On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

The pleasure I find in reading literature has grown as I have grown.  There is now a sense of overflow.  Please do not misunderstand me.  I can never be full of literature and come to a stopping point.  What I mean is that I want others to enjoy reading the written word as much as I do.  We can all benefit from a good story.  That is why I want to share with you Bookworm Mama.

In this space, I am going to overflow a bit and send some good reads your way!  I have no intention of bashing authors or a style of writing or someone’s story.  Primarily, what I say here will be about books I have read and think others will enjoy reading as well.  In each Bookworm Mama review I will provide a synopsis followed by 2 reasons I think you should check it out also.  Nothing fancy, just my thoughts.  I hope you enjoy!

Title: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness
Author: Andrew Peterson


The young Janner, Tink, and Leeli find themselves at the center of a battle over “the lost jewels of Anniera”. Along the way, there seem to be more questions that arise for these three siblings than answers.  The answers they find, however,  are more than they could have ever imagined.

Let me just be honest.  When I first heard the names of the “bad guys” were Fangs, Toothy Cows, and Horned Hounds I have to admit I was skeptical.  But boy was I wrong.  This young adult (suggested for 10 years old and up) fiction book by the acclaimed storyteller Andrew Peterson hooked me from the beginning.  This story of adventure caused me to stay up a bit too late several nights in a row in an effort to find out what happened next.  A great read for all ages.  Oh, and what’s even better, it’s the first in a trilogy!

2 reasons

It’s fiction.

I really like nonfiction.  When I read nonfiction I feel like I’m “bettering” myself.  I tell myself I’m learning from what God has taught others and hopefully being pushed more toward Christ.  And in a lot of ways these things are probably true.  However, that doesn’t mean I should never read fiction.  Russell Moore writes a wonderful blog post entitled “Why Christians Should Read Fiction”.  In this article he quotes David Mills’ thoughts on how stories can even play a part in shaping the “moral imagination” of children (Moore, 2013).  (see quote below)

“As he pointed out, moral instruction is not simply about knowing factually what’s right and wrong (though that’s part of it); it’s about learning to feel affection toward certain virtues and revulsion toward others. “

I too, as an adult, can learn to “feel affection toward certain virtues and revulsion toward others” (Moore, 2013).   So, I’m thankful for appropriate pieces of fiction such as “On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness” for this reason.

Grows young readers.

There is no “boring” in this book.  If a young boy or girl start reading this, I venture to say that it would greatly encourage them of the adventures they can find between two covers.  I will definitely hold on to this trilogy for my little ones.

Favorite quote

“He didn’t believe it, in fact. But he knew it. And now he realized that he had always known it, but the thought hit him with as much fear as wonder. “
-thoughts of Janner Igiby

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Moore, R. (2013, March 25). [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://www.russellmoore.com/2013/03/25/why-christians-should-read-fiction/