20. August 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fantasy, Fiction

Beyond the Deepwoods (Edge Chronicles #1) by Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell , 288 pages, read by Angie, on 08/19/2012

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 has no clear idea of where he is going and just continues to travel through the Deepwoods looking for a path out.

There is a lot going on in this book. I enjoyed Twig and his adventures but I wish there was more to the story than Twig going from one dangerous situation to another. It makes the book seem like a bunch of short stories tied into one. The adventures are all fun and interesting; I especially enjoyed his travels with the banderbear and his time with the Mag and the termagents. I think the ending was a satisfying one and answers questions about Twig’s identity. It is also a nice way to set up the next book. This is an entertaining fantasy adventure book.

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