Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga and Why We Need Fantasy

Once upon a time, a little boy got lost. He slipped between the pages of a book and wandered across the Dark of Sea of Darkness, with a sword in his hand, battling the Nameless Evil Whose Name Was Gnag. His mother, who had promised that she would always look for him, called for him upstairs and outside. He couldn’t hear her because his ears were full of dragon song and the howling of gray fangs, and—more immediately—they were covered by a giant blanket. The mother stood in her living room, holding a cup of tea, and wondering what had become of her boy, when suddenly the pile of blankets on the sofa right next to her gave a loud whoop of victory. The mother wiped up her spilled tea and dug through the blankets until a little boy emerged. My son was 9 and mostly finished with the last book of The Wingfeather Saga. He gave me a quick hug and plunged back into the story.

The Wingfeather Saga is a four-book series by singer-songwriter Andrew Peterson that tells the story of a family living in a land governed by venomous giant lizard men, the Fangs of Dang, who terrorize the citizenry in ways both outrageous (stealing local children) and banal (demanding paperwork for permission to shovel). The family’s three children discover they have a deep history behind them and destiny ahead of them, both of which could change their whole land and drive the Fangs out for good—if they can overcome the fangishness poisoning their own hearts. 

All four books are being re-released this year in hardcover format. They’ll have new cover illustrations by Nicholas Kole, the production designer of the animated pilot film of The Wingfeather Saga, along with new internal illustrations by Joe Sutphin, who did the original pictures in the final book. The first two, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness and North! Or Be Eaten, will be released on March 10, and the second two will be available September 15.

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

Andrew Peterson

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

Andrew Peterson

Waterbrook. 304 pp.

Full of characters rich in heart, smarts, and courage, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is a tale children of all ages will cherish, families can read aloud, and readers’ groups are sure to enjoy discussing for its many layers of meaning. Extra features include new interior illustrations from Joe Sutphin, funny footnotes, a map of the fantastical world, inventive appendices,…

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