The Winter Knights (The Edge Chronicles, Book 8; The Quint Trilogy, Book 2)

The Winter Knights (The Edge Chronicles, Book 8; The Quint Trilogy, Book 2)

Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell

Language: English

Pages: 176


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Original publication: 2005 in Great Britain by Doubleday


In the great floating city of Sanctaphrax, blizzards howl through the streets as the Edgeworld descends into an endless winter. Quint, the son of a sky pirate, has just begun his training at the Knights Academy—training that involves heading out over the Edge on tethers to develop his flying skills. But when Quint breaks the rules and sets off for Open Sky on his own, he runs into the great sky leviathans known as cloud-eaters and must use all his skill and ingenuity if catastrophe is not to strike the Edgeworld. . . .

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sniffing the air. ‘Oh, Nibblick,’ said Quint as he pushed a small piece of barley bread through the bars. ‘ forgot all about Maris. Fine friend I am!’ Unrolling the letter with half-frozen fingers, Quint held it up to the yellow light and began to read. Dear Quint, It is so cold down here in Undertown that, as I write this, I can hardly stop my hands from shaking. My guardian, Heft, is so mean that he only allows one fire to be lit a day, and that is a small one in his and Dacia’s personal

aside. Approaching them, a dozen white- and grey-robed professors from the Institute of Ice and Snow raised their noses snootily in the air, and close behind, a gaggle of yellow-caped apprentices from the College of Cloud gossiped and laughed noisily. ‘A little more ochre, I think,’ Gleet was saying. Just then, a furtive-looking individual caught Quint’s eye as he emerged from the door at the bottom of a battered turret opposite. He glanced over both shoulders – clearly forgetting that someone

is testing us now. With the Great Purge of earth-scholarship, we sky-scholars rose to that challenge. But now, as a Great Storm approaches, and with the Sanctaphrax rock once more in peril, we must have the courage to act decisively again!’ The gantries were now buzzing with whispers and mutters, and beside Quint, Phin nudged him in the ribs. ‘Hey, Quint,’ he whispered. ‘Look at Vilnix. He’s hanging on Hax’s every word.’ Quint looked down at the solitary squire on the floating bench just

heavy footsteps coming along the corridor behind him. Glancing round, he saw a couple of rough-looking gatekeepers turning into Philius’s chamber. ‘What in Sky’s name have you been up to now, you senile old woodgoat?’ one of them bellowed. ‘There’s ashes everywhere.’ ‘Can’t leave you alone for a minute, can we?’ roared the other. ‘Do you want to be chained up?’ he demanded. ‘Do you? Phin gulped. Maybe old Philius wasn’t so confused after all, he mused. * iii The Forge The grey goblin

the barkscrolls swam before his eyes, seeming to taunt him and goad him. He pushed them aside, and as he did so, his hands knocked against the silver tray with its untouched plate of food, the jug of sapwine, the small gold bowl … All at once, he doubled up violently again, his chin on his knees, as a fiery convulsion erupted inside him. The pain was so bad, it felt as if his belly was about to explode. ‘Must be something … I … ate …’ he moaned. His gaze fell on the gold bowl … Of course! The

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