Item description for On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness: Adventure. Peril. Lost Jewels. And the Fearsome Toothy Cows of Skree. (The Wingfeather Saga) by Andrew Peterson...
Overview Three siblings experience many fantastic adventures while looking for a lost treasure.
Publishers 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.
Awards and Recognitions On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness: Adventure. Peril. Lost Jewels. And the Fearsome Toothy Cows of Skree. (The Wingfeather Saga) by Andrew Peterson has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christy Awards - 2009 Nominee - Young Adult category
Citations And Professional Reviews On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness: Adventure. Peril. Lost Jewels. And the Fearsome Toothy Cows of Skree. (The Wingfeather Saga) by Andrew Peterson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
CBA Retailers - 04/01/2008 page 61
Publishers Weekly - 01/14/2008 page 42
Kirkus Review - Children - 02/01/2008 page 152
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.98" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.83" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Mar 18, 2008
Publisher WaterBrook Press
Series Wingfeather Saga
Series Number 1
ISBN 1400073847 ISBN13 9781400073849
Availability 0 units.
More About Andrew Peterson
Author/Singer/Songewriter Andrew Peterson, a 2005 Audie Award finalist for his readings of Ray Blackston's Flabbergasted trilogy, wrote and produced the popular Christmas play and musical Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tale of the Coming of the Christ, and the album by the same name, which received the 2004 Best Album of the Year, World Christian Music's Editors Choice Award. Andrew's received critical acclaim for his seven albums and is at work on an eighth. He lives with his wife Jamie and their three young children near Nashville, Tennessee, where he reads storybooks aloud to his family each evening. Artist Justin Gerard has illustrated several children's books, including The Lightlings storybooks for young readers by R.C. Sproul. He lives in Greenville, South Carolina, and works as the chief creative officer for Portland Studios.
Reviews - What do customers think about On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness: Adventure. Peril. Lost Jewels. And the Fearsome Toothy Cows of Skree. (The Wingfeather Saga)?
A great new fantasy series! May 5, 2010
Andrew Peterson has long been one of my very favorite singer/songwriters. His lyrics possess both depth and whimsy, a combination that is rare among Christian artists. He has also shown a proclivity for conveying rich spiritual truths in his music using familiar language from popular fantasy novels by Christian artists such as the Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings (particularly in his album "The Far Country"). So when I found out he was writing a series of fantasy novels himself, my interest was piqued.
What I encountered in this first entry to the "Wingfeather Saga" was a fun-filled yarn that was a pure pleasure to read. Peterson is a first-rate storyteller, and this is sure to be a book that will be enjoyed by many a young reader (and a few old ones, too).
Though it got off to a bit of a slow start (then again, so did "The Fellowship of the Ring"...), I quickly found myself completely wrapped up in the story and, more importantly, in the characters. The action focuses on the adventures of the Igiby children: Janner, Tink, and Leeli. Through his engaging writing style, Peterson quickly allows the reader to become invested in these children. Their personalities are very well-developed, as are those of the secondary characters; no two-dimensional caricatures here!
While the story itself is engaging (I won't spoil it for you by revealing too much of the plot, but the teaser on the cover will perhaps whet your appetite: "Adventure. Peril. Lost Jewels. And the Fearsome Toothy Cows of Skree."), the real strength of this book is the way it incorporates a lot of teachable moments that touch on some serious real-life issues. This book was written for children, but especially to be read to children by adults (The language of the book lends itself particularly well to out-loud reading).
In addition to the more serious themes such as trust, forgiveness, and the providence of God (or "The Maker", in the book), there were a few things I especially enjoyed in Peterson's writing. One of these is the way he makes books themselves so fun. Peterson, like me, is an avid bookworm, and this love of books is instilled in nearly every chapter of this novel. "Books and Crannies", the bookstore frequented by the Igiby boys, is a place filled with deep mystery and a sense of adventure. Salvaging (and reading) old books is portrayed as one of the noblest deeds a hero can do. I was also fond of the "boyness" of the boys in the story. This novel doesn't take itself too seriously, and is not afraid to be irreverent (though never crass), the way little boys often are. Face it: Sometimes boogers are hilarious!
The only thing that keeps this from being a 5-star story is the sometimes awkward use of language, especially in the names of characters and places. One of the things that made LOTR so great is the fact that J.R.R. Tolkien was such a great linguist. He didn't just invent and name characters; he invented entire languages! When he named characters and places, there was a sense of history in the consistency of fantastic names. This is one of the great weaknesses in many books in the fantasy genre, as such linguistic genius is exceptionally rare.
