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The Edge Chronicles 9: Freeglader: Third Book of Rook

(The Edge Chronicles: Rook Trilogy #3)

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Fleeing from the ruins of New Undertown, young librarian knight Rook Barkwater and his colleagues – Felix Lodd and his banderbear friends – must lead the escaping population to a new life in the Free Glades.

But perils aplenty are ahead for the crowd, and Rook knows the journey will be full of danger. Meanwhile, in the Goblin Nations, the tribes are amassing for war. Will
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Sanaa
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-collection
[4 Stars] Really wonderful end to the Rook trilogy! I still think it wasn't quite as good as the other two trilogies but intereresting nonetheless. My main problems were probably all the battle stuff. I always enjoy the adventuring more. This had less of that. I really liked reading Xanth's journey though. I really need to read the Immortals now!
Sanja_Sanjalica
A lot of the book is a flashback to the past, which is fine for someone who hasn't read the books, but is a bit boring for those who have. In general, I think this one missed the opportunity to explore the Freeglades more and really show the ways of living there, much of the book was concentrated on the characters and plots surrounding them. I like Xanth's story line and that's about it. Hope the next one will be more engaging.
McKenzie/literarydragon
It’s going to be a little odd to review Freeglader because I’ve read all the others in the series up to this point, but I read them before I reviewed.

It’s interesting that these are marketed toward kids simply because there is technically a lot of violence and death. However, it’s not explained in detail or in a particularly gory manner. People die terrible deaths but it’s very vague and matter of fact. I don’t believe in censorship, but some parents may want to just give a quick read through of
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Roya
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quite-good, favourite




What have I done with my life? I could be a foundling living in the Freeglades reading barkscrolls, but I'm here. What planet is this again?
Peter
Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
In this book, the Rook trilogy comes to a close as all the inhabitants of the Edge desert Sanctaphrax and Undertown and start life anew in the Free Glades.

It is sad that writing and illustrations of this caliber are largely unknown. I feel that the Edge Chronicles is definitely unrecognized by many as an example of one of the greatest series ever. I find that the lack of recognition and awards to be disheartening as something as fine as this series deserves to be shared with the world. Despite
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Chris Whybrow
'Freeglader' is the third and final book featuring Rook as its protagonist. It tells the story of Undertown's inhabitants fleeing to the Free Glades, and the subsequent war to defend said Free Glades from their more aggressive neighbors.

The beginning is strong, with the refugees and those defending them facing mounting difficulties as they journey towards the Free Glades. The battle with the Shryke sisterhood is pretty good, and serves as a decent conclusion to the first act of the book. We get
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Star Shining Forever
This is the third book in the Rook saga of the Edge Chronicles. With Undertown destroyed by a great storm, the valiant Librarian Knights and the confident Ghosts of Screetown must lead the people to a new life in the Free Glades. But threats in the form of old connivers and new greedy warmongers must be dealt with first.

The journey of the Undertowners reads much like the Exodus of Israel. Across the Mire mudflats they travel, old and young, in carts and on foot, driving animals and carrying
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Halima
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book more than some of the others. I liked how everyone got together on the end and i also liked how all the stories connected. I have enjoyed reading the whole series and wish I had only come across it when i was younger.
Jaemi
Picking up where we left off in Vox, the Undertowners are now fleeing a great malestrom which has destroyed their homes. As the storm is traveling faster than the great expedition can on foot, emissaries have been sent to the Sky Pirates living in the Mire to ask for their help in getting across the treacherous expanse, which is the only alternate route to the Great Mire Road.

With the help of the Sky Pirates and the Ghosts of Screetown, everyone is safely evacuated from the elevated road before
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Lizzie
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still my favourite book of the whole series. So much tragedy and loss, yet also about the importance of family. I loved it when I was 14 and I still love it now over 10 years later. It still makes me cry...
M.J. Dermott
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great read from this series, although probably not my favourite. I'm always amazed at the minute details of this fantasy world that are slipped into the text and also into the illustrations. I love these books as much for the illustrations as for the effortless text.
Frieda
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an epic adventure, or should I say a fair number of adventures. So much happens in this young man's life!
Julia Sutcliffe
Not as exciting as other installments, but Xanth is bae.
Havanah
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the ninth book in the Edge Chronicles, the third and final book of the Rook Trilogy, and as such this review may contain spoilers for earlier books.

This was an interesting book for me to read. I found it in an impromptu visit to a charity shop. Bought it and, to my utter delight, found it signed by the author and illustrator. If you've read any of my reviews of previous books in this series then you'll know how fantastic a moment that was for me. As such, I have really looked
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Justyn Rampa
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
So after a long break, I returned to "The Edge Chronicles" and completed the final book in the Rook trilogy. I'm not even sure where to start. My life was getting overwhelming and complicated when I read the previous two books and sadly I did not formally review them, so I must do this one justice.

The Edge Chronicles for seven books now manages to be holding it down as a wonderful introduction to the high fantasy genre for younger readers. I will say that this book in particular and several
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Conan Tigard
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Freeglader is another excellently penned tale about the Edgelands. This is the third book in the series to have Rook Barkwater as the main character. Not having his flyer anymore, he isn't very useful as a Librarian Knight. He then becomes a Freeglade lancer where he gets to ride a skewbald prowlgrin named Chinquix. These are funny looking creatures with powerful rear legs, a huge forehead with nostrils on top, and a monstrous mouth.

