The Edge Chronicles: The Nameless One


Published: January 2014
Publisher: Doubleday
Page count: 349
Format: Hardback

The Edge Chronicles: The Nameless one was provided by Doubleday in return for an honest review 

I almost crapped my pants when I clicked on the goodreads email that said Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell were working on The Edge Chronicles again. These books are my Harry Potter. I've been reading them since I was a teen and I credit Beyond the Deepwoods for turning me into a regular reader.

When I first opened the book my reaction was: "What the fuck happened to The Edge!!" Que much googling.  I eventually found out that there is an Edge book that I havent read. The Immortals. How this happened is beyond me! 

It turns out that The Nameless one is set hundreds of years into the future. Sanctaphrax is now an ancient ruin! I really need to read that book!!

Moving on....

So In The Nameless One we meet Cade Quarter. Nephew of the infamous decender Nate Quarter. He is about to become a stow away on the Xanth Filatine. The starting few chapters are were really promising. Lots of interesting characters and potentially interesting plot lines. After Cade escapes the sky ship the book rapidly went downhill for me.

Many threads of storylines were picked up and dumped. I know this is the first book in a trilogy but it still needs to be able to stand on its own like Beyond the Deepwoods did. The other characters in previous series all begin exciting journeys and adventures. Cade builds a house. Twig encountered numerous horrors in the twilight woods. Cade gets rained on and rides around on a prowlgrin. 

The books namesake, or nameless-sake in this case only turns up for the last few pages and at that stage it just felt like something tacked on to try to keep the long time fans. It just felt a little irrelevant.

The Nameless One tried hard to capture the original magic of the Deepwoods but it wan't quite as successful.  

This review may seem quite harsh but I would still recommend it to readers looking for a new series to get into. I know Cade will more than likely come into his own in the second book. I also sometimes forget that I'm not 12 years old anymore and these books are not marketed for me! However I will still be waiting for the next one with the impatience of a 5 year old so that sort of balances things out ;)


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