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The Edge Chronicles 7: The Last of the Sky Pirates: First Book of Rook (The Edge Chronicles: Rook Trilogy #1)

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Rook Barkwater lives in the network of sewer-chambers beneath Undertown, the bustling main city of the Edgeworld. He dreams of becoming a librarian knight – one of those sent out to explore the mysteries of their world. Somewhere out there lie the secrets of the past – including the lost floating city of Sanctaphrax – and hope for a future free from the fear of tyranny.

Library Binding, 384 pages
Published June 28th 2005 by David Fickling (first published 2002)
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Feb 07, 2014 Sanaa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[4 Stars] I will forever be a fan of the Edge Chronicles, so obviously I loved this book. I didn't find it quite as engaging as either Twig or Quint's stories, but it was still wonderful. I can't wait to see what happens next, and I admit the ending of this book made me feel quite sad. But also a bit hopeful. This story definitely reminded me most of Beyond the Deep Woods where it is more of a coming of age story than anything else. Rook's story will probably get much better in the other two boo ...more
Apr 19, 2015 Mikayla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful installment to the series. Always turn out to be a great read. I can recommend to children and adults alike, for an easier read.
An Odd1
Aug 31, 2011 An Odd1 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"The Last of the Sky Pirates" (Edge Chronicles #5) is Twig, who flew beyond the sickness that ate all the great stone ships, then was grounded when the last uncontaminated crew died from bad water. Library mislabeled this as #1 when #5, explains my confusion.
Paul Stewart writes, and Chris Riddell draws, a fantastical world. Names are redundant, reminiscent, or whimsical: leadwood, ironwood; woodbee, woodmoth, woodpear, woodmidge, woodcat, woodfowl, woodhog, woodwolf, woodtroll; lullabee wood; pi
Star Shining Forever
This book is set several decades after the adventures of Twig and Cowlquape in Midnight Over Sanctaphrax. It's a bleak world now. A strange sicknesses has come on the floating rocks, causing sky ships to crash, putting an end to sky-pirating, and dragging New Sanctaphrax to the ground. Cowlquape has been ousted from office by the jealous, treacherous Vox. Along with him, the Guardians of the Night have taken power, and they persecute the true scholars and librarians, who have taken refuge in the ...more
Raymond Nakamura
Feb 17, 2017 Raymond Nakamura rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, children-s
Wonderful world building
Nat Howler
Mar 16, 2012 Nat Howler rated it it was amazing

This is the first book of the Rook trilogy, which in my opinion, is the best of the three trilogies.

First a bit of background.
The great floating rock called Sanctaphrax is long gone. It has, however, been replaced with another giant rock, and a new city has been built on top of it, called New Sanctaphrax. However, the rock is infested with a 'stone sickness', which causes it to slowly crumble, and prevents it from floating. Thus it is slowly sinking toward the earth. Not only that, but the sick
While the Edge world continues to bring new adventures, it seems that Mr. Stewart’s inventiveness may be grinding down a bit. Having explored the land from the Edge itself to Riverrise, there is really nothing left to cover. We are given a trip through the treacherous Deepwoods but that was been done before with the hapless Twig. Here again Mr. Stewart shows a paucity of imagination. Too many florae, faunae, people and objects seem to have the word wood as a prefix: woodale, woodsap, woodmoth, w ...more
Adam Bourke
Jun 14, 2011 Adam Bourke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
I've been a little busy this weekend, so rather than rush through a book and not give it a fair chance I decided to write a review of a book I'd already read. This is one that I particularly like, so I thought I'd share it. It's not the first in the Edge Chronicles, but is the first of the books following Rook Barkwater, and the first one I read.

One of the main reasons that I like it so much is the complexity of the world it's set in - particularly with the breadth of life forms. Many fantasy bo
Nov 21, 2009 Charlyn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Gr. 4 and up
When Rook is chosen to be one of three apprentice librarians to complete their education in the Deepwoods and complete their treatises, he seems to have neither the pedigree or the background for the appointment. But, as he and Magda and Stob journey to reach the Deepwoods, the skill and talent that others saw in Rook emerges. The trip to get to their study base, Lake Landing in the Free Glades, was a trial. Once there they must enter training to become librarian knights and design and complete ...more
Jan 25, 2009 Jaemi rated it it was amazing
It was definitely nice to go back and catch up on the background for Vox. In Last of the Sky Pirates we first get introduced to Rook Barkwater, who much like Twig, was orphaned and raised by a surrogate family, and felt destined for a life he was sure he would never reach. But that didn't stop him from sneaking off to read as many bark scrolls as he could, to learn as much as possible about the world that had been.

