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The Edge Chronicles 8: Vox: Second Book of Rook Kindle Edition
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This is the second book to feature Rook Barkwater and many of the characters found in Last of the Skypirates, and this time is set around the area that used to be the thriving Undertown. The chance to learn more about the area is very welcome but the story seems a lot more disjointed this time around, and the supporting characters much flatter. It also doesn't seem as stand-alone as the others, and anyone new to the series probably wouldn't read on.
The book is still entertaining, and worth a read, but while the series has been improving up till now, this latest isn't a patch on 'Last of the Skypirates' or 'Curse of the Gloamglozer'.
The hero of this book is again young Rook, the librarian-knight from book five. Captured after losing his precious Stormhornet sky-craft while on patrol, he is sold into slavery and ends up in Vox's palace, as an assistant to Hestera Spikesap, an exciting new character with a lot going on in her kitchen and heart. He meets the other minions of Vox - Speegspeel the goblin servant, Amberfuce the ghost-waif, and Flambusia, Amberfuce's nurse, and manages to get himself in the middle of most of the action which springs up in every chapter.
Judging from the signs in the sky, a huge storm is brewing, which the Guardians of the Night believe will cure the stone sickness which has devastated New Sanctaphrax. The natives are restless also, and it doesn't take much prompting to set Shrikes and Goblins against each other in a huge battle in the sewers beneath Undertown.
There's more violence than usual in this one, and several mentions of the smell of unwashed bodies of various species. It's also not as well thought out as the others, as major plot points happen too often by either chance or carelessness. There are stories running concurrently that are sometimes hard to tie together, and lots of loose ends. There's even romance in the air along with the usual imaginative cast of creatures, but as usual, the illustrations truly bring the book to life.
Not the best in the series, but packed with action and well worth reading.
I love the part when the Shrykes battle the Goblins in the Undertown sewers.
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I bought this for my 10 year old grandson who absolutely loves these books. He is forever reading now and says the stories are fantastic. A very good purchase. Highly recommendedPublished 7 months ago by Cherryblossom
box is as good as last of the sky pirates can't wait to read free graders I would recommend this book to anyonePublished on 12 Mar. 2014 by Kindle Customer
The cover put me off this. The Edge books have a plethora of bullies and having a whole book about one wasn't a nice prospect. Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2010 by Mr. M. Jones
You may the title distressing when you see the word historical, but when i say that it means a timeline of events. Read morePublished on 30 July 2007 by sky captain
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