The Curse of the Gloamglozer by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Rating 9.0/10
A prime example of author and illustrator working in perfect harmony.

Quint, son of sky pirate captain, and new apprentice to Linius Pallitax, the Most High Academe, has been set some highly important tasks. Just how important, Quint is about to find out as he and Linius’s only daughter, Maris, are plunged into a terrifying adventure that takes them deep within the rock upon which Sanctaphrax is built. Here, they unwittingly invoke an ancient curse – the curse of the gloamglozer…

The Curse of the Gloamglozer is the perfect place to begin your journey within The Edge Chronicles. It also marks the beginning of the Quint trilogy, promising – and indeed succeeding – in taking your imagination to The Edge. The story, narration, settings, characters and illustrations are uniformly excellent and provide the complete fantasy experience.

Ideal for the 11+ age group younger readers will be enthralled by the story and captivated by the illustrations but be warned… It may also result in many staying up longer than they really should. This book sounds great read aloud; the strongest test of a book’s narrative and the beautifully illustrated cast and imaginative world will stay long in the memory.

There are currently 10 books making up The Edge Chronicles and they are arguably as good as, if not better, than the Harry Potter series, although very different in style. This is a prime example of author and illustrator working in perfect harmony.

Many books provide snippets from review websites and major newspapers but Stewart & Riddell are happy with the thoughts and feelings of those that matter most, the readers. Below is some of the wonderful feedback that they have received:

‘Everything about the Edge Chronicles is amazing’ Cameron, 13

‘I spend as long looking at the pictures as I do reading the book’ Zoe, 11

Fantasy Book Review highly recommends The Curse of the Gloamglozer; it provides a wonderful reading experience – young adult fantasy at its best.

Paul Stewart is a highly regarded author of books for younger readers – everything from picture books to football stories, fantasy and horror. Together with Chris Riddell, he is co-creator of the Far-Flung Adventures series, which includes Fergus Crane, Gold Smarties Prize Winner, and Corby Flood, Silver Nestle Prize Winner. They are of course also co-creators of the bestselling Edge Chronicles series that has sold over a million books and is now available in over thirty languages.

Chris Riddell is an accomplished graphic artist who has illustrated many acclaimed books for children, including Pirate Diary by Richard Platt, and Gulliver, which both won the Kate Greenaway Medal. Something Else by Kathryn Cave was shortlisted and Castle Diary by Richard Platt was Highly Commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

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