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The Edge Chronicles

Updated on October 1, 2014

Welcome to the Edge

The Deepwoods, the Stone Gardens, the Edgewater River. Undertown and Sanctaphrax. Names on a map.

Yet behind each name lie a thousand tales - tales that have been recorded in ancient scrolls, tales that have been passed down the generations by word of mouth - tales which even now are being told.

What follows is but one of those tales. Welcome to The Edge Chronicles.

Edge Chronicles: My review

Weird creatures, daring adventures, flying rocks, floating trees. Viscous goblins, courageous pirates, wise librarians and devious shrikes. The world created by Paul Riddell is filled with imaginative creations and thrilling plots. Join his young heroes - first Twig, then Quint and finally Rook - as they fight the various evils that threaten the Edge.

These books are filled with adventure, but also touch on themes of loyalty (worthy and misplaced), father-son relationships, bravery and friendship. Our characters must choose sides, deciding for themselves who to trust and who to be wary of. Their choices are sometimes simple, but many times, evil wears a clever disguise.

The first three books for the series chronicle Twig's story - from Deepwoods foundling to dashing sky pirate. Twig has been raised by woodtrolls, but strikes out on his own to discover his true destiny when he does the unthinkable (for a woodtroll) - he strays from the path. In the course of the three books, this takes him to the sky's aboard Cloud Wolff's ship, out over the Edge in a quest to save his father and to the source of all life.

In the fourth book, we head back in time to meet Quint and Maris living on Sanctaphrax. A great evil has been unleashed in the center of the sacred rock, and it's up to the pair to figure out how to stop it and save the city.

Books five takes us forward in time to meet Rook Barkwater, a lowly under-librarian among the earth scholars living in the sewers below Undertown. He's chosen to become a Knight-Librarian, beginning a series of adventures that continue through book seven when the librarians and most of Undertown are forced to leave their homes ahead of a destructive force that destroys most of their goblin and shrike enemies. Dangers still lie ahead as they strive to reach a new home in the Free Glades.

We come back to Quint and Maris in book eight, where the city is under siege of a never ending blizzard brought on by the evil battled in book four. Quint has been accepted into the Knights Academy and must now test his courage by sailing out over the Edge to stop the freezing weather and save Sanctaphrax. That complete, they join Quint's father Wind Jackal in Book nine aboard ship for adventures from the Edge to the Deepwoods.

(A note on images. All images on this page are taken from the first Edge Chronicles book and are used under the fair use section of copyright law.)

The Edge Chronicles: Book 10 - The Immortals

The Immortals: The final book in Edge Chronicles (The Edge Chronicles No. 10)
The Immortals: The final book in Edge Chronicles (The Edge Chronicles No. 10)

Three times the size of any of the others. Which is fine. Three times the adventure, right?

 

Paul & Chris Talk About Writing The Edge Chronicles

Edge Chronicles: Book 1 - Beyond the Deep Woods

Edge Chronicles: Setting - Welcome to the Edge

Edgewater River

A great stone torrent once poured over this overhanging lip of rock. The river here is broad and swollen, and roars as it hurls itself down into the misty, swirling void below, yet the origins of the Edgewater River could scarcely be humbler. Its sources lie far inland, high up in the dark and forbidding Deepwoods.

Deepwoods

Dark and deeply mysterious, the Deepwoods is a harsh and perilous place for those who call it home. And there are many who do.

Edgelands

Where the clouds descend there lie the Edgelands, a barren wasteland of swirling mists, spirits and nightmares. Those who lose themselves in the Edgelands face one of two possible fates. The lucky ones will stumble blindly to the cliff edge and plunge to their deaths. The unlucky ones will find themselves in the Twilight Woods.

Twilight Woods

The Twilight Woods are enchanting, but they are also treacherous. The atmosphere there is heady, intoxicating. Those who breathe it for too long forget the reason they ever came to the Twilight Woods, like the lost knights on forbidden quests who would give up on life - if only life would give up on them.

The Mire

The Mire is at the lower reaches of the Twilight Woods. It is a stinking polluted place, rank with the slurry from the factories and foundries of Undertown, which have pumped and dumped their waste so long that the land is dead.

