Happy Marvelous Middle Grade Monday, everyone! I had planned to write a review of the first book in The Wingfeather Saga, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, for you all today. But it seemed a bit redundant for me to review it when the series' biggest fan lives in the next bedroom over from mine. So please welcome back my fifteen-year-old daughter, Lucy, to introduce you to her newest obsession.
When people ask me about The Wingfeather Saga, I usually say something along the lines of ‘The Wingfeather Saga is a four book series by singer and songwriter Andrew Peterson. It focuses on Janner Igiby, a bookish twelve-year-old boy who lives in the world of Aerwiar. Nine years before, the vicious Fangs of Dang, a race of snakey, lizardy beings, took over most of Aerwiar, from the beautiful Shining Isle of Anneira, to the entire continent of Scree, which is where the Igiby family lives, in the town of Glipwood. But, despite living under the scaly thumb of the Fangs (and through them, a darker, nameless evil, named Gnag the Nameless), Janner, along with his brother, Tink, and his sister, Leeli, live fairly happy lives… as long as they don’t have any weapons (including garden tools), or stay out after dark, or complain too loudly about the smelly Fangs.’ At that point, I pant heavily.
Assuming that you are one of those listeners who is begging me to continue, I will take a deep breath, and go on. 'As revealed secrets and increasing danger take the Igibys across Scree and beyond, they each must learn to trust each other— and themselves. With delightfully funny companions, such as Peet the Sock Man and the bookseller Oskar N. Reteep, and with the love and support of their mother, Nia, and their grandfather, Podo (a retired pirate!), can the Igibys resist the Fangs' attempts to steal the mysterious lost Jewels of Anneira and avoid the many dangerous creatures in Aerwiar?'*
*such as Quill Diggles (spiky!), Horned Hounds (sharp teeth!), and Toothy Cows (also have sharp teeth! Beware!)
The Wingfeather Saga has rocketed to one of the top five spots in my ‘favorite book series list,’ and I’m fairly certain it’s going to stay there for a while, if not for life. It’s a wonderful series for children (and adults) who love The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter. I love the humor, and I love the world building. I’d recommend this series to anyone who has started to read novels (or listen to them! There are audiobooks!). All my younger siblings, down to my seven-year-old brother, have been going through the series, and loving it! We also have been loving the new animated series of Wingfeather from Angel studios. Oh, and the soundtrack! And the poems! And the companion books!
‘Beware the Toothy Cow!’
Feel free to leave a comment with any questions, and I'll tell you more! It was hard to narrow it down to just this much. :)
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4/24/2023 03:56:25 am
This sounds like a great series. I'm not sure how I didn't hear about it before. I'm adding it to my TBR list. Thanks.
4/24/2023 09:26:22 am
I don't know how it took us so long to hear about it either! They've been around almost my entire lifetime!
4/24/2023 01:14:48 pm
Ahahaha! Yes! The toothy cows! And I completely forgot about Peet the Sock Man. There are so many fun, silly things to love about this book. I haven't finished the series-- I think I read the first one back when it came out, so I'd probably have to start at the beginning again for a refresher. Thanks for reminding me how much I loved these books. :)
4/24/2023 04:19:38 pm
Thank you Lucy for joining us today on Marvelous Middle Grade Monday. Your review makes this series sound like a must have. I've added it to my list of future reads. I hope you will continue to share your opinion on books, that is if your mom is willing to give you the stage again.
4/25/2023 12:34:36 am
What a lovely enthusiastic review :) Thank you for the recommendation, Lucy! Definitely added to my TBR!
4/25/2023 12:38:25 am
I love the beautiful picture of the book and Leeli! Great review, definitely want to read it! Thanks for sharing your love for this series!
4/25/2023 08:13:40 am
I'm so glad that you all enjoyed the review! This is great series, and I'm really happy to be spreading its readership.
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