Far away, a vast land called the Edge juts out into the emptiness, suspended amid the empty sky, a waterfall pouring over its edge into the emptiness. This unusual land is home to many peoples and creatures, strange and often frightening. While one make a fortune here in many ways, one can also meet one's doom in an equally diverse number of ways. The most terrifying creature is the Gloamglozer, a mythical being which can lure beings to the edge of their world. Aimed at young readers, older readers can still enjoy the series' fantastic imagination and unusual sytle.
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In the Deepwoods, far in the interior of this land, a human boy named Twig lives with a woodtroll tribe, adopted by a woodtroll family as a baby. Needless to say, he never quite fits in with the other woodtrolls. When he turns thirteen, his mother admits that she adopted him, and tearfully sends him off to meet a mysterious relative who can help him find his destiny. Instead, he violates the dictum that the woodtrolls live by: never stray from the path. When he does, things go haywire.
Vaguely promised a great destiny, he heads through the Deepwoods, meeting a wide variety of strange creatures and sometimes nearly getting eaten by them. He meets and befriends a huge but timid banderbear, nearly gets eaten by a carnivorous tree and meets a tribe of red-faced slaughterers. The storytelling is episodic, with Twig coming across one odd group of creatures after another, but still very imaginative.
The review of this Book prepared by Robert