Undertown

Those who do make their way across the Mire find themselves in a warren of ramshackle hovels and run-down slums, which straddles the oozing Edgewater River. This is Undertown.

Sanctaphrax

At the centre of Undertown is a great iron ring, to which a long and heavy chain - now taut, now slack - extends into the sky. Upon it, the magnificent city of Sanctaphrax has been constructed.

Stone Gardens

Sanctaphrax is a great floating rock. Like all the other buoyant rocks on The Edge, it started out in the Stone Gardens. The chain was attached when the rock became large and light enough to float up into the sky. All buoyant rocks of The Edge grow in the Stone Gardens. If left, the rocks would eventually break free and sail upwards into the open sky. However, the White Ravens tend the Stone Gardens - they monitor the growth of the rocks and signal to the academics of Sanctaphrax when each rock harvest should begin.

Edge Chronicles: Book 2 - Stormchaser

Edge Chronicles: Book 3 - Midnight Over Sanctaphrax

Edge Chronicles: Supporting Cast

Twig, Quint and Rook couldn't do it all by themselves. Heck, in the Edge, humans can't do it all by themselves. Here are a few of the types of characters you're likely to encounter as you travel the edge.

Shrykes

Shrieky, viscious, war-like, sneaky. This female-dominated bird species is involved in the lowest of commerce with the slave markets and double-crosses anyone they deal with. Advantages are their single-minded focus on domination and immunity to the effects of the Twighlight Woods.

Goblins

There are several different types of goblins and in recent years they've managed to overcome some of their differences to band together as the Goblin Nations. Quick to take offense, spoiling for a fight, you want them on your side if you can get them.

Guardians of the Night

A segment of the academics who took a turn to the dark side under an insane leader. They drove the best of the earth and sky scholars underground and are looking to rule more than just Sanctaphrax.

Librarians

Evolved from the sky scholars and earth scholars, the librarians are the keepers of the scrolls that document all that is known about the Edge. In later years, they are the protectors of the Freeglade as well as information.

Earth Scholars and Sky Scholars

Long before our chronicles start, there were two general schools of knowledge represented in the academies of Sanctaphrax. Over time, there was a movement to ban the Earth Scholars and all their knowledge as being dangerous and heretical. The Sky scholars ruled Sanctaphrax for years until the Guardians of the Night made their move.

Sky Pirates

Rulers of the air above the Edge, the sky pirates provide transportation, commerce and adventure as they roam the skies, delivering items purchased in the Deep Woods to the guilds in Undertown. It takes great courage and skill to be a sky pirate, but their days are numbered when the sky sickness infects the rocks that keep their ships afloat.

Guilds

These leagues run most of the trade in Undertown, for better or worse. You can't do business there without working with one of the guilds. Beware crossing any of them and tread lightly when doing business.

Banderbears

Frequently studied, yet still often misunderstood. One of the many mysterious fauna found in the Deepwoods. Befriended by Twig and Rook, they play a critical role in ensuring the survival of our heroes.

Edge Chronicles: Book 4 - Curse of the Gloamglozer

Edge Chronicles: Book 5 - The Last of the Sky Pirates

Edge Chronicles: Book 6 - Vox

Edge Chronicles: Will There Ever Be a Movie?

The series was optioned by a British production company ages ago, but there have been few rumblings since then as to whether we'll actually get a movie version. I've been checking once again now that Book 10 is out, but still nothing. Apparently there is quite some trouble getting the financial backing for this one.

Stewart and Riddell have said they'd prefer to see a live action movie with CGI effects. I can see where it would be cool to see live action of the ships floating, but it would be more cutting edge to do it as an animated film in the style of Riddell's artwork. Which means it'll probably take more time and be appealing to fewer people as well. What do you think?

What's the best format for the Edge stories?

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The Goblin Leaders - The great art by Chris Riddell sets these books apart from any others.

The Goblin Leaders - The great art by Chris Riddell sets these books apart from any others.
The Goblin Leaders - The great art by Chris Riddell sets these books apart from any others.

Edge Chronicles: Book 7 - Freeglader

Edge Chronicles: Book 8 - The Winter Knights

Edge Chronicles: Book 9 - Clash of the Sky Galleons

Edge Chronicles: Would You Rather ... ?

