The Curse of the Gloamglozer

The Curse of the Gloamglozer

Book - 2009
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Apprenticed to the Most High Academe of Sanctaphrax, a floating city of scholars, gossip, and treachery, fourteen-year-old Quint runs increasingly dangerous errands, which eventually bring him to a place of gruesome monsters that threaten his life and those of his friends.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Yearling/Random House Children's Books, 2009
Edition: First Yearling edition
ISBN: 9780440420996
Branch Call Number: J STEWART
Characteristics: 370 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Riddell, Chris


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FindingJane Jan 07, 2015

Mr. Stewart has created a brand new world, one startling in its vision, scope and complexity. It takes a bit of getting used to, trying to sort out all the new names, terms and descriptions of its denizens, tools, artifacts and surroundings. But it’s worth hanging on while you get the gist of this amazing place called Sanctaphrax.

What elevates this “chronicle” above mere world building is Mr. Stewart’s equally adept storytelling capabilities. Alchemy, study, adventure, academics, et al., are just the bases for this ripping yarn about the pursuit of forbidden knowledge. The characters in it are a varied bunch, each with their own idiosyncrasies and individual natures. The revelation of the terrible secret one of them is keeping builds slowly, winding its way through the narrative like a stony path through the very heart of the mystical floating rock on which they live.

The black-and-white illustrations by Chris Riddell are a marvel, managing to convey the otherworldliness that you find in the figures by Wendy Froud with detail and expression. Even though they’re only inked drawings, you expect them to fly off the page. The titular Gloamglozer is particularly terrifying, managing to convey subtle variations of slyness, physical menace and palpable rage.

This is a grand start to this nine-part saga and whets the appetite for the sequels that will follow.

May 03, 2013

Ehh. Not quite as good as the others.

Tiff67 Jan 14, 2012

I love the Edge chronicles books; they're my favourite books ever!!
The Curse of the Gloamglozer is my favourite book in the series. I like the Quint trilogy best because it's the most interesting and Quint and Maris are my favourite characters. Also, the Rook trilogy isn't that interesting, because of the lack of sky pirate ships and instead there are those other flying apparatuses. And in the Twig trilogy a lot of it is about tragedy and adventure, but it's not as deep of a plot as in the Quint trilogy. It's still good though.


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Tiff67 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 15


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