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North! or Be Eaten

(The Wingfeather Saga #2)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  5,101 ratings  ·  552 reviews
First they found themselves On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness. Now they must make their way North! Or Be Eaten . . .

Janner, Tink, and Leeli Igiby thought they were normal children with normal lives and a normal past. But now they know they're really the Lost Jewels of Anniera, heirs to a legendary kingdom across the sea, and suddenly everyone wants to kill them.

Paperback, 331 pages
Published August 18th 2009 by Waterbrook Press (first published August 7th 2009)
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Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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When CS Lewis wrote Narnia, he wasn't really writing fantasy - he was playing with "dressed rabbits" - a style of anthropomorphizing pastoral animals and mythic creatures (like centaurs) so as to give the story a magical setting. Basically, however, the creatures all followed rules that were fairly basic to regular humans and this made Narnia quite relatable to most of it's readers.

When Tolkien built Middle Earth, he built an entirely different world than our own. Instead of magic
Elizabeth Dragina
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memorable

My heart is tangled in knots. Again. As if it wasn't enough to absolutely destroy me the first time, you had to do it again. Only this time you scared me so bad I put off reading it for a week. :P

*Side Note* This review is full of spoilers for those who haven't read the first book. 😃

Only amazing storytellers cause such emotion to rise in me, and I doubt I could relay to you my joy at the torture
David Dickerson
Feb 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I'm having a hard time remembering the last time that I shed tears while reading a book, but as I turned the final page of this strange, epic fantasy, I realized I had tears in my eyes.

I sat back and sighed, contented (and frustrated that I'll have to wait a year or so for the next stage of the journey!), and thought about the beauty of redemption that this book just gave me a picture of.

From a young person's fantasy novel?

It's more than that.

The Wingfeather saga series, and especially this
If I had to pick one Wingfeather Saga book to tell people to reread, it would be this one. Obviously, you have to read the whole series. Read it multiple times, better still! But this is the one for which I consider a reread most essential.

Read it once, to hear the story, to feel the pain of mistakes made by broken people.

Read it again, once you know how the story ends, so you can realize how far those people go and how the seeds of the growth were planted in their mistakes.

(And then reread
Lila Kims
Before, I could hardly imagine how North! Or Be Eaten could be any better than the magnificence that was On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness.

Now I understand.

(Also, it remains true that I have never related to a protagonist more than I relate to Janner Igiby.)
Andrew Peterson
Jul 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Peterson deserves every literary prize for this fine book. It is obvious that his musical talents have been put to good use as his use of words, plot and narrative read like a well scored film script. A very fine book, by a very fine writer and future talent. Amazing - thrilling and well worth reading again and again.
G. P. Taylor, New York Times best-selling author of Shadowmancer and The Dopple Ganger Chronicles

Toothy cows are very dangerous. Andrew Peterson convinced me and shivers run down my
Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
There is something amazing in turning the page of a book and not recognizing the phantastical creatures that appear not only in the written word, but the occasional well drawn excerpt from Pembricks Creaturepedia. Such is the story in Andrew Petersons North! Or Be Eaten the second book in the Wingfeather Saga. N!OBE (as it is affectionately known) picks up quite literally where we left the beloved jewels of Anneria at the end of On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness living with their Uncle ...more
Valerie Kyriosity
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Another nasty piece of work by Andrew Peterson. Sure, it started out OK -- the first hundred percent was thoroughly engaging and lovely...funny, tense, and moving in all the right places -- but after that, ugh! it stank like a flatulent Fang.
Neil R. Coulter
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Finished with book 2! After I notoriously disliked the first book in this series, I wasn't sure if there was any hope for the second. And at first, things didn't seem much improved. The writing is a little less silly, there are fewer snot, vomit, and bathroom jokes. That's all to the good. But the plot moved surprisingly slowly. I had a few expectations of this book, none of which materialized:

1. There would be a lot of travel, probably spending time getting to know a different island or
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ok, ok, I guess this wasn't as bad as I've been making out, after all. But seriously, the main characters never stop running away! There's always some fresh danger, never a moment's rest. It's a never-ending cycle of out of the frying pan and into the fire, then back into the frying pan again. Other than this, though, I thought the story was good...
Joel Wentz
Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Very rarely have I had such mixed feelings about a series of books as I have about the Wingfeather Saga thus far. On one hand, there are long sequences that are nailbiting and difficult to put down, in a great way. There are well-timed reveals about certain characters, and the world Peterson is building gets more interesting as the story continues (and I'm a huge sucker for good world-building). On the other, Peterson gets way too bogged down in efforts to be cutesy and funny, and honestly, even ...more
Christine Norvell
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a complete delight! Vivid settings and creatures. Action and humor in batches.

