Rereading Old Favourites: Beyond the Deepwoods

Hello all!

1121393It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these posts, but I wanted to continue on with this reading/blogging series. I’ve only now read 2 books for this series, although I originally was planning on reading one a month. This is due to me not having as much reading time now since starting work, but I’ve discovered audiobooks and they’re helping me massively!

This post is going to be about Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart and Chris Ridell. This is the first book in The Edge Chronicles: The Twig Saga, which follows Twig Verginix who is brought up by Woodtrolls and goes off on an adventure, and strays from the path. This was one of my favourite books as a kid, and I always remember loving the setting of this book, I can always picture the woods, the trees, the characters.

I listened to the audiobook of this as it was only about 3 hours long, which meant I finished it in about 2 days. I think this was a great way to reread this book because I spent quite a bit of my reading time on trains over those two days, meaning I had a lot of time for reading/listening. It seems like such a short book, but we meet so many characters and see Twig in so many different situations, it’s crazy! I think my favourite creature in the book is the Banderbear, who Twig meets in the woods, who turns out to be quite lovely to Twig.

Rereading this made me want to reread the whole series, and read the books that I never actually read. I didn’t realise that there were so many books in this series until I looked it up on Goodreads – I think the only ones I knew about were the Twig Saga books and The Curse of the Gloamglozer, which I didn’t realise was the first book in the Chronicles!

I know I loved this book as a child, and I still love it now. The world building is great, especially as it’s such a short book, and I love the illustrations throughout the book. I’ll definitely be rereading the whole saga, and hopefully I’ll be able to pick up the rest of the chronicles in the future. This is definitely a book that has remained a favourite, and I’m so glad it has.

Are there moments in this book I’d forgotten? Yes. So many!!! I vividly remember the beginning of the book, but some things that happen towards the end I’d completely forgotten!

Do I still love this book as much now as I did as a child? I think I do yeah!

Would I recommend this book still? I would. Especially if you’re looking for a quick/easy fantasy read!

Have any of you read any of the Edge Chronicles. If so, what did you think of them? I don’t know if I’ve met anyone who has read them in the past. 

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2 thoughts on “Rereading Old Favourites: Beyond the Deepwoods”

  1. I love the Edge Chronicles! But I don’t hear about them much. The world building is great. I’m curious to know if your experience was different when listening to this book, as the illustrations are so much a part of the story!

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    1. I did miss the illustrations, but I have the books on my shelf and I’ve looked at them so much as a child that I remember most of them from then. I know there’s a few I’ve forgotten but I can always check back in the book 😊

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