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Good...but when compared to it's earlier books...
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.