A great book. Trust me.

on March 21, 2008 in Ze Bloggy Goodness with 14 comments by

I am not one who enjoys fantasy literature. Sue me. I’ve just never been a fan of fake worlds or fake people. Except the ones in my mind that give me advice, but that’s a totally different thing.

When I picked up Andrew Peterson’s novel, On The Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, I was skeptical. The first few chapters introduced me to characters I could not understand, worlds that I had never known, and creatures that I’ve never seen.

And before I could stop myself, I loved it.

I already liked Andrew Peterson as a songwriter. His skills that are so beautifully displayed in his songs are seen here as well- his descriptive language, the creativity, the emotion, all of it. And the HUMOR. Y’all, I laughed out loud multiple times- and this is a young adult book! Genius. The whole thing. Sometimes I would read a chapter and then set the book in my lap just to rethink the chapter and the story. Dorky, but true. Good writing will do that to you.

Here’s the official summary (much better said than I could ever do):

In the quiet land of Skree, the Igiby children—Janner, his younger brother Tink, and their crippled sister Leeli—stumble upon the lost jewels of Anniera and determine to return them. Unfortunately, the scary-bad Gnag the Nameless seeks the jewels for his own evil ends… and so our band of friends, accompanied by their trust dog Nugget, must escape with the help of their mom and grandfather (who happens to be an ex-pirate).

Their journey takes them through an inventively fantastical world of wonders, complete with memorable characters (like Gnag’s evil minions the Fangs and Peet the Sock Man), fanciful creatures (like sea dragons, snickbuzzards, toothy cows, flabbits, and bomnubbles), and captivating places (like the Books & Crannies bookstore, Shaggy Tavern, the Dark Sea of Darkness that divides the land of Skree from Anniera, the Glipwood Forest, Ice Prairies, and the Stony Mountains).

Through fast-paced storytelling, little ditties, songs, and poems, side-splitting asides, sensory descriptions of time and place, and characters rich in heart, courage, and smarts, Andrew Peterson has created a wondrous tale you’ll enjoy and treasure—just like those lost jewels.

Sounds fun, doesn’t it? I haven’t read a book that was so purely enjoyable in a long time. It had its moments of humor, its moments of sadness, and often moments of page-turning suspense that literally kept me awake for the entire flight home from California. Yes, Andrew Peterson, I blame you for my severe jet lag.

Buy a copy for yourself. Buy a copy for a teen in your life. Buy a copy for a stranger and make their day. You can buy a copy HERE.

Lucky for someone, I have a copy to GIVEAWAY! So leave a comment if you’d like a free book!! The giveaway will close Monday at 4pm. GOOD LUCK!!

Well done, I say to you, Andrew Peterson. Thanks for another great collection of words. Don’t quit yet.

14 comments

  1. Sarah Markley
    posted on Mar 21, 2008 at 11:51 PM  |  reply

    I was WONDERING why Annie had been silent today…you were finishing your book. =)

    Count me in the giveaway, please. Any book you have read I must surely try!

  2. Kathleen
    posted on Mar 22, 2008 at 12:11 AM  |  reply

    I want it!

  3. seantk
    posted on Mar 22, 2008 at 12:27 AM  |  reply

    God help me, but I cannot get into Andrew Peterson. First off, I’m not a fan of straight acoustic music at all. And I usually can’t stomach singer-songwriters (Joseph Arthur being an exception, but he uses tons of effects and creates atmospherics in his musical world), either. I’m so sorry, but here is where we divide, Annie.

    And this now completes the circle: you can’t get into U2, and I’m all up in that junk for over 20 years.

    Go figure…… but maybe his prose is something I can like?

  4. Boggsy
    posted on Mar 22, 2008 at 2:38 AM  |  reply

    Maybe my number will come up this time?! I’m in…

  5. h.
    posted on Mar 22, 2008 at 1:43 PM  |  reply

    I’m in it to win it!!!

  6. marisa
    posted on Mar 22, 2008 at 9:18 PM  |  reply

    i love free stuff 🙂

  7. Anonymous
    posted on Mar 22, 2008 at 11:39 PM  |  reply

    I followed a link to your site from my pastor’s site. For the life of me I can’t remember HOW I got here. I do love your blog. I have a 16 year old son who is into LTR and loves to read. I would love to present him with something new in the fantasy department. I’ll sign myself…
    Southern Gal

  8. KateVonGlahn
    posted on Mar 23, 2008 at 1:24 AM  |  reply

    Okay, I love fantasy writing. Can’t help it.

  9. Jonathan
    posted on Mar 23, 2008 at 2:59 AM  |  reply

    shouldnt missionaries get the free stuff?

  10. Marie-Claire
    posted on Mar 23, 2008 at 4:21 PM  |  reply

    Pick me.

  11. Jess $
    posted on Mar 24, 2008 at 3:38 AM  |  reply

    I’m here for the book.

  12. AshWard
    posted on Mar 24, 2008 at 3:50 AM  |  reply

    I’m in.

  13. Melinda
    posted on Mar 24, 2008 at 1:15 PM  |  reply

    Just so you know, I’m thinking that missionaries getting the free stuff is a wonderful idea…

  14. Sally
    posted on Mar 24, 2008 at 7:55 PM  |  reply

    i decided to enter last minute…i can feel it this time. i am totally getting this book.

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