Tuesday, February 01, 2011
The Immortals by Paul Stewart
Nate Quarter is a lamplighter for a phraxmine in the Deepwoods in the third age of flight. His only possesions are a small lufwood box and a portrait of a sky pirate from the first age of flight. When the mine sergeant threatens to kill him, Nate escapes from the mine with a goblin named Slip. The two friends go to Great Glade, one of two great cities. There they meet a man known as the Professor, a banderbear named Weelum, and a mineowner’s daughter, Eudoxia Prade. They soon learn that Eudoxia’s father has been kidnapped by gyle goblins from Hive, the other great city. They leave for Hive at once. They find that the only way to rescue Eudoxia’s father is to pretend they are soldiers from the Hive Militia. Eudoxia’s father, Falston, is rescued, but Eudoxia and Nate, upon leaving the gyle goblin palace, are caught by the real Hive Militia, and forced to march. When they reach the Midwood Docks there is a battle between the people of Hive and Great Glade. During the battle, an ironwood bullet lodges itself deep in Eudoxia’s ear. Will Nate be able to get Eudoxia to Riverrise in time? And what will happen to the rest of the Edge with a mysterious storm brewing overhead?
The Immortals was an astounding book. It has the same qualities as the other Edge Chronicles books: adventure, fantastic creatures, flight, fussy academics, and a little romance. I have read all nine of the other books and I have to say this one is my favorite. The first nine books were actually three trilogies, each about one character, but this book is as good as any trilogy. I found it amazing that because they were storm-touched, Quint, Twig, and Rook could never really die until Nate got rid of Golderayce One-Eye so Twig and Rook could be united with Quint. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a change from his or her normal read. The Edge Chronicles are wonderful, and I am sad that they had to come to an end.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Lake City, IA USA