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Midnight Over Sanctaphrax (The Edge Chronicles #3)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  4,335 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Take your imagination to THE EDGE

Far out in open sky, a ferocious storm is brewing. In its path is Sanctaphrax - a magnificent city built on a floating rock and tethered to the land by a massive chain.

Only Twig - a young sky pirate captain who has dared to sail over the Edge - has learned of the approaching danger. But his perilous voyage destroys his sky ship, hurling his
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 6th 2006 by Corgi Childrens (first published October 5th 2000)
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Another great read from Paul Stewart and wonderful art as always. Though up to now I've figured that the first and/or second books in each trilogy is usually better than the third (just with my experience).

Still a fantastic book though, love the series so far and give 4 stars.
Brilliant, as always.
It’s not the book. It’s me.
These days I seem to have a very difficult time focusing when it comes to certain types of books - classics, fantasy, and any fiction that’s not particularly engaging. I have to say that I’m disappointed in myself.
This book, the third in the series was good. I would have enjoyed it far more if only I’d been able to focus. I’m debating whether to continue with the series or not. I’m not usually the series type (other than Harry Potter and the Ken Follett series).
Twigs Geschichte aus dem zweiten Band geht nahtlos weiter und so ist das Buch von Anfang an spannend. Dabei werden parallel zwei Handlungsstränge erzählt. Zum einen droht ein Sturm sämtliches Leben des Klippenlandes auszulöschen, zum anderen verliert Twig erneut seine Mannschaft, die sich über das ganze Land zerstreut. Wird Twig es gelingen, alle Mitglieder seines Himmelschiffes lebend wiederzufinden? Und wird es ihm gelingen, die Folgen des großen Sturms zu verhindern?
Auf seiner Reise durch das
Charlyn  Trussell
Dec 04, 2013 Charlyn Trussell rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Gr. 4 and up
Twig knows his father's ship has gone beyond the Edge and that's where he must travel if he wants to find his father. Now the captain of his own sky ship, Twig has the vessel tethered to a caterbird, following his father into the vortex of a horrid storm. His crew is a group of devoted followers who trust their young captain with their lives. Twig finds his father who, before he disappears, imparts to Twig the importance of saving Sanctaphrax. Twig and his crew are tossed from their ship by the ...more
Justyn Rampa
Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell continue to win my heart in book three of "The Edge Chronicles". This book concludes "The Twig Saga" and what a conclusion! Although things did not work out quite as I had predicted, I very much loved this book!

If "Stormchaser" was concerned with urban infrastructure, then "Midnight over Sanctaphrax" is concerned with slavery and the evils therein. Pretty heavy commentary for a "children's book" in my opinion. I don't mean to give the impression that this is a fict
note: mrs. lowery i didnt know how to get three posts on the same book for one week so i am doing them all in one post.

Post 1: Twig and Cowlquape are looking around in undertown. They are looking for there lost crew members when they come across a small tavern. In this tavern there are Flat head goblins herassing the owner and are scaring the customers. Twig and Cowalquape kill the goblins and free every one. Also they find one of Twigs crew members.

Post 2: Twig cowalquape and tarp are trapped i
I think I'm done with these books. They have been disapointing. I'm just not excited to read about the "real world" horrors they are introducing to kids. Greed, politics, environmental disasters caused by people, slavery, psychotic murderers... I find the plot detail doesn't keep up with the detail to the scenery and gruesome brutality. Somewhat main characters keep dying off only to be replaced by similar characters (three books = three banderbears). I no longer feel a sense of shock or sadness ...more
Apr 27, 2015 Miriam rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Miriam by: My Boyfriend
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With each new venture into the Edge world, Mr. Stewart has shown us yet another corner of it. In this one, he takes Twig on a perilous journey to find his lost comrades and to the very source of life itself.

Twig’s travels bring him into intimate contact with the workings of the odious slave trade, which had been mentioned in previous volumes. It’s a practice no decent sky pirate ever indulges—but, as Mr. Stewart shows, good and bad people are found everywhere and nothing is safe or certain. The
Star Shining Forever
I have read Beyond the Deepwoods, the first book in the Twig saga, but I (unintentionally) skipped the second book and read this, the third. But I found it was pretty good as a stand alone (though some introduction to its world is nice, and you appreciate Twig more knowing about his background). It's REALLY helpful that there's a short recap/summary/intro at the beginning of every Deepwoods book. Brings you up to speed and informs of the most important developments.

