on 16 February 2009
The Immortals is the final instalment in the Edge Chronicles, but it can be read as a stand alone book too. It's epic, packed with adventure, I love the creatures and monsters in it. Some bits are really tense and dark, and then there are moments are real humour to keep the reader guessing. The illustrations match the text perfectly and bring the world of the Edge to life. I love the way nothing is black and white in the story, there are real moral dilemmas which the characters must face and it gets you thinking about what you would do as the reader. I really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it!!!
on 29 May 2010
I know what I like about the Edge Chronicles, and this has it in spades. The opening is depressing - bullying, casual violence and killing, but it quickly changes into an exhilarating escape and victory, with story elements that are built on throughout the volume. For 600 pages there are wonderful tales of exploration, with new cities(Riverrise, Hive, Great Glade, Midwood decks, thorn harbour, Old Undertown and Sanctaphrax), areas (the thorn tunnel and the cliff beyond the edge)new maps(all the towns, including the Woods in the proper scale, and from the side which shows the surroundings!), vehicles, races and sports, though less illustrations than you'd be used to. There are a small cast of characters which you go through tiredness, illness, war and victory with; the bad guys get their comeuppance swiftly and there are references back to the other books, even revealing links between all of them. It moves the saga onto a whole new level and leaves scope and locations for future adventures. The book is long but so varied and well paced it is a very satisfying and enjoyable read and for me the best of the entire series.
on 6 September 2013
The third age of flight is upon us. Great phraxships ply their trade across the cities of the Deepwood. Young Lamplighter Nate Quarter, more used to mines of the eastern woods, finds himself on a physical and emotional quest, amid battles, rebellions ... and the mystic promise of a solution to immortality itself.
Written by Paul Stewart and illustrated by Chris Riddell, The Immortals is the final trilogy of the series, much anticipated by its army of fans. Happily, not only does it deliver the most epic and stirring story of all, but manages to knot all the threads of the preceding books with satisfying aplomb.
As ever, the language is dazzling - simple, clear, direct and often wry. The sumptuous illustrations, Beardsleyesque in striking black and white, capture the very essence of each character, atmospheric setting and mysterious creature of this fantastic universe. The drawings are masterfully paced so that one cannot help but read on and on in hungry anticipation of the next one. For fans of details, the maps are a visual treasure of myriad details just waiting to be devoured.
In The Immortals, the lowly creatures of the woods come into their own. One is quite at home with banderbears, trolls, hobgoblins and cloddertrogs. Our young hero Nate Quarter is as dashing as the others from earlier in the series, and a delicate romance blossoms with the brave and self-sufficient Eudoxia Prade, the mine owner's daughter.
Is it futuristic? Or is a high fantasy with a nod to the past? Both and neither. The Immortals is the most intelligent and fast-paced of the whole innovative series. Once you've been to The Edge, it stays with you for ever. And the ending? Breathtaking.
on 7 July 2012
As a fan of the world of the Edge Chronicles and soon buying all books, I was excited for the last installment. With new characters I looked forward to entering this fantasy world one last time.
My first disappointment came aesthetically. Why is the front cover different from all the other books? This is the third time that they have changed the cover of the books (I preffered the original anyway), but I found it odd that they would change it again; especially for the last book. Compared to the other books also, it's much larger with 660-odd pages, with the text absurdly small, when, in the other books the text remained a good size. There were also hardly any pictures throughout, whereas in the past books, they have been filled with ilustrations. It was as though they tried to fill a trilogy of Nate in one book, which collectively suggests that money issues may have been the root of all these issues.
I don't even feel as though there needed to be a final book and The Immortals didn't really give me anything, and I found the story repetitive (another talk of storms and more war; more journeying forever and more absurdly good fortune as well as another main character having something bad happen to her). As a fantasy I would have expected a more broader world. There are many issues I have with this book but stating on the back of the book that he, and his friends will 'change the Edge forever' (or whatever) - well Nate doesn't actually do anything, him and his friends are just present at revolutions or amazing fortune gets him out of sticky situations, so he doesn't have to, which ultimately betters a city - and he gets the credit. (By saying 'getting out of a sticky situation' you of course know that a Caterbird is involved).
