North! Or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson (Wingfeather)

Synopsis:
Book two in the fantastical journey of the children who are the Lost Jewels of Anniera, a kingdom of legend, as they flee for their lives from those who would see them defeated.

Review:
As the name might suggest, North! Or Be Eaten is a whimsical adventure filled with inventive language and fantastical creatures. I was really impressed by Andrew Peterson‘s skill in surprising me on every page. The book is quite wholesome, but also has a delightful edginess–not in terms of being overly “adult,” but in the way it presupposes an intelligent reader. I love Peterson’s high expectations for his youthful audience. I can easily see boys and girls getting caught up in the marvelous world he’s created. While North or Be Eaten is geared toward middle grade, I think older fans of fantasy will enjoy it, too. It’s the second book in the Wingfeather series, but you don’t need to have read book 1 to enjoy–though I wish I had, because I like Peterson’s writing so much.

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