Review: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

Yep! You read right! This is a review. Meaning, I’ve finished a book. My first of 2015. *Sigh* I’m slowly finding my groove in this new year, but I won’t say I’ve mastered it yet. According to my written goals, I need to finish two more in the next 7 days. But I digress . . .

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson. A Christmas present that I was thoroughly excited about! You have all heard me talk about Andrew Peterson’s music before. We love his music because he is such a good story-teller. Well, that skill has transferred beautifully to writing!

This is the kind of book that I can’t wait to read with Justus. It’s an adventure story with crazy creatures, beautiful prose, and hilarious footnotes (not to mention a few quite scary parts!) I’m really excited to see where the story goes (it’s a four part series.)

In this first book, Janner, Tink, and Leeli Igiby unfortunately and accidentally get on the wrong side of some of the Fangs of Dang that have been stationed in their small town of Glipwood. Getting on the wrong side of a Fang is about the last thing you could ever want to do. Their teeth drip a burning venom, they reek, and they are just overall unpleasant and unkind. The only way to truly appease a Fang is to offer jewels or some fowl delicacy such as Maggotloaf (which you can imagine would be quite a stinky endeavor to make, since Maggots never really hang around good-smelling places.)

Little did the Igiby children know, their encounter with Slarb and his cohort of Fangs would trigger a chain of events that would reveal some surprising secrets, set them on a path towards learning more about the history of the legendary island of Anniera, and send them on an adventure outside of the town limits of Glipwood.

The Jewels of Anniera . . . will they be protected, or will Gnag the Nameless get a hold of them?
Glipwood and its residents . . . will they survive?
Peet the Sock Man . . . who is he, and really . . . why the socks?

I promise you will be intrigued by this book!

This book is a great read for anyone who enjoys young adult fantasy along the lines of The Chronicles of Narnia or the 100 Cupboards Trilogy. (Please note that it is not fantastical in an absurd treatment of fantasy, rather another world with creatures that *thankfully* do not exist in our world.) I would say the target audience of this book is probably 8-14, though I am a mom and I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to the day that Justus will be able to comprehend the chapters so I can read it aloud to him! (Let’s say I won’t be waiting until he’s 8.)

I will say honestly that I was a bit surprised with how intense some of the scary scenes were, but they are not night-mare inducing, in my opinion, just a tad bit violent [like a few scenes with mass slaying of bad guys!] I, as an adult, had the feeling a few times that some of the conflicts repeated themselves more than they ought to have, but then I reminded myself that a little boy would probably think that was the coolest thing ever.

Morally, there was nothing questionable in this book, and though the first book did not offer up major discussion points related to the Gospel, I have an inkling that that may be coming in future books. Already there are hints, or shadows, of a country that is much better than they one where they live, concepts of responsibility and longing, and many opportunities to talk about obedience and respect.

So, in case it has not yet been clear, I would highly recommend this book! It was a very fun read, and I am already a few chapters in to “North, or Be Eaten!” (Book 2).

Have you read the Wingfeather Saga series? Would you like to? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

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