Review: Beyond the Deepwoods

Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

  • The Edge Chronicles: The Twig Saga #01
  • Adventure; Fiction; Fantasy
  • Links: Goodreads

Synopse:

Abandoned at birth in the perilous Deepwoods, Twig Verginix 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 a heart-stopping adventure that will take Twig through a nightmare world of fearsome goblins, bloodthirsty beasts and flesh-eating trees. Can he discover the truth about his past?

Beyond the Deepwoods is the first book of the Twig Saga – second trilogy in The Edge Chronicles. Each book is a stand-alone adventure, so you can read The Edge Chronicles in any order you choose.

Read: Dec. 17 2016

Rating: 2 / 5 stars

I borrowed this book from the local library as it seemed pretty interesting from the synopsis. I didn’t know it was part of a bigger series, though, I was lucky enough to find the first book.

The synopsis seemed quite interesting and I read the book in one sitting. However, it didn’t meet my expectations at all. The Deepwoods’ flora and fauna were quite interesting but the plot itself (or rather lack-there-of) is its biggest flaw. Although, all that flora and fauna also makes this book a massive info dump, basically.

Twig, the main character, isn’t a particularly interesting character and there isn’t much character development either. Even after being deceived by the appearances of various creatures in the Deepwoods, in the last chapter Twig is as naive as he is in the first.

As I mentioned earlier, I read this book in one sitting. Despite it not being very good or interesting I kept hoping it would become so in the end. But I was mistaken, though in the end there was a surprising revelation (that I didn’t quite like, to be honest. It felt too… convenient, in a way.)

In overall, I do not recommend this book to anyone, though if you must read it, try looking it up in your local library before spending money. 

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