Freeglader (The Edge Chronicles, Book 7; The Rook Trilogy, Book 3)

By Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell

Unique booklet: 2004 in nice Britian via Doubleday

THE ROOK TRILOGY, ebook III

Fleeing from the ruins of latest Undertown, Rook Barkwater and his colleagues—the librarian knights, Felix Lodd and his banderbear friends—must lead the escaping inhabitants to a brand new lifestyles within the unfastened Glades. yet perils aplenty are forward for the crowd—not to say a few goblins with plans in their personal. this is often the dramatic and fascinating end to the Rook Barkwater trilogy that takes the reader on a exciting trip around the Edgeworld.

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Rook loved Stob, yet he was once drained and bored to death and did not think very similar to speaking. ‘Talking of apprentice knights, feels like our outdated classmate, Xanth, is getting his come-uppance,’ stated Stob ultimately. ‘I by no means depended on him. whatever deceitful in his eyes…’ Rook shrugged. ‘I consider sorry for him. all of the librarians inform such bad tales approximately him, yet I in simple terms take into account him as an apprentice the following at Lake Landing…’ ‘It'll all be taken care of out on the Reckoning,’ stated Stob. ‘The loose Glades may be at an advantage with out his style. ’ They stared out around the lake in silence. ‘I was once fairly sorry to listen to approximately Magda,’ acknowledged Stob, breaking into the stillness back. ‘Now she used to be a real pal. i will omit her. ’ ‘Me, too,’ stated Rook glumly. ‘Looks like it truly is simply you and me now, Stob – and neither folks flying. fantastic librarian knights we grew to become out to be! ’ The sunlight dropped down underneath the horizon, and the purple and orange mild unfolded around the floor of the lake like shimmering oil. The wind dropped. The water fell nonetheless. Out of the silence, Rook heard a low buzzing sound, and grew to become to determine the purple and black striped physique of a stormhornet flying low over the lake. ‘A stormhornet! ’ stated Stob, breaking the silence. ‘Wasn't that.? ’ ‘Yes, thank you for reminding me,’ acknowledged Rook. He became to his erstwhile good friend, seeing him accurately for the 1st time. He had grown paunchy, and deep strains have been etched into his face down the edges of his mouth. but he seemed chuffed for all that – a happy schoolmaster. ‘Oh, Stob,’ he groaned. ‘How I envy you! ’ ‘You envy me? ’ acknowledged Stob, shocked. ‘Yes,’ acknowledged Rook. ‘You're evidently satisfied educating right here at Lake touchdown – while I …’ He paused. ‘You are looking to fly again,’ stated Stob. ‘Yes, i do know, you advised me. So what is preventing you? ’ Rook introduced his fist down at the balustrade in frustration. ‘Everything, Stob! every little thing! i will not carve one other skycraft, it simply will not come. And Oakley Gruffbark can not help me. And Fenbrus Lodd – he wishes me to stick on the library. i am caught there from sunrise until dusk…’ simply then, echoing around the water, got here the insistent sound of trumpeting tilder horns, through the clatter and clomp of heavy footfalls. Rook appeared up. There, bathed in lantern mild and golden twilight glow, he observed an outstanding troop of prowlgrins galloping alongside the sting of the lake. Surcoats flapped and pennants fluttered and the polished armour of the riders glinted brightly. ‘Earth and Sky,’ Rook breathed. ‘Who are they? ’ Stob checked out him stunned. ‘You rather do not get out a lot, do you? ’ he acknowledged. ‘They're the Freeglade Lancers, in fact. that is the nightfall patrol. Make wonderful spectacle during this mild, do not you think that? ’ ‘The Freeglade Lancers,’ Rook repeated, awestruck. ‘Heroes of the conflict of Lufwood Mount…’ Stob checked out his buddy. ‘Rook, are you feeling very well? ’ he requested, challenge undeniable on his plump good points. ‘They're very good! ’ stated Rook. ‘Magnificent! ’ • bankruptcy FIFTEEN • CHINQUIX overdue the subsequent morning, Rook trigger. He had swapped his librarian gowns for the golf green leather-based flight-suit of a librarian knight, a kit-bag strapped to his shoulders and his sword at his part.

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