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North! or Be Eaten

(The Wingfeather Saga #2)

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  7,269 ratings  ·  816 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.

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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

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 fin
Andrew Peterson
Jul 31, 2009 added it  ·  (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 dow
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 Chap
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 book
Kaitlyn Pindak
Well, I cried a few times. Wow. So good.
I love the character development in this book. And I love the plot twists as well. Some you feel coming, some you long for, some wrench your heart out and some would’ve been so hard to guess. Great, great story!!!

Also, 11/10 recommend listening along as Andrew Peterson reads this aloud during the COVID-19 quarantine of 2020. If you have to go through a pandemic, why not listen to some wonderful reading knowing that a whole community of families and frien
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.)
This review has been a long time coming but this book still deserves every star. Unlike the first book, which could be accused of being slightly slow, this one picks up the pace, throws in higher stakes, a whole lot of twists and turns, and the Wingfeathers' first big adventures. Also, it has the (view spoiler) in it, so you can't go wrong. Oh, and also (view spoiler). *shudders* Overall, a wonderful journey that will certa ...more
Yogaa Lakshmi
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
I am going to make this review really short. The book 'North! Or Be Eaten' is the second book of the Wingfeather Saga. This book is a good sequel but I personally felt that the first book was a bit better. The are loads of bad things happening in this book. By the time I finished this book, I was filled with mixed emotions- anger, happiness, sympathy, sadness etc. The illustrations and the world-building was wonderful. The character-development was also great as most of the characters mature as ...more
Raquel Evans
I really hate to call this a DNF, even temporarily, but I haven't even picked it up to read in a couple of weeks. As much as I love the idea of this series, it's hard to stay focused on it when there's a scene or paragraph that I love here and there, scattered amongst the filler of necessary plot that isn't holding my interest. ...more
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 Pembrick’s Creaturepedia. Such is the story in Andrew Peterson’s 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 P ...more
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 contine
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
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.
AAAAWWWWW!!! <33333 That was a positively lovely ending (for this book in particular, anyway. The saga still continues.) and I just... *cries* I don't even quite know how to review this one. Truly, so much happened and it was sad and happy and dramatic and touching, and occasionally still some funny/cute bits, but less funny than the first book. SO MANY FEELS. I also don't want to spoil anyone who hasn't read it yet, so I guess the most I can really say is that the themes of endurance through gr ...more
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... ...more
ryan elizabeth
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it

Now I totally understand why everyone says they get better as you go on.
The only reason I'm giving this book a 4 star rating instead of 4.5 or 5 is because the first half or so wasn't very engaging. Don't get me wrong, it was still very good, but the second half was AMAZING. It was so much more intense and exciting than the first book (and first half of this one), and I am definitely looking forward to reading the next two books!
Lili P
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-aloud
This one was so much more intense! I was thrilled and hooked the whole time.
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: listened-to
We listened to this book as a family just as we did with the first book. I really enjoyed it. It’s a great book!
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 t ...more
Samuel Kassing
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first time through these books but they are really enjoyable. I'd highly recommend them at this point in the series. ...more
Calvin West
Thrilling sequel full of suspense and confusion... A lot of answered questions, but also a lot of new questions.

2021- A book with an illustration on the cover
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.
Caleb Winter
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sets
Really enjoyed this one, it's a great sequel. ...more
Michaela Bush
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This one is easily my favorite of the first two.  While I loved the fast-moving pace of On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, this book picks right up and dives into something deeper and grittier.  Some of the elements surprised me as being in a middle-grade novel because it deals with extremely real situations like child labor, kids being kidnapped and mercilessly put to work in a factory, and some other matters. Again, Peterson infuses the very ordinary/daily life into the extraordinary, as ...more
Becca Dolly
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
#2 of the series and it starts off with a bang! From start to finish this book was non stop action and gripped me right away. Compared to the first in this series, it was much more engaging and interesting from the beginning. It felt way more serious too, but with deeper meaning. Looking forward to where they will travel next!
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 me ...more
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Now that's more like it. Much better than book one. I'm hooked. ...more
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