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The Edge Chronicles 12: Doombringer: Second Book of Cade Paperback – 4 Jun 2015
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"Once again an excellent book from the best-selling tandem of Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell." (Goodreads)
"Glorious and deserves a huge 5/5." (Patrick, Reading School, Year 10)
"Once again an excellent book from the best-selling tandem of Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell."
"Glorious and deserves a huge 5/5."
Epic fantasy at its finest, this is the second in the Cade Saga of Stewart and Riddell's mega-bestselling Edge Chronicles.See all Product description
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I really enjoyed this book. It continued the story from The Nameless One and expanded Cade's world. We see a whole crowd of characters and creatures in this book and it felt much more on the same scale as earlier books in the series.
I like the theme of the book too, that the Edge is essentially undergoing an industrial revolution and is being ruined because of it. It's fairly unsubtle but my telling of what can happen in a fantasy place it reminds us of our world.
And as ever the book is full of the amazing places and creatures of the Edge. Lots of returning favorites and a few new ones too. The part where Cade rides his prowlgrin Rumblix in a competition in Hive is particularly brilliant. After so many books the Edge feels like a tangible place that I would like to visit but would be terrified to do so.
Another great Edge Chronicles book which continues Cade's story and sets up what will no doubt be a dramatic third book.
Doombringer (and The Nameless One) seem to be written on such a smaller scale than what has come before. What makes Edge Chronicles so great is being swept along an epic tale, connecting unique characters from across the land. This book is more like reading the personal diary of Cade Quarter. And at times that can really drag. The book is 350 pages, and is written entirely from Cade's perspective, until page 331. There are entire chapters that have zero purpose. A prowlgrin race across the Farrow Ridges is nice, but it slows down any plot progression. Another bizarre section reintroduces the reader to one of the most iconic Edge species - Shrykes. The chapter tries to build momentum, only to fall completely flat. It just feels like filler- stretching the novel to reach a page quota. This is a far cry from books like Vox and Stormchaser - that jumped between varies characters and always buzzed with energy.
The scale of the story has been shrunk down to a single event (the one shown on the cover.) This doesn't have to be a bad thing. The Winter Knights was also an isolated book, focussed on one factor. However, the characters and plot were still ambitious and had drive. Simply put - the Farrow Ridges is not interesting enough to base an entire trilogy on. Tug is great, the highlight of the book - but the same cannot be said for the others. None of them have any individual arcs, and Celestia and her father are nonentities.
All that said - I still found Doombringer very enjoyable and will not hesitate to buy the next instalment. But if this was my introduction to The Edge Chronicles, I doubt I would feel particularly bothered about reading the rest of the books - which is a real shame. The series needs a shake-up. Maybe divert away from the young male protagonist - which is starting to feel stale. ('Dare I say', approaching some more mature content would be interesting.) Another jump forward in time would also be great. Overall, I have to say I was a bit disappointed with this novel - but there is great promise at the very end of the book. Some clues that suggest we may finally learn more about Cade's back story and the events that lead up to his escape from Great Glade. Which I look forward to discovering.
Felt it was one of the weaker entries in the Edge series but I have high hopes for the sequel. Also wish it had a hard cover option to match most of my other Edge books but at the time of purchase it didn't seem to exist.
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