Captain Twig is now a legend--sailed off one day never to return. The sky rocks ar
Conan Tigard
Nov 13, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Last of the Sky Pirates is another fantastic book in the Edge Chronicles series. I took a break from the books after I was slightly disappointed by the fourth book when Twig wasn't the main character of the story, like he was in the first three books. This story takes place around fifty years after the previous books starts new characters in the Edge Chronicles universe.

With the stone sickness killing off all of the sky pirates ships stones, I wondered why the book was named as it was. Yes,
Jan 19, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, children-s
One of the things I love about The Last of the Sky Pirates is all the little nods at the Twig trilogy that came before it chronologically. People, places, events…there’s even a character from the Quint trilogy that makes an appearance. It gives that extra little bit of nostalgia and recognition.

This book is simply packed with Stuff That Happens. I’ve read the series before, so I recognize the fact that Stewart is actually setting a lot of things up (something that is lacking from the first two t
Apr 08, 2013 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"You have a long and difficult journey ahead of you. Travel in secret and trust no-one."
Rook Barkwater lives in the network of sewer chambers beneath Undertown, the bustling main city of the Edgeworld. H dreams of becoming a librarian knight -- one of those sent out explore the mysteries of their world. Somewhere out there lie the secrets of the past -- including the lost floating city of Sanctaphrax -- and, maybe, hope for a future free from the fear of tyranny.
When his chance comes, Rook grabs

Zak Benson
Sep 06, 2013 Zak Benson rated it it was amazing
This book has a male main character.

This is the first of the third series in The Edge Chronicles. Rook Barkwater, the under-librarian of the Librarian Academics is chosen to become a Librarian Knight and to undertake the dangerous journey to The Deep Woods and write a treatise about the wild life of The Deep Woods. But the journey is harsh as the evil Guardians of the Knight are trying to stop them from uncovering the secrets of The Deep Woods.

I have previously read some of the Quint Trilogies a

Years have passed since we last visited The Edge and it is a far different place now – stone sickness has stopped virtually all flight and the once-great Sanctaphrax is no longer home to scholars and knights. In these dangerous times, the Librarian Knights live hidden lives in the sewers below Undertown and their young librarians must face a hazourdous trek across the Mire, through the bewitching Twighlight Woods and into the heart of the Deepwoods to reach the Free Glade
Jun 09, 2009 Amanda rated it really liked it
Another great Edge Chronicles book--and I was very happy that this one had an introduction which explained what was going on before the story actually started.

In The Last of the Sky Pirates, 50 years have passed since The Great Storm replenished Riverrise and Santiphranx was cut loose from its anchor chain. Orphaned at a young age, Rook was raised by the librarians and earth studiers who have taken refuge in the sewers of Undertown. He sets out on a journey to learn how to survive in the Edgewoo
Dhen Dhen
Jun 20, 2015 Dhen Dhen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Here we go! We're back to the future again...or what's left of it.

I thought the Edge would be developed and more happy after Twig's heroic actions in the past, but the Edge is as bleak as the Mire. I got sad upon seeing the map once again. Everything is in ruined :(

And then there are no more Sky Pirates because of a Stone sickness! Freaking inanimate flying stones getting sick! Wtf?!

The only thing developed is the Mire. It is walkable now, making trade easier. Downside? It's owned by Shrykes. Sh
Aug 29, 2012 Olivia rated it really liked it
A gorgeous ending for both Twig and Rook... As well as Cowlquape, as I imagine he would love to read the treatises and knowledge collected. I loved how both Twig and Cowlquape didn't change despite their age. Although Twig's story is heart-wrenching, it is nice to know about his past and what happened in between the third and fifth books. I find it interesting how little about this world the characters know about, which is somewhat discouraging/disappointing. I love how this book elaborated on t ...more
Nov 04, 2014 Jules rated it really liked it
The last of the sky pirates in my opinion is one of the best books I ever read. It is full of exciting events and mysterious plots and I think that the author wrote it magnificently. The book The last of the sky pirates begins in the sewers of undertown where a small shy librarian named Rook gets chosen for a mission to go off into the vast deepwoods and write about what he finds there. As Rook goes off he is unaware that there is plot against him from the evil guardians of the night who have ta ...more
Philippe Lhoste
Apr 09, 2011 Philippe Lhoste rated it really liked it
Shelves: roman-ado, fantasy
Les auteurs commencent ici un nouveau cycle, avec un nouveau héros, des années après le premier cycle. Mais on retrouvera le premier héros...

