Sunday, August 16, 2009

Blog Tour: North! or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson

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 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 me

If 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.

A big thank you to at Staci at Multnomah/Random House for a copy of the book.


  1. I think this one might be out of my comfort zone too.

  2. I'm stopping by to give you two thumbs up for a review of a book that wasn't your cup of tea. A few reviewers lately have been wondering how to do this. You were able to express your opinion, yet give readers reasons why they might like it. Different strokes for different folks. ~~ Kim

  3. Good for you stepping out of your zone. It's out of mine as well. That said, I read "Wings" last month and enjoyed it. Disney bought the rights so I expect to see a movie soon.

  4. Well done on reading outside your comfort zone, always good to do that at least once and I enjoyed your review of this book even if it wasn't 'your cup of tea.' Thanks for sharing

  5. Sounds nice, something I could have read when younger :)

  6. I love fantasy!! Sounds like it might be a fun read for me!! Loved your thoughts on this even though it's not your "cup of tea." Wonderfully done!!!

  7. Great job! I'm doing this one too and I have many of the same impressions you do. Sometimes I enjoy this genre but it depends on the story (Harry Potter was amazing!) I'll try anything though if it sounds good. Loved your review!

  8. Sounds like a series I might enjoy. I do enjoy fantasy books occasionally and I like the idea that it's a family facing things together.


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