Andrew Peterson’s fantasy On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness introduces readers to Aerwiar, a world brimming with dangers and wonders. The Igiby children—Janner, Tink, and Leeli—live with their mother and grandfather on cliffs overlooking the Dark Sea. But the Fangs of Dang have overpowered the land and stolen hope from the people. When the Igibys run afoul of a particularly nasty Fang, they encounter past shadows and future threats. Humor with mystery and touching family relationships offer light and hope in the darkness. With mysterious maps, strange saviors, and monstrous menaces like toothy cows and horned hounds, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness sets course for adventure.
Best for: Kids over age ten and teenagers, fans of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Green Ember series.
Discern: Threats and violence toward children and their families as well as one significant pet, villains capture children and send them to unknown doom, passing references to “the Maker,” creation myths.