- Title: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness
- Series: The Wingfeather Saga, #1
- Author: Andrew Peterson
- Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
- Where to buy: Amazon (affiliate link)
- Would I recommend: Yes! Outstanding for children and adults!
Once, in a cottage above the cliffs on the Dark Sea of Darkness, there lived three children and their trusty dog, Nugget.
Janner Igiby, his brother, Tink, and their disabled sister, Leeli, are gifted children as all children are, loved well by a noble mother and ex-pirate grandfather. But they will need all their gifts and all that they love to survive the evil pursuit of the venomous Fangs of Dang, who have crossed the dark sea to rule the land with malice. The Igibys hold the secret to the lost legend and jewels of good King Wingfeather of the Shining Isle of Anniera.
Full of characters rich in heart, smarts, and courage, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is a tale children of all ages will cherish, families can read aloud, and readers’ groups are sure to enjoy discussing for its many layers of meaning. Extra features include new interior illustrations from Joe Sutphin, funny footnotes, a map of the fantastical world, inventive appendices, and fanciful line art in the tradition of the original Frank L. Baum Wizard of Oz storybooks.
My ten-year-old is a voracious reader, and I’m always looking for good books that keep his interest but that are age-appropriate. We read On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness together, and it is a hit! It’s the story of Janner, Tink, and Leeli Igiby, their mother Nia, and their grandfather Podo. They live in Skree, a country that has been under the oppressive rule of Gnag the Nameless for as long as the children can remember. Gnag is searching for the jewels of Anniera. But what could three children have to do with jewels?
This is a story of adventure, love for family, doing the right thing even when it’s hard, and faith. Podo is gruff and blustery at times, but his deep devotion for his grandchildren shines through even when he’s giving them a good chewing out. Janner may chafe at the repeated admonishments to look out for his younger siblings, but he loves them and worries about them.
Andrew Peterson has a quirky, engaging writing style, and the humor in this book has made us laugh out loud at times. (I mean, the fact that the nameless evil’s name is Gnag the Nameless? That’s hilarious!) It’s also a story of mysteries, of secrets not yet revealed. What do Nia and Podo know that they aren’t telling the children? Janner in particular is old enough to catch the glances that pass between the adults and to wonder what overheard snippets of conversation really mean.
This book is great for middle grade readers. It has some pretty intense descriptions of battles and physical characteristics of monstrous beings, so do keep that in mind if your child is sensitive to those things. (Mine is not. He listens to the story and the draws what he sees in his mind.) I’ve really enjoyed it as an adult, too. I can’t wait to read the rest of the Wingfeather Saga!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. All opinions here are my own, and I don’t say nice things about books I don’t actually like.