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The Winter Knights (The Edge Chronicles #8)

4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,524 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
Quint, son of a sky pirate, begins his knight training in an Edgworld heading into endless winter. But he breaks the rules and heads out to Open Sky on his own, and runs into the great sky leviathans known as cloud-eaters. He must use all his skill and ingenuity to save Edgeworld.
Library Binding, 400 pages
Published February 13th 2007 by David Fickling (first published 2005)
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Aug 17, 2015 Sanaa rated it it was amazing
[5 Stars] This book was so fantastic. It may actually be my favorite in the series so far! I loved seeing Quint go through the Knights Academy, and I particularly loved the action packed ending. I also really liked Quint's overall character development, though I wish we could have seen more of Maris. If you love unique, quirky, darker middle grade fantasy books then this series is certainly for you. I cannot wait to read the final book in this trilogy. Also, I just wanted to say that the epilogu ...more
Dec 12, 2015 Connor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Okay, so I love the Edge and the world. I really liked this book, but there is something about the main characters of all of these books that is not my absolute favorite. A lot of the problems would have been solved if Quint wasn't a terrible friend to Maris. And he's also a little similar to Rook where he's conveniently missing from the most intense things that happen in the plot.
An Odd1
Aug 15, 2012 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, action, mystery, fun
"Winter Knights" (Quint #2) by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell are what upperclassman Raffix designates sky pirate captain Wind Jackal's son Quint, his best friend student knight Phin, and forge-hand pal Stope, when confronted by evil peer everyone dislikes Vilnix, on their way to fulfill starved old Philius Embertine's ancient barkscroll remedy for the endless bitter cold, replace stormphrax - solidified lightning storm energy - in the Outer Sky. But the story starts when the Linius Pallitax Mos ...more
Justyn Rampa
May 04, 2012 Justyn Rampa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, half-price
There has truly not been a single misstep in this series.

Eight books into the series and I still LOVE it.

Now, I tend to love the Quint trilogy more than Rook or Twig and I don't really have any specific reasons for that other then I just respond to Quint the best. This book is the second in the Quint Trilogy (we last saw him in the AMAZING Curse of the Gloamglozer). Book nine in the series is the final book in the Quint trilogy and I suspect there is a reason why they want to end with him.

Oct 23, 2014 Mikayla rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, it was just as good as the first. If you read and liked the first book, then you'll understand perfectly why I like this book so much.

I can definitely recommend and can give this book 5 stars.
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Winter Knights (The Edge Chronicles #8), Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell
Jan 14, 2016 Angus rated it it was amazing
Fantastic. Just beautiful!
The story continues in this fantastic follow-up to The Curse of the Gloamglozer. Quintinius Verginix is up to his eyeballs in intrigue but he’s woefully unequipped to deal with it. When a shift-eyed student decides to use him, Quint is an unknowing pawn in his schemes.

The myriad threads of this story wind together in tighter and tighter coils as the story proceeds, with all the many characters playing their parts with exquisitely penned elements. This book is awash in palace intrigue, murder, as
May 20, 2014 Riana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As Sanctaphrax’s Most High Academe lies in his sickbed, Quint’s future on this great floating rock becomes all the more dubious. Great is his surprise at finding his career as an academic is not yet over. In the legendary Knights Academy he finds plenty of new adventures, friends, and of course, foes.

I enjoyed this installment more than its predecessor; the story felt more chewable and convincing, with less emotional ranting. The content were more mature (and sometimes surprisingly violent for a
Star Shining Forever
In this book, we go back to the time of Twig's father, Cloud Wolf - real name Quint. This is actually the second book in the Quint trilogy; The Curse of the Gloamglozer is first and I haven't read that yet.

