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Janner, Tink, and Leeli Igiby thought they were normal children with normal lives and a normal past. But now they know they're really the Lost Jewels of Anniera, heirs to a legendary kingdom across the sea, and suddenly everyone wants to kill them.

In order to survive, the Igibys must flee to the safety of the Ice Prairies, where the lizardlike Fangs of Dang cannot follow. First, however, they have to escape the monsters of Glipwood Forest: the thieving Stranders of the East Bend; and the dreaded Fork Factory. But even more dangerous are the jealousies and bitterness that threaten to tear them apart, and Janner and his siblings must learn the hard way that the love of a family is more important than anything else.

©2015 eChristian (P)2015 eChristian

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A compelling hero epic

Would you consider the audio edition of North! Or Be Eaten! to be better than the print version?

I like both - I loved this narrator but the illustration in the books is really enhancing. The audio has been a wonderful companion.

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When CS Lewis wrote Narnia, he wasn't really writing fantasy - he was playing with "dressed rabbits" - a style of anthropomorphizing pastoral animals and mythic creatures (like centaurs) so as to give the story a magical setting. Basically, however, the creatures all followed rules that were fairly basic to regular humans and this made Narnia quite relatable to most of it's readers. <br/><br/>When Tolkien built Middle Earth, he built an entirely different world than our own. Instead of magic invading the "real" world, Tolkien created another world with different kinds of creatures but still the same basic sense of physics/gravity and created order. <br/><br/>Peterson's Wingfeather books are more like Tolkien than Lewis. I understand why they are classified as fantasy (they do have otherworldly creatures) but they are not magical in the way that Harry Potter defies the laws of reality nor are they fantastic in the way that Percy Jackson super imposes an alternate reality on our own. Instead, they are very much a classic hero story set in a world that is remarkably like ours (minus a few hundred years). It would be more fair to classify Peterson as being like the author of Beowulf, Homer, Tolkien or any of the Robin Hood authors. <br/><br/>In this installment, the plot deepens and darkens. The characters are living under the terrible burden of an inescapable legacy during a dark time when evil is winning. Many of our primary characters are absolutely tested to the breaking point - and all bear awful scars from the choices that they make. <br/><br/>But, like any true heroic epic, there is never a moment without hope. There is always a fight to move towards the light and like the plot, the characters are deepened in so doing. <br/><br/>This book is intense. It is beautifully written and very exciting to read. We find ourselves utterly invested in our characters and so we suffer with them and we hope for them. <br/><br/>The mood and subtext of this book reminds me of Oliver Twist or Barrie's Peter Pan. Unlike Lord of the Flies, the darkness does not win. It scars. It wounds. It exacts a bounty. But darkness never really wins. <br/><br/>I am thrilled to have this series in our family library. This beautiful set of stories does what Chesterton and Lewis insist that good fairy tales do - it introduces my children to real and terrible dragons but shows them that those dragons can be defeated when heroes live sacrificially. <br/><br/>Unlike Narnia, this is not a collection of integrated stories. Like The Lord of the Rings, it presents one epic story broken across several volumes. <br/><br/>My particular children are not terribly sensitive to the struggles in hero epics and so at 5, 6 and 8 they cannot get enough of these books. For most children, however, I think that these are probably a better fit for 10+. There is no gratuitous violence - but there are violent struggles that clearly illustrate the battle between good and evil and there are bloody descriptions as appropriate. There are no outright tragedies in this volume but there is a lot of suffering. This could be an excellent family read aloud for a family who is steeped in saint/martyr stories and hero epic and who are willing to pause to discuss intense parts as needed.

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Don't pass up this story

It's long and the author's voice is so deep at times he can be hard to understand, BUT the story is worth it!

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Very unique and original

If you could sum up North! Or Be Eaten! in three words, what would they be?

Clever, suspenseful, compelling

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked all the characters. The children drive the story, of course. But everyone is well written and well developed.

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These books are my first exposure to this writer. He has created a very complete alternative world. It is a complex place. These books present an interesting exploration of good and evil. And they create an affecting portrait of family ties and obligations. They're a swashbuckling and original nod to writers such as CS Lewis. If you enjoy fantasy and elaborate allegory, then these books will appeal. I think they are well worth the credit. One caveat though: they're a bit violent and scary for small children. Fangs and giant cockroaches, oh my! Fun, profound, wonderfully written and expertly narrated.

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Wonderful fantasy story. I highly recommend it for all ages!

I liked the narrator too!

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Not like the 1st book

I definitely enjoyed this second installment. I was A bit apprehensive at first because the first book was a little slow and slightly to "kiddy". But this book definitely ups the notch on storytelling. As a Christian I love to hear mentioning reverence and honor given to God in literature, and I can appreciate more mentionings of the Maker (God) in this book, however my only dislike is a lack of depth of The characters relationship with the God. But that's just my preference. I personally prefer characters who have a deep dialogue and relationship with God.

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Well worth 5 srars!

It takes a while to get into the swing of the story but once you invest the effort you'll be hooked and glad of it.

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Wingfeather saga, so hot right now, so hot

It goes by so fast. So shocked and sad when it's over. But then there's 2 more books! Yay!

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Brilliant

The story flow was smooth, exciting, and delightful to experience. Loved it! Excellent narration. Beautifully enchanting story telling. Well done Mr. Peterson!

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Good book, but did not enjoy this narrator...

I've been following Andrew Peterson's work for probably 15 years and was really excited to find out he did a book series. I enjoyed the book, there were definitely a few moments where it felt like a story from a newer writer but overall it was a good book.
As for the performance of the narrator. I did not enjoy him. He did not bring energy to the characters, all the voices sounded really similar, and he used, what I felt was, the wrong emotion for some moments, which was awkward. Excited to see that Andrew Peterson will be narrating the next next two books, can't wait!

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I love the Wing feather saga's!!!!!!!!!! The first time I read these, and now I'm reading \listening to them!

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