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On The Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

Read to the end of the blog post – I’m giving away a copy of the book!

Just when you think you’re familiar with a guy’s talents… then this happens.

I’ve been an Andrew Peterson fan for a few years now. He is an amazingly-talented songwriter; albums to his credit include my all-time favorite Christmas album, Behold the Lamb of God. He’s shown himself to be a bit of a thinker and writer, too; he launched The Rabbit Room a few months ago and it is now a must-read site with book and music reviews and essays on the arts and faith.

image001.jpgThen I hear the latest news: AP’s writing a book. I actually think I got wind of it about 18 months ago from a friend who knows Andy, but had kinda forgotten about it. Now it’s for real: On The Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness.

OTEOTSDOD focuses on the quiet land of Skree, the Igiby children Janner, his younger brother Tink, and their crippled sister Leeli. Oh, and their ex-pirate (are you ever really an “ex”- pirate?) grandfather. There’s something about lost jewels, and a dude whose name is Gnag the Nameless. (How is he nameless, again?) Oh, and there’s this thing about toothy cows. Amazing.

OTEOTSDOD is a work of fantasy and adventure. It feels a little bit like Narnia, but with much more humor and much less allegory. It feels a bit like Monty Python, but without all the naughty bits that you wouldn’t want your kids to see. It feels a bit like The Princess Bride, but without Andre the Giant. And there are footnotes. Can’t forget the footnotes.

Being over 30 I might not be in the target demographic for this book, but I loved it none the less. The cover of the book promises that this is just book one of the saga, and talking to Andrew before a concert the other night he confirmed he’s working on the next volume. This is a set to add to your bookshelves. Fun to read, probably even more fun to read aloud – I just hope AP doesn’t get so popular as an author that he stops making music.

Full disclosure: the publisher gave me a copy of this book to review. Can’t say it influenced my review, though – the book really is good.

And now for the giveaway: they gave me an extra copy to giveaway. It’s gonna be real simple: leave a comment in reply to this post anytime through March 19. I’ll randomly select a winner and send you the copy.

Oh, if you don’t win the giveaway, you can buy the book from Amazon.


  1. Jason Price Jason Price

    Sure, I’d love to read it.

  2. Sounds great, I’d definitely love to check it out!

  3. Richard Okimoto Richard Okimoto

    I preordered a copy, so does that exclude me from your giveaway contest?

    I tried to answer the question myself, but then decided to just drop it in your lap instead. 🙂

    Of course, if I win your giveaway, I’ll just give it away myself.

  4. Rebecca Rebecca

    It does look interesting… but then, I’m your little sister so maybe you should give it to someone else ;P See you this weekend!!!!! I love ya

  5. Jeremy Moore Jeremy Moore

    Contest or not…this sounds like a great book. Just got The Lightings from R.C Sproul for my boy

  6. I’m glad you liked it. It’s sorta hard to know what to do when a musician decides to write a book, but I can believe that AP would write a good one. I’d be happy to have your extra copy. =)

  7. Bridgit Bridgit

    This sounds like a book that Roy and Aaron would love to read. Can I sign them up for the giveaway? Maybe I’d read it too!

  8. Dave Dave

    HA! I don’t need your book!

    (does reverse psychology enhance my chances of getting picked?)

  9. Hunter Chorey Hunter Chorey

    Hey Chris,

    I’d love your extra copy! 😉

    – h.

  10. Kari Kari

    I am entering. Keep in mind that if I win, I will put the book in a library, thus using my powers for awesome.

  11. Why would I want to share this post, again? At least until after the 19th? 🙂

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