Book Review: On The Edge of The Dark Sea of Darkness

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Janner Igiby, his brother, Tink, and their disabled 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 they love to survive the evil pursuit of the venomous Fangs of Dang, who have crossed the dark sea to rule the land with malice. The Igibys hold the secret to the lost legend and jewels of good King Wingfeather of the Shining Isle of Anniera.

I got this book because of the freaking gorgeous cover (how could I not????), plus all the good things I was hearing about it. The fan base is high right now with the rerelease, and I'm seeing a lot of good things.
I love anything fantasy, even in the childrens genre, and this one instantly caught me as quirky high fantasy with lovable characters....I was certainly not wrong about that. 

The writing style is funny and unique, a magical blend for young readers. WE HAVE SCARY COWS PEOPLE THAT ARE CREEPS AND I REALLY KINDA LIKE THAT. It's one of those books begging to be read aloud!!! I can just tell when a book needs read out loud for the world and this one qualifies.
It's not like anything I've ever tried reading before -- it simply isn't. The writing style is just pure lovable!

OK. Tese GIFs really have nothing to do with the book but I simply cannot contain myself

BUT sometimes puns and quirky stories confuse me. The names of the places had my head spinning and wondering who was who and what was what. I mean the names are so stinking clever, but for me, as a mere mortal who struggles to read books with clever names, sadly ends up putting said book down because she's (very sadly) not always clever enough to figure out who is who...

and have we met that character before or am I just dense?

“That evil was a nameless evil, an evil whose name was Gnag the Nameless.”

― Andrew Peterson

I know as a ten year old I would have been enthralled with this clever and genius storyworld and the sometimes poetic writing style, but I really struggled to get into the book like I wanted. The world created is vast, the siblings are five stars, the author sometimes a little snarky, but I still struggled to like this original book.
I dropped it three stars because I simply had a hard time understanding all the places and characters (per their unique names), and sometimes the characters moved along too slowly, but otherwise this SHOULD have been a book I adored. It had all the right qualifications and I was just pure wonderful storyworld.

*Sad sigh*

Note: I received a complimentary book from the publisher and all thoughts were my own.

“There's just something about the way he sings. It makes me think of when it snows outside, and the fire is warm, and Podo is telling us a story while you're cooking, and there's no place I'd rather be--but for some reason I still feel... homesick.”

 Andrew Peterson

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5 of your thoughts

  1. I've been thinking about giving this a try! Although I totally understand getting lost with names and places. It's a sad problem. *soft weeping*

    1. It really is! It's one reason I tried to have less characters in my books simply for the fact that my own humans get lost in the shuffle. *sigh*

  2. Such a pretty cover! Love that Jack gif.


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