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Beyond the Deepwoods (The Edge Chronicles: The Twig Saga #1)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  11,040 Ratings  ·  671 Reviews
Abandoned at birth in the perilous Deepwoods, Twig Verginix is brought up by a family of woodtrolls. One cold night, Twig does what no woodtroll has ever done before – he strays from the path.

So begins a heart-stopping adventure that will take Twig through a nightmare world of fearsome goblins, bloodthirsty beasts and flesh-eating trees. Can he discover the truth about hi
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 6th 2006 by Random House Children's Publishers UK (first published 1998)
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Jul 12, 2008 Cindy rated it really liked it
I was really surprised about this book. Not because of the fact that it was bad. It was actually better then I thought it would be. The thing that surprised me is that this is considered a children's series and the rather disturbing stuff that goes on in here. I did love the fact that there was so many different creatures and adventures going on. Not one problem lasted so long.

I do agree with the person that said they were surprised that the story got wrapped up so neatly with so much random st
Emily May
Dec 09, 2010 Emily May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my god, what an entertaining and enjoyable read about adventure, hope and never giving up even in the most dire circumstances.
I don't really know where to start with the story, there is so much going on and you as the reader really feel like you're right there in the adventure with Twig (who is a lovable little character), you follow him through impossible situations that he always manages to get out of because he's so filled with hope and spirit.
This is one of those wild imagination books,
Apr 06, 2011 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those series, like the famous Harry Potter, and like the Chrestomanci series of Diana Wynne Jones, that I used to fervently and desperately wish were real. Or rather, that felt so real incredibly real that I simply couldn't believe they weren't. Yes, my 11th birthday was somewhat spoiled with the absence of a letter from Hogwart's, but it's no time to dwell on that.
I remember first reading this aged 11, at a very unhappy time in my childhood, and it was the very best escape into f
Saeed Mohamadi
Jun 17, 2015 Saeed Mohamadi rated it really liked it
Recommended to Saeed by: Roya
3 stars for the story and so many characters that beautifully described in so much details, wonderful graphics in the book and 1 star for the ending. It was a good end to the story, finishing first book with an appropriate plot for the main character to be introduced and leaving the reader in a position that they know it's the beginning of a great journey for him . Definitely going to read the next book in this trilogy.
The best thing I enjoyed in this book was the vast numbers of metaphors that
Feb 06, 2010 Daley rated it liked it
Beyond the Deepwoods (Edge Chronicles, Book 1)

After beginning this book, I figured out that it is actually written for children. At the time, I had no book to read. This book has been on my shelf for a few years. It was given to my partner as a gift and he was never interested in it. So, out of necessity to have something to read, I grabbed it.

I was shocked at how much I liked it. It wasn't incredible, but it was very well written and the story was well thought out. It had a few twists and turns
Arielle Walker
Every time I read this book I remember again how much I absolutely adore everything about it. The Edgeworld, the Deepwoods, the creatures and characters, the gorgeous sketches, the plot - EVERYTHING. I will, at some point, write an actual review but for now I'll just say (like a little kid) IloveitIloveitIloveit IwantitIwantitIwantit!
Mar 10, 2017 Jay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mythical critters info dumping things about their world that they already know.
Jan 03, 2015 Mikayla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved every aspect of this book, it was just as enchanting as the first time I read it, and can at least say that it's as good as all the previous books I've read.
Für Kinder: 4 Sterne

Meine Meinung

Ich bin von dem Buch ein bisschen enttäuscht, weil ich eine völlig andere Erwartung hatte. Das Cover hat mich an die Scheibenweltromane erinnert, dabei hat man es hier mit einem reinen Kinderbuch zu tun. Was jetzt an sich nicht schlimm wäre, aber ich bin mit dem Handlungsablauf nicht so wirklich klargekommen.
Wenn ich das Buch jetzt rein für Kinder bewerten würde, könnte ich 4 Sterne vergeben, aber mir persönlich hat es leider nicht so gefallen.

