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On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness (The Wingfeather Saga #1)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  1,807 ratings  ·  275 reviews
Once, in a cottage above the cliffs on the Dark Sea of Darkness, there lived three children and their trusty dog Nugget. Janner Igiby, his brother Tink, their crippled sister Leeli are gifted children as all children are, loved well by a noble mother and ex-pirate grandfather. But they will need all their gifts and all that love to survive the evil pursuit of the venomous...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published March 18th 2008 by Waterbrook Press (first published 2008)
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I always feel a bit apprehensive when a musician decides to try his (or her) hand at writing. It’s one thing to pen short snippets of lyrical verse. It’s another to hold a reader’s attention over several hundred pages. Fortunately, singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson’s On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness more than entertains, despite a few literary failings.

The Igiby family lives on the outskirts of the sleepy hamlet of Glipwood on the continent of Skree in t...more
Katie W
This book drew me in with the humor and creativity of names and phrases and situations. Some of it was the silly/eye-rolling kind but in a good way - I smiled and laughed through a huge portion of this book. I was also drawn in by the story and the characters.

I especially liked Peet and how he is crazy, interesting, mysterious, sad, but also good, kind, a protector/hero. I kept wanting to find out more about him. I like when things aren't always what they seem. One of my favorite parts was when...more
Delightful in every way! Peterson's first foray into fiction was even better than expected. Lots of laugh out loud moments, the footnotes were brilliant, the story was great and I can't wait to read the next installment of the Wingfeather Saga.

I've posted an extended review on my blog.

I'll be giving away a copy of the book on my blog between March 17-21. Swing on by to learn more.

It was the subtitle that got me On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness: Adventure. Peril. Lost Jewels. And the Fearsome Toothy Cows of Skree. While you might be scratching your head in confusion, I’m going, “yeah, tell me about those toothy cows”.

I listened to the audio version of the book. Oh, it was everything the title promised and more. I love Peterson’s impish humor, yet there is depth to the book. I longed to be in my car just to listen to the story. It made me want to drive to the end o...more
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness: Isn’t that a delicious title? This is the name of the first book in The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson. This past week I treated myself by setting aside evenings to read the three-hundred page fantasy and wasn’t disappointed. It’s a fun epic tale with lots of adventures, quirky characters, and a unique setting.

That said, let me caution you that On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness does have a shaky start. For one thing, it has three introductions....more
One benefit of my new job in the Technical Services department of the library is that I get a look at a lot of the advance reader copies that come in. These are prepublished books that publishers send out to generate interest and hopefully sales. They are usually uncorrected proofs, so you have to swim through some typos, but usually they're pretty good. That's how I got a look at this book, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, which won't be out for another month or so.

Wow, I liked this boo...more
*No spoilers*
Andrew Peterson has already proven his prowess as a storyteller through his many music albums. On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is yet another of Peterson's triumphs. The characters are instantly captivating--Janner, Tink, and Leeli Igiby are children who live in Skree, a land conquered by the evil land of Dang and ruled by the frightening lizard-like Fangs of Dang. The children embark on a complex adventure, looking for a hidden treasure while desperately hoping to protect...more
Susan Ryan
This book review is on the novel, "On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness" by Andrew Peterson. There are three additional books in this series creating the Wingfeather Saga.
I really enjoyed this book for it's large amount of adventure. Also, with very suspenseful and frightening parts.
The main characters are Janner, Tink, and Leeli. Their main struggle is trying to protect the lost jewels of Anniera from the Fangs of Dang. Will they be able to do this task no matter the cost?
If you are a young...more
Ashlee Willis
What an amazing book! I've never read anything quite like it. It's full of humor, originality, fun, danger and tears.

Peterson is a master world-builder. There wasn't a thing that happened that I couldn't see, clear as day, right before my eyes. The creatures in his book, most of which are wholly invented (some of which are normal creatures given a twist), are reminiscent, at least to me, of J.K. Rowling's list of made-up creatures from Harry Potter. Some of them, toothy cows and thwaps included,...more
Matthew Robbins
Welcome to Aerwiar, more specifically, to the Glipwood Township in the land of Skree, where the Fangs of Dang make it their general pastime to wreck the lives of the townspeople. Things are generally quiet, though, except during the Dragon Day Festival, when things come alive as people come from near and far to hear the Sea Dragons' beautiful song and awaken a deep longing. That’s where the tale of Janner, Tink, and Leeli Igiby begins. A run-in with Slarb the Fang ensues. Soon, they are tracking...more
This is like a wholesome fantasy version of Tom Sawyer, or a violent Little House on the Prairie.

The style is light and silly, but tone of the book contrasts that as the kids are CONSTANTLY in danger. Once hi-jinx ensue then all it is just surge after surge of the kids reacting to their environment. It gets a little exhausting having them saved all the time rather than being able to bail themselves out, but honestly unless an outside force comes to their defense, there would be no feasible way...more
Jill Williamson
The Igby children, Janner, Tink, and Leeli, manage to anger a vicious Fang and are thrown into jail. Janner is certain that they will be taken away in the Black Carriage, forever slaves of Gnag the Nameless. But before the carriage arrives, their mother bails them out with a handful of precious jewels.

Janner is curious where the jewels came from, and he’s not the only one. The Fangs come after them again, this time seeking the precious Jewels of Anniera they are certain the Igbys are hiding. Th...more
May 15, 2013 Rowell rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 90
Are you serious right now? If it's not the odd title that intrigues you, it will likely be the illustrations in the first few pages in the book. What in the world is a toothy cow anyway?

