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Publisher's Summary

High in the crumbling Palace of Statues, oily Vox Verlix - nominally the Most High Academe but no more than a prisoner in reality - is brewing a terrible plot to destroy the goblins and the shrykes at a stroke, leaving him free to take over once again. Rook Barkwater, a young librarian knight, stumbles upon the truth when he is taken captive and forced to work for Vox. But can Rook foil Vox's plan and save the lives of his librarian colleagues?
Part of the Rook trilogy set 50 years later than the events of the Twig sequence - and filled with fascinating new characters and settings that will enthral fans of the series.
©2003 Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell (P)2009 Random House Audio
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3 out of 5 stars
By Ian on 02-16-17

Abridged?!?!?! Why?!

I love the stories in this collection.

But...
Why even bother with abridged versions?
Excellent world, excellent predecessor novels and trilogies...
excellent narrator....
Halfway decent abridge-er... but abridgement SUCKS THE LIFE OUT OF THESE WORLDS!!

WHERE ARE THE IMPORTANT DRAMA-ADDING DETAILS?!?!

Abridged subsequent tales after such amazing tales presented in their complete states?!?!

Lacking...
Half-assed...
Teasing...

...but not enough to convince me to pay for the full versions if they come out later.

I could have been a lifelong fan, (probably will be - but from a different source), these stories are Tolkien-equivalent-worthy! Robert-Jordan-worthy... but some idiot talked them into publishing ABRIDGED versions!!!

Makes EVERYTHING incomplete and takes the LIFE out of the stories. Makes everything DISCONNECTED!!!

I'm stopping HERE!!

Maybe 10 years from now when I'm not angry at AUDIBLE.COM for providing SOME of the tales in their complete states, and the later tales in disjointed half-story-states (aka ABRIDGED!) I might try again and these authors and the brilliant narrator might be worth my adoration- but as of now, the abridged versions are just pissing me off!

I'm DONE!!

No more edge chronicles until you provide COMPLETE versions.

THEY ARE WORTH PUBLISHING!!!

Whoever decided to do abridged versions should be fired!

...DAMMIT!!!

Get the whole things- narrated by the same narrator...

...PRONTO!!!

(Please 🤓)

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