Andrew Peterson’s “Monster in the Hollows”

Andrew Peterson, my cohort with Slugs & Bugs and one of the greatest Christian songwriters of our generation, has penned a wonderful series of children’s novels. If you don’t yet know about the Wingfeather Saga, you and your kids are in for a rollicking delight of fantastical adventure where love and truth must kick, scratch, bite and fight seemingly impossible odds in order to survive. AP introduced himself as a novelist with “On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness,” delighting his existing fans and gaining a new audience of readers with the story of Janner, Tink, and Leeli Igiby and the land of Aerwiar, where the darkness of Gnag the Nameless and his treacherous Fangs of Dang brood over all things good with spite and menace.

Andrew raised the bar with his second book, “North, Or Be Eaten!” following the Igibys through non-stop, heart-pounding adventure, as they flee from their ravaged town of Skree encountering brilliantly colorful characters as well as more clues to the family’s mysterious history.  As much for the high adventure as for the rich depth of character, “North, Or Be Eaten!” won 2010’s prestigious Christy Award for Christian Fiction, and families everywhere held their breath for the next installment, so splendidly had AP woven the story to a cliff-hanging conclusion.

Now, “The Monster in the Hollows” is out, and I could not put it down. So much that was hidden is now revealed, but not all is as it seems.  Without giving too much away for those that haven’t begun the series, “Monster” is about the war that rages inside every person, the relationship between two brothers, the love of family, and how so often our greatest trials prepare us for the rest of the story of our lives.  I read it, and then I read it again, just as I did the 7th book in the Harry Potter series.   I care deeply about the characters in the Wingfeather Saga, and their richly layered story has been supremely worthy of my heart’s attachment. Thankfully, we still have the conclusion to wait for.

Go get these books.  Read them to your children, or hand them over and expect to find flashlights hidden under pillows from covert late-night reading.

Buy all three books including “Monster in the Hollows” from the friendly folks at The Rabbit Room

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