The most extraordinary, the most beautiful, the most sought-after substance
in all the Edgelands. Ground to dust, a single speck could endlessly purify
even the foulest water, whilst a shard of Crystal, when harnessed, had
enough explosive energy to arm weapons, fuel engines and power mighty
Stormphrax. Lightning from the mighty storms that collected over the
Twilight Woods. Discharged from the boiling storm clouds, the lightning
bolts solidified in the twilight glow as they zigzagged down to earth.
The main character is Nate Quarter. His father died under suspicious
circumstances three years ago. Nate flees the mines and undergoes a
fantastic adventure with his new friends, Slip, Weelum and Eudoxia. Their
quest to help Eudoxia’s father brings them to many new places and they meet
many new people. Nate in this quest learns things about his past he never
knew, like exactly who his mother was.
I found the story well written, but the sheer size of the book may be
daunting for some readers. I liked the maps and illustrations throughout the
book. I also liked that the friends could overcome many obstacles together
that would have been impossible by themselves. Even though this book takes
place in a different world, I think there is a lesson in it we can all
learn, though it may vary from person to person.
There are nine other separate books in the Edge Chronicles. Stewart and
Riddell have also written the Far-Flung Adventures, Muddle Earth,
Barnaby Grimes: Curse of the Night Wolf and Barnaby Grimes: Return
of the Emerald Skull. This book is a fantasy novel and suitable for
anyone over the age of eleven.
I give The Immortals four stars.