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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552569623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552569620
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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"Wondrously inventive... A new variety of characters, beings, classic-like names and gravity-defying geography once again feeds detail and delight to an ever-increasingly ever-eager-for-the-next readership" (School Librarian)

"Stunningly original" (Guardian on THE EDGE CHRONICLES)

"For children who've read the Harry Potter books and want another world to explore" (Mail on Sunday on THE EDGE CHRONICLES)

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The first book of the Quint Saga that begins the bestselling Edge Chronicles series.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By cretinous on 11 Jun. 2014
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I lost my old 2002 edition of The Curse of the Gloamglozer, and since it's not sold on Amazon any more, thought I might pick up this "updated" edition instead. I was slightly bemused by the decision to rebrand it as the first book in the Edge Chronicles series (it's actually the fourth), but shrugged it off. What a mistake.

For a start, the introduction, present in each book, is supposed to introduce the reader to the world of the Edge, in case this is the first book they have read. In this edition, however, it has been "updated" to a synopsis of the story, which rather defeats the point of actually reading the book. Things do not improve, either, with a large chunk of "updated" material at the beginning copied word-for-word from the tenth book, The Lost Barkscrolls (which, for some reason, has not received an "updated" edition).

The book then segues into the real opening scene, in which the "updated" characters appear not to have anything vaguely resembling a memory or an attention span. Quint bounces unpredictably between anger, fear, grief and merriment, whilst Maris forgets his name at least twice. The two talk at great length, and then in the "updated" next chapter, we discover that they are actually mortal enemies.

As the book progresses, there is not a lot to compliment. In general, long conversations in which we learn more about the main characters and their relationships with one another have been "updated" to pointlessly melodramatic posturing, whilst the exciting action scenes, at which the authors really excelled, are now dull blow-by-blow accounts. The dramatic climax of the story, meanwhile, is nowhere to be found, despite being wonderfully written in the original.

The one extra star I did give is for Mr.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tony Watson VINE VOICE on 21 Nov. 2002
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I don't know how this series has escaped the bandwagon that poor Harry Potter was subjected to.... (but I guess those who know the books pass the word on to the deserving public - for sure, I do).
This sequel to Cloud Wolf and prequel to the Deepwoods series has the same deliciously dark detailed drawings and inventive imagery as the previous 4 in the series.
Mr.Stewart's fertile imagination has created the strange natural laws that govern this land, producing some weird effects and the extraordinary creatures that Mr.Riddell's art gives life to. The stories can be read and re-read with no diminishing of their power to entertain and enthrall.
Quint (aka Cloud Wolf, Twig's father) is land-bound, apprenticed to the Most High Academe in Sanctaphrax, where he has to descend into the terrifying bowels of the floating rock on a secret task, in company with Maris, the Academe's only daughter.
We get more details of Sanctaphrax (super maps!) and the action never stops as one is dragged along with the story, meeting more strange 'natural' phenomena and gloriously grotesque creatures, with exquisite drawings on almost every page.
The series shows no signs of petering out or running out of steam - they are destined to become world classics!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Oct. 2001
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Once again Paul Stewart has outdone himself in the fifth book of his series, the Edge Chronicals. His writing is grasping and thrilling, and if you hae read the books before you will notice a change as this is no longer about the main character Twig, but his father's history and his exciting life as a teenager. I give it four stars as I know that he can do way better than this as demonstrated in the first and second books of this series. But this is a good book so I strongly reccommend it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE on 19 April 2005
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This fourth book in the Edge Chronicles series is actually chronologically the first, and although long and sometimes complicated, it is the most exciting to date.
Having met Twig in the first book, we are now whisked back in time to when his parents first meet, and although the wrong sparks fly at first, the strength of their characters draws them together as they face the most terrible threat to Sanctaphrax.
Packed with intrigue, treachery, adventure, courage and emotion, the story revolves around the distracted Linius Pallitax, the Most High Academe of Sanctaphrax, his brave apprentice Quint, son of a sky pirate captain, and Maris, his neglected daughter.
Quint and Maris must brave the mysteries and horrors of the stonecomb that lies deep within the floating rock, to discover the terrible secret that Linius has been harboring. With each visit, the Most High Academe has been growing weaker, and there are terrible secrets hidden within the ever-changing tunnels.
While it is not necessary to have read the first three books, a little background is always helpful, and I would recommend reading at least book one before this one.
A little stretched out in places, brilliant in others, the stage is now set for an incredible book five.
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The curse of the gloamglozer is the fourth book in the edge chronicles or though ironically its infact the first bokk of the next triolgy.
The story really leads on from the book Cloud Wolf.
When Wind Jackal and his sky ship the Galerider arrive at Sanctaphrax, the floating city, he visits his closest and oldest friend Linius Pallitax the most high academe. Although puzzling at first it soon becomes clear why Linius summond him. He wants his one and only surviving son of the western quays blaze to become his apprentice.
Quintinius Verginix or Quint accepts reluctantly and finds himself face to face with Maris the neglected daughter or Linius. Although they argue and fight they soon realise they both have alot in common, and as the danger rises both of them team up to save Santaphrax..... but it could all end in tradgedy yet as the real fear they are about to face is beyond anything they have ever seen before.
I find this book emotionally complicated at times but the storyline is absolutely fascinating. Wonderfully illustrated and composed this book is an exciting adventure to start off the trilogy
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