Though the title may be a little daunting, this novel is the beginning of The Wingfeather Saga, a series of 4 (+ a few “extras”) books for children.
It’s difficult to know where to begin when discussing this book… and subsequently, the series. I am currently in that place where I’ve completed the entire series of books, I’ve taken a bit of time to process said reading of the series, and I am still struck by the magnitude of it.
I have read more books than I can begin to remember in my lifetime. I was that little tiny girl in the corner of any room that had her nose in a book. That young girl who, when told to go outside, had to decide which book to take with her, thereafter spending as little time as possible to find the perfect log or leafy hollow to sit and get back to reading. That teenager who devoured every single book in her grandmother’s library and begged for more (bless you Grandma for my love of all things Gene Stratton-Porter and the world that opened).
That self-same little girl is now the mother of many boys. Boys who struggle with books and reading and who need (desperately) good, clean literature that brings out the best of fantasy and adventure and life and hope. While I have not read these books to my sons yet (we have only just begun with this one…. I have mentioned that there are toothy cows, which they find immensely intriguing and funny), I have no doubt this series will not only hold their interest, but keep them coming back for more.
This is that kind of book and series that I feel can be recommended to anyone. Falling squarely into reading realms of the most beloved family classics like Narnia and even Middle Earth, this is a series that I truly believe matches any of them. The type of story that can stand the test of time and bring depth and meaning to life in an unforgettable way.
“Dust Jacket” Description
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, their crippled 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 love to survive the evil pursuit of the venomous Fangs of Dang who have crossed the dark sea to rule the land with malice and pursue the Igibys who hold the secret to the lost legend and jewels of good King Wingfeather of the Shining Isle of Anniera.
Andrew Peterson spins a quirky and riveting tale of the Igibys’ extraordinary journey from Glipwood’s Dragon Day Festival and a secret hidden in the Books and Crannies Bookstore, past the terrifying Black Carriage, clutches of the horned hounds and loathsome toothy cows surrounding AnkleJelly Manor, through the Glipwood Forest and mysterious treehouse of Peet the Sock Man (known for a little softshoe and wearing tattered socks on his hands and arms), to the very edge of the Ice Prairies.
Full of characters rich in heart, smarts, and courage, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness presents a world of wonder and a tale children of all ages will cherish, families can read aloud, and readers’ groups are sure to discuss for its layers of meaning about life’s true treasure and tangle of the beautiful and horrible, temporal and eternal, and good and bad.
Just for Fun
This great video was released very recently to the delight of fans. Though I find it to be typical of any “book to video” in that it doesn’t really follow the story well at all, it’s still a very fun look into the characters and feel of the story.
This series as a whole gets 5 stars.
While it may take some children several chapters to get into this book, it’s definitely quality literature (no twaddle here) that can open up some very valuable discussions. As a whole I think it’s a fantastic family read-aloud. On their own, I think pre-teens and early teens would particularly love the progression of the story. As always, age appropriateness is usually best left to the parent who knows their child’s likes/dislikes and sensitivity levels best.
You may not always like the twists any story takes… and you may not always like the end of a series even (I’ll discuss this further another time), but that doesn’t mean the journey isn’t more than worthwhile!
Andrew Peterson (The Author) and More…
You can read all about Andrew Peterson and his vast pursuits on Amazon and Goodreads! You’ll definitely want to check out the Wingfeather Saga’s very own website and of course The Rabbit Room (admittedly, thier store is not the easiest to navigate at the moment, but oh so very worth it… you can access the book store directly here).