Into the Book



  1. I picked up At the Back of the North Wind at Half Price Books for 3 reasons: 1) It’s George MacDonald 2) Andrew Peterson’s house is named after this book (North Wind Manor), and 3) the book is simply gorgeous in the Everyman’s Classics edition. Those are reasons of varying solidity, but here are my reasons for why you also should pick up this book. Read on for more: (more…)

  2. In an effort to chip away at my ever-growing “To Read” list, I sat down the other day and picked up The Lightning Thief, first book in the series of “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” by Rick Riordan. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. After all, elementary kids these days are crazy about Percy Jackson, which can either mean it’s a really great book, or a really lousy one. As I read through the book almost in one sitting (with a good night’s sleep about halfway through), I found that I was rather surprised by the book. It was a fun and engaging read, and I see why kids love it! But there were many parts that made me question whether The Lightning Thief is for everyone. (more…)

  3. It’s hard to be a hustler. Animals these days aren’t as gullible as they used to be, and any fools around are quickly snapped up by other con-artists, of which there are far too many, if you ask me. Of course, that doesn’t stop Thimblerig from trying to find the fool among the many. And he’s good at it. So when Thimblerig has a nightmare about the coming apocalypse, he doesn’t chalk it up to bad figs. He sets a plan into motion to swindle as many believers as possible. Is it his fault that they think the vision comes from the almighty Unicorn to save them from the coming worldwide flood? Nope. All Thimblerig cares about is getting these suckers out into the middle of nowhere and then ditching them so he can start enjoying the good life. But, as his lies (and followers) grow, Thimblerig begins to wonder if his nightmare wasn’t something more after all. Unfortunately, before he can decide, he is faced with  a bigger problem: he has found himself in the middle of the Wild Dogs’ annual hunt, and believers are at the top of the menu. (more…)

  4. The Warden and the Wolf King, Andrew Peterson’s conclusion to the Wingfeather Saga, brings the entire series to a thundering close, fully living up to the excellent standard that the first three books set for it. Everything hurtles towards the end, and hopeless situations pile up like flabbits in a totato patch. It’s a fitting end to the characters, story, and world of Aerwiar, and a fantastic cap on an already-fantastic series. (more…)

  5. Most people see the world on a single plane, known as the temporal (Waking World). But really, there is much more to life than the temporal. No one knows this better than Archer Keaton, one of three human beings specially selected to be guardians of another realm: the Dream. Archer’s job is relatively simple. He must protect the two worlds by keeping them from colliding. But now, a rift has been formed between the Dream and the Waking World, and chaos has erupted. Archer’s epic dreamtreading saga comes to a head in this conclusion to the fantasy trilogy: War for the Waking World. (more…)

  6. Archer Keaton is an ordinary boy with an extraordinary gift: the power to manipulate his dreams. But Archer’s gift comes with a great burden. Archer lives within two worlds: this realm, and the Dream. As a Dreamtreader, he must protect the world from the evil forces that operate within the realm of the Dream. Now, these forces threaten to rip apart the fabric that separates the two realms, bringing confusion and chaos to the world, which would be the end of life as we know it. But Archer is determined not to let that happen. This is The Search for the Shadow Key. (more…)

  7. Have you ever had that dream where you were flying? What if you could actually experience it? What if you were the master of your dreams, so things weren’t just happening to you, but you were making them happen? Archer Keaton has that power. But for him, it’s more than just a way to have fun. (more…)

  8. Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga almost didn’t make it onto my bookshelf at all. This, it turns out, would have been a grave mistake. The Monster in the Hollows is the third of four, and it lifts the entire series to new heights. Strong characterization and a plot that reaps the seeds of the two previous books makes for a riveting read that ratchets up the tension in the series as a whole. There are few stories that surpass The Wingfeather Saga. Read on for more.


  9. Two Renegade Realms is the continuation of Donita K. Paul’s Realm Walkers series. After a good launch with One Realm Beyond, Paul is back to continue the story of Cantor, Bridger, and Bixby. The stakes are higher than before, as these last of the true realm walkers must not only battle the wayward Realm Walker’s Guild, but also stop the attack of the Lymen from two rogue planes. Throughout, we get a longer look at Paul’s characters, wrapped up in an excellent story.


  10. The Wingfeather Saga continues (read book one’s review here) with Andrew Peterson’s second book: North! Or Be Eaten. It’s an excellent second book and really proves the entire series as well worth reading. The book ups the stakes significantly from the first book: betrayals, escapes, and hopeless situations abound. Yet somehow, everything lines up for even bigger happenings in book three.