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The Edge Chronicles 4: Beyond the Deepwoods: First Book of Twig Paperback – 6 Jul 2006


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens; New Ed edition (6 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552554227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552554220
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Riddell's dramatic line drawings are the perfect complement to Paul Stewart's striking words in Beyond the Deepwoods, the first book of The Edge Chronicles.

Twig, on the verge of manhood at the age of 13, is told that the Woodtrolls who brought him up are not his real parents and that he must venture forth into the Deepwoods, keeping only to the path, to discover the truth about himself.

Armed with just a few magical gifts from his adopted mother, Spelda, Twig steps off the path and tumbles into a terrifying other world where nothing and no-one can be trusted.

From the mountainous Banderbear who becomes Twig's best friend, to the murderous Wig-wigs and the hideous all-female tribe of the Termagant Frogs, Beyond the Deepwoods sows the seeds of magic and adventure in the imagination, and lets them grow in the most exotic corners of the reader's mind. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Fabulously illustrated . . . And written with more than usual elegance" (The Sunday Times)

"A richly inventive fantasy" (Literary Review)

"At the sharp end of today's fantasy novels" (The Times)

"For readers who love fantasy" (Kate Scarbourgh Independent)

"Packed with action and adventure. There is a touch of the Lewis Carrolls to its authors' enthusiastic and uninhibited inventiveness and to the illustrations" (Starburst)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 July 2006
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... but i did really enjoy this book. It's a non-stop set of scenes where twig always seems to get into big trouble and then get himself out of it.

The illustrations are really good and there are lots of them (one every 2 or 3 pages). The book won't take an adult long to get through but s/he will enjoy the ride.

Recommended!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Guy K P Marshall on 14 May 2011
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This book is my all time favourite. It has great descriptions, amazing pictures and fantabulous characters. The creatures in this book are extremely imaginative and developed, and there are several twists in the plotline, which are great.
Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell are my favourite authors and my role models. I completely recommend Beyond the Deepwoods to anybody thinking about buying it or reading it.
Please note that this is the first book in second trilogy of the Edge Chronicles. You should know that there are 3 trilogies. The first is the Quint Trilogy. The second is the Twig Trilogy which begins with Beyond the Deepwoods. Then follows the Rook Trilogy, which is the last. Even so, it doesn't matter at all if you read a trilogy without reading the previous one.
Thank you very much for reading my review. - Grace.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Everdark VINE VOICE on 26 Jan 2009
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Sometimes you just want a book that grabs your attention. This certainly did it when I spotted it on the bookshelf. I won't mince my words: that Banderbear picture looks awesome, doesn't it? I've known about the Edge Chronicles for some time, and I've always admired Riddell's talent as an artst, but I've never really looked into the series. Until now.

'Beyond the Deepwoods' is unique because it hasn't just been written by an author. It was visually inspired: Riddell would draw pictures for Stewart who would in turn build the story around them. So does it work? Well...yes and no, but I'll come to that in a moment.

'Beyond the Deepwoods' fires along at breakneck speed, and doesn't look back. Twig goes through trial and terror, escaping with the narrowest of escapes. It's all huge fun: if Guliver's travels had been written on a sugar rush, this would be the end result.
The trouble is, while it's insane amounts of fun, there's not a lot of depth. This is where one of the problems of building a story around pictures arises: you create brilliant set pieces, but sticking them all together into one story makes it rather patchwork-y. Twig is the only character you get to care about because everyone comes and goes within a few chapters, sometimes mere sentences, never to return. It's all a bit linear, which is a shame, because so many characters are passed and have enormous potential. Perhaps they will be in future books, but in 'Beyond the Deepwoods' alone, it felt like everything was on the conveyer belt from the Generation Game: everything passing by quickly, and never sticking in your memory.

So, the illustrations. There's no denying they're beautiful, and they give the book lots of character and atmosphere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Jacqueline A. Leevers on 20 Feb 2011
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Beyond the Deep Woods is the best written and illustrated children's book I have come across for pre-teens. It was a pleasure reading it to my kids and sharing the whole EDGE experience. We have since read the entire series and followed Twigg's family through many adventures and dangers, twists and turns in plot, marriages and births.
The Stewart and Riddell partnership has produced some wonderful fiction, but none so gripping, nor as entertaining, and shocking as Twigg's tale in the first of the series: Beyond the Deep Woods.
Love it, can't recommend it more. So much so, that my original and much loved copy was loaned out so much I can't remember who had it last and kept it ... hence the new purchase.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By gil@brownplace.fsnet.co.uk on 1 Nov 2001
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This book is one of the most wonderful books I've ever read the descriptions are magnificent and the plot is very unique and the drawings are very good looking.It is a must for people who have read the Harry Potter series I hope you enjoyed this book as much as I did.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "d_evil204" on 18 July 2005
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This is a fantastic read, enjoyable for all ages. The writer uses such imaginative ideas in this wonderful adventure-packed story. The story starts with a young boy, who strays from the path, to become a sky-pirate like his father. Along his jouney he meets a countless number of funny and mind-boggling creatures such as Banderbears, Shrykes and Prowlgrins. This book is certainly the best I have ever read, and I would recomed it to anyone. The endings of each of the books in the series keeps you suspended, waiting for the next book to come out. Chris Riddel and Paul Stewart certainly make a fine team, and the illustrations in the book are amazingly intrecate. I recomed you read this book!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 Dec 2002
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I'm the proud mum of a 14 year old boy ,who is into rap music,skateboarding,room untidying,dish unwashing and all the usual stuff that 14 year olds love to do to annoy their parents,so I am well impressed with The Edge Chronicles books.He happily sits for hours reading them,and can't wait to get his hands on the next one.
I think that all parents should introduce their teenagers to these books,and regain their sanity by enjoying a couple of hours free from rap music,bickering and violent movies and knowing that their safe in the hands of their return to childish fantasy.
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