The Wingfeather Saga: Books You Can’t Put Down!

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It’s been a long time since I read a book that kept me up late at night reading and that kept me up even later, contemplating the storyline while lying in bed in the dark. Over the last few weeks my boys and I have been reading through the first two books in the Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson. And oh my! These are books you can’t put down!

You may have heard me mention Andrew before. He is the songwriter behind our very favorite Christmas album, Behold the Lamb of God. With a wonderful sense of humor and a gift for storytelling, his songs about Jesus have found a permanent place in our family’s memories.

When I first heard about his novel series, I didn’t really think it would be all that interesting. Am I always so skeptical?? But, really the idea of toothy cows just didn’t intrigue me. What’s THAT about?

However, when I was asked to review the latest in the series, I agreed. I have no idea why. But, I am. so. glad. I. did. {clutches heart.}

My big boys and I have been walking through the land of Skree along with the Igiby children, Janner, Tink, and Leeli. We started with the first book and are now well on our way through the second. (I confess, I’ve stayed up late reading ahead of the kids so I can find out what happens!) We’ve met so many wonderful characters who, as my 8-year old said, “We talk about these kids like they’re real.”

And so they are. In our imaginations, thanks to the pictures that Andrew Peterson is painting with his words. The first book, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, sets the stage. We meet the children and their good ole’ dog, Nugget. We get to know their no-nonsense mother and their reformed pirate grandfather. We meet the mysterious Peet the Sock Man. We learn of family secrets along with the children. We visit the town of Glipwood which is ruled by the wicked Fangs of Dang and their leader, “a nameless evil, an evil whose name was Gnag the Nameless.”

I don’t know how much to say without saying too much. But, the stories are well-woven, the characters vibrant and amusing, and the action quick. There’s enough “body humor” to get little boys (and their mamas) chuckling. There’s mystery and fantasy and laughter — all mixed together. And yet, there’s serious drama and reflections on the Maker and human nature.

We definitely give On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness two thumbs up! To read about the second book, North! Or Be Eaten read my review here.

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  1. UnfinishedMom says:

    Can you give me an age range for this? Would this be too mature for a 7 year old do you think?

  2. My 7yo enjoys listening. I think a book this big would overwhelm him, just looking at it. But, he loves the story.

  3. Southern Gal says:

    Thank you for posting this. I had read about it somewhere else but lost it in my sea of a blog reader. I will write it down this time! I was about to start the Ralph Moody Little Britches series. I'm thinking I may go with this instead since my 7 year old enjoys fantasy.

  4. Oh, I love, love, love Andrew Peterson. Thank you so much for agreeing to review his book because now I will not hesitate to buy a copy for our family.

  5. I just reserved a copy at our local library. I love Andrew Peterson’s music – I did not realize he is also an author. I am excited to start this with my son!

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