Item description for On the Edge of the Sea of Darkness: Adventure. Peril. Lost Jewels. And the Fearsome Toothy Cows of Skree. (The Wingfeather Saga) by Andrew Peterson & Peter Sandon...
Overview In the once-quiet land of Skree, Janner Igiby, little brother Tink, and crippled sister Leeli stumble upon lost jewels of the mysterious King of the Shining Isle Anniera. But Gnag the Nameless seeks the treasure for purely evil ends, so our brave trio, accompanied by their trusty dog Nugget and ex-pirate grandfather, must escape his minion Fangs.Singer-songwriter Andrew Peterson spins a page-turning tale of redemption peppered with songs, poems, and hilarious asides that follow the Igibys through a fantastical world of wonders.
Publishers Description Andrew Peterson spins a riveting tale-for-all-ages, following Janner, Tink, and LeeliIgiby and their trusty dog, Nugget, in escape from the vicious Fangs of Dang who seek thelost jewels of Anniera. Quirky characters and their world of wonders--from the edge of theDark Sea of Darkness to the deadly Glipwood Forest and beyond--set the stage for this epicadventure that includes... Original Songs and Silly Poems - An Ex-Pirate Grandfather - ToothyCows & Real Sea Dragons - Tours of Anklejelly Manor & Peet the SockMan's Tree House - Suspenseful Legend & Fascinating Lore - GenuineRecipes for Maggotloaf - Authentic Hand-Drawn Maps
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Format: Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
Studio: Oasis Audio
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.52" Width: 6.5" Height: 0.68" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Mar 25, 2008
Publisher OASIS AUDIO #514
Series Wingfeather Saga
ISBN 1598593528 ISBN13 9781598593525
Availability 0 units.
More About Andrew Peterson & Peter Sandon
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 Sea of Darkness: Adventure. Peril. Lost Jewels. And the Fearsome Toothy Cows of Skree. (The Wingfeather Saga)?
This book is an instant classic! Sep 4, 2008
I just LOVE this book. I have read it three times, and listened to it about the same. I cant wait till he gets the second one done.
Outstanding Novel, A Must Read becomes a Must Listen! Aug 6, 2008
As I finished listening to the audio version of Andrew Peterson's "On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness" one word rose, resolute and irrepressible, in my mind.
Andrew Peterson's debut novel is a delight to hear, and it did what so few books have done for me: it exceeded my expectations by a good measure. It is a well-written story that hits you several different places, but primarily in the heart (with significant strikes to the funny bone). With fearsome Toothy Cows, Lost Jewels, evil Fangs of Dang, mischievous Thwaps, dancing Sea Dragons and many more amazements, we go along for a ride that puts the fantastic into fantasy.
Gladness and Gravity The first thing we encounter after opening the book is a heavy dose of Andrew Peterson's signature humor. I have to be honest and say that, while I laughed, I was a little skeptical of the humorous tone. I enjoyed the fun, but I doubted if the story could bear any weight with the generous portion of hilarity. But my fears were soon whacked like a thwap in a sack as gravity increasingly entwined with the humor to weave a story that quickly became a page-turner. To me, a truly great story has to have gravity, or we stop caring about the characters, we stop believing any harm could come to them, or that any of it matters. This story is not so easily ignored.
Characters to Love We become invested early in the unfolding adventure of the Igiby children and their quest to learn their family secrets and escape the calamity that overhangs them in increasing measure as the book goes on. The story is very lighthearted at times, but never fails to maintain a serious and significant trajectory. We are inside the character's heads and hearts. We feel what it's like to be Janner Iggiby, eldest of three children (with brother Tink and sister Leeli) living in Skree, on the coast of the Dark Sea of Darkness. Janner's role as protector to his siblings is tested at every turn as danger and discovery run as a theme that continues to break apart the secrets and serenity that mark the book's first pages.
Notable You have to love this. The story's arch villain is "Gnag the Nameless."
Elemental Soul This story has many elements that are agreeable to me at the soul level. There is an ever unfolding mystery, a wide-reaching story, a propensity for chivalry and a feeling of deep family love. Loyalty is honored, bravery is cheered, adventures are had, disbelief is suspended, immersion in another world is seamless, danger is legitimate, betrayal and loyalty are contrasted, old wounds are uncovered, new wounds are received, ancient legends find common people, common people find uncommon courage, modern-era dogmas are ignored (hooray!). There are characters to love and root for, hard things to be done...and the story satisfies. Cliffhanger or True Book?
This is Book One of the Wingfeather Saga, and when I read that a book is "book one" of some series, or saga, I always get a little concerned. Is the book going to have a "real" ending? Are we going to be stuck with the first part of what is really just one huge book (think The Lord of the Rings)? Those usually are not satisfying to the reader (or to this reader, anyway). Now, the example I gave (LOTR) is rare in that it is one of the greatest books of all-time, so we forgive the unnatural breaks in the story. Tolkien himself was adamantly against breaking up the LOTR into three books, but it had to be done. But for Andrew Peterson's first book in the series, there is no such problem. Yes, there are preludes played that cannot be resolved in this book; there are wide themes discussed that are not delivered on immediately. But Peterson does such a great job of really unfolding the particular dilemmas that do get resolved in this installment that the book is very satisfying. You don't just get a 280 page cliff-hanger. This was one cause for my "Bravo" sentiment after reading the book. I was so pleased with the author's ability to wrap up the story in a way that left more to be wanted in sequels, but satisfied the reader that this book was complete and worthwhile alone.
The Conclusion of the Matter That being said, I am very eager for the next book in the Wingfeather Saga. I have no word on when we can expect that. What I do expect is that families will love this book. Be they children, boys, girls, adults, flabbits, thwaps, fangs, or shopkeepers from Glipwood Township; this book really does have a broad appeal. My loyal readers here at the Maple Mountain Story Club must know that I truly was prepared to be honest in my evaluation of this book. I actually fretted over what I would say if it stunk. But I have to say...
I love this book.
It is grand.
You won't be sorry to get one for yourself and your kids, and any Grandfathers who are pirates (like the Igiby kids have) will also find it a rare treasure.
An Excellent Voice May 15, 2008
Forgive me for reviewing my own product here, but since I'm not the one doing the actual reading, I figure it's excusable.
I've narrated three or four audiobooks over the years and enjoyed the process (and not just because it paid well). When my kind publisher asked me to narrate my own book and I declined, they were understandably surprised. "But," I told them, "I wrote this book with a British accent."
It's true. For the third or fourth self-edit of the manuscript, I read the entire book aloud in my cheesiest Oxford brogue, hoping that my wife and children were fast asleep and couldn't hear me. (Reading your book-in-progress aloud is a great editing tool, by the way.)
After quite a bit of my begging, the publisher succumbed and hired the esteemed Englishman, Peter Sandon to read On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness. His voice is rich and deep, and with the exception of a few pronunciations that got lost somewhere in the Atlantic between here and the British Isles (he sounds the "G" in Gnag and Gnorm, for example), his reading of the novel is, as they say, spot on.
Lately, my second son (who's not much of a reader) has been following along in the book while Mr. Sandon's warm voice narrates through the CD player. More than once I've stopped on my way through the room thinking, "Is that really my book?" It sounds so timeless--which, in my wildest dreams, is what I wanted this story to be.