Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

(8.5/10) Stylishly creepy; at turns gorgeous, humorous, horrifying and awe-inspiring.

Abandoned at birth in the Deepwoods, Twig is brought up by a family of woodtrolls. One cold night, Twig does what no woodtroll has ever done before – he strays from the path. So begins an adventure that will take Twig through a nightmare world of goblins and trogs, bloodthirsty beasts and flesh-eating trees.

Beyond the Deepwoods is the first book in The Twig Trilogy, a fantasy series for older children / young adults. Written by Paul Stewart and illustrated by Chris Riddell, it forms part of the Edge Chronicles, a series that has sold almost one and half million copies worldwide.

Beyond the Deepwoods is an all-action fantasy adventure. The story moves along at a rate of knots and our hero, the endearing Twig, falls from frying pans into fires with alarming regularity. For example, once Twig makes the near-fatal mistake of straying from the path, he encounters oakelves, a halitoad, a hoverworm, Slaughterer’s, hammelhorns, a skullpelt, a caterbird, the bloodoak, Gyle goblins, their Grossmother, a spindlebug and the horrific rotsucker in very short succession. It is not until he meets up with the Sky Captain Cloud Wolf and his crew that we can take a breath, settle down and let Stewart & Riddell enchant us with the charming narrative and illustrations which have made this series so popular.

Beyond the Deepwoods is filled with wonderful characters but there is one that stands head and shoulders above them all… the banderbear. Banderbears are huge, gentle creatures that wander through the Deepwoods. Huge with tree-trunk legs and arms so long that their knuckles graze the ground, they have two tusks which curve up from the jutting lower jaw and large, doleful eyes. Covered in fur, which often looks green because moss grows in it, each limb has four claws - as long as your forearm! Only its ears are delicate - winglike and constantly fluttering.

The chapter were Twig meets and befriends the banderbear will be many readers’ favourite. It is both heart-warming and heart-breaking.

“The banderbear nodded its enormous head and lay at Twig’s feet. And, as Twig looked down into its huge and sorrowful eyes, he saw something unexpected quivering there in the dark green depths. It was fear.
Beyond the Deepwoods: Chapter 8 – The Banderbear

Stylishly creepy; at turns gorgeous, humorous, horrifying and awe-inspiring. Beyond the Deepwoods is a fine book... and the good news is that books 2 and 3 are even better!

Paul Stewart is a highly regarded author of books for younger readers – everything from picture books to football stories, fantasy and horror. Together with Chris Riddell, he is co-creator of the Far-Flung Adventures series, which includes Fergus Crane, Gold Smarties Prize Winner, and Corby Flood, Silver Nestle Prize Winner. They are of course also co-creators of the bestselling Edge Chronicles series that has sold over a million books and is now available in over thirty languages.

Chris Riddell is an accomplished graphic artist who has illustrated many acclaimed books for children, including Pirate Diary by Richard Platt, and Gulliver, which both won the Kate Greenaway Medal. Something Else by Kathryn Cave was shortlisted and Castle Diary by Richard Platt was Highly Commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Review by

4 positive reader review(s) for Beyond the Deepwoods

9+

Beyond the Deepwoods reader reviews

from South Africa

Perfect blend of fantasy and adventure, you won't be wasting your time reading this whole series

from England

The best series ever!! The only thing that stopped me giving it 10 is it is too exciting!!!!

from The Netherlands

The best chronicles ever! In every page there was always something that made you turn the next page. I read all of the books in half a year!

from Bromley

It was excellent! Couldn't take my eyes of it as I couldn't wait to see what was around the corner!'

9.1/10 from 5 reviews

Write a reader review

Your rating out of 10

All reviews for Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell's The Edge Chronicles series

The Immortals

The Edge Chronicles: Book 10 written by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Five hundred years into the third age of flight and mighty phraxships steam across the immensity of the Deepwoods, plying their lucrative trade between the three great citi [...]