Despite all of this, however, I did read it all, and there is enough of Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart-esque to make you want to read more. However, I must say that I really did not enjoy the ending, and it seemed that they rushed the last part and I don't know why! It's 650-odd pages and not that much happens! Admittedly the ending did want you to read more (even though there won't be) but I feel that this was more the fact that it was sudden, unnatural and poor rather than being a cliff-hanger (and if you read the book I didn't add that last bit on purpose).
However, when the illustrations are there, they are superb and I would recommend it if you were a loyal fan of the Edge Chronicles for nostalgic reasons as you visit it one last time. It's OK.
on 14 June 2011
The Immortals is the last of the Edge chronicles books, a 12 book series (If you include The lost barkscrolls, a collection of the short stories written for world book day, and some new ones). It is set after Rook Barkwater's triology of books, in the third age of flight.
The book contains all the elements that the other books are famous for, lovable character, exciting storylines set in an enticing world, that any reader would want to visit, and amazing illustrations, done by Chris Riddell, which bring the story to life.
The series is perhaps unusual in the order it was written, starting with Twig, we have Beyond the Deepwoods, Stormchaser, and Midnight Over Sanctaphrax. Then the first on the Quint Trilogy, The Curse of the Gloamglozer was written, set about 25 years before the first three books. Next written were Rooks Trilogy, The Last of the sky Pirates, Vox, Freeglader - set about 50-70 years after Twig's books, in the second age of flight. Then Stewart and Riddell went back and wrote the other two books in Quints Trilogy, The Winter Knights and The Clash of the Sky Galleons. The Lost Barkscrolls were released a couple years later, and then The Immortals. However each, Trilogy can stand alone, and they can be read in any order, though as they were written or in time order is best.
The Immortals Introduces you to new characters, new places on a highly developed Edge. Edge Chronicals fans may find themselves very dismayed to see how the magical Edge lands have turned out, at the beginning, but as you get further into the book, you find that the same places are still there and some of the same characters! The plot is completely asorbing, with a huge terrifying twist at the end, accompanied with a picture that made me drop my book it was so frightening!
Children and Adults alike will love this book, and the whole series- for parents its a great book to read to elder children- you will both enjoy it greatly! Its a perfect enging to an amazing series.
on 31 January 2010
This was absolutely brilliant.
I had not really read one of Paul Stewart and Chris Riddel's books in a long time, having started reading them when I was 9 and being quite a bit older now. Since that was the case I was a bit dubious about reading this one, I shouldn't have been, these guys deliver EVERY SINGLE TIME.
Having said that if you're thinking of reading these books they are far more for younger readers than young adults, but my older cousin has just started them and she's 18 and she thinks they're good.
But back to the book in hand. The images were as beautiful as ever (I will decorate my house with them, I will) and although some say you can read it as a stand alone book what is so great about this book is the ability to see the hints of the old books. The return of the three main characters of old is not the only thing. (woops, gave that away, but you could see that coming) there is also a new sport that appears hugely similar to the old game Twig played with the wood trolls and the best bit is when the Sanctaphrax most high academe flicks his toungue out (I shall say no more, but that was the point I shivered all over, and only if you have read the other books would you understand).
What really made me happy was having my question answered that I had asked about 7 years ago when I met the authors, and they said they'd answer it is the last book, each book come and nothing, so that I gave up hope, but they delivered just as they promised!
The Immortals (for those who don't know) is the 10th book in The Edge Chronicles, a series that has somehow passed me by so far. After finishing this book, however, that is about to change.. I've already started one of the earlier books! The Edge Chronicles are a fantasy series for older children, although it has many fans of all ages.
This book is being marketed as the final book in the series, but also as an epic stand alone read, ideal as an introduction for new readers. This was, I admit something I wasn't too sure about - was it really possible to step into a series at the end, and not be totally confused?
