On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness: The Wingfeather Saga, Book 1

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness: The Wingfeather Saga, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 8 hours and 19 minutes
Author Andrew Peterson
Narrator Andrew Peterson
Audible.com Release Date January 05, 2021
Publisher Listening Library
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B08HSPVNXJ
Best Sellers Rank #1,940 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#1 in Religious Fiction for Children
#3 in Children's Christian Action & Adventure Fiction
#11 in Family Life Fiction for Children

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Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2017
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Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book, written for kids but perfect for all ages.
By Sarah P on March 11, 2020
This is a beautiful book in so many ways. I forget that, sometimes. But it's beautiful nonetheless. The characters. The story. Anniera itself. All of it is beautiful. And coming back to it with the new edition (and new illustrations!) is an absolute joy.

I've read this book quite a few times since I discovered the original version in 2012. Every time, I realize something new. This time, it's how beautifully broken many of the characters are, especially the adult characters — and not just Peet. Nia, Podo, Oskar — they've all lost so much, and even long after the loss, they're still working every day to keep moving forward. To hold themselves together, even when some of their shattered edges are still sharp. Frustrated as I get with Podo's and even Nia's attitude towards Peet, I can see it now for what it is, and it makes my heart hurt for all of them in the best way.

Also, Peet. Can I talk about Peet for a moment? I love this character, for reasons that mostly stem from later books, but we see glimmers of here. Of everything in the <i>Wingfeather Saga</i>, his story is what's done the most to inspire my own stories. And so it's exciting to see him again, to see who he is and see the glimpses of who he was and who he will be. He's my favorite character, y'all, and if I were to meet anyone from the series, I would want it to be him.

Now that I've talked a lot about the secondary characters, let's talk about Janner, Tink, and Leeli for a moment. Janner is and always will be my favorite of the siblings, probably because we're both the oldest, both word-oriented, both frequently filled with that desire for something more, for adventure and the unknown. If he were real, and if I had known him when I was his age, I think we would have been friends. But I found myself liking Tink a little more this go-round than I did when I first read the books. And, of course, Leeli is always delightful. I love her interactions with both Podo and Peet, but especially Podo. There's a special bond between a good grandfather and his young granddaughter, and that's captured perfectly in these pages.

Plotwise, I had forgotten how much happens in this book. There's a new revelation every few chapters, it seems, but it never becomes quite overwhelming. And Peterson knows when to pause, when to let us focus on the beauty of a moment, be it peaceful or not.

Also, the footnotes! I love footnotes in books, if they're handled well, and that love began with this book. It hasn't faded one bit, and even though many of the footnotes are humorous, I feel like they help give the world a sense of realness and build out the lore in a very unique way.

The illustrations in this book are also delightful. Illustrations in general seem to be very underrated in this day and age, so I'm happy they're included here. And the way the artist portrays the characters — Peet especially — coordinates well with how I imagine them. (Well, in most cases. There are exceptions.)

All in all, I'm very glad I got the chance to reread this book with the re-release of the series. It's a beautiful book in so many ways, and I'm excited that more people get to enjoy it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible fantasy series that has rocketed to one of my all-time faves.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 26, 2016
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 19, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 12, 2022
Sonja Sweet
5.0 out of 5 stars I am ordering the rest of the Wingfeather Saga!
Reviewed in Canada on June 4, 2020
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Jubin Kurian Varghese
4.0 out of 5 stars A children's book that can move the hearts of adults too.
Reviewed in India on May 26, 2020