Rabbit Room Press (May 2011) 348 pages
Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour review copy
Description from Amazon:
Book Three of The Wingfeather Saga
Janner Wingfeather's father was the High King of Anniera. But his father is gone. The kingdom has fallen. The royal family is on the run, and the Fang armies of Gnag the Nameless are close behind.
Janner and his family hope to find refuge in the last safe place in the world: the Green Hollows--a land of warriors feared even by Fangs of Dang. But there's a big problem. Janner's little brother-heir to the throne of Anniera-has grown a tail. And gray fur. Not to mention two pointed ears and long, dangerous fangs. To the suspicious folk of the Green Hollows he looks like a monster.
But Janner knows better. His brother isn't as scary as he looks. He's perfectly harmless.
Or is he?
Join the Wingfeathers on an adventure filled with mystery, betrayal, and sneakery in a land of tasty fruits. There's a monster on the loose and the truth lurks in the shadows.
I really wanted to read the first two books in this series before diving into Monster in the Hollows, but I had to get real with myself and realize there just wasn't time. I do have On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness and North! Or Be Eaten, but they didn't arrive at my house until the end of last week. I knew I couldn't read three books in a weekend, especially in the middle of preparing for a birthday party!
It was hard to start this one, though, without all the knowledge of what the Wingfeather family had already been through. Monster in the Hollows is not a standalone book. You can read it by itself, but its obvious that you've missed out on lots of things. That is not a complaint in the least. I have full intentions of going back and reading the first two to fill in all the little details I missed. I actually hate reading a series and having the next book spend half the story explaining what happened in the other ones. I really appreciate the fact that this one seems to start up where the last one left off. That said, I wasn't lost. I got just enough details.
This is a series for young reader's, but there's beauty in the book that can be greatly appreciated by adults.
It was as if the churn of the Dark Sea had abandoned the waters and left them calm, only to inhabit the eyes of Nia Wingfeather. When Janner looked up at her he saw sorrow, pain, and fear passing over her face like colliding waves, stirring the deep waters of rememberance. More than ever, Janner believed. He believed because to his mother Anniera wasn't just a story, but a memory. She had walked there with the man she loved. She had given birth to her children there. For a while, she had lived and breathed the legend of the Shining Isle.
If the other books are as great as this one, and I imagine they are, I recommend grabbing them all, and starting from the beginning. Just take a look at all the great reviews on Amazon. Almost all of them are 5 star reviews! This is a well loved and treasured series, and I'm thrilled that we now have it waiting for my boys in a few years! The final book will definitely be added, too. I can't wait to read the first two and the last one!
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