Im ersten Kapitel h
Feb 26, 2012 Karlis rated it really liked it
Autori - Kriss Ridels un Pols Stjuarts - grāmatā ir centušies parādīt, ka brīžiem var atkāpties no ikdienišķās un garlaicīgās grāmatu rakstīšanas, veidojot kādu radošu savu fantāziju un izdomu augli. Grāmata jau kādu laiku bija stāvējusi manas istbas plauktā, līdz beidzot nolēmu to izlasīt. To es nenožēloju nevienu brīdi, jo bija interesanti attālināties no realitātes un pabūt kādā interesantā vietā devētā par Malaszemi.
Piedzīvojums sākas Malazsemē galvenā varoņa - Zarēna audžuvecāku mājā. Mala
Ahmad Sharabiani
Jul 01, 2015 Ahmad Sharabiani marked it as to-read
Beyond the Deepwoods (The Edge Chronicles #1), Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell
Apr 14, 2015 Tilly rated it really liked it
Middle-grade fantasy books are probably the best way to get out of a reading slump, especially when they are as magical, whimsical and creative like this one. First of all I absolutely loved Chris Riddles illustrations through the whole novel, they were a great way to bring Paul Stewart good description of the creatures to life. I also think that the world-building is great and very detailed, especially for a childrens book. All the different places on the Edge which were described in the beginn ...more
May 10, 2009 Badiss rated it did not like it
This book is about a 13 year old Twig who discovers that he was abandoned at birth by a unknown person. Twig goes on a long journey through Deepwoods to try to get back his family. He makes his way through goblins and trogs and beasts who drink blood for fun.

I didnt really like this book, because of it's plot. It's a fairy tail book and I'm not a fan of books of that kind. The only reason why i never put it down was because i was waiting for something good to happen, by the time i realized nothi
Mar 28, 2009 Sonja rated it it was amazing
I loved this book instantly. Maybe even before I started reading it. The cover is way cooler than this pic they have.
The art of the book is so amazing. The map of The Edge is amazing. I want to go there. After the first chapter I could hardly put it down. What an amazing adventure story. Its a kids book-i saw it in the childrens section at the library and was drawn to the fancy cover. It reminds me of Bilbo's adventures in the HObbit but not so hard to read. A very quick easy-fun read. I loved i
Dec 25, 2013 Sanaa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[4 Stars] Just as whimsical and enjoyable as the first time I read it.
Feb 15, 2014 James rated it really liked it
Beyond the Deepwoods was, to my memory, the book that truly instilled in me a love of fantasy. For that, I owe Paul Stewart and Chris Riddle a great debt, for the reading of fantasy books became my favourite pastime as a young boy, and perhaps without the existence of this book I would never have read the Hobbit, or the Lord of the Rings, which remain among my favourite books. I believe it was one of the first 'big books' I ever read, and I continued to read the rest of The Edge Chronicles up un ...more
Sam W.
Feb 02, 2017 Sam W. rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful, magical book that whisked me away into the whimsical world of The Edge. I think what I most enjoyed about this book is the setting, because it's so magical and there are so many interesting creatures that exist here. I also like all the variety of characters that brings the world to life. The dialogue between them is often really insane and hilarious. The way each character is portrayed really makes you feel like somewhere out there, The Edge is a real place. This is one of ...more
After we finished _The Red Pyramid_, I wasn't very good about burning to CD a new audiobook for the big boys and me during our drives to/from school. So the last time we went to a library, I looked for a new book for us to listen to. It was a small, one-room library (yes, one exists in the San Francisco Bay Area!), and the selection of kids' audiobooks took up about two feet of space on a bookshelf. Pickings were slim; over half of the selection was on tape! This title was the only one they were ...more
Та самая любимая детская серия книг, которую я бы, пожалуй, не стала советовать никому :) Волшебный мир Края, созданный Полом Стюартом и Крисом Ридделом, кажется волшебным лишь на первый взгляд. В нем сосуществуют премилые толстолапы и страшный Хрумхрымс. Воздушные пираты бороздят пространство над Топями, а академики живут на огромном камне Санктафракса, навеки присоединенного к Нижнему Городу. И если в городе, да в келье академиков еще можно попробовать выжить, то Топи или Леса – прямая дорога ...more
Sep 18, 2009 M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
I remember always feeling like this was the weakest of the Edge Chronicles books because the plot is relatively thin. Twig is sent to live with relatives, and instead wanders his way through a bunch of encounters with strange creatures, some benevolent, some determined to kill and eat him (and not necessarily in that order). Eventually he finds Sky Pirates, confronts the Gloamgozer, and is ready to have more adventures in the next book. And upon rereading this for the first time since childhood, ...more
Justyn Rampa
Jan 30, 2011 Justyn Rampa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
Wanting to continue reading fantasy, but desiring a bit lighter fare I settled upon the first book in "The Edge Chronicles". To my utter delight, I loved it. The illustrations by Chris Riddell definitely add to the world that Paul Stewart has created. In fact, I can't imagine one without the other.

