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The Edge Chronicles: Stormchaser, by Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell Book Review | SFReader.com
The Edge Chronicles: Stormchaser, by Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: Random House Published: 2004 Review Posted: 11/16/2006 Reviewer Rating:
Reader Rating: 10 out of 10
The Edge Chronicles: Stormchaser, by Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell
Book Review by Jeff Edwards
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After more than two years among the sky pirates, Twig is excited when his father teaches him the
rudiments of skysailing. But Twig's disastrous turn at the wheel scuppers the ship, and he is
stranded in Undertown as Cloud Wolf prepares to set sail on his most dangerous journey yet.
Unwilling to miss out on the adventure, Twig sneaks aboard the newly repaired ship as a
stowaway, and this rash act soon jeopardizes his father's mission - plus the lives of the entire
Stormchaser, the second volume in The Edge Chronicles, soars above its predecessor:
While "Beyond the Deepwoods" suffered from a repetitive, episodic narrative that quickly wore
thin, this follow-up is a far more gripping story full of political intrigue and backstabbing. With the
floating city of Sanctaphrax about to break free from its mooring, factions form to seek out the
solution: a rare substance called stormphrax. Some characters, like the Professor of Light, want
to use stormphrax as ballast to keep the city from drifting away; others, like Vilnix Pompolnius,
only want stormphrax as a bargaining chip with the Undertown League of Free Merchants.
There's no shortage of those who view the city's plight as an opportunity for personal gain:
Mother Horsefeather bankrolls a quest for stormphrax in hopes of amassing wealth and power for
herself; Slyvo Spleethe plans to betray and murder Cloud Wolf as part of a lucrative deal struck
with the Leaguesmaster.
Although this sequel is a dramatic improvement over the original, gritty violence and gruesome
deaths still figure heavily in Stormchaser: Within the first chapter, a cloddertrog is
crushed by a heavy chain that has fallen from the sky; later, a tiny nightwaif is cruelly tortured and
mutilated. But the most despicable acts are committed by Screed Toe-taker, a serial killer who
passes himself off as a guide while leading his clients to their deaths; he then hacks off his
victims' toes like an evil creature from some twisted, hellish Dr. Seuss story ("There were big toes,
small toes, hairy toes, scaly toes").
Just as Twig matured between the first and second books of The Edge Chronicles, so too did
Paul Stewart's storytelling prowess. Readers disappointed with "Beyond the Deepwoods" will be
rewarded for their perseverance in Stormchaser: It's a thrilling novel for young adults, so
long as they (and their parents) are prepared for the general nastiness that goes hand-in-hand
with the high-flying adventure.
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