Gavaldon, also referred to as "The Woods Beyond", was the hometown of Sophie and Agatha, and where all of the Readers live. 


Graves Hill is Gavaldon's graveyard and the area of the property in which Agatha, Reaper and Callis lived. This is where a few main events, including the beginning of the story occur. It is unknown whether any other villages exist beyond it, but it could be possible.

Mr. Deauville's Storybook Shop, located between Battersby's Bakery and the Pickled Pig Pub, is the town's source of fairytales. Every few years, a pile of books will appear on its doorstep in a box from the School for Good and Evil. Mr Deauville will then close his shop and copy out the stories until he has enough for each child in Gavaldon. He will then open his doors do a 'three mile long line' when he has finished.

Battersby's Bakery, beside Mr Deauville's Storybook Shop, is Gavaldon's bakery. It has been known to sell cookies, and, presumably, other baked goods. Honora, Sophie's step-mother is an employee there. Stefan has been said to take Sophie there a lot.

The Pickled Pig Pub is a pub in Gavaldon, owned by Nicola's father. Nicola and her brother also work there.

Council of Elders

The council of elders was a organisation that seemed to be in charge of running Gavaldon.

It consisted of three old men that were outed after they were revealed to be corrupt.

The Council of Elders was replaced with a much fairer diplomatic system.


Before the events of Quests for Glory, Gavaldon was run by the Council of Elders (see above.)

This system was replaced by a diplomatic after the elders were revealed to be corrupt leaders. The people now vote for their mayor and council.


The main legend in Gavaldon is of the School for Good and Evil.

The legend says that every four years, two children, one good, one evil, are kidnapped by the School Master. Those children will never return home again. Some notice that, after four years, characters that look,act, and have the same names as the children that vanish appear in storybooks.

It is presumed that this legend has stopped, due to the old School Master being slain in front of the villagers.

Children from Gavaldon now send applications to the School for Good and Evil, due to a request from Stefan to Sophie, whom is the Dean of Evil.

Notable Inhabitants

Sophie (formerly)

Agatha (formerly)





Nicola (formerly)

Callis (formerly, deceased)

Vanessa (formerly, deceased)