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The Winter Knights (The Edge Chronicles Series #8)
     

The Winter Knights (The Edge Chronicles Series #8)

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by Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell
 

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In the great floating city of Sanctaphrax, blizzards howl through the streets as the Edgeworld descends into an endless winter. Quint, the son of a sky pirate, has just begun his training at the Knights Academy—training that involves heading out over the Edge on tethers to develop his flying skills. But when Quint breaks the rules and heads out to Open Sky on

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In the great floating city of Sanctaphrax, blizzards howl through the streets as the Edgeworld descends into an endless winter. Quint, the son of a sky pirate, has just begun his training at the Knights Academy—training that involves heading out over the Edge on tethers to develop his flying skills. But when Quint breaks the rules and heads out to Open Sky on his own, he runs into the great sky leviathans known as cloud-eaters and must use all his skill and ingenuity if catastrophe is not to strike the Edgeworld. . . .

Editorial Reviews

Young squire Quint is a brave young flying student at the Knights Academy. Perhaps too brave. One day, he breaks the rules, impulsively heading out to the Open Sea alone. His impetuous act places him in the cruising path of the sky leviathans known as Cloud-Eaters, placing not only himself but all of Edgeworld in mortal danger. Captivating fantasy adventure reading for boys and girls aged 10 to 12.
Children's Literature - Gail C. Krause
The Winter Knights is the eighth book in "The Edge Chronicles" series. Quint Verginix is a brave young flying student at the Knights Academy, but flying comes easily to him, as he is the son of a sky pirate. His humble beginning puts him at odds with another, Vilnix, who is vying for top spot in the Academy. Quint was promised he would be Linius Pallitax's protege, but Pallitax, the highest Academe has mysteriously fallen ill. His daughter Maris, Quint's girlfriend, counts on Quint to save her father and Sanctaphrax, the magnificent center of sky scholarship, especially since it is becoming engulfed with an endless winter, which some blame Linius Pallitax for due to his rumored meddling into ancient earth-scholar knowledge which was locked and sealed by the first scholars in the Ancient Laboratory. Quint must fly out over the Edge on tethers to develop his flying skills, but he breaks the rules and impulsively heads out to the Open Sea where he crosses paths with the sky leviathans known as Cloud-Eaters, placing not only himself but all of Edgeworld in mortal danger. Yet it is this very act that saves the city. Quint must use all his skill and ingenuity to end the winter threat to Edgeworld. Though the story is suspenseful and comical, exaggerated drawings throughout distract the first time reader and only fans of the series will find this continuing saga enjoyable. The nonsensical names of the people and places make it difficult to keep track of who is who and where they are going, yet advanced readers of both genders might enjoy the fantastic adventure.
VOYA - Kevin Beach
Yet another installment in the popular Edge Chronicles, this tale follows the exploits of young Quint, the son of a sky pirate who has just begun his training at the elite Knights Academy in the great floating city of Sanctaphrax. Quint's humble beginnings put him at odds with some of the academy's students, particularly the sullen Vilnix, another squire of humble beginnings who increasingly vents his anger toward Quint. Meanwhile a powerful and growing blizzard is howling through the streets, creating an endless winter. Many blame some professors' use of banned scrolls from the ancient earth-scholars' library, which ironically may contain the answers to the changing climate. An ugly purge ensues within the school. Quint, through use of his skill and ingenuity, quickly moves up the ranks, hoping to pilot his own craft into the heavens to discover the mystery behind the cruel weather change. Vilnix proves to be a calculating and formidable foe, cruelly intercepting letters and creating subterfuge between Quint and his girlfriend. Ultimately Quint and his father decide that to save the city they must venture beyond the Edge and into Open Sky, there encountering an evil force that threatens their ship and their lives. This legend and its accompanying drawings are again successful in maintaining a high level of suspense and action, still finding time for both droll humor and drama. Fantasy readers will enjoy the inventive names, personalities, and creations. Series fans will appreciate the continuing saga of this unusual world.
From the Publisher
“Stunningly original.”
Guardian

“Fabulously illustrated.”
Sunday Times on The Edge Chronicles

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385736121
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
06/08/2010
Series:
Edge Chronicles Series , #8
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
470,621
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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·chapter one·

The School of Colour and LighT STudies

The academic, in his grubby, paint-spattered robes of faded ‘viaduct’ blue, turned the crank lever with his free hand. The cog wheels in the rotating tower high above him chattered and squealed like angry ratbirds, and a shaft of light cut through the dusty air. The academic levelled the brush in his other hand and tilted his head to one side, his pale yellow eyes fixed on the youth before him.