It turns out that it is completely possible, and the key to this seems to be that The Immortals is set some time into the future, with a rapidly developing world, and of course, new characters.
The world that has been created for this series is so well imagined, there are so many areas, with different ways of life, and many different creatures and characters - and yet not once did I get lost or confused. This is of course aided by the wonderful illustrations found throughout the book, especially the maps. It's a great example of how illustrations can add to and enhance a novel.
Moving on to the book itself, The Immortals tell the story of Nate Quarter, a lamplighter from the mines, as he travels from one end of The Edge to the other. It's a story of self discovery, set in the story of a changing world, complete with battles and revolutions. The main characters are well imagined, and well developed, to the point that I was sad to say goodbye as I finished the book.
For existing fans of the chronicles, The Immortals offers a new story, and new characters, whilst also wrapping up old stories, and bringing the series to a satisfying close. For new readers, it really is a good introduction - it's a great stand alone read, but also hints at past events, at a level just right to encourage you to go back and explore past stories.
When this title landed I thought great as to be honest it gave me the chance to reread the previous novels by Stewart and Riddell to refamiliarize myself with the characters and places within the world. Its something I've been looking for an excuse to do for a little while and was something I was pleased I did as if you're new to the world you really won't get the full tale or references within.
The first thing I noted with this was how the authors had grown with their talents as they brought this the last tale in the series to date to the reader. Well written and a good solid adventure within this title really did live up to everything that I'd come to expect from these two after their previous novels. It was good fun, a much needed breath of fresh air and something of a guilty pleasure that allowed me to pig out on some serious young adult fantasy.
on 25 May 2009
And so the fantastic edge chronicles series draws to a close, ive been following the series from the beginning and have read each book about 2 or 3 times over. After seing the immortals i was shocked to see the new setting and characters, thinking it would be annoying having to get used to each character and relating to them all over again. I can safely say it wasnt as bad as i thought it would be, and the book is a satisfactory ending for edge veterans. But, its different... and could have been done better.
First off, the layout of the books is very different, instead of about 20 named chapters and roughly 400 odd pages, the book is very different, theres 101 chapters, about 650 pages, and some chapters are as short as half a page long. It seems annoying and too different at first, but you quickly get used to it. The book itself is bloody huge.
I'll say right now the industrial revolution esque setting is actually really refreshing and good. Its a edgeworld version of our industrial revolution. With muskets, pistols, steam ships, chainsaws, marines and other things. Despite the fact its breaking away from edge tradition, it adds a new lease of life to the story and is in fact very refreshing. As for the characters, i would have preffered the old ones, although that being said many old characters return, including ones you wouldnt expect or had forgotten. But the new characters are very relateabale, and have some emotional and fantastic background stories behind them, and you quickly come to like nates little band of friends.
As for the story, it follows that of nate quarter, a lowly lamplighter in the eastern mines of the deepwoods, as he embarks on a journey across the deepwoods and to the very edge itself. Across the 3 major cities of Great glade, Hive and Rivverise, each city is divided into its own section, but aside from hive they all feel a bit rushed and quickly churned out, yes, they're good. But more time could have been spent ironing it out.
Speaking as a edge chronicles veteran from the very beginning, this book is fantastic, but feels very rushed. Riddel is still on form with gorgeous illustrations and stewart continues to wow with his fantastic and vivid world. But as the last book, i was expecting more. But i would still easily reccomend this book to everyone and edge chronicles veterans like myself would still like it. It came to the point that as i finally put the book back on the shelf i felt very sad that about 7-8 years of reading history had come to an end.
on 2 September 2012
I had read many of the Edge Chronicles before I picked this book up and I have to say that The Immortals gripped me from the very first sentence. This is a fantastic book and I found it hard to put down. It is full of twists and turns that keep you hooked and a menagerie of characters and creatures that bring excitement and wonder to the tale. The illustrations match the text perfectly and really help to bring the story to life. If you like adventure and mystery and have not read The Immortals yet, I suggest you do. The Immortals (The Edge Chronicles)