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The Edge Chronicles 7: The Last of the Sky Pirates: First Book of Rook [Paperback]

Paul Stewart , Chris Riddell
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6 July 2006 The Edge Chronicles (Book 7)
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-

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens; paperback / softback edition (6 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055255426X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552554268
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stupendous. The fact that the drawings are so full and detailed simply confirms the reality of this fantasy world for fans . . . Surely in years to come new fantasy creations will be compared with Tolkien, Pratchett and Stewart & Riddell" (The School Librarian)

"This extraordinary tale sweeps the reader up into the world of Edge . . . Paul Stewart has once again crafted a book that cannot be put down once it is started, a book which excites, terrifies and enthralls the reader" (Through the Looking Glass)

"Exuberant fantasy" (The Bookseller)

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From the bestselling Edge Chronicles - a dramatic and extraordinarily exuberant fantasy adventure filled with colourful and imaginative characters and illustrated with exquisite detail.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for your first Paul Stewart read 25 July 2004
This was the first Paul Stewart book that I read, and I loved it! It the type of book you can fully enjoy without having read the previous Edge Chronicles. The book follows the story of one, Rook Brakwater, who desires to be a librarian knight. The book's detailed description and imagination make this a wonderful read. It combines a powerful display of friendship, bravery and loyalty. The genre can be one of fantasy, adventure or even action and science fiction. Very recommended to all ages, mind, its one of those books you need to read twice to fully appreciate the art of its literature.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last of The Sky Pirates-Best yet 2 May 2004
By A Customer
The Last of The Sky Pirates is by far the best in the series yet, it's got more action, more twists than the last three and more characters. Chris Riddel is really put to the test this time, making up new character faces, the Stormhornet and the shrykes are just how you would imagine them if their were no pictures to guide you. Meeting Rook Barkwater is a treat in itself, he's much more timid than Twig at the beggining and much less sure of himself. He's rather like Cowlquape to begin with, but just like him he blossoms as the book goes on.
The new ideas of what could happen to the world in 50 years time is astonishing, New Sanctaphrax, the Rock Virus, Libarians coming back into power, The Most High Academe just being in the background, it's like a new world in itself!
I reccomened this book highly to anyone from 7-12
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Of The Sky Pirates 15 Feb 2004
I have read all of the Edge Chronicles and they are totaly amazing, all of them. But this is the best so far. I think there much better than the Harry Potter's because Harry potter is a bit phoney and boring, whereas these books continue the excitement all the way through the series, and you never no whats going to happen next. The best bits of this book is were Rook Barkwater comes across the Banderbear convoction and the Last Sky Pirate(well he follows a His friend Wumeru the Banderbear,)and finally the battle at the end where Rook and Twig and the band of Banderbears went to rescue Qualquape from the Tower of Night.
If you have a child of the age of 6+ I strongly recommend this book because of all the wonderfully drawn pictures and the brilliant story line.
Very well donr Paul Stewart and Chris Riddel.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
WOW!!! I have just finished the Last of the Sky Pirates. It is simply Fantastic! without doubt the best book in the Edge Chronicles so far. Bravo, Paul & Chris. I highly reccomend this to anyone who has read the previous Edge Chronicles. (If you haven't, I reccomend reading them all in order of publication). Chris Riddell's illustrations fit into the Book perfectly once again, especially the pictures of places like Lake Landing or the Eastern Roost. And of course the story itself is enthralling. To summarise, the hero is Rook Barkwater, (name sound familiar?), who we follow from the sewers of Undertown to the Free Glades (the only place in the Edge to have changed for the better since "Midnight over Sanctaphrax") where he trains as a librarian knight, eventually leaving to study Banderbears, hoping to witness their mythical Great Convocation. One of the things I liked about this story is meeting old characters once again, like Tweezel (Yes the spindlebug from "Curse of the Gloamglozer") who, by my reckoning is about 260 here! He was old in Gloamglozer, just how long do spindlebugs live? And even better we meet Twig, now an old man, deep in the Deepwoods. In short this is just a wonderful, teriffic, fantastic book and deserves at least 100 stars rather than the paltry 5 star rating here. Thank Earth and Sky, and Paul Stewart, for The Last of the Sky Pirates!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book 5 in this fantastic, wonderful series. 18 May 2005
