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On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness (The Wingfeather Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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“I love all the adventure and the wild inventiveness and, most of all, the heart in Andrew’s books. He is a poet and a master storyteller. I want to read anything he writes.”—Sally Lloyd-Jones, New York Times best-selling author of children’s books
“An experience your family will never forget. I can’t recommend these books highly enough!”—Sarah Mackenzie, author of The Read-Aloud Family and founder and host of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast
“The Wingfeather Saga is witty, imaginative, and full of heart. Highly recommended for middle-grade readers who’ve run out of Narnia novels and are searching for their next great series.”—Anne Bogel, creator of the Modern Mrs. Darcy blog and host of the What Should I Read Next? podcast
“A wildly imaginative, wonderfully irreverent epic that shines with wit and wisdom—and features excellent instructions on how to cope with thwaps, Fangs, and the occasional toothy cow.”—Allan Heinberg, writer and coexecutive producer of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and cocreator of Marvel Comics’ Young Avengers
“Immensely clever!”—Phil Vischer, creator of VeggieTales
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- File Size : 22512 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 287 pages
- Publisher : WaterBrook (August 19, 2008)
- Publication Date : August 19, 2008
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B0015DRQ3A
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,892 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Getting into the early pages is more than a bit disorienting. Like Middle Earth, we have humans and other creatures cohabiting in a war torn land. Unlike Middle Earth, the names are goofy and seem like a long series of smart jokes. It was enormously helpful for me to know that Mr. Peterson intended this to be the "vastness of Lord of the Rings" with the "whimsey of the Princess Bride". I tend to prefer more serious character sketches but once I allowed myself to get into the style, I found that it actually works really well.
"Oh, yes, the people of Skree were quite free, as long as they were in their homes by midnight. And as long as they bore no weapons, and they didn’t complain when their fellow Skreeans were occasionally taken away across the sea, never to be seen again. But other than the cruel Fangs and the constant threat of death and torture, there wasn’t much to fear in Skree."
It is clear from the introduction that we have an oppressed people who are living a shadow of real life. We know right away that this is a story about good versus evil and that the characters we are about to fall in love with are suffering.
The first portion of the book uses humor and quirkiness to reveal this tension. Like any good epic, this home setting is peppered with questions about identity, purpose and intention. The characters are sketched with the promise that they will be filled in as we go - but that they themselves still have much to learn about their history and how that will reveal their future. It is a very good setup and the layers are pulled back slowly.
The quirkiness dissipates when the hero struggle begins to emerge. We still have weird names and strange creatures with goofy tendencies, but those become servants of the text instead of the focus once the children are in jail.
What I found particularly rewarding about this text is that is does not hold back on the need for people to behave in heroic ways even when it may cost them everything. There aren't many cheap saves or easy outs. This is a dark and dangerous culture war and it requires character, love, faith and hope to survive.
The family context is gorgeous. It is so authentic. All of the normal family battles are present but they are met with love and loyalty and faith. Faith in each other and in The Maker and His providence.
An excellent first book in a series that I can't wait to unpack.
I would rate the intensity of this book as being on par with the early Harry Potter books or The Hobbit. More intense and mildly violent than Narnia or The Green Ember but just as moral, wholesome and heroic. In fact, there are a number of things in the text which remind me of the HP books. There is no witchcraft or wizardry but there are mythical creatures who are otherworldly and there are some questions about one character who was human and is now somehow altered. Classic fantasy type of stuff.
Like The Green Ember, a new book with an old soul.
Each night, they would beg for just ONE more chapter. This book revolutionized our nightly read-aloud time! I used to have a youngster who would rather go to sleep at night than have a story read to him. NOT ANYMORE. Now my older children (ages 10 and 7) cannot wait for story time. This book, by far, is their FAVORITE BOOK. EVER WRITTEN. That said--the book is not for the faint of heart. I have a sensitive 7 year old and I was afraid this book would be too "scary" for him. I let him decide. The epic tale of good vs. evil and the adventure of it all won him over. Peterson has a way of doing that.
