I finished my first book of 2013 about 3 weeks ago. The Monster in the Hollows is book three of the Wingfeather Saga written by Andrew Peterson. I must first confess that Andrew Peterson is my favorite musician, therefore I could be accused of bias. Nonetheless, this book is a heart warming adventure from cover to cover.
Continuing the fictional tale of three children and their family’s escape from danger to a new land of hope, Peterson explores the themes of faith, the family bond, grace, and overcoming evil. Like his heroes, Lewis and Tolkien, Peterson creates a detailed world rich in imagination and adventure. I particularly enjoy the humorous creatures that Peterson imagines and the word play he creates (sneakery).
The book is a relatively easy read so that children, probably 4th grade at least, can pick this book up and enjoy. The Wingfeather Saga is in fact a wonderful story for kids in that it carries a strong teaching of having faith in the “Maker”, the child heroes of this story face genuine accountability for their actions, selflessness is a major theme, and treating people with respect is a parent taught expectation. Don’t think this story is only for kids though, lest I be misunderstood. There is a deep, truly soul tapping theology of sin, salvation, and redemption weaved throughout this tale. I loved it and I am eagerly awaiting the fourth and final book of this series.
You can find these books for sale at the Rabbit Room for $12 or buy all three for $25.
The author of this book thanked me for the review. Now I’m just being a major nerd!