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Rook Barkwater lives within the community of sewer-chambers underneath Undertown, the bustling major urban of the Edgeworld. He desires of turning into a librarian knight - a type of despatched out to discover the mysteries in their international. someplace available in the market lie the secrets and techniques of the prior - together with the misplaced floating urban of Sanctaphrax - and, perhaps, desire for a destiny unfastened from the phobia of tyranny. while his probability comes, Rook grabs it! Breaking the entire principles, he units out on a trip to the loose Glades and past. His success and resolution lead him from one peril to a different till, buried within the middle of the Deepwoods, Rook encounters a mysterious personality - the final sky pirate - and is thrust right into a daring event that dares to problem the may well of the dread Guardians of the Night...

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He observed Alquix Venvax nodding enthusiastically – and he remembered his professor telling him to smarten himself up. Now he knew why. the very fact was once, despite the fact that, that the chase for the muglump had left him having a look even scruffier than traditional. nonetheless, there has been not anything to be performed. Rook climbed down from the balustrade, head in a whirl and knees knocking, and grew to become to return alongside the Blackwood Bridge. The rowdy crowd parted prior to him. Their faces, surprised and wondering, have been a blur to Rook. As he came across, murmurs and whispers crammed the air. ‘An under-librarian! ’ acknowledged one. ‘What subsequent? A sewer purifier? ’ ‘I, for one, have by no means heard of him,’ acknowledged one other. ‘Apparently he’s Varis Lodd’s foundling,’ stated a 3rd scornfully. ‘And a pal of that idiot son of the excessive Librarian! ’ additional another person. at the Lufwood Bridge eventually, Rook complex slowly in the direction of the degree, the place Ulbus Vespius, Tallus Penitax and Fenbrus Lodd stood ready in a triangle. Following Stob and Magda’s lead, Rook went from one to the opposite. all of the venerable teachers congratulated all of the librarian knights decide on and offered gadgets to assist them with the duty forward. Ulbus Vespius was once handing out pairs of light yellow stones. ‘Sky-crystals,’ he informed Rook. ‘Keep them in separate wallet, for they glow whilst with regards to one another. And for those who rub them jointly, they spark. ’ ‘Thank you, sir,’ acknowledged Rook. ‘Thank you. ’ He moved on. The Professor of Darkness used to be subsequent. Having congratulated Magda, he became to the bashful early life. ‘Well done,’ he stated gruffly, and leaned ahead to tie a folded sq. of glistening black fabric round Rook’s neck like a headband. ‘The hide of Darkness is woven from the best silk that nightspiders can produce,’ he defined. ‘Open it up and wrap it around you in case you want both to conceal away or go back and forth unseen. ’ once more, Rook gave thank you and moved on. Fenbrus Lodd, excessive Librarian of the good typhoon Chamber, stood prior to him. ‘Congratulations, lad,’ he acknowledged, and reached all the way down to position a talisman over Rook’s head. ‘It is a bloodoak enamel – engraved together with your name,’ he further. ‘It will provide you with a few safety from the hazards of the Deepwoods. ’ Rook regarded down on the pointed claw-like item which gleamed within the lamplight. ‘Thank you,’ he stated uncertainly. ‘But …’ ‘But? ’ acknowledged Fenbrus. ‘Please, sir,’ Rook mumbled. ‘It’s simply … it may be Felix going, no longer me,’ he stated. ‘Surely there’s been a mistake. ’ Fenbrus took a step forwards and gripped Rook by means of the hands. ‘There has been no mistake,’ he acknowledged. ‘Even even though he's my very own son, i will not faux that Felix is reduce out for the duty forward. definitely, he has the arrogance, the braveness and the energy required, yet he has no common flair for examine – and with no that, his different features count number for nought. ’ ‘But—’ Rook stated for a moment time. ‘Enough,’ Fenbrus interrupted him. ‘The determination was once unanimous. ’ He smiled. ‘Though given the robust arguments recommend through your proposer, that was once not often a shock. ’ Rook nodded. ‘Professor Venvax has regularly been reliable to me,’ he stated.

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