Would you rather be a Librarian Knight or a Sky Pirate?

Edge Chronicles: Videos

Edge Chronicles: Rate it, if you dare...

On a scale of 1-7, what did you REALLY think?

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Edge Chronicles: Have Your Say

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      ENWehr 5 years ago

      The Edge Chronicles should be made into a game with a format similar to how Skyrim operates. nuf said.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I find these books lifechanging. I want to live on the Edge! I want to stray from the path, fly through the sky with skypirates, build a skycraft, explore the stonecomb, train a prowlgrin, but most of all I want to go to Riverrise. The characters and stories created by both Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell are so relatable, but still in a completely different world. To have the imagination to create this world, and to draw it, it's a gift, and we've been lucky enough to have it shared with us by these two amazing people.

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      JonBurgess 6 years ago

      Chris Riddell is a genius, and so prolific. It must be great to have the scope that the stories give him to create weird and wonderful characters. A very comprehensive lens I think.

      cheers,

      Jon

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I never really enjoyed fantasy fiction until I was introduced to Artemis Fowl, and now the Edge Chronicles are just as good. Once I read the first page of the first book I knew i couldn't put it down until i finished it!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I work in a library and often have a hard time getting the young boys to read. I always make this series the first one I hand to them. I have yet to have one who didn't love it and read all the books next. Once you get a boy to read one thing and they trust your suggestions, you can go from there. One of my favorite things to do is to make a child read something they love and turn them into readers for life. And the Edge Chronicles do that.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I think Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart are the best author/illistrator in the whole world! I couldn't put the books down, and finished each book one a day. Pure genius!!

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      This is an excellent SquidLit because it is clear that you are passionate about these books. It really has a personal touch, which I find missing from so many SquidLits. Featured on SquidLit Reviews at Crabbysbeach today. http://squid.crabbysbeach.com/blogs/

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Still on the 7th book. Hopefully I could finish reading the entire series within the month. Great book. A must read. 5*

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      These books a by far one of the best books i have ever read. The imagination, the adventure, the characters and everything else is so original. These books rock!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      your insane if u don't read this book and like it

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      love it love it love ,all of the tales,and edventure

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      great books to bad im only on the second

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      these books rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      mitchking 8 years ago

      I am not sure which is better on these the story or the illustrations.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      these re the books that got me reading

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      Artemus-Gordon 8 years ago

      These books sound just like something my son would read. They would make a nice Christmas gift.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Every time i see a book turned into a film i always wish it was the edge chronicles instead ... better than Harry potter in my opinion. If/when they make it into a movie i hope im still alive.

      Also laughed when i saw Stardust, and the Sky Pirates catching Lightning...lol...

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      Susan 8 years ago from Texas

      [in reply to lindsay] The more I see the trailers for Where the Wild Things Are, the more I'm inclined to agree with you that Muppets might be the way to go. Would love to see what they would do with banderbears.

      (And I'm watching carefully for book 10 in the US. Come on all ready! So ready to read this thing.)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      In regards to a movie, I could only think of four words the entire time I was reading the series: Jim Henson's Creature Shop. CGI is great, and can always be used to give a little boost (like Spectral Motion did in Hellboy, for example), but these creatures just demand to go old school.

      But first thing's first, I wish I knew when book 10 will be released in the US so the library will get it already...

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Ever since my friend gave me his book, Beyond The Deepwoods, I have been so addicted to all the others! Right now, I have all the books up to book 7, Freeglader! I wish they'd make more Edge Chronicles books, cause I won't stop hunting for other books till I have ALL!!!

