All right, the first thing to note is that this is aimed at 10-year-olds and up. Not surprising, since the author has been teaching 6th grade English for years. Keeping that in mind, the parallels are great, and the story is compelling once you get into the alternate world. The down-side is that some of the descriptive language is laughable, and the similes are awful. I had a very hard time getting through the beginning of the story, but by the time it ended, I downloaded the second book.
Overall, I'm glad someone is using the Fantasy genre to bring a Christ-representative story to readers who would otherwise be reading about witchcraft and false gods.
Imaginative settings and characters, exciting plot with compelling twists, strong morals — an excellent story!
I listened to the audiobook version by Oasis Audio. I found the narrator a little slow and lumbering, and there are some places that should have been re-recorded. I had a little difficulty staying engaged in the first part of the book because of this, but I think it is no fault of the author. Once the story picked up speed, I never gave another thought to the narrator. I became so absorbed into the plot that I never wanted to pause the audio.
Peterson's story kept me begging for the next page and daydreaming about what comes next. I am chomping at the bit to read the two succeeding books in The Wingfeather Saga! FIVE STARS!