Janner Igiby, his brother Tink and 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 Fangs of Dang who have crossed the dark sea to rule the land with malice and pursue the Igibys who hold the secret to the lost legend and jewels of good King Wingfeather of the Shining Isle of Anniera.
Andrew Peterson spins a quirky and riveting tale of the Igibys extraordinary journey from Glipwood's Dragon Day Festival and a secret hidden in the Books and Crannies Bookstore, past the terrifying Black Carriage, clutches of the horned hounds and loathsome toothy cows surrounding AnkleJelly Manor, through the Glipwood Forest and mysterious treehouse of Peet the Sock Man (known for a little softshoe and wearing tattered socks on his hands and arms), to the very edge of the Ice Prairies.
Full of characters rich in heart, smarts, and courage, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness presents a world of wonder and a tale children of all ages will cherish, families can listen to, and groups are sure to discuss for its layers of meaning about life's true treasure and tangle of the beautiful and horrible, temporal and eternal, and good and bad.
©2008 Andrew Peterson; (P)2008 Oasis Audio
"So good, smart, funny, as full of ideas as action." Jonathan Rogers, author of The Wilderking Trilogy.
"A wildly imaginative, wonderfully irreverent epic that shines with wit and wisdom and features excellent instructions on how to cope with Thwaps, Fangs, and the occasional Toothy Cow." (Allan Heinberg, writer/co-executive producer of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, and co-creator of Marvel Comics Young Avengers)
"Fun to listen to! Every section has word-play, a pun, or clever dialogue that makes me giggle, and the story is full of insight into life. The characters have great names and come to life and stimulate the imagination. Andrew is such a gifted storyteller; this work will be a treasure to both children and adults. (James Bryan Smith, author of Room of Marvels; Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven, and Embracing the Love of God; co-author of Devotional Classics with Richard J. Foster)
"a wonderful new world"
I sometimes enjoy fiction for children more than adult fiction, and this is certainly a marvellous example. Having failed to become immersed in Terry Pratchett's Discworld, which is just too clever for its own good, I was a bit apprehensive about another new fantasy world, but this book is a gem. I can't quite work out what makes it so different, except perhaps Andrew Peterson's use of words. I was not surprised to find out that he is a song writer.
The Iggiby family (that's the only problem with audio books - you can't see how things are spelled!) are brave and funny and adventurous, there is just the right amount of fear and excitement, and although I guessed one of the mysteries before the end, there is still plenty to look forward to in the next book. The other characters and creatures are beautifully illustrated, and the whole world feels real and believable. And special mention for the excellent Pete the Sockman, and the lovely voice of the narrator Peter Sandon.
I bought this initially because it was cheap, but I shall definitely listen to it again because it was great!! what a bargain! I have about one hour to go before the end and there is obviously more to come from this author, I hope that they are also released as audiobooks. The narrator was really enjoyable and I became immersed in this slightly crazy world and it will be a shame when I finish.
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