Book Review: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

Now in hardcover for the first time, featuring all-new illustrations! Once, in a cottage above the cliffs on the Dark Sea of Darkness, there lived three children and their trusty dog, Nugget.

Janner Igiby, his brother, Tink, and their disabled 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 they love to survive the evil pursuit of the venomous Fangs of Dang, who have crossed the dark sea to rule the land with malice. The Igibys hold the secret to the lost legend and jewels of good King Wingfeather of the Shining Isle of Anniera.

Full of characters rich in heart, smarts, and courage, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is a tale children of all ages will cherish, families can read aloud, and readers’ groups are sure to enjoy discussing for its many layers of meaning. Extra features include new interior illustrations from Joe Sutphin, funny footnotes, a map of the fantastical world, inventive appendices, and fanciful line art in the tradition of the original Frank L. Baum Wizard of Oz storybooks.” (from Goodreads)

My social media exploded with the news: new editions of the Wingfeather Saga, hardback with more illustrations. ❤ Eeeek!!! After the cover reveals, I got even more excited and ordered my own copies of the first two with slow shipping to extend the anticipation. 😀

They are GORGEOUS. The illustrations are truly beautiful and convey the world so well. ❤ Just the inspiration I needed to re-read. 😉

I loved the family dynamic and how protective Nia and Podo are (and encouraging Janner to be). The worldbuilding was hilarious and perfect. (Don’t let the fun but somewhat info-heavy intros scare you off.) I was especially astounded by the realism of people carving out a life under oppression and doing their best to hope and to love. It may be a delightfully silly fantasy world with goofy names for things but the people and the emotions ring truer than true.

Janner will forever be my favorite. His heart and quest to really know his father = <3. He and Tink are a dangerous duo. XD 😛 Oskar, Leeli, Nugget, really everyone except the smelly Fangs, were wonderful. And Armulyn the Bard… may we all be as bold and carefree in the Maker.

Last time I read this, I was so focused on the hilarity, the heart pounding adventure, and Janner’s character arc, I missed Peet the Sockman. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen more, failed more, something, but I connected with his character more than ever before. ❤

Best quotes: “But other than the cruel fangs and the constant threat of death and torture, there wasn’t much to fear in Skree.”

“There’s just something about the way he sings. It makes me think of when it snows outside, and the fire is warm, and Podo is telling us a story while you’re cooking, and there’s no place I’d rather be–but for some reason I still feel… homesick.”

Just a note, there’s some gross humor, children in extreme danger, and violence that is mostly non-graphic.

Altogether, this book was even more fantastic the second time around, and I’m so glad I decided to venture back into these books. On to book two! ❤

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Kate Willis

Kate Willis likes nothing more than a good story and a thoughtful conversation, preferably with a side of chai tea. Her love for Jesus Christ and her big, closeknit family inspire every story. She is an avid reader and enjoys writing for all ages.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness”

  1. Ah, the Wingfeather Saga! (And with brand new illustrations?!! Okay, now I’m going to have to find a copy) My family did a read-aloud of this series some time ago and we loved it. Bring tissues for the final book!

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