Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Last Apprentice #12: I Am Alice by Joseph Delaney

I Am Alice (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #12)This book is the twelfth in the series, and I gave it a rating of four out of five. Alice is in the Dark, a place where all dead, evil creatures and witches go, trying to retrieve the dagger that will help Tom Ward destroy the Fiend once and for all. Alice meets up with Thorne, an apprentice to Grimalkin, the witch assassin, and she guides Alice through the different domains in the Dark. There are many powerful witches and creatures who would like kill Alice and finish off Thorne for good. Thorne leads Alice into a small village that may allow her into the Fiends domain. However, someone from Alice's past, someone she once killed, awaits them. And the more Alice uses her magic in this world, the closer she comes to becoming a fully malevolent, evil witch.

I felt a little disconnected from the plot; I felt like Alice and Thorne were just wandering from place to place in the first half of the book. There were several chapters that flashed back to Alice's time with Boney Lizzie, and they explained a missing part of her life. The plot seemed to have more direction after this flashback. Their quest became clearer and more focused, and the plot was less interrupted. Some information from Grimalkin at the end of the book made the whole plot seem anticlimactic.

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