So, I just had a lovely 10 day vacation – spent in Paris with my mother and sister. 10 days with NO work, NO work emails, NO phone calls. Just reading, relaxing, touring around Paris, walking for miles and miles, having a free massage on the street… (that story will wait for another time). Basically..10 glorious days of doing lots of new things.
While I was away, Andrew Peterson (my FAVORITE Christian singer/songwriter) released his newest book, “North! Or Be Eaten.” I was given the opportunity to read the book and was supposed to blog about it while I was away…but since the French keyboard is completely different than a US keyboard, I decided that typing “dsajewajksal ashlks wqqklask” wouldn’t really explain the book or entice you to read it. 🙂 So, I decided to wait until I got back to review it.
As I said, Andrew Peterson is my absolute FAVORITE singer/songwriter. His songs are beautiful, the lyrics poignant, and the melodies get into my head and swirl around all day. So, when asked to read his book, I was super excited. The book sounded like it was going to be “Harry Potter-esque” with lots of adventure, wonderfully magical characters, evildoers, humor, and make believe lands full of creatures, flowers, and beauty.
Well, all of those things did exist in this book, but to be completely honest, it took a while for the book to pick up steam and get to a place where I could follow the story. There were so many names of creatures, lands, people, and things that it was hard to keep them straight and follow the story. A few less made up creatures would have made the story much easier to follow. I was ready to give up about 60 pages in..but I had committed to Andrew Peterson and his publishers that I would read the book. Lying about reading a book written by a CHRISTIAN singer seemed to be a bad idea. 🙂 I didn’t want to tempt fate.
So, I plodded through, and eventually got to a place where I was excited to read about the throne warden, the sea dragons, the ice prairies and to find out what would happen to Leeli, Tink, and Janner – the Lost Jewels of Anniera. After I got through the first 100 pages, I quickly read the rest and enjoyed it.
If you have preteen children who like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or other books in this genre, then I would encourage you to let them read it. If you have younger children who want to read the book, I would encourage you to read it with/to them. Also, this is the second book in the series, so please read the first book first. I didn’t read the first book, which may explain my confusion at first.
If you haven’t heard Andrew Peterson’s music, I encourage you to go out immediately and get one of his CDs, especially “Carried Along” or “The Resurrection Letters, Volume II.” You won’t regret it. As for “North! Or Be Eaten,” I wish I could recommend it as strongly, but cannot. If you have read it and disagree, I would welcome your thoughts here.