by Andrew Peterson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Peterson’s first book, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, was a quirky romp with surprising depth and a dash of scare-inducing moments. The second book in the Wingfeather Saga, North! Or Be Eaten takes the series to the next level: deeper, darker, heart-wrenching, hilarious, hopeful, redemptive.
As the Igiby family sets off for the promised safety of the Ice Prairies, they’re separated both physically and emotionally. The book follows Janner, the oldest sibling, as he struggles to find his family and come to terms with the conflicting feelings inside him. Along the way, he’s chased by Fangs, captured by cold-blooded thieves, held prisoner in the dreaded Fork Factory, and battles all sorts of ferocious, unique fantasy creatures. It’s a journey, a quest, and though somewhat episodic in nature, it never feels disjointed as every event pushes the characters toward the climax.
Though darker than the first book, it’s an organic change as the Igibys face a dark world and find their own hope in each other. It’s Peterson’s Empire Strikes Back. The end of the book is a game-changer, making me antsy for book three.