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This is the seventh title in this fantasy series - and the conclusion of the 'Rook Barkwater' sequence.
Publisher: London : Doubleday, 2004.
ISBN: 9780385604628
Branch Call Number: STE
Characteristics: 412 p. : ill.
Additional Contributors: Riddell, Chris


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May 02, 2017

Cool beans

FindingJane Jan 14, 2015

This book outlines, with unflinching intensity, the joys and perils of freedom, the grim efforts that must be made to keep it and the fragile nature of civilization. It’s exhilarating to read about the flight of those who used to cluster around the Sanctaphrax rock as they struggle to carve out a new existence for themselves beyond its flooded boundaries.

The Free Glade, where all are equal, everyone works but no one pays and everyone maintains their individuality and self-respect, is a marvelous construct and Mr. Stewart shows how it all works. He wisely doesn’t go into labored details of the individual colonies and communities of the many different species that make up its civilization; that was done in the preceding novels. Instead, he focuses on the characters we have come to know—Rook Barkwater, Felix Lodd, Magda Burlis, Xanth Palatine, et al.—whose talents combine to maintain and protect the Freegladers.

While the Freegladers philosophy is a laissez faire one, this is obviously not a society that promotes pacifism. When it comes time to fight, everyone who can takes up arms. The battle scenes are suitably gruesome although some scenes are mercifully omitted.

The book also contains a wonderful surprise about Rook’s background as well as a family tree helpfully outlined on the back pages. (Those who have been keeping track of the numerous characters will likely have a clue about Rook’s relationship to certain sky pirates.)

The writing is bang-on fantastic and the illustrations maintained with flawless consistency throughout this sprawling saga. It has been a terrific tour through the Edge Chronicles. Let’s hope their sequels are as equally compelling.

May 03, 2013

Good stuff!. Very good, weird, exciting, fun. Everything you could ask for!

Nov 04, 2012

I spend a great deal of time appreciating the efforts that have gone into illustrating these novels.

Dec 20, 2011

I'm reading this one, just found out there are 3 left

Jul 13, 2011

a thoroughly captivating series. Wonderful illustrations which allows a reader to become part of the story.

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whiteshadow13 Apr 13, 2012

whiteshadow13 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

Dec 24, 2011

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whiteshadow13 Apr 13, 2012

Fleeing from the ruins of New Undertown, Rook Barkwater and the librarian knights and Felix Lodd and his banderbear friends must lead the escaping population to a new life in the Free Glades.


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