Clash of the Sky Galleons (Edge Chronicles)

ISBN: 0385607210
ISBN 13: 9780385607216
By: Paul Stewart Chris Riddell

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In the penultimate book in the Edge Chronicles series, Quint is travelling with his father, Wind Jackal, on a mission to track down and bring to justice Turbot Smeal, the man who started the fire that killed their family. Having left behind his studies at the Knights Academy, Quint is now eager to learn from his father what it really means to be a sky pirate. But, consumed by his desire to capture Smeal, Wind Jackal’ s judgment is flawed, and his actions endanger the lives of his crew — and his son. As they travel from the taverns and backstreets of Undertown and the wonders of the shipbuilders’ yards, to the dark dangers of the Deepwoods, Quint and Maris become separated from the rest of the crew. Finally, at the mysterious, ghostly sky-wreck in Open Sky, they discover the truth about Smeal.

Reader's Thoughts

Nat Howler

Quint has rescues Maris and has left Sanctaphrax, both of them joining Quint's father, Wind Jackal, on his sky-ship. Then Wind Jackal gets the news that Turbot Smeal, his former quartermaster, a man responsible for the deaths of Wind Jackal's family minus Quint, and a man long presumed dead, is still alive. Wind Jackal is prepared to risk everything in his desire to catch the filthy murderer and exact revenge. This leads to a wild-goose chase, which results in hair-raising adventures, with Quint and Maris at one point separated from the sky ship, and lost in the dangerous Deepwoods. A dashing young sky pirate named Thaw Daggerslash joins in the quest for revenge--he too, wants revenge on Smeal, but it seems that Daggerslash has a dark side.During the course of the journey, Quint discovers a plot by the greedy merchants' leagues to put an end to the sky pirates once and for all. It may be up to Quint to save the skies from their tyranny.As always in the Edge Chronicles, this is a gripping tale, characterized by showcasing the characters' strengths and weaknesses, with rich descriptions and illustrations. In particular, this book describes what a sky ship is actually like, and what takes place on one. Join the adventure and sail the skies above The Edge, with Quint, Maris, and Wind Jackal.





Michael Mcdaid

I liked this book as it develops the relationship Quint aka Cloud Wolf has with his father Wind Jackal. Wind Jackal is obsessed with finding a quartermaster named Turbot Smeal who betrayed Wind Jackal and killed his whole family except for Quint. The story was a little slow in parts and could have used some editing or rearranging. The ending was really good and helped explain how Quint became the sky pirate we know in the Twig trilogy. This is my favorite of the Quint series. And a good book to read. I like the illustrations how the fit the style of the book. And Paul Stewart's writing is good but some editing was needed in this book to keep the story flowing better.


Paul Stewart can't seem to write a bad story. I love all of his books in the Edge Chronicles series.


** spoiler alert ** Former knight-in-waiting Quintinius Verginix is leaving his dreams behind on Sanctaphrax. His father, the famous Wind Jackal wants him back in his sky pirate crew. Quint soon realises that his father is on a mission and that, for the first time in his life, he is questioning his father's burning motives and judgement. After all the action and conspiracy in the second installment of the Quint Saga, the story line of this book felt at the same time a bit sluggish and quick-fixed. I really liked the way the reader gets more familiar with the characters in the ship's crew as they are all fascinating and loyal, though far from perfect. What spoiled this closer acquaintance drastically is that they almost all die soon after. There were some enchanting scenes that grasps the imagination, for example when Maris and Quint is left stranded in the Deepwoods and they have to climb an enormous pine tree to signal for help. Also the Tarry Vine Pub is described in such vivid detail and veneration that it makes you want to visit it yourself.I was really hoping some loose ends would be tied up before the saga is resolved, such as whether the gloamglozer, who promised he would come back for Quint, would return for revenge. The real Turbot Smeal also never made his appearance and leaves the mystery of his whereabouts unsolved (which is probably for the better, considering how many characters already died...) I did enjoy several sections of the book, but overall I feel that the plot was too hastily concluded.