L'univers est toujours aussi riche, et les auteurs l'ont renouvelé en changeant la donne : les pierres faisant voler les vaisseaux ne fonctionnent plus, ceux qui permettent le commerce sont les nouveaux maîtres.
Les bibliothécaires se cachent et préservent le savoir, formant des jeunes pour courir le monde et l'étudier. Un de ces étudiants, Rémiz, est le nou
Dec 28, 2008 Duane rated it it was amazing
This book in the Edge series was a great surprise for me. The last couple of books had kind of dropped in quality, but this book took a huge leap back to my faith in Paul Stewart. We got to meet Rook, the new hero in the Edge world, and get to see some old friends from previous Edge books. I love this series and this book brings the varied characters and creatures of the Edge to life. Anyone who isn't sure if they really enjoy the world of reading, this series should be put in their hands before ...more
Amro Halwah
Mar 31, 2013 Amro Halwah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amro Halwah 3/27/13
Advisory Ms. Hannah
The Last Of The Sky Pirates by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell is an Edge Chronicle series. This is a fiction book about pirates. Rook had been chosen to be a librarian knight. Rook,Magda,and Stob are librarians knights, they set out on a journey through the Deepwoods, Rook wanted to study about banderbears. In his journey he learned their language, and made friends with them. I like that this book is adventurous.

I would recommend this book to teenagers who
Jul 20, 2010 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love these! Time to take a break from the "serious fiction" and romp around The Edge for a bit! See ya when I get back!

This edition on The Edge did not disappoint. Rook is entirely lovable and I join him in his fascination with banderbears. It was lovely to see Twig again, although imagining him old was very, very hard! I look forward to Rook's next adventure! Five out of five again... I really do love all the pen art nestled within these pages!
Gabe Coe
May 18, 2015 Gabe Coe rated it it was amazing
The Edge Chronicles, The Last of the Sky Pirates, by Paul Stewart, is a great book. There is lots of school life, which will make a reader want to keep on reading. There is also adventure, which helps with the storyline. The Last of the Sky Pirates, by Paul Stewart, also has lots of mythical creatures, which gives the book some fantasy. To conclude, The Edge Chronicles, The Last of the Sky Pirates, by Paul Stewart, is an amazing book.
Arito Sato
Nov 17, 2012 Arito Sato rated it it was amazing
Sparkly Unicorns
Mar 03, 2016 Sparkly Unicorns rated it it was amazing
The book was very good. loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct 20, 2014 Nini rated it really liked it
Shelves: fav-fantasy
I found this to be a really fun read. I loved the characters even those who only made brief appearances and I espeically liked the names of the creatures. The only reason I am giving this book 4 stars and not 5 is because this was my first Edge chronicle story and I feel that there were things I would have understood better and added to the story if I had read the earlier books. This however is no fault of the author or the story. I am definitely going to give this series a go from book 1
May 20, 2008 Emily rated it it was amazing
best of the series, in my opinion! very moving, even if the main character is bit flat. I can't give anything away, but some key characters from the last cycle are revisited, and some will surprise you to no end! also, we meet the best character from the Edge Chronicles yet: Xanth Filatine, the angsty anti-hero with a secret (or two, or five...). if you're only going to read one book from the Edge Chronicles, this is the one to read!
May 11, 2015 Sally rated it really liked it
Ok I'm reading this series in reading order.
Even though ive had a few years break from the last one ive read I have had no pro lem slipping back into the Deepwoods and remembering all that has happened previously.

I just love the detailed illustrations that accompanies the story as it really brings the story to life.

Even though this is aimed for 11+ I think that anyone can enjoy the story after all I'm in my 30's and thoroughly enjoying the whole series so far
Nov 26, 2012 Bar rated it it was amazing
Getting to read about Twig in this book was amazing. I read the Twig trilogy when I was really young, and now I found a closure. This book starts a bit slow, and it takes time for the plot to build up, but the ending is beautiful. It made me cry, because in a sense, it was like saying a final goodbye to a very dear friend, one that you thought you'd never get to see again.
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Paul Stewart is a highly regarded author of books for young readers – from picture books to football stories, fantasy and horror. Together with Chris Riddell he is co-creator of the bestselling Edge Chronicles, which has sold more than three million copies and is available in over twenty languages. They have also collaborated together on lots of other exciting books for children of all ages. The F ...more
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