The Edge Chronicles 6: Midnight Over Sanctaphrax: Third Book of Twig by Paul Stewart

The Edge Chronicles 6: Midnight Over Sanctaphrax: Third Book of Twig

Twig Verginix has gained a formidable reputation as the young sky pirate captain who dared to sail over the Edge. But far out in open sky a storm is brewing. In its path lies Sanctaphrax – the great floating city tethered to the land by a massive chain.Twig has learned of the approaching danger, but a perilous voyage destroys his sky ship, hurling his crew into and beyond...

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The Edge Chronicles 6: Midnight Over Sanctaphrax: Third Book of Twig Reviews

  • Charlyn

    Twig knows his father's ship has gone beyond the Edge and that's where he must travel if he wants to find his father. Now the captain of his own sky ship, Twig has the vessel tethered to a caterbird, following his father into the vortex of a horrid storm. His crew is a group of devoted followers who trust their young captain with their lives. Twig finds his father who, before he disappears, imparts to Twig the importance of saving Sanctaphrax. Twig and his crew are tossed from their ship by the

    Twig knows his father's ship has gone beyond the Edge and that's where he must travel if he wants to find his father. Now the captain of his own sky ship, Twig has the vessel tethered to a caterbird, following his father into the vortex of a horrid storm. His crew is a group of devoted followers who trust their young captain with their lives. Twig finds his father who, before he disappears, imparts to Twig the importance of saving Sanctaphrax. Twig and his crew are tossed from their ship by the terrible explosion and each is catapulted back to the Edge.

    Twig is rescued and brought to Sanctaphrax, but he cannot remember his father's admonitions. He only knows that, if he is safe, then he must find each of the other crew members of his ship. That search across the treacherous regions of the Deepwoods with its formidable beasts makes up the balance of the book.

    Adventure and suspense abound in the third volume of the Edge Chronicles, but I would advise readers to complete Book 2 before joining Twig on his travels here.

  • Laura

    I think I'm done with these books. They have been disapointing. I'm just not excited to read about the "real world" horrors they are introducing to kids. Greed, politics, environmental disasters caused by people, slavery, psychotic murderers... I find the plot detail doesn't keep up with the detail to the scenery and gruesome brutality. Somewhat main characters keep dying off only to be replaced by similar characters (three books = three banderbears). I no longer feel a sense of shock or sadness

    I think I'm done with these books. They have been disapointing. I'm just not excited to read about the "real world" horrors they are introducing to kids. Greed, politics, environmental disasters caused by people, slavery, psychotic murderers... I find the plot detail doesn't keep up with the detail to the scenery and gruesome brutality. Somewhat main characters keep dying off only to be replaced by similar characters (three books = three banderbears). I no longer feel a sense of shock or sadness over the deaths as I am numbed by the frequency of it. Besides all that, nothing really seems to happen. I just don't get it. I know there are a ton more of these books but ugh. I don't think I could stand to read any more. I LOVED the Far Flung Adventures. They were so fun and zany and witty. Why didn't this talented author/illustrator team write more of those?

  • Justyn Rampa

    Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell continue to win my heart in book three of "The Edge Chronicles". This book concludes "The Twig Saga" and what a conclusion! Although things did not work out quite as I had predicted, I very much loved this book!

    If "Stormchaser" was concerned with urban infrastructure, then "Midnight over Sanctaphrax" is concerned with slavery and the evils therein. Pretty heavy commentary for a "children's book" in my opinion. I don't mean to give the impression that this is a fict

    Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell continue to win my heart in book three of "The Edge Chronicles". This book concludes "The Twig Saga" and what a conclusion! Although things did not work out quite as I had predicted, I very much loved this book!

    If "Stormchaser" was concerned with urban infrastructure, then "Midnight over Sanctaphrax" is concerned with slavery and the evils therein. Pretty heavy commentary for a "children's book" in my opinion. I don't mean to give the impression that this is a fictionalized treatise on the matter, but I believe that Paul and Chris manage to introduce some fairly complicated concepts into children's literature which I appreciate.

    As to the story itself, well, we certainly go deeper. A creation myth in introduced, a new POV character is introduced, and there is a quest which I found incredibly compelling that dominates most of the book. Also, the growth of Twig as a character was a remarkable journey to watch. To see him start as a frightened whiny little boy in his mother's lap in "Beyond the Deepwoods" to where he ends up in "Midnight over Sanctaphrax" is incredible! In particular, one scene for me really hit home just how much he has grown.

    There continue to be great nods to previous events which make the reading even more rewarding for those who are working their way through the series. I have no idea what Book 4 will bring, but I have a feeling there are some unresolved issues that will be addressed later. I may take a wee break before beginning Book 4 so I can address some Book Club reading before beginning "The Quint Saga".

  • Ryan

    note: mrs. lowery i didnt know how to get three posts on the same book for one week so i am doing them all in one post.

    Post 1: Twig and Cowlquape are looking around in undertown. They are looking for there lost crew members when they come across a small tavern. In this tavern there are Flat head goblins herassing the owner and are scaring the customers. Twig and Cowalquape kill the goblins and free every one. Also they find one of Twigs crew members.

    Post 2: Twig cowalquape and tarp are trapped i

    note: mrs. lowery i didnt know how to get three posts on the same book for one week so i am doing them all in one post.

    Post 1: Twig and Cowlquape are looking around in undertown. They are looking for there lost crew members when they come across a small tavern. In this tavern there are Flat head goblins herassing the owner and are scaring the customers. Twig and Cowalquape kill the goblins and free every one. Also they find one of Twigs crew members.