Arito Sato


Emma Elizabeth


An Odd1 hero is newest Galerider crew member: young Quint Verginix, son of sky pirate Wind Jackal, sweet on pretty high-born Maris with dark braids and expertise in healing salves and bandages, but villain and massacres overpower; He luckily heard and remembers Deepwoods survival skills: eat only pine nuts, drink only mushroom nectar, light a pine pitch smoke signal; she ignores and nearly dies. The only humor not inherent in this odd Edge universe (poisonous halitoad breath), is when she does obey warning, hesitates to eat safe morsel "Like" applies to imaginative setting drawn details, not horror, death, destruction. Disaster memorable(view spoiler)[ over final "happy" couple pairing (hide spoiler)]. Prefacing portraits are preferable, like Hugo Pepper and Lake of Skulls - large cast confuses - Spillins, Ratbit, Steg, Tem, Queep p102-5. (view spoiler)[ All die anyway. (hide spoiler)] But cover picture is hollow-eyed fanged mask on Turbot Smeal, former quartermaster who burned down their house and rest of their family a dozen years before in revenge for slave deal gone awry. Now, messages in his name lure the two survivors into traps. Edge wraiths ambush them: swivelling "massive watery eyes too big for shrunken skull-like head, long spidery legs glinting with long needle-like talons, thin spittle-like drool dripping from jaws that dislocate to a gaping maw .. wide enough to swallow a full-grown hammelhorn whole" p35. Everything is exaggerated to excess in this world: plump is elephantine obese, thin is gaunt flat, wrinkled is continuous deep folds, small miniscule, big ginormous. In the Deepwoods, human Maris figure is infinitesimal speck below tall column of beautiful dangers "sleek silvery bark, velvety golden bark, banks of moonbells and dewdorps, tumbledown-furze and com-bushes chirus delicate chimes and plangent humming " p219 (loud, reverberating, often melancholy). Creatures "small translucent cray-spinners with diaphanous wings ..armor-plated hoglets, sharp-tusked and quick .. whooping silver-backed quarms" p223-5. Galerider finds bloodoak to ship, at terrible cost.Enemies come from single and crowd. Handsome blond Thaw Daggerslaw has a "kind noble face" p43, public air of friendly bonhomie to all, privately sells and beats his scrawny young albino banderbear Humble, and aura of deceptive purple heats to angry boiling red. (view spoiler)[From first sight, he wanted Galerider ship, and posed as Smeal to end Verginix line. (hide spoiler)] Multi-pointed two-stride high hatted, Ruptus Pentephraxis large strong High Leaguesmaster of Undertown, seconded by puny Imbix Hoth High Master of the entire Leagues of Flight, noted for his finger spikes p92 unite Undertown Leagues against the sky pirates, and burn out the taverns they favor. Armada of 120 sky pirates vanquished by gargantuan League Bringer of Doom (view spoiler)[ exploded by stormphrax fragment left in place after weighted down over-sized flight rock (hide spoiler)]. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>


Clash of the Sky Galleons by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell is another great book in the Edge Chronicles series. Incredibly imaginative and fun, you are drawn back into this strange world on the Edge. We follow Sky Pirate Captain Wind Jackal, his son Quint, Maris and the rest of the crew of the Galerider as they search for the evil former crew member who killed Wind Jackal's wife and kids, leaving only Quint. We are taken to the Great Shryke Slave Market, a woodtroll village in the heart of the Deepwoods, out beyond the Edge, and meet all of their strange inhabitants.The Galerider and her crew meet with misfortune along the course of her travels and meet their biggest threat ever at the end. Do they prevail? You'll have to read it to find out!The only thing I dislike about these books is that they are not released in a chronological order so I sometimes have a hard time remembering who is who. Everything else about these books is wonderful.


This is a great series for anyone who enjoys the LoTR or Lemony Snickett type books. In this book, you find out the story of how Quint came into becoming a Sky Pirate. It involves the Deepwoods again which is always my favorite local in this series. A big Sky ship battle climaxes the book with a nice clean ending. Not my favorite in the series but still a good read. I love the illustrations in this series.


I love love LOVE this series!!

Matthew Young

this is great turmol smeat is back the man that murderoud quints mother and brothers.wind jackel and quint set out a quest for revenge against the sick quartermaster


I really enjoyed this book because of the adventure shared between father and son. I was a bit sad about the ending though when Wing Jackal died. But was even more shocked when I found out he was betrayed. I would say this book was the best Quint book out of all the other three. It had the best action and exciting moments.

David Schwan

This is the least well developed plot line in the series. The plot is confusing, and only comes together in the final pages of the book. It seems like the original book was much longer, and did not survive the editors touch. This book is good for the descriptions of the flora and fauna of Edgeworld.

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