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
I'm not in the target audience, being 58 years old, but I LOVED this book!
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 and this addition has the same deliciously dark detailed drawings and inventive imagery as the previous 4 - but even better.
Rook Barkwater is a lowly, timid under-librarian who unexpectedly escapes the boredom and gloom of the library sewers to explore the deepwoods, on a quest for the cure for the pervasive stone-sickness which has all but destroyed New Sanctaphrax. After much searching and many encounters with strange (and fondly-remembered) creatures, he finally finds Twig - the last of the Sky Pirates - and sets off on the adventure of his life.
The inventiveness of the plot, cliffhangers at every chapter, fantastically imagined creatures (and people!) with delicious names, and brilliantly executed drawings on every other page, combine to make an addictive page-turner that delights young and old alike. The chapters are just long/short enough to hold a child's attention (and mine!) at bedtime, without risking sleep/boredom.
The series shows no signs of running out of steam - they are destined to become world classics!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The sequel to Midnight Over Sanctaphrax 10 Aug 2005
By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE
When I finished book 4, "The Curse of the Gloamglozer", I realized that the stage had been set for an incredible book 5. Thankfully, the books in this series come out much more quickly than the ones from J. K. Rowling , so I didn't have long to wait for "The Last of the Sky Pirates", the best in the series so far.
Set fifty years after "Midnight Over Sanctaphrax" (book 3), it doesn't continue from book 4, the first chronologically in the series, which sounds awfully confusing, but actually isn't. The Edge is a totally different place, with the mighty sky ships unable to fly, and New Sanctaphrax barely teetering on wooden supports after the dreaded stone sickness destroys the buoyant floating rocks. The Librarian Academics have been driven underground into the sewers, where they have constructed a vast library of scientific studies, and are forced to send worthy young scholars on covert and perilous missions for training, before they complete their life's quest by studying and documenting their chosen field of nature study.
In this book we follow the trail of young Rook Barkwater, a clever young under-librarian who is destined to become a Librarian Knight, doing research on the secret gatherings of banderbears, to whom he feels an unexplainable connection. His mission is dangerous and exciting, filled with wonderfully named, described and illustrated creatures that would otherwise defy the imagination.
During his thrilling adventures, he meets Captain Twig, who was thought to have perished with his crew in book 3, and begins a whole new adventure to rescue Twig's friend Cowlquape from the prisons of the Most High Guardian of Night, the villainous scoundrel of this episode.
Just as dark as the other books, but with a lot more action and adventure, I recommend this one heartily to fans of the series, but would advise newcomers to read at least books 1 to 3 first.
Amanda Richards
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic
This was one of the best edge chronicles I have read. I won't of recommend it to most 11 year olds.
Published 1 month ago by exhibit chin
5.0 out of 5 stars ROOK!ROOK!ROOK!
Set between the first and second ages of flight, The Last Of The Sky pirates is Incredible. The main character is a boy called Rook, who I seemed to know immediately. Read more
Published 6 months ago by miranpr
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional book!
After finally getting it, Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell live up to their previous quality of work. Both a well thought out story line and exquisite illustration help to bring this... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ethan Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
not my favorite but i really liked this one much better then the Gloamglozer. but good read blah blah blah
Published 18 months ago by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
This book is one of them books that I have read many times, and will continue read many times again. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2007 by M. Mccrystall
4.0 out of 5 stars The Last Of The Sky Pirates
Rook Barkwater is an under-librarian, he matters to no one, until the announcement ceremony.
Paul Stewart has created a completely different world by writing the 'Edge... Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2005 by simon burgess
5.0 out of 5 stars THe last of the Sky Pirates
THe last of the sky pirates is a brilliant book included in the set of the Edge Chronicles!
Rook Barkwater is a young under-librarian who live with the banished Scholars of... Read more
Published on 21 July 2005 by Ali 0723
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Stewart & Riddel
The Last of the Sky Pirates is fantastic. I loved it. It the best out of all the Edge Chronicles. This is definetly worth buying. I loved it. Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2004 by "phil455"
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