Readers thrilled to the phantasmagorical adventures in On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, Book One of the Wingfeather Saga. Now in Book Two, Janner, Tink, and Leeli Igiby, mom Nia, ex-pirate grandfather Podo, Peet the Sock Man, and trusty dog Nugget flee north to rebel headquarters. Their escape brings readers to the very brink of Fingap Falls, over the Stony Mountains, and across the Ice Prairies, while villains galore try to stop the Igibys permanently. Fearsome toothy cows and horned hounds return, along with new dangers: a mad man running a fork factory, a den of rockroaches, and majestic talking sea dragons.
Andrew Peterson’s lovable characters create what FantasyBookCritic.com says made Book One “one of the best fantasy novels in a very long time,” and Book Two contains even more thrills, exploring “themes universal in nature, ranging from the classic good versus evil, to the importance of family, and burdens of responsibility.”
My thoughts: To say this genre is a little out of my comfort zone is an understatement. I never read fantasy or fictional world type books but wanted to expand my reading horizons so just thought I would give it a try. Never having read any, I really have nothing to compare this book to. After reading the book, I can see it's not my cup of tea but that is just meIf you are a fantasy book fan, you may really like this one. There is certainly a lot of adventure going on as the Igibys make their way from the fang infested forest of Glipwood to the Ice praries. The Igibys encounter many hardships and much evil on their journey, but goodness does eventually prevail. An element of the book I did like was the inherent message of family love and togetherness. Peterson does such a wonderful job with his descriptions that I had no problem visualizing all these strange creatures and places. One simile that really evoked a clear image for me : "At some unknown signal, a ringing of bells erupted from the city-first one, then a few more, then what seemed to be thousands of bells clanged like a swarm of invisible, metallic bats rushing into the night." In the beginning there is a map showing all the sites the characters visit on their journey to the ice praries. Along with a wealth of incredibly imaginative characters, are finely detailed ink drawings throughout the book of some of the creatures and items mentioned in the story. North! or Be Eaten is the second book in the Wingfeather Saga. About the author: Andrew Peterson is the author of On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, book one in the Wingfeather saga, and The Ballad of Matthew's Begets. He is also the cricially acclaimed singer-songwriter and recording artist of several albums, including Resurrection Letters II. He and his family reside in Nashville, Tennessee. Visit Andrew’s websites here and here . For a direct link to purchase the book, please visit here.