The 13th, and supposedly final volume in the Last Apprentice series. I have mixed feelings about this series. On the one hand, Delaney knows how to build atmosphere and his worldbuilding skills are excellent. The County feels like a real, and terrifying, place. On the other, the series just goes on and on, and the narrative has an unfortunate tendency to spell everything out (over and over again) that gets very dull for the adult reader. Kids and teens may not mind this, but it really saps my enjoyment. I read this hoping that I would finally find out what happens and be able to put this series to rest.
It was not to be. While one villain is defeated, the book rather obviously sets up another to take its place, and leaves the personal relationships in flux. If this IS the ending of the series, it is unsatisfying. If it isn't, that means another who-knows-how-many books to defeat the new enemy and figure out whether Alice is friend or foe. I wanted to find out how it finally ended, but I think I may just have to live with uncertainty. I don't think I can face ANOTHER 13 books. The fury of the seventh son