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On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness: Adventure. Peril. Lost Jewels. And the Fearsome Toothy Cows of Skree. | [Andrew Peterson]

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness: Adventure. Peril. Lost Jewels. And the Fearsome Toothy Cows of Skree.

Once there lived three children and their trusty dog Nugget. Janner Igiby, his brother Tink and 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 and 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 listen to, and 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.

©2008 Andrew Peterson; (P)2008 Oasis Audio

What the Critics Say

"So good, smart, funny, as full of ideas as action." Jonathan Rogers, author of The Wilderking Trilogy.
"A wildly imaginative, wonderfully irreverent epic that shines with wit and wisdom and features excellent instructions on how to cope with Thwaps, Fangs, and the occasional Toothy Cow." (Allan Heinberg, writer/co-executive producer of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, and co-creator of Marvel Comics Young Avengers)
"Fun to listen to! Every section has word-play, a pun, or clever dialogue that makes me giggle, and the story is full of insight into life. The characters have great names and come to life and stimulate the imagination. Andrew is such a gifted storyteller; this work will be a treasure to both children and adults. (James Bryan Smith, author of Room of Marvels; Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven, and Embracing the Love of God; co-author of Devotional Classics with Richard J. Foster)

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    David M. Gregg 04-11-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Compelling Plot, Imaginative World, Strong Morals"

    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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 09-22-11
    Daniel 09-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Best New Author!"

    Andrew Peterson has a captivating writing style that combines an excellent story, lovable characters, unexpected plot twists, and delightful humor! This book is enjoyable for people of all ages. Everyone I've shared this story with has loved it, most buying the following books as soon as they could.
    If you want a great book to read alone or with your family, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is the ideal one.

    Peter Sandon has the perfect voice for a narrator. Deep, powerful, and British, it is perfect for this story. Near the start there is a gloomy poem that when he reads comes to life as a prophecy of doom; perfect. At times of humor, his voice carries the straight British tone that communicates far more humor than a jovial narrator ever could. Overall, Peter Sandon has one of the best narrating voices I have ever heard.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James PICAYUNE, MS, United States 11-30-11
    James PICAYUNE, MS, United States 11-30-11
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    "Terrific story and fine performance."

    My 11 year old boy loved it. And, so did my wife and I! Definitely intense at times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Tolkien meets Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy"
    What made the experience of listening to On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness the most enjoyable?

    I loved the way the author describes a scene and then says over and over again that that is exactly how it wasn't...funny twist that reminded me of the humor in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I like the made up characters and the made up food. I like the world and the characters that are the Wingfeather world. I love the relationship between the siblings and their relatives. Without giving too much away this story was entertaining and redemptive all in one. The narrator of the audio version did a WONDERFUL job with all the strange words, characters and settings!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness?

    I'm in the middle of book three now...its hard to think back that far but maybe the scene where Leeli sings to the dragons.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any of them in Oskar's bookstore.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Here we are...or wish we were!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Fun, meaningful story"
    What made the experience of listening to On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness the most enjoyable?

    The story constantly keeps you on the edge of your seat and the characters really draw you in. While other reviewers mention the reader not being a great fit, I completely disagree. He really does a great job catching each character's uniqueness and is perfect for the subtle humor throughout the book!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Podo. A perfect blend of strength and love.


    What about Peter Sandon’s performance did you like?

    His deep, gravelly voice is perfect for a fantasy epic adventure.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Though certainly aimed at a YA crowd, I found some of the deeper symbolism of the book very meaningful, even as an "old person." I hope they do the last two book in audio version!

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    Abbey United States 05-14-11
    Abbey United States 05-14-11

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    "Book Great, Reader Bad"

    I'm sure the book is wonderful because I love all Andrew Peterson does, but the reader is hard to understand. I'm just going to read the book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Travis Blackfoot, ID, USA 07-05-10
    Travis Blackfoot, ID, USA 07-05-10
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    "Unimaginative at best"

    I can't say very much for this book. There really wasn't much put into it. The characters were boring and the story didn't go anywhere. There was no imagination in a genre that has to have it.

    1 of 12 people found this review helpful
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  • Susan
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    12/9/09
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    "a wonderful new world"

    I sometimes enjoy fiction for children more than adult fiction, and this is certainly a marvellous example. Having failed to become immersed in Terry Pratchett's Discworld, which is just too clever for its own good, I was a bit apprehensive about another new fantasy world, but this book is a gem. I can't quite work out what makes it so different, except perhaps Andrew Peterson's use of words. I was not surprised to find out that he is a song writer.

    The Iggiby family (that's the only problem with audio books - you can't see how things are spelled!) are brave and funny and adventurous, there is just the right amount of fear and excitement, and although I guessed one of the mysteries before the end, there is still plenty to look forward to in the next book. The other characters and creatures are beautifully illustrated, and the whole world feels real and believable. And special mention for the excellent Pete the Sockman, and the lovely voice of the narrator Peter Sandon.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kirsty
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    3/19/09
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    "surprisingly good!!"

    I bought this initially because it was cheap, but I shall definitely listen to it again because it was great!! what a bargain! I have about one hour to go before the end and there is obviously more to come from this author, I hope that they are also released as audiobooks. The narrator was really enjoyable and I became immersed in this slightly crazy world and it will be a shame when I finish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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