As to the story itself, it reminds quite a bit of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland". Come to find out that as a child, Paul Stewart sites "Alice in Wonderland" and Norman Juster's "Phantom Tollboot
Feb 08, 2014 K rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Alright I admit it, the art was what really caught my attention when I first saw the whole series lined up at the library. My excitement only grew when I read the blurb for a few. Sky pirates, strange creatures, and a new original fantasy world, what's not to like? Unfortunately quite a lot as no matter how much I wanted to love Beyond the Deepwoods and the rest of the Edge Chronicles I ended up barely able to force myself to finish first book.
The main character, Twig, couldn't get much more cli
Mar 31, 2009 Gerardo rated it it was amazing
The first Edge Chronicles novel “Beyond the Deepwoods” is in fact a story that should be considered by many. The ideas that compile the tale are what Riddell’s and Stewart’s imagination is all about; they are original and impressively creative. The magic realms and variety of mythical creatures taking place in the book create an atmosphere, which surely will be enjoyed by any fantasy genre fan.

The main character’s (Twig) unique origins and features offer the reader a good companion to travel th
Edward Davies
Dec 19, 2016 Edward Davies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember seeing these books years ago and I never read them, but I'm glad I did now. They're great fun, and beautifully illustrated by Chris Riddell, and though some of the plot was predictable it didn't make the story any less enjoyable.
Feb 15, 2011 bookme4life rated it really liked it
Not a lot happens in this first installment of the Edge Chronicles. It's a journey tale most simply summed up as a search for identity. It kind of reminds me in some ways of the children's book Are You My Mother? where a baby bird asks a cow, a dog, a plane, etc., if they are, well... you get the idea.

The protagonist in this tale, Twig, doesn't fit in with his family and rather against his wishes is sent on a journey where he keeps looking for a place to fit in (or even help just surviving in s
Aug 19, 2012 Angie rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
Twig doesn't fit in with his woodtroll family. He is very different from everyone else in the village and has a hard life because of that. One day his family decides that he must leave the village and venture out into the Deepwoods. The Deepwoods are filled with all kinds of creatures and dangers but if you stay on the path you should be fine. Of course Twig strays from the path and has one adventure after another. It seems like he gets out of one situation and instantly falls into another. He h ...more
Jun 04, 2009 Alexis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: boys 10+ who like adventure stories with great illustrations
Recommended to Alexis by: My brother
This was a fun fantasy-adventure story for boys. Twig is a boy living with a wood troll family. When he finally realizes that he is not, in fact, a wood troll, he sets out through the dangerous Deepwoods to find some answers. He meets all sorts of crazy creatures, and the illustrations match the descriptions spot-on. I don't think this book would have been as good without the accompanying drawings, because some of the things he encounters are really freaking weird. It helps to have such wonderfu ...more
Sep 15, 2015 Lydia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, as a child.

I had a beautiful edition, a little hardcover with a textured spine and deckled edges. It's illustrated by Chris Riddell, who is one of my favourite illustrators. I really liked the main character, Twig. He's a little bit like Bilbo Baggins in that he's from a very quiet, sheltered place and gets thrown into this huge adventure that never really stops.

I found it so engrossing and really couldn't put it down. I loved the plot and the creatures and the world-building
Jeanine Allen
Jeanine Allen
Science Fiction

Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell is the first in a series of books called The Edge Chronicles. The book is about a boy/creature named Twig who has been raised by Woodtrolls. He has to leave his homeland because he doesn't want to be kidnapped by pirates and he goes in search for his father as well as to find out where he belongs. Twig starts out his journey very sensitive and along the way finds strength in friendship. The drawings in the book he
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I love fantasy books that are well constructed and detailed. You really had a wonderful sense of the setting and the characters. Twig was such a spunky person, very entertaining. All the different characters had such wonderful personality. My favorites were the Sky Pirates. I truly enjoy books with pirates in any case, but this ragtag group was such a hoot! I loved the underlying message that no matter how tough things get, you should never give up hope. Fantasy paired with adventure is all the ...more
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Paul Stewart is a highly regarded author of books for young readers – from picture books to football stories, fantasy and horror. Together with Chris Riddell he is co-creator of the bestselling Edge Chronicles, which has sold more than three million copies and is available in over twenty languages. They have also collaborated together on lots of other exciting books for children of all ages. The F ...more
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