Sarah's Stars

Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell. The Immortals
Doubleday $24.95 ISBN 978-0-385-61628-7 669 pg.
Reviewed by An-Mei, Age 13

Stormphrax!

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 skyships.

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.

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