On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness
“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 read! Every page 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 book 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
“What a great story! I laughed, gasped, and learned more about Skreean culture than I ever thought possible. On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is equal parts adventure and whimsy–a real page turner that both accelerates the heart and warms it. I loved it.”
–Carolyn Arends, singer/songwriter and author of Wrestling with Angels
“Sometimes, in order to find out who we were supposed to be, we need to get lost in other worlds: Oz, Camelot, Narnia. In On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, Andrew Peterson provides new and needed places like Aerwiar, Skree, and Glipwood–places where we need to get lost and found.”
–Michael Card, author of The Hidden Face of God and The Parable of Joy, and singer/songwriter of more than thirty albums
“Totally fun! Andrew Peterson, a natural storyteller in the oral tradition, has nailed the voice needed to translate a rip-roaring fantasy tale to the written page.”
–Donita K. Paul, author of DragonSpell, DragonKnight, DragonQuest, and DragonFire
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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, 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 read aloud, and readers’ 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.
Comments & Reviews
GREAT books it’s a shame it has to end at the forth book
Bravo Andrew! I bought the audio first, since the Andrew Peterson I know is all about the music. What a great surprise to learn that he is a master story teller as well. I can’t wait to introduce others to maggot loaf and the world of Aerwiar. Having completed all three of these - I can only ask…when is number four coming out?
My son Dane is 10 years old and he just got really into reading. This was the first book he “just couldn’t put down”!!! He read till 2am in the morning last night…now as a mother I don’t condone this, but as a reader myself, I TOTALLY relate:) Thank you for putting out such an awesome series of books!!
“On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness” is very funny and well written. I appreciate how the author does not take himself too seriously (much like C.S. Lewis in the Narnia books). Its major downfall–from the perspective of an English literature major–is the weakness of the plot line. I continued reading for the language, sentence structure and humor rather than the story itself. It has beautiful linguistic moments, and holds loads of potential. The paramount point I’d like the author to consider is this: I enjoyed the book. That is what should matter. As the author grows older and continues to practice, he will overcome the plot problem; I’m just sure of it.
I can’t remember the last time that I was drawn in to a novel that was hard to put down. What great stories. So Andrew when is the Movie! What wonderful images crafted through this wonderful tapestry that left me hanging every page for that, “what’s next”. I can tell you I was never disappointed. Thanks Andrew, can’t wait for the next book!
I have written a more complete review which has been published at treasuringchrist.net
I just finished this book and though I’ve always loved Andrew Peterson’s songwriting, this book has surpassed my expectations! What an awesome story!
I love the character development, the mystery, adventure, and impending death that lurks around every corner. Great!
I’m half way through this book and to be quite honest I can’t wait to sit down tonight and carry on reading. I think it is going to be one of those sorts of books that once I’ve finished, I’m going to want to begin reading again straight away!
Many thanks to the “Itinerant Idealist ” blog for introducing me to this great artist. This Christmas has definitely been the ‘Andrew Peterson Christmas’. His music and his books pointing all in my family to our wonderful Lord.
It’s the subtitle that got me. While you might be scratching your head in confusion, I’m going, “yeah, tell me about those toothy cows”.
I ordered my dad the audio CDs of the book for Father’s Day and waited for them to come in. I was headed out of town for several days when the package finally arrived. I didn’t have time to deliver it, so I threw it in the car with my bags.
Those CDs sat in the front seat staring at me. Promising an escape from the monotonous 3 hour drive. Finally, I could resist no longer. I tore off the hateful plastic wrapper and popped on in the CD player. Oh, it was everything the title promised and more. The book has been called a “whimsical fantasy novel” and follows the three Igiby children as they inadvertently set out on an adventure that takes them through various perils. They are helped along the way by their mother and grandfather and other characters. I love Peterson’s impish humor, yet there is depth to the book.
I longed to be in my car just to listen to the story. It made me want to drive to the end of the driveway to get the paper. I don’t actually subscribe to the paper. But then I thought about getting a subscription, just for the added driving time.
I finally did give the CDs to Papa. Just as I expected, he loved them too, even if they were slightly used.
- Recommended age 10 and older