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Warning:Sea Dragons, Pirates, Fierce creatures and Adventure ahead! August 24, 2009

Filed under: Book reviews — erikaivory @ 1:39 am
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I have not been this excited about a book in a really long time.  Months ago Mark brought home a book called On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson.  He wanted me to read it to the boys because it was supposed to be full of adventure and based on bedtime stories that Peterson told his own children.  Andrew Peterson is one of our all-time favorite Christian singer/songwriters.  Mark is not normally a “book person”.  So I was interested and happy to oblige.  Well, with the busyness of school we started the book but never finished it.

A few weeks ago I received an invitation to be part of a blog book tour for Peterson’s second book in the Wingfeather series, North! or Be Eaten. So I set out to finish the first book and I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!  The second book was even more thrilling.  I absolutely loved the characters, the stories and I can hardly wait for the next one to be published.  I have stayed up late just about every night this week because I wanted to finish:)

I kind of think of these books as a Harry Potter meets Chronicles of Narnia.  There is a ton of humor in these books and fanciful characters and creatures.  The most amazing thing to me though is how EVERY chapter left me hanging.  It was not predictable but riveting.  I usually read a different type of book but I loved this trip into adventure and fantasy.

Andrew Peterson also does an amazing job of teaching character lessons and walking his characters through intense decisions that show consequences of life decisions and how they affect other people.  I hope to read the book to my boys possibly next summer when we can read during the day and not before bed.  The stories are fun but intentionally a little too creepy for some bedtimes.  At least for my boys:)

Oh please check this book out!  It would be a great read for a 10 yr old or up and if your little one is not prone to bad dreams, for even younger.  Definitely adults would love it as well.  I can’t stop thinking about it:)  The formal description is found below as well as a link here to where you can order it online or I am sure your local bookstore has it.  They need to get it if they don’t because this is my new favorite!  Wish I could say I was giving this one away, but not a chance!  I loved it!!!

Book: North! Or Be Eaten

Author: Andrew Peterson

Summary:

Readers thrilled to the phantasmagorical adventures in On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, Book One of the Wingfeather Saga. Now in Book Two, Janner, Tink, and Leeli Igiby, mom Nia, ex-pirate grandfather Podo, Peet the Sock Man, and trusty dog Nugget flee north to rebel headquarters.

Their escape brings readers to the very brink of Fingap Falls, over the Stony Mountains, and across the Ice Prairies, while villains galore try to stop the Igibys permanently. Fearsome toothy cows and horned hounds return, along with new dangers: a mad man running a fork factory, a den of rockroaches, and majestic talking sea dragons.

Andrew Peterson’s lovable characters create what FantasyBookCritic.com says made Book One “one of the best fantasy novels in a very long time,” and Book Two contains even more thrills, exploring “themes universal in nature, ranging from the classic good versus evil, to the importance of family, and burdens of responsibility.”

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Author Bio:

Andrew Peterson is the author of On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness and The Ballad of Matthew’s Begats. He’s also the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter and recording artist of ten albums, including Resurrection Letters II. He and his wife, Jamie, live with their two sons and one daughter in The Warren near Nashville, Tennessee. Visit Andrew’s websites: http://www.andrew-peterson.com and http://www.rabbitroom.com.


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One Response to “Warning:Sea Dragons, Pirates, Fierce creatures and Adventure ahead!”

  1. Maura Says:

    Sounds like a couple more books to add to my swap with you at Christmas!! Love you!!


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