    Post 2: Twig cowalquape and tarp are trapped in the sewers and in somesort of mesh netting bag. It turns out that this is another two crew members trying to make a life off in the sewers. They are Wingnut Sleet and grobo. They then find out that they are glowing and are thought to be spirits.

    Post 3: It is back to twig and cowalquape only and they are off to the great shryke slave market. It is a terrible place that keeps inocent people locked up i cages inside hollow trees and then they are sold to the more fortunate. You must have a white cockade or you could be mistaken for a slave and sold.

  • Lisa

    Brilliant, as always.

  • S.

    Twigs Geschichte aus dem zweiten Band geht nahtlos weiter und so ist das Buch von Anfang an spannend. Dabei werden parallel zwei Handlungsstränge erzählt. Zum einen droht ein Sturm sämtliches Leben des Klippenlandes auszulöschen, zum anderen verliert Twig erneut seine Mannschaft, die sich über das ganze Land zerstreut. Wird Twig es gelingen, alle Mitglieder seines Himmelschiffes lebend wiederzufinden? Und wird es ihm gelingen, die Folgen des großen Sturms zu verhindern?

    Auf seiner Reise durch das

    Twigs Geschichte aus dem zweiten Band geht nahtlos weiter und so ist das Buch von Anfang an spannend. Dabei werden parallel zwei Handlungsstränge erzählt. Zum einen droht ein Sturm sämtliches Leben des Klippenlandes auszulöschen, zum anderen verliert Twig erneut seine Mannschaft, die sich über das ganze Land zerstreut. Wird Twig es gelingen, alle Mitglieder seines Himmelschiffes lebend wiederzufinden? Und wird es ihm gelingen, die Folgen des großen Sturms zu verhindern?

    Auf seiner Reise durch das Klippenland muss er viele Gefahren überstehen. Dabei trifft er auf neue Wesen, alte Bekannte, aber vor allem auch auf einen neuen Freund. Eines sei zum Schluss noch zu verraten: Auf seiner Reise wird nicht alles gut ausgehen, auf der sicheren Seite ist man bei diesem Buch nie.

    Das dritte Buch der Reihe hat mir wahnsinnig gut gefallen, vor allem im Vergleich mit den ersten beiden Bänden. Im Gegensatz zum ersten Buch, gab es keine bloße Aneinanderreihung von Ereignissen. Die Handlungen haben sich schön verwoben, wodurch das Buch zu einem echten Page-Turner wurde. Auch gab es immer wieder neue Sachen zu entdecken, wie den Sklavenmarkt. Nur das Ende war mir viel zu schnell erzählt, so dass man es gar nicht genießen konnte. Statt eines liebevollen Aufklanges gab es ein abruptes Ende, was Schade ist, weil einem das letzter Eindruck vom Buch besonders in Erinnerung bleibt.

  • Marsha

    With each new venture into the Edge world, Mr. Stewart has shown us yet another corner of it. In this one, he takes Twig on a perilous journey to find his lost comrades and to the very source of life itself.

    Twig’s travels bring him into intimate contact with the workings of the odious slave trade, which had been mentioned in previous volumes. It’s a practice no decent sky pirate ever indulges—but, as Mr. Stewart shows, good and bad people are found everywhere and nothing is safe or certain. The

    With each new venture into the Edge world, Mr. Stewart has shown us yet another corner of it. In this one, he takes Twig on a perilous journey to find his lost comrades and to the very source of life itself.

    Twig’s travels bring him into intimate contact with the workings of the odious slave trade, which had been mentioned in previous volumes. It’s a practice no decent sky pirate ever indulges—but, as Mr. Stewart shows, good and bad people are found everywhere and nothing is safe or certain. The suddenness of how slavery can descend even on freeborn people is grimly penned.

    This is a thrilling adventure story, one packed with familiar and strange faces and creatures. The forging of new ties and the rebuilding of old ones form the basis for each volume. If it seems sometimes that friends and enemies are a little too quickly discarded with each new story, the introductions point out that each book is only one tale of a thousand; it makes sense that individuals get lost in the shuffle of history.

    These are, after all, chronicles of the Edge itself. People come and go; the land itself is what endures and Mr. Stewart’s exuberant writing keeps us coming back for more.

  • Mikayla

    Another great read from Paul Stewart and wonderful art as always. Though up to now I've figured that the first and/or second books in each trilogy is usually better than the third (just with my experience).

    Still a fantastic book though, love the series so far and give 4 stars.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    Midnight Over Sanctaphrax (The Edge Chronicles #3), Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell (Illustrator)

  • Charlotte May

    The Edge Chronicles have been an absolute gem of a find!

    A fantastic third instalment of the Twig trilogy!

    Sanctaphrax is in danger - its walls are falling apart piece by piece and the high academics have no idea why.

    Meanwhile Twig and his crew on board the sky ship Edgedancer have gone in search of Cloud Wolf, Twig's father.

    What follows is a non-stop adventure filled with the most imaginative creatures and characters I've ever come across with some

    The Edge Chronicles have been an absolute gem of a find!

    A fantastic third instalment of the Twig trilogy!

    Sanctaphrax is in danger - its walls are falling apart piece by piece and the high academics have no idea why.

    Meanwhile Twig and his crew on board the sky ship Edgedancer have gone in search of Cloud Wolf, Twig's father.

    What follows is a non-stop adventure filled with the most imaginative creatures and characters I've ever come across with some of the best world building.

    I would recommend these books to anyone with a taste for adventure and fantasy!


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