Once again Paul Stewart returns the reader to the wonderful
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Nat Howler
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Undertown and New Sanctaphrax have been destroyed by an apocalyptic bomb created by the vengeful supra-genius Vox Verlix. The sewers where the librarians dwelt have been flooded. However, the librarians have evacuated, and, with the help of 'Ghosts of Screetown' and the sky pirates of the Mire, the population of Undertown has been brought out of the city and across the treacherous mudflats. Now, everyone--librarians, Ghosts, sky pirates, and Undertowners--are approaching the Twilight Woods, a ...more
Marsha
This book outlines, with unflinching intensity, the joys and perils of freedom, the grim efforts that must be made to keep it and the fragile nature of civilization. It’s exhilarating to read about the flight of those who used to cluster around the Sanctaphrax rock as they struggle to carve out a new existence for themselves beyond its flooded boundaries.

The Free Glade, where all are equal, everyone works but no one pays and everyone maintains their individuality and self-respect, is a marvelous
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An Odd1
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, action, fun
"Freeglader" (Edge Chronicles, Rook 3) by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell is the final struggle of young knight-librarian Rook finding Screetown ghosts of schoolmate Felix Lodd, Skypirates of Deadbolt Vulpoon (not his nasty grandfather I recall getting just desserts, but rescued pal from Skypirates #5) to lead, organize and guard the Undertown refugees across the white muddy Mire, past Twilight Woods luring with familiar voices toward a dream-like wandering unto death. The surviving Eastern Roost ...more
Elizabeth
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children-s
Freeglader is a great finish to the Rook trilogy. There are battles, trials, rebels-—everything you need to make lots of action and thrills.

Xanth is really fleshed out in this book. He is, I believe, the most nuanced, most well-developed character in the series. Rook, too, has some shiny moments of character development in this book as well.

The battles in this book were very well-done. A bit violent, but the way they ended was satisfying. The end of the last battle, in particular, was, I
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Max
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quarter-3
As the storm is traveling faster than the great expedition can on foot, emissaries have been sent to the Sky Pirates living in the Mire to ask for their help in getting across the treacherous expanse. With the help of the Sky Pirates and the Ghosts of Screetown, everyone is safely evacuated from the elevated road before the storm hits. Once it passes, and they've dug themselves out of the mud, the long journey to the Free Glades begins. As an army composed of the newly born, it's even more ...more
Olivia
Sep 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-challenge
I thought the book was definitely not the quality I was used to in the Edge Chronicles series. I felt that the continuity was thrown askew from Twig's backstory, Tem's backstory, and Tweezel's story (told to Xanth). While they are lovely on their own, I think that put together they didn't make much sense in context with the characters. I was also disappointed with Rook joining the Freeglade Lancers. I never felt as close to them as I did the librarian knights, and I think they could have been ...more
Jacob Boorsma
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That's the thing with a series. You can just link it to the past and it's amazing. Tweezel, who was featured in the stories of Quint and Maris, who is so ancient but still around. And Tem Barkwater, who was part of the Wind Jackals crew in Quint, ánd Quints crew, ánd Twig, where he went into the Twilight Woods. You think he is lost but he returns. I even found out that the professor of Light/Darkness, who's last name is Vespius, is related to Linius Pallitax' wife, whos last name is also ...more
Alison
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First off, I KNOW this book is too young for me. You don't have to tell me that. I started reading this series when I was younger and decided recently that I had to finish it. Pure nostalgia.
I love the edge chronicles with all my heart, I remember being enthralled with all the creatures and adventures in the first books. But... this one seemed to fall a little flat. I feel like the whole plot could have been summarised in one sentence and the battle seems to wrap up too quickly for my liking.
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Zac Charnesky
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Freeglader, by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddel, was about the further adventures of Rook the librarian knight. It starts off very close to where the last book left off. The librarian knights and undertowners had just barely escaped the ruins of what used to be Undertown. As they struggle to reach the safety of the Free Glades, they recruited the help of the last remaining band of sky pirates to help them cross the barren Mire. When they finally reach the deep woods, they are attacked by ...more
Dhen Dhen
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Nothing ends a good book like an epic all-out war.

Freeglader ended Rook's trilogy. I'm still wondering why The Edge is not recognized that much.

Every book is as action-packed as the last. Nostalgia is a recurring feeling; the order of the books made sure of it.

It explore sensitive issues like slavery and racism. I guess you really can't get away with that since the creatures come in different variaties.

I think the series needs a tiny bit of humor. It's too serious considering it's intended
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Kell
*REVIEWED FOR PUBLISHER*

Undertown is no more, New Sanctaphrax has been destroyed and the Mire has all but been washed away – life on The Edge has changed drastically and those who have survived have to make their way to the Free Glades at the heart of the Deepwoods. But the journey is arduous, and there are those whose ambitions lie in enslaving the new Freegladers. Rook will face his biggest challenge yet as he fights for freedom and uncovers the truth of his mysterious past. Both compelling
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Amanda
Jun 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good book from Stewart and Riddell. I've really enjoyed the stories involving Rook Barkwater, and was happy to finally connect the dots of his ancestry.

If I ever read this series again, I think I will read it in chronological order, rather than the order in which they were written and released...or rather, I will read the three involving Twig, followed by the three involving Quint, and lastly the three involving Rook.

Well, I still have two books left in the series, and I look forward
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Joanna
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Over all a really good book, I enjoyed it more than the previous book in the Rook series. I prefer the Twig series to the Rook series, and I miss the old Sanctaphrax and Undertown, but I still give this book 5 stars as it has an intriguing plot, great characters and creatures, and leaves some questions unanswered until the very end. The Edge Chronicles are probably my favorite adventure books. :)
Flower
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-read
My friend & I were out over the ocean on a pier & saw lightening & this series came up in discussion. We true love the series. Twig is the greatest character & we would like one more book involving "more adventures of Twig." Please & thank you! My friend had not finished the series & I highly recommended that he do that, then read the Muddle Earth trilogy. If you haven't finished the series, it is a must. All you questions will be answered.
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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 ...more

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