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The Monster in the Hollows (The Wingfeather Saga #3)

4.63 of 5 stars 4.63  ·  rating details  ·  1,155 ratings  ·  136 reviews
Book Three of The Wingfeather Saga

Janner Wingfeather's father was the High King of Anniera. But his father is gone. The kingdom has fallen. The royal family is on the run, and the Fang armies of Gnag the Nameless are close behind.

Janner and his family hope to find refuge in the last safe place in the world: the Green Hollows--a land of warriors feared even by Fangs of Da

Paperback, 348 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Rabbit Room Press (first published May 2011)
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Rachel Thomson
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Sarah Rodgers
I started reading the Wingfeather Saga almost a year ago, and went into it a little hesitantly. If this was going to be a singer/songwriter's dreamy attempt at literature, and nothing more, I wasn't sure I wanted to subject myself to the disappointment. After all, I enjoy Andrew Peterson's music.....

But Andrew Peterson is not merely a singer/songwriter. He is a master storyteller, no matter the medium. And in the Wingfeather Saga, I was pleasantly surprise--blown away--to find a truly precious
Gillian Bronte Adams
Finally! A land free of Fangs! Well, almost... After a harrowing journey across the Dark Sea of Darkness, the Wingfeathers arrive at last in the Green Hollows, safe and sound. But there is one slight problem. The Hollowsfolk make it very clear that Kalmar, now possessive of whiskers and a tail, is not welcome.

As the Throne Warden, Janner is pledged to protect his younger brother. In school, at home, on the playing field. Each day presents new challenges as he and his siblings adjust to life in
The Book...

I will admit my bias from the beginning. I am a fan. However, bias or not these books stand on their own. Andrew has crafted a wonderful story and in the process shown us ourselves. As Socraties attemped to wake up the Athenians and reveal truth only to garner their hatred, Andrew Peterson has succeeded and won our affection.

He knows how to wrap up a chapter so that you have no choice but to read the next, and the next.

I don't think this book should be read without first reading
I LOVED this book and did not want it to end! The genre of young adult fantasy is growing on me, thanks to this series. I think the fact that I came to love Peterson's story-telling through his songs first helped me fall in love with his novels even more. As I said with the other books in this series, I can't wait to read them to my boys in a few years!
Ryan Boomershine
We bleed Annieran.
Katie Grace
This book was amazing.

It took me a little while to get into it. I read North! or Be Eaten a few months ago, so maybe that was the case--that I had been away from the storyworld for awhile.

But once I got into the book, there was no coming out.

The characters were so real. Leeli, Janner, and Kalmar interacted like REAL siblings. They weren't perfect with each other. They sometimes disagreed, but the trials pulled them together, and I loved the way Janner and Leeli stood up for Kalmar.

And Kalmar
Jill Williamson
Janner and his family settle into life in the Green Hollows, but people don’t really accept them, especially the furry Kalmar, whom they think is a Fang. Janner must step up into his role as a Throne Warden to keep Kalmar from getting into a fight that could destroy their entire family. But there are mysteries, betrayals, and dangers lurking. Janner does all he can to watch over and defend his brother, but what he can’t manage to do is convince himself that Kalmar is innocent.

I love Andrew Peter
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Sneakery, betrayal, and the deadly secret of Chimney Hill. How could you not be hooked by a simple sentence on the front of the book? Well, the sentence that hooked me, kept me intrigued and on the edge of my seat for the entire book. This is a great novel and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into book four of the series. Scratch that, I think I need to start at the beginning and read the first two other books to really know the entire Wingfeather Saga! This book is definitely a stand alone book ev ...more
John Gardner
I’m not usually one to pre-order books. Rarely has there been a book that I absolutely HAD to have the first moment it was available. But after reading the first two books in this series, I knew this was going to be one of those books that couldn’t wait. So when the countdown to release day finally ended, I kept a weather eye open for my trusty mail carrier, letter opener in hand.

It was totally worth the wait!

Rarely have I had so much fun reading a book. The Wingfeather Saga is a tremendously go
Beth Anne
4/14: read aloud with Martin. We both agreed, best in the series. Cannot wait for the conclusion to be released. Truly one of my favorite series now.

12/13: Each book in this series just keeps getting better. A lot of tension in the middle of this one, but I felt like I could see where things were going. Then WHAM! twist, and just when I was recovered BAM another twist. What a whirlwind of an ending. I'm not usually emotional in books but this one I was almost choked up, which is saying somethin
The Monster in the Hollows

After a long trip across the Dark Sea of Darkness, and the harrowing experiences with the Fangs of Dang, forest-roaming toothy cows, a sea serpent, child slavery in the Fork Factory, and the battle of Kimera, the Igiby family arrives off the shores of Anneira, Nia Igiby’s homeland and its queen. Janner and Kalmer (her sons), Leeli (her daughter), and Podo Helmer (her father and former pirate) arrive with her. Janner had dreamed of living again in Castle Rysen where he w
Anthony Alvarado
The best of the saga so far and the end is so good, I can't believe it's going to be at least another year, probably 2 before the 4th book comes out! I love the sacrifice of Nia and Janner, how pain is not the worse thing in the world, the value of brothers and sisters, the fight and pride of Podo, and the manliness of Rudric. The end is simply stunning.
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Anna Josephine
Slower than the second book but not as traumatic (until the end). Still beautiful, and deep, and full of sorrow and joy, despair, depravity and goodness. Again more dark but also more beautiful than I could have imagined.
Lara Lleverino
My favorite so far! So sweet! Such a great picture of love and forgiveness, grace and mercy! I honestly like this better than The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe!
I read the first 2 in the series alongside my son and enjoyed them, but for kids, I thought that this 3rd installment was simply outstanding. If you've read Narnia to your kids and have appreciated their ability to bring out both the deep ugliness and the deep beauty of life and the glory of God through metaphor in a fantasy genre, and wish that someone else would write another series that would do the same thing...well, I don't want to oversell. But I'd encourage you to read this series, at lea ...more

I distinctly remember hearing about this series some years ago. On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness? North! Or Be Eaten? What outlandish titles! I had no interest whastsoever.

