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'I am Grimalkin, and I have already chosen those I will kill...' Grimalkin has made it her lifetime ambition to destroy the Fiend, avenging the brutal murder of her son. Having grudgingly joined forces with the Spook and his apprentice, Tom, and assisted them in the binding of the Fiend, she is now on the run. And her mission is deadly. She has to help them bind the Fiend's spirit for ever no matter who - or what - comes after it ...This latest chilling instalment in the "Wardstone Chronicles" follows Grimalkin, the terrifying witch assassin, feared wherever she is known.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Joseph Delaney is a retired English teacher. He has three children and nine grandchildren and is a wonderful public speaker available for conference, library and bookshop events. His home is in the middle of Boggart territory and his village has a boggart called the Hall Knocker, which was laid to rest under the step of a house near the church. Most of the places in the Spook's books are based on real places in Lancashire. And the inspiration behind the stories often comes from local ghost stories and legends. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Joseph Delaney(Author)
  • Vintage Books (2011)
  • English
  • 9
  • Teen & Young Adult

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  • By Lucinda on December 26, 2012

    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 delight to behold and one that is a welcome edition to other works by author Joseph Delaney.She is out for revenge, so do not stand in her way!"I am a Grimalkin, and I have already chosen those I will kill..."Grimalkin (aka. Grim) has made it her lifetime ambition to destroy the Fiend, avenging the brutal murder of her son. Having grudgingly joined forces with the Spook and his apprentice Tom, and assisted them in the binding of the Fiend, she is now on the run. In order to bind the Fiend spirit for ever Grimalkin must keep his severed head in her possession. No matter who - or what - comes after it...This terrifying Witch assassin has to be my ultimate favorite character within the entire Spooks series, and who is gutsy, determined and single-minded whose fearless attitude and Hermione Granger outlook is fantastic. I connected with Grim more than any other character within the series and the 3 members (Grim, Spook and Tom) also reminded me of Harry, Ron and Hermione or Roger, Lyra and her Daemon Pan; a brilliant trio. Full of heroic moments and tense ones this story really does take you on an emotional rollercoaster of a ride, with such gripping storytelling as to have you clutching the pages whilst your knuckles turn white. Beautifully illustrated and with a stunning emerald cover and jacket, this exquisite book is something to treasure and which has the most striking cover within the entire series.The current assassin of the Malkin clan is Grimalkin. Very fast and stong. This assassin has a code of honor and never resorts to trickery. She prefers her opponent to be a challenge. Although honorable. Grimalkin also has a dark side and is reputed to use torture. All fear the snip-snip of her terrible scissors.She uses these to shear the flesh and bone of her enemies...Grimalkin's favorite killing tool is the long blade. And she is a skilled blacksmith who forges her own weapons. - Taken from John Gregory's notebook. The Spooks Bestiary[...]

