himself to the limit with all those details.I would read t...more
Dean Farrell
*Spoiler free*

From reading the first opening chapters of this book I couldn't help thinking 'what's the point?' and 'What's the relevance to the main series?' (being #11 of 13). However, if you take the time to actually think on the matter you see a sudden beauty in it. You realise that Spook's is a world in itself with many things going on at once. It doesn't have to follow the exploits of Tom all the time. In a nutshell, why shouldn't this story be relevant?

As I and the story progressed it en...more
Pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this one. I came into it thinking that it was a greedy grab at money with little connection to the main series. In some ways, it seems that it was thrown in for no concrete reasons, but towards the conclusion, there are enough ties to justify having read this installment to the series. Delaney brings this vignette and ties it into his mural in ways that will leave those who skipped out in the dark as they approach the remaining two novels in the series (a...more
Dena (Batch of Books)
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,...more
I'm about 1/3 of the way through and I'm frustrated. Why am I reading about this character that has nothing to do with "The Last Apprentice"? Instead of being interested in the mage's world I'm finding myself angry and not caring a bit. I'm all for telling stories that take place in the same world but they shouldn't be part of the main series. A story about Grimalkin was alright she is a major character. Geez, finish the series and then go back and expand the world. *hmpf*
I'm do...more
Lex (Fastidious Reader)
Warning: Contained unmarked spoilers. Too lazy to edit it out.

First of all, the book is not that scary unless I go and imagine it all at night. Yeah, I'm sooooo brave in the morning to afternoon. :D Second, as I've mentioned in my status, I keep on thinking about Beauty and the Beast. I know, gross but well, with Slither and Nessa being a bit chummy... One might think that it's like that. But I guess its not and if it is... Uh, gross much??

Third, Grimalkin... Have I ever mentioned I really lik...more
Holly Harker
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Dearly Departed,
We are gathered here today to discuss Slither’s Tale, by Joseph Delaney. This latest in the ever-expanding series has just cemented the Wardstone Chronicles as my favourite horror books. As much as I love reading the journey of Tom, the Spook and Alice to destroy the Fiend once and for all, this new tale of a haizda mage has really breathed new life into the series. Delaney has created such a rich dark fantasy world that it’s...more
Feb 01, 2013 Lucas marked it as to-read
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Ethan Moos
Slither is the fourteenth (counting two collections of short stories and a reference book) book I’ve read under The Last Apprentice series. The general idea of the series is that a boy named Thomas Ward gets apprenticed off to a spook by his family as is common in his time. A spook is a person who deals with supernatural beings like ghosts, witches, demons, boggarts, and even Old Gods of pagan religions. He meets a young woman named Alice Deane, who has the potential to become the most powerful,...more
I am on the boarderline what this story. Slither is a complex character. There were times that I liked him and and times that I hated him. There were also times that he was stupid. Like when he was with Nessa he asked himself :why is she afraid this is normal? Well, it may be normal or a two hundred year old demon but for a 17 year old girl who scariest thing she ever saw was probably a dog.This is not normal. But yet Slither who spend most of the time near the farm she lived in couldn't she thi...more
This is the eleventh book in The Last Apprentice series. The twelfth book will be titled, I am Alice, and is scheduled for a September 2013 release. This book was a good read and engaging, but did not feature the normal characters in the series.

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...more
It took me longer to get through this volume in the series than it did others. That could be because my reading setup, particularly at bedtime, doesn't really accommodate books that don't provide their own lighting. It could also be because this is just a side story in the overall narrative arc, so it involves new characters who have to create their own compelling draw.

I liked that this book takes place outside the immediate world of Tom Ward. It's nice to see how the world extends into the beyo...more
Spook's Slither is the 11th book in Joseph Delaney's Wardstone Chronicles. It follows a Haizda Mage named Slither.

Slither's Tale does not particularly have a strong connection to the on going series other than it features one of the main characters in the form of Grimalkin. Nonetheless I find this a swift and a very entertaining read. It features monsters, assassins, mages and a whole lot amount of action involving decapitations, blood drinking and other nasty doings. All of it of course makes...more
Boo A-c
This was ok however it is a filler for the series. It starts off well but meanders through the middle. The ending is very quick. Grimalkin is great and Slither is fantastic. The girls were not too interesting and I found myself struggling to care for their predicament.
Also front cover looks a lot like Ron Perlman in Hellboy
For Fans Of: horror, fantasy, fight scenes, big creepy prisons, royalty, magic
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