Published: 2010

Our rating: 10.0 | positive reader reviews

9+

The Lost Barkscrolls

The Edge Chronicles: Book 11 written by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Four dramatic stories – set in all the ages of the fascinating, terrifying Edgeworld – a delight for any reader, new or old. Cloud Wolf – the story of you [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 8.5 | positive reader reviews

9+

The Curse of the Gloamglozer

The Quint Sequence: Book 1 written by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Quint, son of sky pirate captain, and new apprentice to Linius Pallitax, the Most High Academe, has been set some highly important tasks. Just how important, Quint is about [...]

Published: 2001

Our rating: 9.0 | positive reader reviews

9+

Beyond the Deepwoods

The Twig Trilogy: Book 1 written by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Abandoned at birth in the Deepwoods, Twig is brought up by a family of woodtrolls. One cold night, Twig does what no woodtroll has ever done before – he strays from t [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 8.5 | positive reader reviews

9+

Stormchaser

The Twig Trilogy: Book 2 written by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

On board the Stormchaser, Twig, a young crewmember drawn by destiny to join the sky pirates, is filled with excitement at the adventure ahead. Their quest is to collect sto [...]

Published: 1999

Our rating: 9.5 | positive reader reviews

9+

Midnight over Sanctaphrax

The Twig Trilogy: Book 3 written by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

A ferocious storm threatens the magnificent city of Sanctaphrax. Only Twig knows of the approaching danger. But his perilous voyage destroys his sky ship, hurling his crew [...]

Published: 2000

Our rating: 9.0 | positive reader reviews

9+

More Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell reviews

Free Lance and the Lake of Skulls

by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Free Lance has no master - he journeys from village to village and castle to castle, competing in tournaments and working for his keep. When his horse throws a shoe and he [...]

Series: Free Lance Trilogy #1
Published: 2017

Score: 80

Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

9+

The Last of the Sky Pirates

by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Rook Barkwater lives in the network of sewer-chambers beneath Undertown, the bustling main city of the Edgeworld. He dreams of becoming a librarian knight and, breaking all [...]

Series: The Rook Sequence: Book 1
Published: 2002

Score: 90

Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

9+

Returner's Wealth

by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Young pioneer, Micah, enters Wrymeweald full of hope to return home having made his fortune. But this is a land where wyrmes, fabulous dragon-like beasts, roam wild and rei [...]

Series: Wyrmeweald: Book 1
Published: 2010

Score: 92

Our rating: 9.0 | 2 positive reader reviews

12+

Bloodhoney

by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Fullwinter in the weald - a season of almost unsurvivable cold for anyone foolish enough to venture outside. Even wyrmes die, frozen in the icy wasteland, or falling lifele [...]

Series: Wyrmeweald: Book 2
Published: 2012

Score: 90

Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

12+

Books you may also enjoy

The Death Defying Pepper Roux

by Geraldine McCaughrean

When Pepper Roux was born his aunt foretold that he would not live past 14 years of age. Throughout his childhood his parents haven't bothered with him much, knowing th [...]

Series: NA
Published: 2009

Score: 97

Our rating: 9.5 | 2 positive reader reviews

9+

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator‏

by Roald Dahl

Charlie Bucket has won Willy Wonka's chocolate factory and is on his way to take possession of it - in none other than a great glass elevator! But when the elevator mak [...]

Series: NA
Published: 1972

Score: 91

Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

9+

The Twits

by Roald Dahl

The Twits are a couple that nobody would like to know. They are hairy, dirty, smelly and generally unpleasant. Roald Dahl's characters are possibly the most horrid peop [...]

Series: NA
Published: 0000

Score: 86

Our rating: 8.5 | 1 positive reader reviews

9+

Prince On A White Horse

by Tanith Lee

He was a prince, he knew. And he was riding a white horse. But who he was, and how he had got there, he had no idea. The horse didn't know either - it was good at prote [...]

Series: NA
Published: 1982

Score: 76

Our rating: 7.6 | 0 positive reader reviews

9+