"The Throne Warden protects more than the High King's flesh. He protects his soul by reminding him at every turn what is good and noble and true in the world. He protects not just the king but the kingdom as well. It is his job to remember and remind."

As the second book in the series, it might have been a less-than, and at first I thought, "Oh sure, like all fantasies, let's just have our characters pursued and
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Its a really awesome book! One of the things that I love the most about this book is that the Igibys never gives up hope even though it looks like there was no hopes left. Another thing is that there was always a great ending to these Wingfeather Saga books. If I was in the Fork Factory I would also be hopeless because of the way the Overseer and his mean Maintenance Managers treating the us as " tools". The only way I have hope in the Fork Factory was if I have some kids who has hope and that ...more
Kelly Barker
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful story of remembrance. An action packed book that will keep you on your toes and leave you longing for Anniera.
May 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Oh, traditional gender roles.... you find a way to be everywhere, don't you? While the grandfather, the portly bookkeeper, and the two grandsons are adventuring and swinging their swords and daggers, mum and granddaughter are always in the background being protected. There is one fairly activist female character, and the family mentions numerous times that she "needs work." Again, I was fairly turned off by the overt Christianity of this book (why don't you just hit me over the head with your ...more
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This second tale of the Wingfeather Saga
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Now that's more like it. Much better than book one. I'm hooked.
4-4.5 stars

I definitely liked this better than the first book. It was a bit more complex and less frustrating than the first book. The exciting rescues that occurred also didn't seem quite as contrived although they were just as exciting! There were some very sad parts, but they were realistic and made sense in the context of the story. I liked that things didn't resolve in a need package tied up in a bow, the way it felt sometimes with the first story. I also liked that the divide between
Bella Cole
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the words of Oscar M. Reteep, "I like books."

After everything that has happened, Glipwood is no longer safe for the Jewels of Anneria. Fangs are everywhereexcept the Ice Prairies. It's too cold for the lizards there, but there's a little underground settlement that would work for the Wingfeather family just fine. When Fangs and Toothy cows invade the woods surrounding Pete's castle, the Wingfeathers make a hurried escape and begin their journey. Janner is unsure. He doesn't think he wants to
Zachary Totah
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What can I say except WOW! I was a bit skeptical of the Wingfeather Saga at first, but through the course of book one and now this book, I've been completely whisked away on a fateful adventure that's equal parts wit, mystery, beauty, sorrow, danger, and joy. A pure delight to read. From the dreaded Fork Factory to the fabled Ice Prairies, and everywhere in between, this tale pulses with truth, loss, and love. I couldn't put it down.

I can see why people would love this, but I just couldn't get into it. This is very much a case of 'it's me not you' though. I am going through a massive (reading) slump at the moment, and this is not the book that will get me through the day/week/month...

I would still like to thank Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful. I highlighted several sentences because they grabbed my heart. I cried. Like with the first in this series, I had to push myself - so many creatures and unique names that I got easily confused. But those details didn't matter - the storyline in the last chapters is compelling and rich.
Crystal Hart
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, ya
This is the second in the Wingfeather Saga. I loved the first one, but I was afraid I wasnt going to finish this one. The first half was so slow! But Im glad I stuck with it. When it finally picked up, I couldnt put it down! ...more
Nobi Nobes
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was very exciting, and I love the way it had a happy ending and I thought there were loads of cliff hangers,which made it even better. Im looking forward to reading the next book soon if it is as good as this one! ...more
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Much love,
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
I'm loving listening to this series with my kids. The narrator for this audio book makes the the story even more magical.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 20booksofsummer
About halfway through, the goofy names and bodily humor slowed down and the storytelling picked up. Have hope for the third book!
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Within moments of finishing the book at family read-aloud bedtime, my oldest son asked, Do you think Mrs. Rose has the third book? Huge thank you to our librarian/teacher/friend who introduced us to this series. ...more
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A little scary at the end, but overall, a really good book!!
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