Title: The Wingfeather Saga
Author: Andrew Peterson
RRP: £7.99 (paperback)
Published by: Hodder Faith young Explorers
Perfect for: children age 7-100 who enjoy fantasy adventure and stories which are made up but true
Best bit: It’s series of four books, so picking one best bit is HARD, but personally I love the last chapter in book 3, where Podo Helmer, an old pirate and Grandad, finds peace
Worst bit: Only four books? I could read them for ever!
I got the first book in this series, On the edge of the dark sea of darkness, from an online recommendation, and I wanted to check it wasn’t too scary for my girls (age 8 and 10). I got reading it at night, and couldn’t put it down! I decided it was probably a bit scary for them, but enjoyed it so much I ended up finishing the book and getting book 2! While I was reading book 3, my girls discovered I was reading the series, and wanted to know about it. I came them a few tit-bits, without any spoilers.
I then came across the books on Audible, which we use a lot in the car, and played them a sample (which you can do without buying the book).
They were immediately and completely hooked and insisted I buy the book!
We’ve been listening to them on EVERY car journey, no matter how short, and they have been loving them.
I love the combination of the awesome adventure, brilliant characters with real life problems, deep emotional lives and truths buried in plain sight all over the place.
The dynamic between the three siblings is so real – lots of fights and disharmony! – and the love of their Mother and Grandfather is almost tangible! The ‘baddies’ are Fangs of Dang, which sound bad even without knowing what they are! And the top baddie is Gnag the Nameless, who we haven’t really met even thought we’re in book 3!
I would recommend these to children who can cope with a bit of scary, but for families who want wholesome, truth-filled stories. They’re not or the faint-hearted, or for people wanting a family devotional style story, but they are wonderful books which would make a good present as well. They do talk about praying to The Maker a bit, but otherwise are not overtly Christian, while having masses of Christian and Biblical truth woven into the story in not-cringy ways.
The Audible version is read by the author, Andrew Peterson, who has an awesome reading voice.