‘A little more to the left now, I think, Master Quint,’ he said, his voice soft but insinuating. ‘So the light catches you. Just so . . .’

Quint did as he was told. The early morning light streaming in from the high tower window fell across his face, glinting on his cheekbones, the tips of his ears and nose and, with its rusting pipes and gauges, the battered armour he wore.

‘Excellent, my young squire,’ the academic muttered approvingly. He dipped the tip of the hammelhornhair brush into the white paint on his palette and dabbed lightly at the tiny painting on the easel before him. ‘Now we must let the light work its magic,’ he murmured. The dabbing continued. ‘The highlights complete the picture, Master Quint. But I must insist that you hold still.’

Quint tried to maintain the pose – but it wasn’t easy. The tower was small and airless, and the heady odours from the pigments, the pinewood oils and the thinning varnishes were combining to make his eyes water and his head ache. The rusty, ill-fitting armour chafed his neck, and his left leg had gone quite numb. Besides, he was dying to see the finished portrait. It was all he could do not to turn right round and inspect it for himself.

‘The dawn light,’ clucked the academic. ‘There’s nothing like it for illuminating the subject . . .’ His pale yellow eyes darted back and forth over Quint’s features. ‘And what an illustrious subject we are, my young squire.’

He chuckled, and Quint tried not to blush.

‘The protégé of none other than the Most High Academe of Sanctaphrax . . .’ He turned away and began stabbing at the palette like a woodthrush after a spanglebug. ‘How lucky you are, Master Quint, not to have to scrabble about with the rest of us in the minor schools, but to be given a place at the most prestigious academy of them all. I wonder . . .’ The academic’s voice was laden with sudden spite. ‘I wonder what you actually did to deserve it?’

The academic’s eyes were fixed on Quint’s face once more. They were so pale that there was almost no difference between the irises and the yellowish white that surrounded them. It was a mark of his trade, Quint told himself, trying not to shudder. Just as years of working as an Undertown rope-turner resulted in spatula-shaped fingers, and just as a slaughterer tanner from the Deepwoods ended up with skin the colour of blood, so, as the years passed, the eyes of Sanctaphrax portraitists were gradually bleached by the vapours of the thinning varnishes they used – and Ferule Gleet had been a portraitist for many, many years.

‘I was the Most High Academe’s apprentice . . .’ Quint looked down, his cheeks blazing as he remembered the monstrous gloamglozer and the night of the terrible fire.

‘Keep still!’ rasped Gleet, irritatedly dabbing at the portrait. ‘Ah, yes,’ he smiled thinly. ‘There was that fire at the Palace of Shadows, wasn’t there? Strange and dreadful business . . . How is the Most High Academe? Recovering well, I hope.’

The pale yellow eyes bored into Quint’s once more.

‘As well as can be expected,’ the youth replied, but the words rang hollow in his ears as he thought of his mentor lying in the gloomy bedchamber at the School of Mist.

Linius Pallitax had suffered grievously at the hands of the terrible gloamglozer. He had almost been destroyed. Perhaps it would have been better if he had, for now he never left his bed, and his haunted eyes stared into the distance, seeing neither his faithful servant, Tweezel, nor Quint, his apprentice – nor even his own daughter, Maris, who sat beside him for so many hours, praying for him to recover.

Ferule Gleet daubed at the tiny painting in silence for a moment.

‘As well as can be expected, eh?’ he mused at last. ‘Doesn’t sound too good. You wouldn’t want anything to happen to him, my fine young squire. Not in your position.’

‘My position?’ said Quint, trying not to move.

‘You’re the High Academe’s protégé, aren’t you? Without him, you don’t expect that the Knights Academy would accept you into its hallowed halls, do you? Of course not!’ Ferule shook his head. ‘Sanctaphrax born and bred, that’s always been the rule. The rest of us have to get by at the minor academies as best we can.’