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      DianeStafford 8 years ago

      Great lens, well done for the featured squidoo review today :-)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      ITS THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUT I CAN'T FIGURE OUT WHY WE GO THOUGH TIME........ BUT ITS STILL AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      It needs to made into a movie! I really want it to!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      BEST BOOKS EVER!!!!!! I CAN'T STOP READING THEM!!!! My favourite is Clash of the Sky Galleons because theres a huge sky battle in there! AMAZING!!!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I really liked these books. go caterbird

      my faves were beond the deepwoods, curse of the gloamglozer but my very fave is the immortals because the main characters are all in it. and the new gloamglozers are cool.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      By far my favourite series of books and The Immortals was favourite standalone. So sad that they have finished the series though you can still whet your appetite on www.weirdnewworlds.com which is theri online blog that has new short chapters!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      BEST EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MATE

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      THEY ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No book can ever be better if they stop writing i will DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      BRILLIANT I must have read them all three times! and the last one is great. Its sad that they decided to not write anymore but barnaby grimes is almost as good so I'm looking out for them in the shops!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      It is THE BEST SERIES OF BOOKS EVER. NEVER stop them.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i really loved these books and i hope that they never stop!!!!

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      ctavias0ffering1 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens 5* and a sprinkling of Angel Dust

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for introducing me to The Edge Chronicles. Well done lens; blessed by a new SquidAngel!

      Brenda

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i love the edge books, but i hate it that no one i know has read them.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      the edge chronicles was the greatest book series ive ever read!! ive read books1-9 and they're amazing,im practically dying waiting for the release of the immortals! i don't know about a movie though,it would just ruin the experience.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      best books ive ever read just completaly awesome it was hard to find these books in america almost all the book stores don't have them. i read all the books ecept the immortals edge maps and the lost barkscroles

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      men, this book is awesome!!!!! i read the 4th book the curse of the gloamglozer and it was awesome!! i wish i can buy all the book of the edge chronicles and i like to ask a question would there be a movie for the edge chronicles, and this book is more awesome than harry potter,narnia and other adventure books so i am so excited for the movie even if it would have cartoon series..

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      The Edge is the best place I could ever go. I will live on the edge when I am in heaven. I will travel the sky in a skycraftbuilt by my own hands in the freeglades. Or i shall join the remaining ghosts of scree town. You will probably find me living in house built upon a mighty ironwood where i will study the deepwoods cautiously. I will also apprentice a gabtroll or oakelve in there herbal studies. Chris riddell and paul stewart are truly amazing. No movie. I am sorry but that would ruin the experience...no one could create a better edge as the one in the book.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I have read all 9 of the books and they were all amazing!!!!! A movie would sound the best thing that ever happened to me !!! I will probably yell out "yeah!!!!" out loud at the movie theater "lol"!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      if a movie does come out i bet you anything that it is going to be awesome!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      A movie would be great

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Yes, ive read 1-3 over and over again. I started 4, but the first 3 were absolutely amazing. I definintely would like to see it in movie which ive been hopping would happen for years!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 9 years ago from Northern California

      This looks like a fun series. Thank you for submitting it to the Spirit of the Season Challenge.

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      SilverBlade 9 years ago

      You can say that again!!!Do you like the harry potter books or star wars films,if you do then check out my page duuuuuuudddddeeeeeeee!lol

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      The best books i've ever read! great for any age, any interest, you just to read them all over and over!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I totally love the edge chronicles, it is the best!! Every night i read for hours and when my mum says to go to bed i get my torch and keep on reading. The Edge chronicles is so heart pumping. I can't wait till you make more and i really want someone to make a movie out of it. By the way i want you to know my favourite edge creature...A BANDERBEAR!!!!!! They llok so cut on Beyond the deepwoods when twig helps him.

      But i know they can be vicouse. It would be so fun to go to the edge and do all the thing Quint Twig and Rook did.

      My favourite character is Quint because he rides a sky ship and that he has great friends like Maris and Tem.

      Well that's All..

      GO THE EDGE CHRONICLES!!!!!!!!!!!

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      BookReview LM 9 years ago

      What a fun and exciting looking series, I have never heard of this one before. Blessings

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      What a great lens!

      The Rats and Mice came over to check out your fantastic lens and to leave you a virtual Cup of Coffee to hang on your wall.

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      Barkely 9 years ago

      Wow! I love it, welcome to the Fun For Kids group!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      this book is so awesome i just wish thast the series would never end or theis place was real and i could go there and live forever studying and becoming a scholer or a sky pirate and paul stewart like real does bring it alive and sometimes i think that im in a moviewith the detail that cris riddle puts into the book i can just imagine the banderbears fur feel and i can like hear the yodelling the them

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      rockycha 9 years ago

      Love the lens! I want to see da movie!