I was so excited to read through these new versions of Andrew Peterson's On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness. My family loved reading this series aloud several years ago when my kids were ages 10 to 16, so we were so excited to read them again with the new editions. The artwork is fantastic and the hardcopy is perfect. This book will be on our family bookshelf for years to come!
This time around we read this book aloud to my bigger kids now 14-21 and they still loved it. Andrew Peterson is a master wordsmith. He shifts effortlessly in between humor, suspense, and poetry. There are only a few fantasy novels that present a truer world than realistic fiction. Peterson's characters and atmosphere are imaginative yet real. You can tell that as an author he really cares about the story. It's almost like he's welcoming you into his family and sharing his heart with you.
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is the first of four books in the Wingfeather Saga, but it could be read as a stand alone story. While you know the story continues—and you want it to—Peterson leaves the first novel at a resting point. Your heart may need a minute to breathe and process the story before devouring the next book!
As one who has read through the whole series before, coming back to this first book has had new depth and enjoyment as I know where the story is going. This to me is the mark of a great series. Peterson reveals just enough to get you invested in his characters, but leaves you wanting more. Believe me—the next books deliver! I can't wait to experience these again with my family.
I received this book from Netgalley for my review, but then I purchased the hard copy for myself and a friend. It is so good. All thoughts and opinions are my own!
Betsy Strauss is an unexpected homeschooler, mother of three, who is in a relationship with a sweet man for life. She loves reading books, drinking coffee, and learning anything with her kids.