Saturday, September 23, 2006

The Last of the Sky Pirates (Rook 1) by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Author: Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
ISBN # 055255426X
Publisher: Corgi
First Published: 2002

379 pages

Rook Barkwater lives in the network of sewer-chambers beneath Undertown, the bustling main city of the Edgeworld. He dreams of becoming a librarian knight - one of those sent out to explore the mysteries of their world. Somewhere out there lie the secrets of the past - including the lost floating city of Sanctaphrax - and, maybe, hope for a future free from the fear of tyranny. When his chance comes, Rook grabs it! Breaking all the rules, he sets out on a journey to the Free Glades and beyond. His luck and determination lead him from one peril to another until, buried in the heart of the Deepwoods, Rook encounters a mysterious character - the last sky pirate - and is thrust into a bold adventure that dares to challenge the might of the dread Guardians of the Night.

Years have passed since we last visited The Edge and it is a far different place now – stone sickness has stopped virtually all flight and the once-great Sanctaphrax is no longer home to scholars and knights. In these dangerous times, the Librarian Knights live hidden lives in the sewers below Undertown and their young librarians must face a hazourdous trek across the Mire, through the bewitching Twighlight Woods and into the heart of the Deepwoods to reach the Free Glades, where they will be trained to become Knights. But there is one who can still sail the skies – the last Sky Pirate – who may be able to change everything. This entrancing tale of a young boy finding his way in a confusing world is spellbinding and dramatic and an excellent addition to the wonderful Edge Chronicles.

Rating: 8


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