Until I read Gillian Bronte Adam's glowing review.

Until I read the first page.

Aewiar, the world in which these tales take place, is a wonky world that introduces its perils and bizarre monsters with cheek. But as the series continues, especially at the end of of the second book and on, ev
A fantastic series! I appreciate the clear sovereignty and loving kindness of God "the Maker". He is presented as He is- an invisible Spirit, infinite, eternal and unchangeable in His being, controlling all things, even wickedness and terrible sadness for His glory and the good of His people. So many lessons can be learned from the Wingfeathers! In a world in revolt against maturity, Janner, Kalmar and Leeli are refreshingly set apart- excelling in their callings, standing fast against the evil ...more
Nikole Hahn
“She frowned at them with a face that boasted exactly ten curly whiskers: two sprouting from her chin, six on her upper lip, one jutting out from the center of her nose, and one on her left cheek. Janner felt bad about counting them.” – Page 105

A royal family on the run with Gnag the Nameless and his army of fangs hotly pursing them. Now the high king and his family must seek refuge in their homeland, Green Hollows. It’s rumored to be the most secure land in the world. Not even Gnag the Nameless
After the relentless pursuit that marked the previous volume, North! Or Be Eaten, author Andrew Peterson slows the pace somewhat as the Wingfeathers settle down in the Green Hollows, a land of cunning warriors on the far side of the Dark Sea. Although Janner is still the viewpoint character, this is really Kalmar's story as he deals with the results of the terrible choice made in the previous book. Also getting some much-needed time in the spotlight is Nia, who is no longer just "mother of the p ...more
Gone is the utter goofiness of the first book in the series, and the half-silliness of the second. The Monster in the Hollows has the most unified feel of the Wingfeather Saga yet (while still being easily humorous). I really enjoyed this book, though it didn't have the rip-roaring adventure feel that I loved in "North! Or be Eaten!".

Essentially, this is climbing my list of favorite series pretty quickly. It doesn't surpass Lord of the Rings, Narnia, Potter, etc. Still, there's a wonderful light
Amber French
I’ve not read the other two books in the series so I didn’t have any background knowledge as I started reading mid-series. Sometimes it’s not as important to know what’s happened prior but in this case, it would’ve helped me to know what was going on. Overall, I enjoyed the book but did feel a little lost at time since there were so many characters and I was just entering the scene. For example, the story begins with Janner recovering from being attacked by his now-wolf brother, Kalmar. In one o ...more
Michael Jones
This one has to be read out loud at night by a campfire to be fully appreciated!!! Especially the ending!!! It's scary, but in a way that keeps me and my kids focused on what's important in life. What a saga!

Do yourself a favor, and read



Peterson's style is so heartwarming and understanding of what makes boys and girls tick. Yes. Yes. What about all the "beastitudenessness"? Well, like dealing with orcs, de
The Monster in the Hollows is the third book in the Wingfeather Saga series, and it is great! I am really surprised by how much I like reading these books, because they are geared for a younger audience. In this book the Wingfeather family has escaped from the clutches of Gnag the Nameless's army and have made it to the Green Hollows, the land where their mother grew-up.

While in the first two books they had action and adventure, 'The Monster in the Hollows' has something that they haven't had in
Like the other 2 books in this series, this one is a fun read. We continue the saga of the Wingfeather clan, but now they're living in the Green Hollows, hopefully out of reach of Gnag the Nameless and his Fangs. Unlike book #2, this one does not feature breathless escapes and long journeys. Instead, we see the Wingfeathers trying to restore some semblance of normalcy to their lives as Nia tries to reconnect with her roots. This gives us more insight into the family history, but does cause the s ...more
Joshua D.
Mar 07, 2014 Joshua D. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone, great for parents to read to school age kids
This is the third in Andrew Peterson's award winning fantasy series The Wingfeather Saga. The Monster in the Hollows tells the story of the Wingfeather children hiding from Gnag the Nameless in the Green Hollows, one of the few places in the land of Aerwiar not overrun by the Fangs of Dang.

It's a story about the children attempting to assimilate into a new culture and figure out how to do life (simple things like make friends, go to school, survive bullies, etc.). It's also a story about Kalmar'
Dahl meets Lewis meets Tolkien for young and old readers with such themes as the highest way a person can be honored is to be made a servant who is willing to give up his life for the king. I initially gave book 1 four stars, but by the time I got to book 3, I'd upped them all to 5. I love these books. I'll be reading them many times. I can't wait to finish them and then to read them to my children, and oh, what beautiful discussions we will have.
A.M. Reynwood
It did not take me long to devour this fantastic piece of literature. The pacing was smooth, any by the end you're left gasping - winded and teary eyed. Well, at least I was. We finally get to learn more about the Wingfeather (and Podo's) history, including what happened to Esben and Artham after the fall of their home. It was beautiful, and the whole series holds great depth, so it can be thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Amy Kannel
2011: I read the first two Wingfeather Saga books in 2009, and decided to reread them before starting #3, which came out last spring. The third book in this series was as delightful as the first two and better. Surprising, stirring, deeper and more brilliant than a simple children's book...Peterson is an astoundingly gifted storyteller, along the lines of C.S. Lewis. He writes about children but not down to them, and thus adults find themselves captivated by his words. I can't wait until my boys ...more
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