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The Edge Chronicles 2: The Winter Knights: Second Book of Quint (The Edge Chronicles: The Quint Saga #2)

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Quint Verginix has enrolled as a squire in the Knight’s Academy. After his training, he will be able to pilot stormchaser sky-ships into the heart of Great Storms, and retrieve the solidified lightning – stormphrax – to weigh down the floating rock on which Sanctaphrax is built. But as a freezing winter takes hold, and the city strains to break free of its tether, ancient ...more
Library Binding, 400 pages
Published February 13th 2007 by David Fickling (first published 2005)
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Feb 07, 2014 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
Jul 30, 2015 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.
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Winter Knights (The Edge Chronicles #8), Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Quint und die Eisritter" ist der achte Band in der Klippenlandreihe und das zweite Buch um Quint. Insofern kann man kaum etwas zum Buch sagen außer dass es wieder aufregend und spannend war. Quint wird hintergangen und Maris auch und es gibt eine Putsch...
Die Welt ist unglaublich komplex. Es gibt zwischen den Bänden unglaublich viele Verknüpfungen. So lernen wir hier eine Figur kennen und am Ende stellen wir fest, dass wir sie schon kannten aber es ist schrecklich, wer er war oder besser gesagt
A great sequel of the series, half a point less for not having enough Maris in it. The focus shifted on Quint entirely and the inner workings of the Academy and other levels. I liked the new characters and the story development was really interesting and quite unpredictable at times. Can't wait to read the next one.
Alec Chu
Feb 13, 2016 rated it liked it
After entering Sanctaphrax, this book continues with Quint's journey of becoming a sky knight. Although this book explores a very different side of the edge through its schools and society, by doing so it makes the edge an even more complete world.

I enjoyed this book, though I think that there is much to be improved. Mainly that the book seemed too short and compact to contain the amount of action.

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What I liked about this book:
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An Odd1
Aug 02, 2012 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
Apr 30, 2012 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.

Sep 11, 2012 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
Oct 17, 2014 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.
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic. Just beautiful!
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
2 stars = it was semi OK

This short book left me feeling kind of meh...

1.) It is more clearly at children, however, I truly mean this following critique despite knowing it is not necessarily an adult's book: the plot seems shallow, simply A,B,C happen and the day is unimaginatively won. I found it less quirky than the first Edge book.

2.) I feel it was shallow because the characters and their stories told held no real lessons and/or interesting concepts for children to learn from or empathise wi
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I felt really sad that I read the Twig saga first and not Quint's. How was I to know who came first if Twig's saga was the start of the whole series?

I felt sad after reading this book for 3 reasons. 1st, because what happened to Quint in the 3rd book. 2nd, because of what became of Screedius Tollinix. Lastly 3rd, because I'm once again coming to the end of the saga of a character I fell in love with.

The Edge Chronicles book series is probably my 2nd favorite (Septimus Heap being my 1st). This bo
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recent
There are some things I like a lot about this book, so two stars seems a bit harsh, but its negative qualities are just so much more prominent and horrible.

So first of all, the sexism in these books is becoming so much more blatant. There are almost no major female characters in the entire series, and I thought finally that problem might be somewhat alleviated with the Quint Trilogy giving us Maris, but no, the authors apparently just shove her offscreen and forget about her for most of the book
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the characters and the setting in this one.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful continuation of the Quint's tale. The animals that Paul Stewart thinks up are just so strange and fantastic.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this book is the second book of quint. in this book quint enters the knights acdamey and makes enemies and friends and has many adventures there.

this book was great i loved it!
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 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
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 10, 2014 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
Feb 09, 2010 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
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 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 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 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
Mar 23, 2015 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
May 21, 2010 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 27, 2014 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.

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