I enjoyed this book more than
Stewart has the knack of making each book fresh by introducing new characters, creatures, and new places with each book. Riddell’s illustrations, as usual, really give an extra visual component to the world of the Edge. The plot was a strong adventure/hunt that was fun to read. Stewart is really hitting his stride here, delivering stronger and stronger writing with each book. Also, Cowlquape is awesome.

The Twig trilogy is, I think, the weakest in the whole series. They are good books, yes, but t
Alex Krueger
This book by Paul Stewart takes a certain appeal for a reader to enjoy fully. It has action, to a certain degree, but didn't really get my attention, it did not have enough build up to really grab me. It did have some cunning double bluffs, but at times is was too predictable, for example, when Twig and Cowlquape were on the skyship of Thunderbolt Vulpoon, and he gave them woodgrog to "help them sleep" it was pretty obvious that it was poisoned in some way. And when Thunderbolt Vulpoon said they ...more
An Odd1
"Midnight over Sanctaphrax" (Edge Chronicles, Twig 3) Scary phrases from Paul Stewart evoke nightmares and fanciful line sketches by Chris Riddell blow with hurricanes power, here more fearsome than funny: hungry halitoads, mannilids, rotsuckers, and skullpelts p280. Seeking his lost sky captain father Cloud Wolf, battered by sorrow, fear, anger and joy from Mother Storm's center, young Twig and his crew shoot out like glowing stars with no memory of any encounter. Ignorant of the approaching ap ...more
Dec 13, 2009 April rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone young of heart
The third book in the Edge Chronicles, this one went as fast and as fun as the previous two! Drawn to this series by the artwork on the cover and throughout the pages, along with the clever snippet on the back cover, I have stuck with it because of the wonderful adventures found within!

Twig is the best kind of hero, one that does it because it's the right thing to do... for his own heart and for the people around him that he loves. Loyal and true, he's the type of fellow you want as your sky shi
This is certainly the strongest book of the three, although part of that is it paying off all sorts of karmic debt built up over the previous two books. Twig suffered enormously, lurching haplessly from adventure to adventure, most of them horrendous and horrible, then when finally things seem to go his way, he contributes, unwittingly, to disaster and the loss or death of most of the existing supporting cast. No sooner is book three underway than it all goes horribly wrong again, but this time ...more
Gabe Coe
The Edge Chronicles, Midnight over Scantaphrax, by Paul Stewart, is a great book. There is lots of adventure, which helps with the story line. There is also action, which makes the book exciting. Midnight over Scantaphrax, by Paul Stewart, also has lots of mystery, which makes it a book a reader cant put down. To conclude, The Edge Chronicles, Midnight over Scantaphrax, is a book, with lots of adventure, action, and mystery.
This third book in the series may be the best so far. The first book in the series wasn't really a story, just a character introduction. The second book had such a convoluted beginning my husband refused to read it or listen to me read it to our 8 year old daughter (who has enjoyed the series). Number 3 is a great book with strange characters and unusual adventures.
Nat Howler
Twig is now a sky pirate captain in his own rite. At the end of the last book, he searched for his lost father and found him in the heart of an elemental, life seeding storm. The storm absorbed Quint into its energy, and Twig and his crew were expelled in the forms of balls of light, which flew all over the Edge.

Twig wakes up in the Stone Gardens not remembering a thing. He's determined to search for all his lost crew members no matter what it takes. What results is a tale of great loyalty, hero
In this imaginative and energetic tale, Twig attempts to get a grip of himself and his situation following the destruction of his ship in a storm. In a particularly rushed beginning, Twig recovers his father and returns to Sanctaphrax, then sets out on a quest to recover his crew. Stewart does a fine job showing Twig as a more mature and wisened character. Unfortunately, Twig’s journey is quite formulaic, with one repetitive antagonist or obstacle after the other, to the point that the novel res ...more
This was a pretty decent little YA fantasy title, very imaginative and boasts some quality influences, notably Miyazaki and China Miéville. I was constantly thinking that Undertown was very much like New Crobuzon and that the whole flight-based low-tech society was very similar to Laputa. This is the third book in a series that I haven't read anything in previously, and though events in previous books were alluded to, I was able to follow and enjoy this one fine.