I've found this book abandoned and stripped, with a mysterious odor emanating from it's slightly damp pages, left at a bench in a public park somewhere. I fought fears of contracting contagious diseases, dark curses and other horrible things--what if this was the Necronomicon or Pandora's box itself, disguised as...more
(Warning: This review contains an amount of spoilers)

What can I say? Oh man. Alright, I suppose that I'll start by saying I don't mind reading a book that's supposedly written for children: A good read is a good read. And as sure as I'm alive this was one of those reads.

The book starts with an introduction to its world, its history, and its main cast. Now, one might think that this would be long, perhaps a little dull, or too short and silly. One would be wrong. From page one you will either lau...more
Peterson's first book in the Wingfeather Saga is a fun read. I enjoyed the characters, the fact that the whole family was the center of the story, not just the children, as most kid's stories these days focus. They each are quirky and add depth to the tale. The actual narrative is well developed in this first book. From the terrain, to the players, to the enemies, to the history, even the food, the songs, the books are all developed.

Some of the things I wasn't wild about were the oft awkward na...more
I have to admit that I was a little skeptical about this one. Andrew Peterson is high on my list of favorite singer/songwriters, but I wasn't sure that his talent would translate well to the novel format. After all, you need more than a couple verses and a hooky chorus to make a storybook sing.

But aside from a few reservations about the sheer ridiculousness of some of the character names, I found the book to be really enjoyable, suspenseful, quite funny, and possessed of its own unique voice.

Christopher Bunn
A friend recently recommended this book to me (and then showed up on my doorstep and handed me a copy). I read it last night, sitting in the window seat by the wood stove while rain pattered down outside.

Peterson wrote the book for kids, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, despite my extreme age (43). The story involves three children who live in the land of Skree, a land under the thumb of fairly violent and non-human invaders. Peterson's writing is a mixture of goofiness, lyricism, adventure, and a...more
Valerie Kyriosity
This book was perfectly bad. Except for the perfectly lovable protagonists, the perfectly loathsome villains, the perfectly engaging plot, the perfectly delightful prose, and the perfectly listenable reading by Peter Sandon. But other than that...perfectly bad. You have been warned.
David Gregg
Imaginative settings and characters, exciting plot with compelling twists, strong morals — an excellent story!

I listened to the audiobook version by Oasis Audio. I found the narrator a little slow and lumbering, and there are some places that should have been re-recorded. I had a little difficulty staying engaged in the first part of the book because of this, but I think it is no fault of the author. Once the story picked up speed, I never gave another thought to the narrator. I became so absorb...more
As the first book of a trilogy, and it really isn't an entire story onto itself, though it has story enough within it. It sets up a world and its characters for an epic adventure. The characters are consistent and full of life, and I very much look forward to seeing where they go from here and uncovering the past mysteries that they have come from. AP ties an entire family into the story he spins in such a way that the adventuring children and the adults are characters with whom the reader can c...more
Started out slowly, but quickly became a read I couldn't put down! A quirky, sometimes tongue-in-cheek fantasy, completely clean, and great reading (or listening) for all ages. :)
Feb 18, 2014 Ka rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
While I really enjoy Andrew Peterson's music and his lyrics, his book On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness left a lot to be desired in my mind. Now before some of you jump in with the argument that this little tome is penned for children, let me say that I absolutely adore much children's literature, and I read children's books regularly. This, though, didn't stand the litmus test for me. There were just too many problems with it for my liking.

If a reader can make it through the first part of...more
Aug 17, 2014 Daniel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Older children / Teens
Recommended to Daniel by: No one. Read a review of book three.
Shelves: fantasy, christian
I read this book to see if I thought my niece would enjoy it. It's a older children's / young adult book from Andrew Peterson (probably better known as a Christian musician than as an author). The book, the first in a trilogy, features the Igiby family (mostly the children) and their adventures and misfortunes. Some of the themes include personal responsibility, good versus evil, self-control, and the value of family. Maybe it's because I know that Peterson is a huge fan of C.S. Lewis, but the b...more
After WORLD magazine chose the 4th installment in this series (The Wingfeather Saga) as their "Book of the Year" for young people, I went online and put a "hold" on this book at our local library. After six weeks or so, I was alerted that the book was ready to pick up.

My goal in reading this book was two-fold: 1) To make sure this was something suitable for our children to read and 2) To enjoy reading a fun book for a change. Both goals were met in this one book!

Andrew Peterson is one talented a...more
I really enjoyed this book. It took a bit to get into, but by about halfway through I couldn't put it down! Andrew Peterson is one of my favorite lyricists, and his vivid imagination runs all the way through his book. The writing style was sometimes a little choppy (and I could have done without the footnotes. :P), but overall it was very good. I loved the twist at the end.
I loved this book (so much I'm going to do a spotlight on it for my blog). There wasn't one thing that I didn't enjoy. The pace was great and I loved that the chapters were small so I always had a stop point. I really cannot wait to see what happens in this series.

It's a typical quest/fantasy book but it never once felt that way. Really is a great story.
John Downer
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This book was a very quick, fun read. It's quite humorous. Imagine Christian Monty Python writing a fantasy book. Tons of humor and imagination thrown in. The absolute best part of the book: all the footnotes and appendices that give you "background" on the culture...hilarious.
Jun 23, 2008 Kristi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kristi by: Margo
A really fun read by one of my favorite musicians. Multi-talented Andrew weaves a story stylistically reminiscent of Narnia. This book made my disinterested-reader Colby into a 4-hour-a-day reader. :-) Can't wait for the next installment.
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