THE TWIG TRILOGY, Book I
When thirteen-year-old Twig discovers that he was abandoned at birth by an unknown outsider, he leaves his woodtroll family behind and sets off on a journey through and beyond the dangerous Deepwoods. As he makes his way through a nightmarish world of goblins and trogs, bloodthirsty beasts and flesh-eating trees, only two things keep Twig going: the mystery of his identity and the promise of a heroic destiny. . . .
This charming British series, the Edge Chronicles, makes a transatlantic crossing with its launch title, a handsomely designed paper-over-board volume with pen-and-inks by the authors. In poetic prose, Stewart and Riddell invent the magical realm that culminates at the Edge (a precipice that resembles "the figurehead of a mighty stone ship"). The flow of water that ceaselessly falls off the Edge originates in the Deepwoods, where "countless tribes and strange groupings scratch a living in the dappled sunlight and moonglow beneath its lofty canopy." Twig, who is nearly 13, lives with a family of woodtrolls, but his non-troll appearance (except for the pointy ears) marks him as an outcast; it is not a total surprise when his "Mother-Mine" reveals that he was dropped "at the foot of our tree" as an infant. And so begins a journey that leads Twig to his destiny, as the ominous caterbird tells him, which lies "beyond the Deepwoods." The narrative will cast a spell over readers from the beginning with its utterly odd, off-kilter sense of logic and a vocabulary that is equal parts Dr. Seuss and Lewis Carroll ("Fromps coughed and spat, quarms squealed, while the great banderbear beat its monstrous hairy chest and yodelled to its mate"). The detailed artwork with numerous comic touches also offer clues to Twig's parentage (he bears a certain resemblance to a dreaded sky pirate who makes an early appearance). Twig winds up at the Edge, and his decision at the chasm leads him to self- discovery and nicely sets up the next adventure, Stormchaser (-75070-6; also releasing this month), which sees Twig beginning his life as a sky pirate. Ages 10-12.
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I LOVED IT
OMG this book was so great. I read it a few years ago and decided to search up what it was called. Then I remembered how much I loved it. The story was breathtaking and mysterious, and the characters were so relatable. This is DEFINITELY one of my fav series. I recommend this book to people of all ages.
Make this a movie series!
I'm 26 and this book makes my imagination soar like I was a kid again. The story is deep and beautiful. Characters are relatable and personable. The creatures are fantastic and fun. This could be an amazing set of movies. Let's hope someone gets wind of these books.
Best series I've ever read. They instantly captivate both young and old readers and anyone in between. And that's just the stories! They also have many splendid drawings. If you do read this series don't forget to read The Immortals and The Lost Barkscrolls as they too are part of the series. Also for
any older readers I would suggest reading Wrymeweald, which is another great series by Chris and Paul.