This is the second book in the series of novels in the Edge Chronicles detailing Quint’s adventures, and Quint is arguably the most likeable, well-written character in all of the Edge Chronicles. Quint Verginix, an aspiring sky-ship pilot, must learn to sail the skies to save his city from floating into the sun, in the midst of an ancient political conflict. The amalgamation of Paul Stewart’s stellar ability to tell thrilling, captivating stories unlike any other author, and the magical cross-hatched illustrations of Chris Riddell create a truly unique reading experience. This is one of many in the fantasy series “The Edge Chronicles”, and although each novel is a standalone adventure, the entirety of the series is absolutely brilliant, and well worth the read. - @FalcoLombardi of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
The story continues in this fantastic follow-up to “The Curse of the Gloamglozer”. Quintinius Verginix is up to his eyeballs in intrigue but he’s woefully unequipped to deal with it. When a shift-eyed student decides to use him, Quint is an unknowing pawn in his schemes.
The myriad threads of this story wind together in tighter and tighter coils as the story proceeds, with all the many characters playing their parts with exquisitely penned elements. This book is awash in palace intrigue, murder, assassination, an ice siege, doomed expeditions and a battle as bloody as anything Tolkien ever wrote.
As always, the story combines its many elements with pitch-perfect accuracy. The amusing names sound like something out of Dr. Seuss and the Edge seems much like Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. But these are meant to be more-or-less serious chronicles and the wordplay never trips up the reader. The illustrations are also excellent, although the bad guys are often a bit too obvious, what with sneers, squinty eyes, pointed noses and twisted features writ large on their countenances.
The whole story ends on an ominous note as one noble traveler discovers himself lost in a vast wasteland, his mode of transport gone, his companions dead and his quest at an end almost before it begins. However, there are chilling signs that desperate measures will be taken and the innocent will suffer. It’s a fitting lead-in for the next installment in this epic saga.
Bizzarre but hilarious!
This one ties with the Clash of the Sky Galleons for my favourite book in the series.
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