If this post seem familiar, or you’re curious as to why the video says “welcome to Kenna’s World,” it’s because I am switching my blog from kennahartian.com, to goodcleanreads.com. The first several posts are all going to be copied from there. 🙂
I choose to review this series because It seemed like it wasn’t as well known. I had read it when I was younger and was hesitant to read through it again. But I did, and oh man. This series has so much to it, which I didn’t notice when I was younger. It’s deep, and it’s rich. I highly recommend it.
The Wingfeather Saga is a slightly whimsical fantasy written from a Christian worldview. As you read it, you can tell the author did a lot of world-building. He did a very good job with character-building, as well.
The first book in this series is On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, the second North! Or Be Eaten…, the third, The Monster in the Hollows, and the forth, The Warden and the Wolf King. Their author is Andrew Peterson. If the name sounds familiar, it might be because Peterson is a musician and has written several songs.
The story centers around the Igby children: Janner, Kalmar (Tink), and Leeli. I can’t tell you much more than that for fear of spoiling the story!
Content-wise, it’s fairly clean, but here are a few things to note: there are a couple of jokes about passing gas and things like that. There is some boy-girl stuff and a couple mentions of pipe-smoking. Also, there is some violence and some parts are creepy. The villain in the story has figured out how to meld humans with creatures to create his minions, the Fangs of Dang. That part was disturbing. It also talks about two kinds of magic, one is the Makers magic, and the other is evil (at least that’s how I understood it). There is also one use of the d-word as “***ming,” or, to mean condemning.
The last book is where you really notice a difference – the characters are more mature and the story takes a dark twist before spilling back into the light. In this book, you learn the backstory of the villains. One of them is kind of disturbing and without spoiling too much, the villain fell in love with the same girl as one of his friends. His friend got her, and this villain never let on that he still loved her, but he did his best to always be near her. One day the queen had a baby and he was pacing outside of the room when he heard a cry, so he rushed in. The story ends with him kidnapping one of her children It’s a bit of a disturbing story. It also mentions that there was a lot of blood surrounding the queen.
The Wingfeather Saga is a delightful series, with the rare quality to grow with the reader. Younger readers will enjoy the action/adventure, characters, and story, older readers will be surprised at the amount of depth to each one of those. Whether you read it in middle school or high school you can get something out of it.
My first discovery of the series was when I was in middle school, and I really enjoyed the books, begging my Mom to get the next one and then devouring it as fast as I could. My little brother just read through the series (he is in 5th grade) and he thoroughly enjoyed it.
The series is humorous, suspenseful, and delightful, with colorful characters and amusing creatures (toothy cows! Bomnubles! Woe!) and I think it would make a great read-aloud for families or a read alone for the avid (or picky!) reader.
Let me know if you read it!
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