Wednesday, March 19, 2008

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson

When I first heard Andrew Peterson had written a book, I was very excited. Then I started to get a little nervous, because well, fantasy? It's really hit or miss with me.

Sometimes, I love it beyond all compare (Harry Potter). Sometimes, I can't get past the first few pages (The Hobbit).

One of the things I struggle with in fantasy is all the new stuff. You know, new names for everything, all these make believe places and creatures I have to keep straight.

And the world in On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is completely imaginary and urban fantasy here, folks.

But I am so delighted to tell you that I loved this story! Infused with the same humor and warmth of his music, the book captivates and delights from the first chapter! The world he has created is very appealing and interesting, the characters are easy to love and hate, and the tale is sweet and rich. If you have kids, I think this would be a really fun book to read aloud. But even if you don't have kids, I think you will love this story, because it's just that kind of book. And the best part? It's only book one! Yay!

I know you are all wanting to rush to Amazon and order your copy now, so just click here.

Here's a little about the book from the publisher: 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, their crippled 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 love to survive the evil pursuit of the venomous Fangs of Dang who have crossed the dark sea to rule the land with malice and pursue the Igibys who hold the secret to the lost legend and jewels of good King Wingfeather of the Shining Isle of Anniera.

Andrew Peterson spins a quirky and riveting tale of the Igibys’ extraordinary journey from Glipwood’s Dragon Day Festival and a secret hidden in the Books and Crannies Bookstore, past the terrifying Black Carriage, clutches of the horned hounds and loathsome toothy cows surrounding AnkleJelly Manor, through the Glipwood Forest and mysterious treehouse of Peet the Sock Man (known for a little softshoe and wearing tattered socks on his hands and arms), to the very edge of the Ice Prairies.

Full of characters rich in heart, smarts, and courage, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness presents a world of wonder and a tale children of all ages will cherish, families can read aloud, and readers’ groups are sure to discuss for its layers of meaning about life’s true treasure and tangle of the beautiful and horrible, temporal and eternal, and good and bad.

And a little about Andy...

Author/Singer/Songwriter Andrew Peterson, a 2005 Audie Award finalist for his readings of Ray Blackston’s Flabbergasted trilogy, wrote and produced the popular Christmas play and musical Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tale of the Coming of the Christ, and the album by the same name, which received the 2004 Best Album of the Year, World Christian Music’s Editors Choice Award. Andrew’s received critical acclaim for his seven albums and is at work on an eighth. He lives with his wife Jamie and their three young children near Nashville, Tennessee, where he reads storybooks aloud to his family each evening.

Artist Justin Gerard has illustrated several children’s books, including The Lightlings storybooks for young readers by R.C. Sproul. He lives in Greenville, South Carolina, and works as the chief creative officer for Portland Studios.

Remember--for your chance to win a copy of this book, just leave a relevant comment on any Andrew Peterson post this week!

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Megan said...

"One of the things I struggle with in fantasy is all the new stuff. You know, new names for everything, all these make believe places and creatures I have to keep straight."

I feel EXACTLY the same way! But you know what? I LOVE, L-O-V-E C.S. Lewis and I am still waiting to hear more about that! :)
So if people are drawing comparisons I am really interested in reading. Peterson's book.

I would be interested in doing this as a read aloud with my kids because they are showing more interest in non picture books than they ever have before.

Tarasview said...

I love the title! It makes me want to read the book.

taradawnrobertson at hotmail dot com

Chris Vacher said...

I'm a big fan of Andrew's music - all the way back to his "Carried Along" album. I really haven't kept up with him for the past couple of years and didn't know he had written a book! I'll definitely pick this up to read to my kids.

Julie P. said...

I think my daughter would love this book -- I probably would too! It sounds great!

Rashmi said...

Sounds like a great read! Count me in. Since Rowling, I've become a fan of fantasy and since the end of the Potter series, I'm on the lookout for a replacement. This looks very promising indeed!

I'm also blogging this tomorrow at my book review/contest blog - A Book Blogger's Diary.

abookblogger at gmail dot com

windycindy said...

Happy Spring! I had not known this man as a musician. Of course, writing does seem to go along with having musical talent. They both are creative endeavors. I think his book sounds rather intriguing. Covers of books are important to and I really like this book cover. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks,Cindi

Anonymous said...

my son would really enjoy this book. we both like the Narnia series and are currently reading the Restorer series by Sharon Hinck, and we're really enjoying it! please enter me in the contest :)

bison61 said...

I'd enjoy reading this to my grandchildren, They love Harry Potter books

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tetewa said...

This one sounds good, count me in!

KT said...

This looks great! I know I would enjoy it!

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