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NOTE THAT THIS Q&A IS NOW OVER AND NEW QUESTIONS WILL NOT BE ANSWERED


The Edge Chronicles Facebook have announced that they will be having an interview with Paul Stewart about The Descenders. In this post, we can compile our best questions for him.

Questions:

  • Why did Nate never mention his half-brother, Thadeus, and which parent do they share? 
  • Will we get any more information about the Midwood Decks or Riverrise in The Descenders?
  • About how long do you imagine that the First Age of Flight lasted?
  • What was there before the Mire? If it's now grassland, was it like that as well before the Undertownders dumped their toxic waste there? Or was it a forest?
  • If we're correct in thinking that the word 'symbite' comes from 'symbiosis', then which creatures do Treegoblins have a symbiotic relationship with? Gyles have Spindlebugs, Gnokgoblins have Giant Fromps and Webfoots have Clams, but Treegoblins weren't really mentioned much.
  • What is the difference between the "metal woods" (like copperwood, leadwood, ironwood etc) and metal? Are they just processed differently or is metal mined from the ground, but wood can be steamed?
  • What happened to Woodfish? In Weird New Worlds, Woodfish is explained, but not Goom, and now in the Cade Saga, which overwrites WNW, Goom is explained, but not Woodfish.
  • What do you imagine Tripweed tastes like? Was the inspiration behind it something like Sauerkraut?
  • What happened to the Professor? (Ambris Hentadile)
  • Will we get any more information about the Midwood Decks or Riverrise in The Descenders?
  • About how long do you imagine that the First Age of Flight lasted?
  • So far, the Edge has always been mirroring the real world's history and technological progress. Will the Fourth Age of Flight now actually overtake the real world?
  • If The Descenders really is the last book, how does it feel to leave this world, the characters and all the other tales that go untold behind? (I think all the fans would appreciate another spin-off like Weird New Worlds)
  • The Edge Chronicles were written over the course of over twenty years. Did your perspective on writing them/childrens' books change through this experience? Is this reflected in the way you write now? Are there any changes? How do you feel about cooperating with Chris Riddell for such a long time?
  • Why are so many of the characters motherless/orphans? None of the main characters have a mother, and only a few had a father..
  • Did you know from the first book you were going to write a series? If so had you got the whole plot lined up?