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Stewart, Paul and Chris Riddell. The Winter Knights [The Edge Chronicles
#8]. David Fickling Books, 2007 [978-0-375-83741-8]
Quit (the son of a sky pirate) has been accepted as a student in Knight's
Academy.  This story takes place almost entirely on the floating rock of
Sanctaphrax.  For some reason Edgeworld has been plagued by bitter cold and
snow storms which is causing havoc with the buoyancy of the floating rock
city.  There are all kinds of plans to keep the rock afloat, but the ruling
Academic begins ruling with an iron fist.  There is a great deal of
political intrigue as various factions struggle to gain control and save
Sanctaphrax.  This all ends up with the sudden poisoning of the ruling
Academic and following bloody civil war.  Although I love this series, this
377 page book is not my favorite.  There is so much political intrigue and
many unusual and similar names of the participants, that I was frequently
confused. For those of you who are concerned about this, the civil war is
very bloody.  Another thing that bothered me was that after this vicious
civil war, suddenly everyone is all happy again as they clean up the body.
No hard feelings?  Although it is not my favorite of the series I am sure
its fans will gobble up this book too, along with its continuing incredible

Frederick Muller
Halsted Middle School Library
Newton, NJ
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