Something else I really enjoyed i
Boostamonte Lestabornaise
This was slightly less entertaining for me for some reason. Perhaps it was the predictability of the story or the use of the same perils as the first 2 books. It seems twig is always searching for some one or some thing and having the same sort of issues while searching...the ending was satisfying and saved it from being a 2 star...
Kathleen Mcvey
It kept me coming back to finish it. Twig is an interesting character who wants to keep his crew together no matter what happens. Even when one dies in his arms she comes back and is waiting for them in the deep woods.

'Sanctaphrax will be destroyed by the energy of the Mother Storm!'
Far out in the open sky, a ferocious storm is brewing. In its path is Sanctaphrax -- a magnificent city built on a floating ck and tethered to the land by a massive chain.
Only Twig -- a young sky pirate captain who has dared sail over the Edge -- has learned of the approaching danger. But his perilous voyage destroys his sky ship, hurling his crew into and beyond the Deepwoods and robbing Twig of all memory....
Midnight Over Sancta

My favourite book in my favourite childhood series. No matter how many times I read this, or how old I get (I first read it over 10 years ago), it never fails to completely capture me. Every time I read the final lines of the prologue of every book in the series, I get shivers down my spine.

"The Deep Woods, the Edgelands, the Twilight Woods, the Mire and the Stone Gardens. Undertown and Sanctaphrax. The River Edgewater. Names on a map.
Yet behind each name lie a thousand tales - tales that have b
Ryan Rodriguez
I chose this book because fantasy books can take uou away from normal, everyday life. This book is about Twig (a young sky pirate) who on a quest finds himself and his crew lost in the sky during a nightmare storm. From there he is thrown into the beyond the deepwoods and has to warn everybody about the coming storm. My favorite quote is when Twig shouts "Long life the new Sanctaphtax!" Twig meant that even though Sanctaphrax is for the wealthy and "up-tight" it changed. Paul and Chris's writing ...more
Delie Dell Chua
The plot thickens and it was exciting :) the illustrations were remarkably made. I recommend this book to the young ones especially to young boys..
The Twig trilogy concludes with this book. Somewhat of a return to the style of the first book with a very episodic plot, much of the main direction of this story is lost through an odd device in the beginning. Despite some unsatisfying elements to the story, we are treated to a new perspective in the form of Cowlquape, and again are introduced to new aspects of the world of the Edge.

Sadly, I think this is the weakest of the trilogy, which is a shame. However, I feel that Stewert was still findi
Mariam aka MiMi
The fact that this city is on the edge so amused me. I liked being able to find houses and places on the map as the storyline pushed along. Interesting to read about slave trade in a non-human world to give you a picture of how horrific it is in real life. Nice book, but I get bored after the second book the novelty of the city on the edge wore away :( So I didn't read the whole series.
In this, the third volume of the series, Twig has to save the Edge.

This is a great book and highly recommended
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Paul Stewart is a writer of children's books, best known for the bestselling The Edge Chronicles, the Free Lance novels and the Far Flung Adventures series among others. Many of his books are illustrated by Chris Riddell. Paul Stewart lives in the Seaside town Brighton with his wife and children.
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Other Books in the Series

The Edge Chronicles (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Beyond the Deepwoods (Edge Chronicles, #1)
  • Stormchaser (The Edge Chronicles, #2)
  • The Curse of the Gloamglozer (The Edge Chronicles, #4)
  • The Last of the Sky Pirates (Edge Chronicles, #5)
  • Vox (Edge Chronicles, #6)
  • Freeglader (Edge Chronicles, #7)
  • The Winter Knights (Edge Chronicles, #8)
  • Clash of the Sky Galleons (The Edge Chronicles, #9)
  • The Immortals (the Edge Chronicles, #10)
  • The Nameless One (The Edge Chronicles #11; Cade #1)
Beyond the Deepwoods (Edge Chronicles, #1) Stormchaser (The Edge Chronicles, #2) The Curse of the Gloamglozer (The Edge Chronicles, #4) The Last of the Sky Pirates (Edge Chronicles, #5) The Winter Knights (Edge Chronicles, #8)

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