I got to finish reading two books in a week’s time–definitely a rarity for me since my venture into parenthood–while in Colorado just last week. The second book was the first installment of The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness. Peterson is one of my favorite singer/songwriters, and I was excited to get the first two books of The Wingfeather Saga for Christmas.
This really is a great read, especially if you like adventure or fantasy books. Some story lines certainly are extended parables and have spiritual overtones, but like a good C.S. Lewis or Tolkein novel (though not on the same level), the spiritual overtones add to the experience, rather than distract from it.
In short, it’s a great page turner with fun characters. In addition, I love Peterson’s dry sense of humor, and as I read I can picture him telling the story to his own children. I’m not sure how long the series will be (I couldn’t find any info online; if anyone has any info, please let me know), so I’ll withhold all my praise on the whole series until I get a chance to see how the plot and characters unfold. But this first volume in The Wingfeather Saga was a lot more fun than I’ve had reading a book in a long time, so I highly recommend it. I’m not sure what reading level it is, but it would definitely be a great novel for younger readers as well. Peterson is a great storyteller in his songs, and his writing is no different.