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The Edge Chronicles 11: The Nameless One: First Book of Cade Hardcover – 30 Jan 2014
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"The most entertaining young adult fantasy series since the Chronicles of Narnia" (The Last Word Books)
"Fantastically illustrated" (Sunday Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
The first book in a brand new series of Edge Chronicles adventures, from Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell.See all Product description
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I was extremely excited about this book and it was well worth the wait. The book follows Cade, the nephew of Nate Quarter, as he escapes the city of Great Glade after his father is assassinated, and tries to build himself a new life in the Deepwoods. The writing wasn't as sharp in a few places as some of the other books, but as usual the characters and descriptions were top-notch. I did find myself a little underwhelmed when I finished it: the pacing of the book felt odd and the plot never really seemed to gain any momentum.
As usual, I loved exploring a new part of the Edgeworld. There were a few parts that let me down though. I did find it slightly disappointing that we didn't get to catch up on any of the older characters from The Immortals such as Eudoxia. Cade being Nate's nephew was a bit of a tenuous connection, especially since Nate never mentioned having a brother in the last book. I expect this will be explained in a later book though, so it's hardly a big issue.
The twist ending, despite being a little overexplained, was utterly fantastic, and will be a great moment for anyone who read the previous books. I closed this book feeling hungry for the next one, and will be religiously checking back to find out when it is released so I can pre-order it.
So, to conclude, if you love the Edge Chronicles, or simply enjoy quality fantasy fiction, buy this book today. You won't be disappointed.
Why only four? As already stated, there is the impression of some vast goings-on behind the scenes that is not resolved in the book. The other Edge Chronicles books have generally been self-contained, and I found the sequel hook a little grating based on this. The book's plot also dramatically contradicts the obscure-but-spectacular Weird New Worlds blog, which led to me turning myself in knots trying to work out continuity until I accepted that this must override it. However, I do not doubt that Messrs Stewart and Riddell will resolve this with their usual excellence in later books, and I shall purchase those without hesitation as well!
Books with inconsistent covers are my pet peeve, and this must be the 4th time it's happened to this series. So annoying! This new style is awful, nothing like the gorgeous original covers of the early books. The story itself is as imaginative as ever and the illustrations are still wonderful (although sadly less frequent.) A must-read for long time fans of The Edge Chronicles! I'm looking forward to the next instalment. Perfect series to encourage kids to enjoy reading (why I'm buying another copy.)
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