As far as what age this book is appropriate for? I would say it depends on the child, but for a rule of thumb I would hold off until the child has a firm grasp on real vs. make-believe. I have not read this to my kindergartner b/c he would be half expecting an army of fangs to invade our neighborhood. I suggest buying the book (oh, do I ever!!!) and letting your sensitive children decide for themselves as you tackle a chapter or two. You WILL end up reading it eventually. You MUST! So grab a copy and read it yourself, and tuck it on the shelf until you think the little ones are ready.
In our house, we share all kinds of "inside jokes" related to Peterson's books. It's become a treasure that we all carry a piece of in our hearts. A family language, of sorts. Despite the fact that our local library carries the series ~ we've purchased each book as we go along. They are part of our family now, and I look forward to the day my children pass these titles down to their own families! A sweet heritage. Thank you to the author, Andrew Peterson, for putting such beauty into the world that we can all belly-up to.
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This series of books is one of the best I have ever read.
It's a slow start, admittedly; it took almost the entirety of this first volume for it to truly click. The tone is an interesting blend of weird humour and serious adventure, but it does actually manage to straddle both and have the laughs enhance the drama (and vice versa) without compromising either. If it seems like a frivolous adventure at first, stay with it: there is plenty of genuine peril to come.
Every trope you encounter is quickly undercut and freshly re-served, the overall narrative travels far across both geography and character change and the people at the heart of it: both heroes and villains - are superbly drawn, genuinely grow and will surprise and delight you.
The later books gain momentum and are arguably better, but this first one isnt just a stepping stone to endure but a crucial and critical part in its own right.
The last thing I will say is the greatest compliment I can pay any book: I constantly wanted to illustrate it!
Highly, highly recommended.
Also, this is book aimed for younger audiences, like really young, I mean kids, yet I still enjoyed reading it.
The first 60 pages or so might seem a little slow, where your getting used to the writing, the world, the characters etc. but it picks up the pace after that.
It has its usual fantasy tropes but boy do I enjoy that and I did it in this too.
Give it a try, you might be surprised. The author is a musician too, so check out this songs also.
Leg-pulling is, in fact, the exact sensation I experienced when being introduced to Aerwiar in the first few chapters. It was delightfully far-fetched. I felt like I was listening to an old man, like Podo himself, spinning tall tales. Andrew Peterson’s prose is unorthodox and lyrical, weaving together scenes of courage, beauty, and pathos with cunning humour. I loved it.
And here’s the thing: the longer I spent in the Glipwood Township, in the land of Scree, in the world of Aerwiar, the less bizarre it seemed to me. I became so entrenched in the story that everything suddenly belonged. The Igiby children truly could not have inhabited any other world but this one.
Whom can I trust? That is a question and a theme that I have encountered over and over again in the realm of children’s fiction. As a reader, I ask this question, too. I was not disappointed by Andrew Peterson’s response to it. He gives us a lifelike hero-child who doubts himself and others, who makes mistakes aplenty, but who is learning to listen to the right voices.
My recommendation: read this book with as many little people gathered around you as you can find, in as many different voices as you can muster. I don’t recommend it as an ebook or an audiobook, as the footnotes, maps, and appendices are well worth the investment in paper and must be experienced in all their riotous mirth.
I look forward to rereading this book with my boys once they are past toddlerhood. Until then, I am ordering the rest of the saga so that I can rest easy in my mind about the fate of those Igibys.
Me llamó la atención, y compre el primero, este del cual opino.
Y vaya si acerté, me encantó de principio a fin, y antes de terminarlo ya tenía pedidos los dos siguientes en armazon.
Lo recomiendo para todo aquel que le gustó Crónicas de Narnia y el Hobbit, no lo pondré a su altura, porque no creo que haya que comparar, simplemente disfrutar.
Ojalá se pudiera traducir al español y que así llegase a mas gente