Title: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness
Author: Andrew Peterson
Genre: Children’s fantasy
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: I won this book from Jen at Divinest Sense.
First line: The old stories tell that when the first person woke up on the first morning in the world where this tale takes place, he yawned, stretched, and said to the first thing he saw, “Well, here we are.”
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is one of our favorite read-alouds of the year, if not all time. My sincerest thanks go out to Jen at Divinest Sense – I won the first two books in Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga in a giveaway on her blog.
Janner Igiby lives in Glipwood, a little town bordered by the Dark Sea of Darkness and the Glipwood Forest, which is full of horrible creatures like Horned Hounds and Toothy Cows. Glipwood, as well as the rest of the land of Skree, is ruled by Gnag the Nameless, and his Fangs of Dang rule the town by fear and intimidation. When Janner and his brother, Tink, and his sister, Leeli, run afoul of Slarb, a Fang, their life is turned upside down. Gnag has been seeking the lost Jewels of Anniera, and for some reason, he has it in his head that Janner’s mother, Nia, and grandfather, Podo, know where they are. The Igiby family is in for the fight of their lives, and Janner will have to learn to face his fears and to protect his brother and sister, and trust his mother and grandfather to explain everything when the time is right.
We always enjoy read-aloud time at our house, but every once in a while a book comes along that has us wanting to spend more and more time in the world it creates, and On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness was one of those books. Peterson writes with wonderful description, wry humor, and immense imagination. There were times when the kids laughed out loud; other timed they were very, very quiet, hanging on my every word. They loved the creatures that inhabited the world of Skree – and cheered for ex-pirate Podo, strange but lovable Peet the Sockman, and most of all the Igiby children. As a mom, I loved the relationship that the Igiby children shared – their loyalty and intense love for each other was a huge example to my children of how they should feel about and treat each other.
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness has an ending, but one that makes it obvious that there is much more of the Igiby family’s story to tell. We are very much looking forward to reading book two, North! Or Be Eaten!, together.