The Curse of the Gloamglozer is the fourth book (first chronologically) in The Edge Chronicles. It is the first book in the Quint trilogy. It was published in 2001.
Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade
“Quint, son of a sky pirate captain, and new apprentice to Linius Pallitax, the Most High Academe, has been given some highly important tasks. Just how important, Quint is about to find out as he and Linius’s only daughter, Maris, are plunged into a terrifying adventure that takes them deep within the rock upon which Sanctaphrax is built. Here, they unwittingly invoke an ancient curse—the curse of the gloamglozer.”
“The great vaulted entrance-hall to the Palace of Shadows was silent save for the hiss of the wind and the soft, yet echoing, footfall of the immense insect-like creature that teetered unsteadily across the marble floor. High up above, beams of dim light streamed in through a circle of arched windows and criss-crossed the shadowy air. And as the floating rock of Sanctaphrax—fixed in place by the Anchor Chain—turned slowly in the breeze coming in from beyond the Edge, so the light swooped and the shadows danced.
The spindlebug paused for a moment at the foot of the sweeping staircase and looked up. The skin, as translucent as the high arched windows above, revealed blood pumping through veins, six hearts beating—and last night’s supper slowly digesting in a see-through belly .The light glinted on quivering antennae, and on the goblet and oval-shaped bottle of cordial which stood on the burnished copper tray clutched in the creature’s claws.”
“With shivers running up and down his spine, Quint scurried after the professor. The atmosphere in the tunnels grew warmer, stuffier. The humming grew louder while the hissing faded. The air glowed a deeper, darker red. All at once Quint rounded a bend to find that the professor had stopped in front of a stone door set into the solid rock, no more than a few strides away.
….There was a low, grinding noise followed by a soft click—and the door slid open to reveal a vast, dimly-lit cavern.
Craning his neck, Quint caught a glimpse of the curious sight within. There were countless gleaming flagons and glass spheres, all swaying at the ends of long, glowing stem-like tubes that protruded from the curved walls, and in the very centre of the chamber a huge glistening sphere, seemingly woven from light, hovered in mid-air.”
Warnings: Violence, scary scenes and situations
Recommended Age Range: 12+ (although be aware that there are a few scary/violent/creepy parts)
What I Liked:
I enjoy reading this book. It’s a scary, suspenseful mystery. The plot isn’t anything complicated, but the parallel between Linius’s story and Quint’s own adventure is nail-biting. The creatures are wonderfully creepy (an eye-sucking blood-red monster and the ever-so-evil gloamglozer) and imaginative (a see-through butler bug! Little shards of flashing light! A lemkin!). The book takes place on an old site (Sanctaphrax) but there is still that element of newness (the stonecomb, the Library) in it. It’s not the best Edge book in my opinion (I’ll be giving you my favorites at the end, as usual), but it’s enjoyable.
What I Didn’t Like:
The plot is so simple it can be explained in about five sentences (SPOILERS: Maris and Quint annoy each other. Maris and Quint crawl through some tunnels. Quint is stupid and let’s out an evil shape-shifting creature. Quint is almost killed in a fire and simultaneously gets over his fear of it. Oh no, a curse! END SPOILERS.)
I’ve never liked the Quint books as much as the others. Maybe my opinion will change as I read the other two, but as for the first book in this new trilogy, The Curse of the Gloamglozer, while enjoyable, is mediocre compared to some of the other books in the series.
Coming Up Next: The Last of the Sky Pirates