There’s something timeless about a good fantasy story. The best are built on richly imagined worlds that are strange and familiar, with memorable characters and a story that’s both imaginative and true. And I’ve found over the years that the best of these are often the “children’s books.” Maybe it’s the innocence, the thirst for adventure, or the wild imagination that drives the story, but books for kids — especially in the fantasy genre — are one thing I’ll never outgrow.
North! picks up right where On the Edge left off, launching readers into an action-packed tale. There’s no time for introductions, so reading the first book is a must before jumping into this one. On the Edge established the mythos of Peterson’s world, but now the real story begins, running from chapter to chapter with a quick pace. The sections are brief and numerous (sixty-five chapters!), but always end in a way that has me wanting to turn the next page.
The overall tone is darker and more mature than its predecessor too. Knowing their true identity as kingdom heirs, the Igiby children have to grow up fast, and the tension of their innocence and growth is the heart of the story. For the most part, the story is told from the perspective of Janner, the eldest son and Throne Warden of Anniera who is sworn to protect his brother Tink, the High King. It’s easy to forget just how young these kids are… and then there will be a moment like the chapter “Tackleball in the Fog” where their playful innocence and love shine through.
For fans of fantasy and, really, fans of a good story, I can’t recommend Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga enough. The world is richly imagined; the characters feel alive and real. It has some slow parts, but it also has moments that are funny, heartbreaking, and beautiful. I’ll consider this series a classic with a place on my shelf next to The Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter, and hope to share them with my own children someday.
About the Author:
Andrew Peterson is the author of On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, Book One in the Wingfeather Saga, and The Ballad of Matthew’s Begats. He’s also the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter and recording artist of ten albums, including Resurrection Letters II. He and his wife, Jamie, live with their two sons and one daughter in a little house they call The Warren near Nashville, Tennessee. Visit his websites: www.andrew-peterson.com and www.rabbitroom.com
(the first on my blog. I’m just a little excited. :))
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