The Edge Chronicles 10: The Immortals Hardcover – Mar 2 2009
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"Of all the children's literature that has flooded the market post - Harry Potter, writer Paul Stewart and illustrator Chris Riddell's dazzling Edge Chronicles is by far the best. The Imortals is a thrilling adventure and a fitting finale to a series that will be rediscovered by children in years to come" -- Paul McGarvey South Wales Argus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
PAUL STEWART is the author of the hugely successful Edge Chronicles series. In 2004 he won the Nestle Smarties Book Prize for Fergus Crane.
CHRIS RIDDELL is an accomplished graphic artist who has illustrated many acclaimed books for children. He is also the acclaimed political cartoonist for the Guardian and the Observer.
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The book is bigger than all the other Edge books and holds a lot of exciting adventures. For fans of the Edge Chronicles, this will be a good last story which even touches on past characters. For people who never read the Edge Chronicles before, this will be a good introduction to the series. I would suggest however to read the other Edge books before reading this one since this book takes place years after all the other books.
For me, this book and the Edge series, are just amazing fantasy adventures. I would recommend these books for any age and any gender. They completely take you in, and submerge you into their world. The books also have drawings made by one of the authors and these pictures are just breath-taking, especially when a whole map of the place is drawn out with all the little details. For people who enjoy fantasy, this book contains all sorts of creatures, some with special powers and others just very unique characteristics. There is so much action and adventure that the reader never gets bored, and it's so easy to picture everything you're reading - the description of the places and characters is amazing. You fall in love with all the main characters, you can picture them in your head and you can hear their voice.
I can imagine the entire Edge Chronicles series would be an amazing hit with kids, especially thanks to all the great pictures. I've read all 10 Edge books, and i'm looking forward to re-visiting their world once again very, very soon. Enjoy!
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I only wish that Paul and Chris will consider an epilogue featuring Nate, perhaps about his adventures over The Edge.
A great read, and once again beautifully illustrated
We zoom 500 years into the future from where book #9 left off (Free Glader) and thrust into the third age of flight - where flight is now made possible by phrax combustion - a clean, even nurturing energy source. In this age flat head and hammer head goblins are no longer tattooed with numerous golden neck and ear rings - they are dapper, wearing top coats, and spats.
The Free Glades has grown to become a huge sprawling urban metropolis, long with Riverrise (aka: The City of Night) now freely accessible to visitors via the tunnel at the Thorn Gate arch situated at Thorn Harbor (and waif guides available for hire to ensure safe passage through the still treacherous Night Woods), and the Goblin Nations (capital city is now called Hive). However, just because technology has progressed doesn't mean all is well on the Edge though, in fact it's far from it. Power hungry tyrants and dictators abound, the Edge is awash in corrupt leaders - and revolution is in the air (again). With so much changed on the Edge, one thing remains the same: the deadly, hypontic power of the Twilight Woods. Instead of Knight's Academic embarking on storm chasing quests of old, phrax miners dig it out of the ground now in brutal and hazardous conditions. This story tells us what finally became of our beloved trio of hero's from the original series (Quint, Twig, and Rook). We discover what became of Maugin - the Termagant Trog girl who missed her blooding ceremony (aka: the Stone Pilot) whom hung out for decades awaiting Twig's return, because she loved him. We so find out what became of the old Sanctaphrax rock. We see our first male gabtroll character. And, we finally learn the cause of stone sickness, but even more importantly - it's cure.
Be forewarned: once you start reading you will have extreme difficulty putting it down! Cleverly written, and expertly illustrated, it processes all the same charm of the original 9 book series which made it such a huge success to begin with, and beloved by people of all ages (not just children).
I do have one complaint: future Edge books do not pick up with Nate's story! It instead travels to the Farrow Ridges, in a western settler type locale. New characters, new situations, and we never learn what Nate and the Professor discover when they descend over the Edge! And we don't know if Nate ever makes it back to Eudoxia. We are literally left without conclusion, or answers to so many things left hanging. What happens to the city of Sanctaphrax, now that stone sickness has been cured, and the Fettle Leg settlers? Does the city of Undertown get rebuilt, and do people return? What about the Stone Gardens: does anyone harvest the flight rocks again now that they are sprouting? Do the white ravens return? And what becomes of the new ecosystem if the Mire (now grassland, preserve, and home the hundreds of specics of birds, snails and fish) if Undertown becomes repopulated? Will it becone polluted again from the toxic effluvia of Undertown? Are there still oozfish, and muglumps out there? I am squirming to find out the answers to these questions! I hope we get answers eventually.
The book is a bit lengthy compared to the books before it and it is divided mainly into 4 parts. This four parts are situated towards the main places in the land of Edge, The Great Glade, The Hive, The Riverrise and The Edge. If I have not said it in my previous reviews this genre of "Other World" is my favorite type of story and Edge is one of the best. One thing that might get you into reading this series is that it has very high quality illustrations made my Chris Riddell.
Now for the review part of the book.
Honestly for a long time I really wanted to read this last part but due to it being released in my busiest time when I was in college it is only now that I managed to grab a copy. (i think it is rare now?) So for 1 week this was the book I was reading and it did not disappoint me.
It was still well written. It still gives you the time to imagine this fantastic land with rich details and description of the places, animals, people that exists within the story. And with illustrations placed on a regular basis you will never get lost in imagining the story.
Nate Quarter's personality still has the same "heroic but innocent" quality as Rook, Twig, and Quint had in the previous books (they were the main protagonists in the previous 9 books) You will easily like him as a person and as the story goes you will sympathize with him with every emotion that he feels. Its as if you are an additional companion to his group.
The art is still superb as always. Very detailed. It is like the mangas I am reading so no disappointment for that area.
If you know Kamen Rider Decade and also Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, in some way this book is similar to that. you get the feeling of nostalgia since a lot of past characters are mentioned.
Storywise, I really prefer the last 2 parts. My big problem with the 1st part is that it focuses too much on the politics of the land. And also the air of mystery and adventure is somewhat lost in the pages. But Im really glad when they finally got to the Riverrise Part. It feels like they are back on track.
So with that slight problem of the first part, I might have given it a perfect score but...
I give this book 4 whales!