Saturday, September 23, 2006

Beyond the Deepwoods (Twig 1) by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Author: Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
ISBN # 0552 554227
Publisher: Corgi
First Published: 1998

284 pages

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 truly belongs, Twig wanders into the mysterious, fascinating and sometimes hazardous world beyond the Deepwoods. In his travels he encounters myriad peculiar creatures, like his wise guardian, the caterbird; the slaughterers, a peaceful race who butcher animals for their livelihood; and the vicious, bile-swilling rotsucker. Always mindful of the Gloamglozer, whose presence haunts the thoughts of all the inhabitants of the Edge, Twig pursues his quest until he discovers his roots, not among the trees, but in the skies. With his new allies, the sky pirates, Twig prepares to embark on his next adventure.

This first book in the Twig Trilogy is a story about being different and, no matter how hard you try to fit in, still standing out from the crowd. The Deepwoods are fraught with danger, but that doesn’t stop our hero, Twig, setting out on a perilous journey of self-discovery; making terrible enemies and wonderful friends of all shapes and sizes along the way. It’s both heart-stopping and heart-warming, and absolutely enchanting. A great start to a new trilogy.

Rating: 7


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