However, Peterson does an admirable job of lending depth to his fantasy world in many other unique ways, most prominently in his use of footnotes. Throughout the novel, he has incorporated notes that provide historical commentary on many of the locations, creatures, and people mentioned. While these notes usually have little to no relevance to the main plot line, the many citations of "scholarly" works set in this fictional world are an interesting way to create a sense of antiquity for "Aerwiar", much in the way of the languages of Middle Earth or the ruins of Narnia. These footnotes are also dripping with the tongue-in-cheek sarcasm characteristic of the way Peterson tells stories in his live concerts.
I am looking forward very much to the sequel, "North! Or Be Eaten!", which I'll probably read this week. Even more, I am looking forward to the day I can read this book to my own son in a few years!
Great Book! Jan 7, 2010
Wow! This is a steady paced adventure, with twists and turns in most of the chapters. I'm reading this to my 7 and 10 year olds, and they are loving it! They beg for me to keep reading and not leave them hanging at the end of the chapter.
Podo (the grandfather), Nia (mother), and the three children - Janner (12), his slightly younger brother - Tink, and younger sister- Leeli - are the main characters. I love how the three siblings interact with each other. Realistic but overall positive. I would recommend this book for boys or girls ages 7 and up. My teen boys and girls are looking forward to their opportunity to read the book.
The book has a sequel which makes for further development of the characters. I'm glad it is not a solo book, because the adventure is so exciting, we all want to read more!! I hope Andrew Peterson keeps the story going.
A cracking good tale and a pleasant surprise Jan 7, 2010
I must admit, I was a little worried about reading this book. I didn't want my high regard for Peterson to be dampened by a mediocre work--and the title didn't help matters. I was afraid it would prove to be a Jabberwockyish read. However, when I finally caved in and got it, I was very pleasantly surprised. Peterson has proved his giftedness as a story teller. The writing style and quality are remarkably similar to his music (which is very high praise, in my mind.) He spins an exciting tale that is quirky, fun, engrossing, exciting, imaginative, clever, and filled with God-glorifying wisdom (like his music.) The book takes itself just seriously enough to avoid detracting from the story, but no more. The names will take some getting used to and you will predict a couple of the plot twists long before they happen, but the story is written in such a way that is thoroughly suspenseful whether you've figured them out or not. I am pleased to recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good fantasy.
Review of On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness Dec 5, 2009
It's been a long time since I was a little girl listening to stories being read or told to me by my dad, but Andrew Peterson's On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness took me right back to remembering.
This is a story about three children, Janner, Tink and Leeli and their adventure in the town of Glipwood. Other characters include Podo, the ex-pirate Grandfather, Nia, the brave mother, Nugget, Leeli's loyal canine companion and Peet, the mysterious, crazy protector.
Peterson provides a wonderful, fantastic world for the adventure to take place in. Beautiful lyrics to local folk songs are provided (of course they are beautiful lyrics, it is Andrew Peterson afterall) and there are plenty of touching moments - with just the right about of comedy in them to make you laugh through your tears.
Although the beginning of the book was funny and easy to read, it wasn't until the latter half of the book that things really began to pick up and Peterson seemed to realize you have to actually keep the pace moving or the book might just go on forever. Still, with the interesting footnotes, the funny descriptions and the curious (And rather scary) villans (Toothy Cow anyone?) it was an enjoyable ride, despite the slower pace.
When I finished this book, all I could think about was what a good Christmas gift this series will make for my (to-be 7 year old) nephew next Christmas. A thoroughly wholesome, exciting, fantastic adventure in all.
A wonderfully witty new voice in teen fantasy Oct 14, 2009
The Igby children, Janner, Tink, and Leeli, manage to anger a vicious Fang and are thrown into jail. Janner is certain that they will be taken away in the Black Carriage, forever slaves of Gnag the Nameless. But before the carriage arrives, their mother bails them out with a handful of precious jewels.
Janner is curious where the jewels came from, and he's not the only one. The Fangs come after them again, this time seeking the precious Jewels of Anniera they are certain the Igbys are hiding. The chase takes the Igby family far into Glipwood Forest where toothy cows and horned hounds abound.
This book was a big--and pleasant--surprise. Andrew Peterson has a wonderfully witty voice. He reminds me of an easier-to-understand Douglas Adams with his satirical style of writing. The book is interesting from the start, though it takes a while to come to the plot. The ending was full of great stuff that made me really excited to read the next book in the series. I really enjoyed this one a lot.