  • By Atharva Shah on April 8, 2017

    Wardstone Chronicles Book 9*Spooks: I Am Grimalkin*This is the ninth installment in the Wardstone Series and a very unique and different from other, mainly because the point of view narration is done by Grimalkin, the witch assassin of the Malkin clan from Pendle and not by young apprentice Tom. We see a lot of new character here but not those who we love the most. As compared to it's predecessor, this is not that good but still worth reading. Maybe it is because the style of writing completely changes as we see things through the eyes of the witch. Its like 'we know the characters but still they feel distant' even if the book is from the same series, but don't interpret me wrongly, this book is surely worth your time and is much shorter, probably just as much as the Spooks Apprentice and even as good as it. The story continues where it was left in the Spooks Destiny, Grimalkin is in a situation where she has to keep the Fiend's head secure and fight the other servants of the dark who chase her constantly in an attempt to bring back the Fiend back into power. But they don't know that what they are dealing with is Grimalkin, the deadly assassin whose blades kill people before they even realize. There's a lot of bloodshed and gore here so just as an exception, i would rate it as a 12+ book which stands distinctly different from the series. The plot consists majorly of running, hiding, killing, eating, healing and again running, eating, healing, fighting, hiding which sets a monotonous environment for the reader and is the major setback of the book. The plot is just the same, running from enemies, making alliance, enemies destroy alliances and you are back to running which makes it somewhat boring but for some young readers it may be exciting. There are new locations explored, the plot mostly takes place at Pendle, Malkin Tower, the castle, witch dell and the seashores. The illustration, the title of the chapter and the quotes of Grimalkin just below are just fantastic and a new addition. There are new servants of the dark like the Krutch 'a dark entity created by witches just to kill Grimalkin, a powerful mage, and a band of around 50 witches. That's a hell lot of enemies. But in the end, Grimalkin just kills them all. A lot of gore, blood, violence and torcher is seen throughout the book with use of bloody and nasty language. As I said, this book is 'different'. The plot goes slowly, very slowly in the beginning and just fast forwards in the end giving the reader a roller coaster ride. Most of the book keeps fluctuating between the present and the past of Grimalkin and how she faced a variety of opponents and gained experience. A new character of a girl named 'Thorne' is introduced and focused very much upon. She is like an apprentice to Grimalkin who has been secretly trained by the latter. A lot of attention has been given to 'Thorne' but she dies as well, but she is just as important as Grimalkin in the book. Grimalkin's major motive here is to keep the Fiend's head away from the dark and give enough time to Tom to get a way to destroy the Fiend for once and for all. There are many death including that of Agnes Sowerbutts, A lamia witch who guards the Malkin Tower, once a major character in the Spook's battle, Thorne, a character I will never forget (She is unique and she is talented!!!), the knight, and around 40 witches. Around 5 short stories are also described in the book about Grimalkin. Another major flaw of the book is that Grimalkin is portrayed weak and meek and sometimes cowering, the author surely wouldn't have meant this but this is what the readers experience as she keeps running, getting hurt, begging for alliances and shelter and gets her best apprentices and allies killed. Also, Grimalkin's all talk, she just keeps speaking (let me rephrase, thinking! ) that she Almighty but just keeps running after being poisoned and getting captured. She is sometimes very weak and sometimes very powerful which seems controversial. But all this gets covered as she seeks her revenge in the end, which happens very fast unlikely to my taste. The character of the Krutch is very formidable and truly horrifying. It is martial, talented and a potential threat to Grimalkin and really makes suffer throughout the story, so that adds spice to the plot. Some parts were truly enjoyable but some parts were extremely boring and now I really look forward to Toms point of view narration, which I really like. A great book, could have been much better, amazing illustration, plot, characters and language. Nice Reading.

  • By Randi Odierno on October 31, 2014

    So far I've read ten of these books and I've loved them all. This, however is my least favorite and it is still getting four stars. I love the character of Grimalkin, the Malkin clan's assassin. Although at the outset of the series she is penned as a villain, throughout the ensuing volumes you come to know her and appreciate her intrinsic goodness as well with this volume being the story behind her roots. Excellent character development on the author's part, for each of his people. They all come alive, their struggles and fears, cares and joys and Grimalkin's no less than anyone else's in this edition of the Wardstone Chronicles!

  • By Victor vincent Page on February 21, 2012

    I've all ways loved how this series is clearly written I myself even promised myself I would not read another series until I complete this one. When Practicing in my Band I all ways has a volume of the last apprentice book.(spook's)nearby. Currently have the whole collection including the england editions and is currently awaiting the for Spook's Blood. I seriously recommend this book for anybody interested in Ghost hunting and the Occult. These books put harry potter to shame. I have a long wait until the series is over and for that I cannot wait :)

  • By Ratman on December 29, 2011

    I have read all of the Last Apprentice book's and I was not disaponted with the Grimalkin side story. It was a book that I could not put down. I recomend all of the book series. Harry Potter has nothing on the Last Apprentice. I look forword to the next book.


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