He wiped his brush on a piece of rag, and turned the easel round.

‘There,’ he announced.

Quint found himself staring at the miniature painting of a young knight academic in gleaming armour, with deep indigo eyes and a smile on his face. Ferule Gleet of the School of Colour and Light Studies had done a fine job all right. Quint shivered.

‘Is anything wrong?’ Ferule asked.

‘It’s nothing,’ Quint said quietly.

He had no intention of telling the pale-eyed academic about the memories the miniature painting had stirred – memories of the first time he’d had his portrait done.

How young he’d been then. Four, maybe five years old; the youngest of six brothers. His father, Wind Jackal, had commissioned the mural of the whole family for the grand hall of their palace in the Western Quays. What happy days they’d been. But they hadn’t lasted, he thought bitterly. Within a year of the painting being completed, Turbot Smeal – his father’s treacherous quartermaster – had torched his master’s house. Quint’s mother and brothers had perished in the blaze, and with them, the painting itself had been destroyed.

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Winter Knights (The Edge Chronicles Series #8) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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I TOTALLY LOVE IT
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read4ever More than 1 year ago
This was a good book that never let up! From the beginning to the end there was not a moments respite from the tiresome adventure facing the characters. You will be caught up in a crazy ride while reading this novel, and who can resist an offer like that? Read it!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Interesting at some points but it kind of bores you with the academic part, which is most of the book. It could be more interesting like the other books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always been a fan of the edge chronicles, but had never bought one for myself. The library had books 1-7, and I had read them all. I bought this, and it was worth every cent of the ten dollars I paid. The best part about it in my mind is how well Paul Stewart made the character Vilnix Pompolunis. He wrote him out to be a character that I found not hard to hate. He is undoubtedly the best described villan in any book I have ever read. Last but not least, I reccomend this book for ages 11+ 'There are some gory parts'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell really pulled it off with this book. It has averything from suspence and trajedy to victiories and triumphs! This book was organized very well and it said everything at the right time. At no point did I not understand what was going on in the book. It tells everything you could want to know and all the little loopholes are sinched up tight in magnificent little fantasy of a world. It is proven that when you pick up this book it will take ages to put it down. MAKE SURE YOU READ THIS BOOK!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book in the Edge Chronicles yet! I enjoyed every minute of it! It was sp good! I definetly recommend it to all you Edge fans! Go Quint! XD
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A book lover, A reviewer, 01/13/2007 Customer Rating for this product is 5 out of 5 The Winter Knights This book is wonderful! Have you read Beyond the Deepwoods, Stormchaser, Midnight over Sanctaphrax, or The Curse of the Gloamglozer? If not, 'DO NOT' read this. You will not understand it! Also recommended: Beyond the Deepwoods, Stormchaser, Midnight over Sanctaphrax, or The Curse of the Gloamglozer. Anonymous, a book lover, 01/12/2007 Customer Rating for this product is 5 out of 5 The Winter Knights I have read the other Edge Chronicles books. I have loved them so I am sure that I will love this. Read it. Make sure you read the fourth book in the series first though. It has the same characters. Also recommended: Beyond the Deepwoods, Stormchaser, Midnight over Sanctaphrax, The Curse of the Gloamglozer, The Last of the Sky Pirates, Vox, Freeglader,Customer Rating for this product is 5 out of 5 The Winter Knights This book is wonderful! Have you read Beyond the Deepwoods, Stormchaser, Midnight over Sanctaphrax, or The Curse of the Gloamglozer? If not, 'DO NOT' read this. You will not understand it! Also recommended: Beyond the Deepwoods, Stormchaser, Midnight over Sanctaphrax, or The Curse of the Gloamglozer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful! Have you read Beyond the Deepwoods, Stormchaser, Midnight over Sanctaphrax, or The Curse of the Gloamglozer? If not, 'DO NOT' read this. You will not understand it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read the other Edge Chronicles books. I have loved them so I am sure that I will love this. Read it. Make sure you read the fourth book in the series first though. It has the same characters.