Fighting Pax | Chapter 9

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Warning: Contains Spoilers!

‘We shall play some games, but I shall win,
for my name is Nimblesewskin.’

Aufwader’s Thoughts: The second I read ‘Nimbesewskin’ I knew exactly where this chapter was headed, and I was not disappointed. Even in his tough and serious YA trilogy, Robin’s got to have skinning. But because it’s Fighting Pax, instead of a dank rat’s lair or a spriggan’s hovel, the skinning takes place inside a Margaret Tarrant illustration. I don’t think ol’ Austers dreampt up that one – he hasn’t got the imagination.

Matt’s Thoughts: One can only wonder what the inspiration for this chapter was! The guards singing Spice Girls? The Wizard of Oz references? A FAIRYTALE SERIAL KILLER?It’s almost as if the deeper into Mooncaster we get, the more surreal the horror. I absolutely love it.

It did make me go and look up No Motherland Without You and it is every bit as insane as it appears in this chapter.

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