It starts out rather slow, but this one caught my attention quickly because it involves court intrigue, one of my favorite things in books. A fire claimed all Quint's family except his father, who is a sky pirate off sailing the sky. Quint is training in the prestigious school in the floating
Nat Howler
May 14, 2012 Nat Howler rated it it was amazing
In this sequel to Curse of the Gloamglozer, we learn more about stormphrax. Stormphrax is created when a great storm strikes the cursed Twilight Woods, and a bolt of lightning solidifies into a pure substance. This substance crumbles into crystals, and that basically, is stormphrax. Stormphrax is the most valuable stuff on The Edge, because among other things, it is heavier than any other substance when you put it in pure darkness. In fact, it is stormphrax which, when placed in the dark treasur ...more
Charlyn  Trussell
Feb 09, 2010 Charlyn Trussell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who've enjoyed others in the series
What I found in this edition published in the UK was a list of the books in the series divided into groups. This is the second of three book about Quint and I have already begun the third. Quint loses his good friend Maris Pallitax when her father dies and his will turns her guardianship over to her cruel aunt and uncle in Undertown. Because Quint had been apprenticed to her father Linius Pallitax, he believes that he may no longer have a future at the Most High Academe of Sanctaphrax. But Quint ...more
Oct 28, 2014 Oscarb2 rated it really liked it

I thought Winter Knights by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell was a great book. I thought it was a great book because something was always happening maybe even two things, you also have to think ahead and try to guess what's going to happen next and lastly It was just in my reading level. I recommend this book to 6-9th graders who like fiction and adventure books. They’re also nine more books in the series to read and they're all very good. I give this good 4/5 stars.

For the first time in my reading of this series, I had a hard time getting through the book. I’m not really sure whether it was me, or the story. More than the others it felt a bit out of left field, even though it wasn’t.

Following up the previous tale, The Most High Academe has died, Quint is training to be a Knight Academic, sponsored by the Professor of Light, and Maris is in Undertown, in the “care” of her uncle.

Plots abound throughout the school, as the weather turns more and more wintry an
Apr 01, 2009 Max rated it it was amazing
Shelves: quarter-3
Following up the previous tale, The Most High Academe has died, Quint is training to be a Knight Academic, sponsored by the Professor of Light, and Maris is in Undertown, in the “care” of her uncle.
his first year in the Knights Academy, making friends (Raff and Phinn) and an enemy (Vilnix). When perpetual winter threatens the existence of Sanctaphrax, Quint and his friends, the Winter Knights, brave the Open Sky to find the source of the cold and to restore warmth to their city. Sky Scholars gr
Sophia Musgrave
Jul 07, 2009 Sophia Musgrave rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book although it does move a bit slow. It tells the story of a young boy who succeeds not only in storm chasing studies but also his who has compassion, strength of character and a quick mind. Reminiscent of Harry Potter, this story too creates a whole new world with new terminology to describe it. The author has creative ideas and I can see why this series is so popular in England with little boys since it is rather technical, mechanical oriented at times yet still there is a goo ...more
Joan Sizemore
Dec 28, 2007 Joan Sizemore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle school readers
Series: The Edge Chronicles, Number 8. Quint, the son of the sky pirate Wind Jackal, is trying to survive his first year in the Knights Academy, making friends (Raff and Phinn) and an enemy (Vilnix). When perpetual winter threatens the existence of Sanctaphrax, Quint and his friends, the Winter Knights, brave the Open Sky to find the source of the cold and to restore warmth to their city. Great adventure with unusual creatures, machines, and subplots. Use in middle school for fantasy lovers.

