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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.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 30%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   humorous or laughable FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14)

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   a teen


Terrain    -   Forests A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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