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Beyond the Deepwoods (The Edge Chronicles #1)

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Young Twig lives in the Deepwoods, among the Woodtrolls, but he isn’t one of them. In a brave attempt to find out where he belongs, Twig wanders into the mysterious, dangerous world beyond the Deepwoods. He meets a collection of odd companions, such as his wise guardian, the Caterbird; the Slaughterers, a peaceful race who butcher animals for their livelihood; and the vici...more
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published June 22nd 2004 by David Fickling Books (first published 1998)
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Cindy
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...more
Emily May
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,...more
Christina
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...more
Daley
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. I wasn't incredible, but it was very well written and the story was well thought out. It had a few twists and turns...more
Karlis
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...more
Anna
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
James
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
Badiss
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...more
Sonja
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...more
Sanaa
Just as whimsical and enjoyable as the first time I read it.
bookme4life
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...more
Angie
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
Phoebe
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
Justyn Rampa
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...more
Gerardo
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...more
Alexis
Jun 04, 2009 Alexis rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Maša Spalatin
My favorite book! Twig is my all time favorite character. The illustrations and the story are beautiful and sometimes very sad (the entire series is a children's version of Game of Thrones/everyone dies). This book is for (a little older) kids and adults and it's one of those series you have to read over and over again. You can't wait to finish it, but at the end you feel like you are losing a best friend by putting it back on the shelf. Good thing is there are a lot of sequels!
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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
Jeanine Allen
Jeanine Allen
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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...more
Sarah
I will at this point reveal my English major roots and tell you that this book reminds me very intensely of The Faerie Queene by Spenser and The Divine Comedy by Danté, and in fact, reading it in this way is really the only way to read it. Largely because otherwise, the endless danger that Twig finds himself in seems pointless rather than another step on his heroic journey. The end is a little frustrating for me, considering the circumstances of how Twig came to be with the woodtrolls, but I'm h...more
An Odd1
"Beyond the Deepwoods" (Edge Chronicles 1) is a lovely dangerous fantasy world woven by words that float wood and stone from Paul Stewart and whimsical inked feathery figures from Chris Riddell. Lanky Twig is special different in the woodtroll village. So we know what's coming for his 13th birthday. But the same smooth me-old-mucker voice guides and urges him onward from each stop to a triple surprise finale. Every page builds uplifting adventures I look forward to prolonging in a sequel. The 5t...more
Chris Willrich
Like a fantasy-horror cartoon as envisioned by Tim Burton and Dr. Seuss, Beyond the Deepwoods is an entertaining coming-of-age adventure story. Twig, a boy raised among trolls in a forest at the edge of the world, finds himself lost from his adoptive people within the monster-haunted Deepwoods, and a quest for survival becomes in time a search for his origins. It's an episodic book that sometimes drags a little, and which occasionally veers awkwardly between humor and horror, but the sheer inven...more
Liam Mason
Beyond the Deepwoods was a book I first read back when I was in 6th grade...and then again a couple years later...and again after that. Though the books are written simply enough for younger audiences to read them, I still don't feel weird by reading them now at the age of sixteen. The stories are actually very good, and the illustrations don't make it a picture book, but instead are there to show what the strange world and its inhabitants looks like.

This first book of the series certainly does...more
Reme Le hane
Amazon.com Review

The U.S. gets a tremendous treat with the introduction of the Edge Chronicles, a fantastic boy-meets-world saga from British author-illustrator team Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell.

An un-traditional coming-of-age story, the Edge Chronicles begins with Beyond the Deepwoods, in which our put-upon protagonist, Twig (a misplaced human boy who's being raised by woodtrolls) gets a hint of his true heritage, sheds his Deepwoods upbringing, and does the unthinkable: He strays from the

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Kezle
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...more
Yotsuban Worl
I first read this book, and the books following it, when I was very much younger; I would even warrant to say that it helped me become who I am today. With this first book, I fell in love with this series and quickly read the following books. I even remember waiting for Clash of the Sky Galleons to come out as I grew up!

I highly recommend the Edge Chronicles, whether you are young or old. It has many beautiful illustrations by the wonderful Chris Riddell and the plots are to die for.
Kristine
Its hard to rate a children's books because while I think they (the Edge Chronicles) deserve the rating that I give, that's not compared to the other books on my shelves so just bare that in mind. Also these reviews will most likely be quite short compared to what I usually try to create.

I read YA most of the time so while I'm waiting for my copy of Cress by Marissa Meyer to arrive (oh the anticipation!) I decided to read the first book of the Edge Chronicles which my younger brother really enjo...more
Chris
I recall reading this book when I was younger, but wanted to read it again since I never kept going in the series, and now plan to read through them all. Why? I think they may be something my son will be interested in...he loves these types of SERIES books...so how was it? It was a decent story about a boy finding his way and himself - who he really is, and the adventures he encountered while doing that. All in trying to get Beyond the Deepwoods, which is an area on the map of the EDGE. The EDGE...more
Brian
I found this merely a sequence of fantasy unfortunate events. The main character, Twig, finds himself in a series of life-threatening encounters with fantastical creatures that left me exhausted and frustrated. The world Stewart has created is marvelous and the illustrations of Chris Riddell area amazing, but I won't be reading the rest of the series.
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!
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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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