Title: On the edge of the dark sea of darkness.
Author: Andrew Peterson.
Format: E-ARC (Thanks to NetGalley)
Publisher: Waterbrook Press.
Page count: 278.
Release day: March 10th 2020 (original date: March 18th 2008)
Genre: Middle grade, fantasy.
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
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.
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, and fanciful line art in the tradition of the original Frank L. Baum Wizard of Oz storybooks.
I DNF’ed this book at page 156 of 278, so I feel like I gave this book a real shot, but I just couldn’t continue anymore.
This book felt so messy. There was so much happening that everything felt a bit half done..
The beginning of this book lacked information for me. Very shortly different parts of the world were named/explained, but only in like one paragraph. For me that is too short to really understand how all these different parts are related. It also shouldn’t have to be a problem necessarily, if these parts are explained a bit better when they are actually used in the story. They were not. So when they sad ‘ooh from the north’ (just saying something here), I would have no idea what was in the north, but I was expected to know.
As I said the plot was just chaotic. When moment they were kidnapped, then 5 pages later it was all good again. Then there were dragons, some character randomly starts singing, and then it is all over. Why are they kidnapped? By who? I mean it is mentioned, but not really explained.. Why are there dragons? Why is this girl singing? Where do these dragons com from? Why are they here only on this day? I needed some explanation..
It just felt all over the place. By the time my mind was with one action scene, the book already moved on..
I just couldn’t deal with that, and just had to stop reading the book..