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Midnight Over Sanctaphrax (The Edge Chronicles #3)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  3,983 ratings  ·  87 reviews
SANCTAPHRAX WILL BE destroyed by the energy of the Mother Storm. . . . "
Far over the Edge, the Mother Storm is brewing--a storm more terrifying than any seen in the lifetime of any Edgelander. Sweeping in from the open sky, it must strike the source of the Edgewater River to bring new energy to the land. But in its way is Sanctaphrax, a magnificent city built on a floatin
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Published March 28th 2006 by Books on Tape Childrens (first published October 5th 2000)
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Charlyn  Trussell
Dec 04, 2013 Charlyn Trussell rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Laura
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
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
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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
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
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Ryan
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
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April
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
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Nigel
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
Ahanan
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
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Scott
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
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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.
Al

'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....
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Ellen
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
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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..
Ben
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
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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.
Devi
In this, the third volume of the series, Twig has to save the Edge.

This is a great book and highly recommended
Macha
children's steampunk, now there's a sub-subgenre. in the first book, the written word seems to be largely an reluctant afterthought, and then it's all exposition and no story to speak of - like a series of jumped-up captions. but gradually in later books the writer and artist seem to learn to work better as a team. but it's still very disjointed. i like the illustrations, the characterization in them is great. by #3 the story even gets ambitious. but connects even less. frustrating stuff to read ...more
Andy
And so the Twig saga comes to a close.

I have given this one 4 stars as opposed to 3 because although all are enjoyable and immense fun, this volume has intensity built upon intensity, throughout all the pages and it never lets up. The last two chapters had me beaming, breezing through them, totally engrossed.

A great wrap to this trilogy of books. I have qualms of course, but I won't delve into them too much. I don't know if I'll read the other saga's in the series or not (I just may, out of cur
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Bonnie Gayle
Twig and his ship have gone over the edge, but something so big happens that not only are Twig and his crew hurled back to random places, Twig loses his memory. This is especially bad because before this happened, Twig was told something that will mean he can save everyone's life...if only he can remember it. And if only he can find where his crew ended up.

This is a fun, fantastical, and adventurous series, and I love the illustrations. I loved the way this story was set up, where Twig learns so
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Galion Public Library Teens
A.J. liked "all of it" and recommends it for "everyone."
Dahlene
I was reading this to my boys since I don't love this kind of book, but they do. We read for about 3 nights. I was finally getting into it, but my boys weren't really enjoying it. They have books they want to read on their own instead. The two oldest go down to their rooms and read until I make them turn off the light. They would read all night if I let them. Jaron also reads in his bed until I turn off the light. I'm so glad they love to read. I would hope that I am the one that instilled this ...more
Angelica Raquel
It was absolutely marvelous! I couldn't put the book down, read it in less than week. Every page of this book was full of adventure and excitement. I loved the friendship between Cowlquape and Twig it was great... absolutely love the book, great job, this one. Out of the Twig saga I'd have to say this one was my favorite although all of them are great. I loved how Twig developed so much since book 1 he was this scared little boy lost in the wood and now he's brave and daring and hungry to advent ...more
Valithemusher
Amazing lot of action and humor
Philippe Lhoste
J'ai finalement trouvé le troisième tome des Chroniques du bout du monde !
Suite immédiate du tome précédent, Spic va chercher son père au-delà de la falaise.
Là il a une révélation, mais lui et son équipage sont dispersés dans tout les coins de la Falaise et perdent la mémoire.
Spic va chercher chaque membre de son équipage, et progressivement retrouver la mémoire, et sauver son univers...

Toujours une histoire riche, pleine de rebondissements, dans un petit monde détaillé. Les illustrations sont s
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Kell
*REVIEWED FOR PUBLISHER*

Twig has grown up a lot since Stormchaser and he is now a Sky Pirate Captain with his own Sky Ship, but when he leads a voyage over the Edge – a place where no-one has dared to go before – little does he realize the chain of events it will set in motion, changing the lives of him and his crew forever! This third book in the Twig Trilogy is as action-packed and enthralling as all the others have been and is a fitting end to the trilogy… or is it really the end?
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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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From Wikipedia: Paul Stewart (writer). (2008, September 18). In Wiki
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