Sanctaphrax is gripped in a seemingly never-ending winter and it’s up to Quint, newly enrolled in the Knights Academy, to follow in his father’s footsteps and take the helm of a great Sky Ship and avert disaster. This is every bit as exciting as The Curse of the Gloamglozer, filled with thrills and spills on every page. The illustrations are delightful and the story is so well-written that the reader is instantly transported to a world of floating rocks and strange creatu
Gabe Coe
May 18, 2015 Gabe Coe rated it it was amazing
This review is about The Winter Knights, by Paul Stewart. The Winter Knights, by Paul Stewart, is about the school life of Quintinius Verginix, son of the sky pirate Wind Jackal, and his journey to save a city on the verge of destruction. The Winter Knights has mystery, which helps makes the story line extra special. It also includes lots of humor, which makes the book fun. The Winter Knights, by Paul Stewart, also has lots of mythical elements and creatures, which makes readers keep reading to ...more
Sep 20, 2012 Olivia rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-challenge
I thought this book was more of a filler, addressing the quote revealed in the 7th book. While I loved meeting new people, I thought that (again) the continuity was lacking. Considering the end of the 4th book, with Linius Pallitax getting better, his sudden death was strange and far-fetched for me. The end was also ridiculous, with Quint abandoning his studies at the Knights Academy with NO explanation and considering the skirmish between Quint and Vilnix (I hate that guy!) described in the 2nd ...more
Dec 27, 2014 Shannon rated it really liked it
I absolutely love his books. I'll be sad to finish the series.
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Aug 15, 2014 Galion Public Library Teens rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
A.J. liked "all of it" and recommends it for "everyone."
Sep 02, 2014 Ang rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-fantasy
I'm glad good prevails over evil!
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Jun 02, 2010 Yao added it
Shelves: advisory-2009-10
I kind of didn't like this book as much as the others because I couldn't get into it. Nothing interesting happened in this book as much as the other books like Vox when Rook meets his grandfather Twig who is the protagonist in the Twig saga of the Edge chronicles. But I thought some scenes were good like when Maris was tricked by Quint's letters, even though the book was really stretched out with 300 something pages with nothing really interesting happening like a big battle or a meaningful even ...more
Oct 17, 2014 Emma rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Jan 28, 2016 Jerome rated it really liked it
Another suspenseful and action-packed Edge tale with fine illustrations. The book deals with Quint’s time at the Knights Academy, where he is separated from his friends and father but makes some new friends and some new enemies. At the same time, Quint confronts the intrigue and corruption of the Academy itself, while a crisis over stormphrax must be resolved.

Suspenseful, even if the dangers are not as, well, dangerous as in other books.
Dagan Brinda
Feb 10, 2014 Dagan Brinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I already stated I think Curse of the Gloamgozer is a meh book. Is The Winter Knights an improvment? Yes. Is The Winter Knights a significant improvement? Yes. Better action, better drama, better characters, better suspense, better twists, and a better climax. This book is better in about every way, and if your willing to sit through one "only ok" book, then I think you will be pleasantly suprised. Consider me a fan!
Jun 29, 2011 Robin rated it really liked it
This one didn't move quite as fast as some of the others but it was still a fun read. It takes you back to explain some of the "historical" events that you've only heard bit and pieces of until now. Of course there were moments of political intrigue and high adventure, as well. Some of the action sequences were surprisingly gruesome for juvenile fiction, but that seems to happen a bit in this series.

On to book 9!
Jan 13, 2010 Sally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nearly at the end of the 2nd in the Edge Chronicles and I have really enjoyed it so far. I think that this series is 1 of the Best young adult series I have yet come across. I feel it has enough depth to the story line and the language used in it is by no means all that simple. Yet made easier to read by having pics to look at!

I loved this book although it did start off a little too sad for me!
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Paul Stewart is a writer of children's books, best known for the bestselling The Edge Chronicles, the Free Lance novels and the Far Flung Adventures series among others. Many of his books are illustrated by Chris Riddell. Paul Stewart lives in the Seaside town Brighton with his wife and children.
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Other Books in the Series

The Edge Chronicles (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Beyond the Deepwoods (Edge Chronicles, #1)
  • Stormchaser (The Edge Chronicles, #2)
  • Midnight Over Sanctaphrax (Edge Chronicles, #3)
  • The Curse of the Gloamglozer (The Edge Chronicles, #4)
  • The Last of the Sky Pirates (Edge Chronicles, #5)
  • Vox (Edge Chronicles, #6)
  • Freeglader (Edge Chronicles, #7)
  • Clash of the Sky Galleons (The Edge Chronicles, #9)
  • The Immortals (the Edge Chronicles, #10)
  • The Nameless One (The Edge Chronicles #11; Cade #1)

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