If you are looking for books that older children will enjoy, the Wingfeather Saga is for you! Fourteen-year-old Jimmy is such a huge fan of the Wingfeather Saga that we asked him to help us write this review. Jimmy doesn’t normally love to read, but this series captured his attention and turned him into a voracious reader. He couldn’t put these books down!
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The Wingfeather Saga is a four-book series that describes the thrilling journey of Janner, Tink, and Leeli Igiby, who live in Glipwood in the land of Skree. Janner had always thought of life in Glipwood as dull, but then his brother Tink stumbles upon a map leading to the Jewels of Anniera and a secret only hinted at in stories.
That’s where the saga begins. And there is nothing dull about it.
This four-volume series is a thrilling page-turner with intense battles and plot twists that will keep you reading all night long. In fact, you may want to be sure you have the next book handy as you near the end of each one! Trust me…you won’t want to wait for the next one to arrive!
The fantasy world conceived by Andrew Peterson boasts a creative cast of characters unlike any you’ve seen before. Battles between evil villains and honorable heroes, epic adventure, edge-of-your-seat suspense, lighthearted humor, and even some subtle romance will pull you into every single page.
In the first book of the series, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, readers are introduced to the Igiby family—Janner, Tink, Leeli, their widowed mother, and their grandfather. On the day of the Sea Dragon festival, the people of Glipwood gather at the edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness to watch the sea dragons swim by. When Leeli and her dog Nugget are attacked by a Fang, Janner and Tink join the fight. The children’s encounter at the festival sets in motion an epic conflict that pits the Igiby family against Gnag the Nameless and his army of Fangs. But the battle has only just begun.North! Or Be Eaten, the second book in the series, finds the Igiby family on the run from the Fangs. To evade their hungry pursuers, they set out for the Ice Prairies in the North. But along the way, the family encounters deadly hunters, a seemingly endless series of scary situations, and even more Fangs. When they reach the Ice Prairies, a battle breaks out and the family is forced to set sail for the safety of Green Hollows. But will they really be safe?
In The Monster in the Hollows, the Igiby children are excited to finally lead a normal life in Green Hollows, their mother’s homeland. But normal life in Green Hollows is very different than normal life elsewhere. In Green Hollows, children learn to fight and to guard their land—with their lives if necessary. And in the forests surrounding Green Hollows, there are monsters. But not all the monsters are bad, and one monster in particular has a secret that could change everything.
In The Warden and the Wolf King, the exciting conclusion of the Wingfeather Saga, war has broken out as the fight for the Jewels of Anniera intensifies. But no matter how much the people of Green Hollows fight back, the Fangs just seem to keep coming and coming. In the end, Gnag the Nameless will be defeated, but at what cost? For just as in real life, victory often requires sacrifice.
The son of a preacher, Andrew Peterson grew up in Illinois and Florida. Though Peterson originally gained attention as an award-winning singer and songwriter, eventually he branched out and tried his hand at writing. A born storyteller who loves to create, Anderson loves to let his imagination run wild. And he loves encouraging imagination in his readers as well. In Peterson’s Note to Parents, he explains, “If a reader is willing to trust me with a little of his or her imagination, I want to light it up with truth, and beauty, and goodness.”
Andrew Peterson and his wife Jamie live in Nashville, TN with their three book-loving children.
Author: Andrew Peterson
Genre: young adult fiction, fantasy, adventure
Interests: fantasy worlds, epic battles, mythical creatures
Suggested age range: age 10 and up
Gender preference: boys and girls
In the series: 4 books, 290+ pages each
Please note: Though this series is best suited for more advanced readers, the Wingfeather books make great read-alouds for children of all ages. However, parents should exercise caution, as some parts of the series may be too intense for younger children.
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