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.
Book Review Rating: 4/5 stars
Cover Review Rating: 5/5 stars
This cover art 100% made me stop and want to read this lower level genre I’ve never considered.
When I rant about taking aspects of the novel within and making it part of the cover art for the reader to devour, this is what I mean! Look at all the intricate layers of artwork for ON THE EDGE OF THE DARK SEA OF DARKNESS by Andrew Peterson.
The clouds disguise sea dragons and a ship, the town of Glipwood on the coast, the fight of the Igiby’s and the farmer’s quaint life they live. Last, in the little triangular nook of Janner Igiby, the three siblings on the cliff on the night of the Dragon Day Festival. I could scream with happiness all the artistic novel detail this cover contains.
Plus, the fact it is geared for the correct genre of Children’s Fiction and Middle-Grade readers.
Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga’s aren’t quite the new release one might think. ON THE EDGE OF THE DARK SEA OF DARKNESS was originally published back on March 18, 2008. Which means… there are two book covers!!!!
The cover art on the left is from the original publication in 2008 & the cover art on the right is from 2020. From a market perspective, the 2020 version is so much focused for the intended readers and comparable to other novels I’ve seen on the shelf.
Yes, this may not be my particular genre of reading, but I do scan the bookstore and library to see what darling novels my children will be roaming into one day.
Artistic covers such as this, which seem effortless, yet takes oodles of time and detailing have a special place in my heart. I have not a single complaint to its beauty, the perfection of font and placement. 100% a 5-star cover.
Thank you, Nicholas Kole, ON THE EDGE OF THE DARK SEA OF DARKNESS cover artist, for making my first cover review of 2020 an easy 5-star.
Cover art by Nicholas Kole
“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.”
I picked this novel 100% after viewing the cover art. The blurb stirred my interest, but honestly, the cover sold me on wanting to read. I’m not the usual reader of children’s fiction/middle-grade genres, being a dark reader fan. So I went out of my comfort zone to sink into this book. So now for the big lingering question in the room…
DID I ENJOY ON THE EDGE OF THE DARK SEA OF DARKNESS by Andrew Peterson?
I wish I could say I fell into my sheets at night with greed to read until I could no longer stay awake. The reality remained it took me almost a full three weeks to read the entirety of Andrew Peterson’s creation. Now, I rated THE EDGE OF THE DARK SEA OF DARKNESS 4/5 stars.
Why would I do such a thing if I had issues reading through it?
Nothing the author did granted the rating to fall any lower. The reason why I couldn’t speed through the read was quite frankly, this genre isn’t my area of delight. I can’t knock the author for that fact. I now know this lower fantasy genre of reading doesn’t tickle my fancy. I do think that this story is great for youthful middle grade to young adult reads.
In fact, if my kids were a bit older I’m almost certain they would’ve been begging me to read this story to them every night. The mischievous actions and reactions of the childrens main characters are on point of what any child of that age. The plot is layered beautifully with no loopholes and there’s a steady amount of problems that help accelerate the main focus of the storyline.
From the discovering of mysteries to the dangers of the Fangs of Dangs, the Carriage Black, and the comedic relief of their Grandfather’s antics with thwaps. In the end, this is a great novel. It’s just not my particular flavor, but I won’t knock it just because I realized that upon diving in.
I received an eARC of ON THE EDGE OF THE DARK SEA OF DARKNESS by Andrew Peterson in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of the review.
Let’s be honest here. If it was great or sucked, I have no problem writing it out.
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