I came into this book without any intention of finding it to my liking. I mean, really, ‘On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness’? Come on, how cheesy can you get? Of course it’s the ‘sea of darkness’, you already said it was the ‘dark sea’! So without further ado, let’s see what changed my mind!
My Rating: Four and a half stars
My Summary: Janner, Tink, and Leeli Igiby aren’t like the other kids in Glipwood. Their father is dead, and their mother, Nila, raises them with the ‘help’ of their ex-pirate grandpa, Podo. But their small world is changing. Nag the Nameless has filled Aerwiar with Fangs in pursuit of the Jewels of Anneria and now he’s coming for the Igibys. Only Nila and Podo know why…and maybe Pete the Sock Man. Janner and his siblings are left trying to catch up as Podo and Nila begin to reveal long-kept secrets that will utterly destroy life as they know it. But will they last long enough to hear the full tale of who they really are when the Nameless One is after them?
The Style: When I first started reading, the writing seemed to be living up to the silly title. I felt like I was reading a book full of children’s humor, all about farts and burps and things like that…and then…as Leeli began to sing for the first time, I caught a glimpse of something more, a glitter of the pure magic underneath. That’s what kept me reading, and by the time I finished the book I was completely hooked; in love with the characters and desperate for more. Under his playful, carefree façade, Andrew Peterson has left a powerful story brimming with breathtaking adventure, brotherly love and responsibility, and the age-old battle against the dark. The underlying elements asserted themselves, emerging through the original covering of crazy creatures and pirate stories, leaving three siblings holding on to each other and their family, and stretching toward their destiny.
The Moral of the Story…You could almost consider this book allegorical… although, I’m not sure if that was the original intent of the author. ‘The Maker’ seems to represent God in the fact that he created everything, is all-knowing and loving. It’s a wholesome book that will push you toward the right.
Who Should Read This? This would make a great book for families to read out loud, I would have loved it as a kid. Due to the violence from the Fangs, Pete’s mental imbalance, and the somewhat gag-worthy description of ‘maggotloaf’, I would say this would be a great read for anyone over the age of 10.