Review: THE MONSTER IN THE HALLOWS / by Andrew Peterson

The Monster in the Hollows / by Andrew Peterson (Wingfeather Saga, 3)
Rabbit Room Press     ISBN 9780982621431
HS     Grades 9-12     Rating: 4

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Andrew Peterson began the fantasy series, The Wingfeather Saga, with On the Edge of the Sea of Darkness (Book 1) and North or be Eaten (Book 2), both published by Waterbrook (see: Christian Library Journal, August 2010). He concludes this series with The Monster in the Hollows (Book 3) and The Warden and the Wolf King (Book 4), published through Peterson’s own efforts (he is a founder of Rabbit Room Press).

In the first two books, the Igiby siblings – Janner, Kalmar, and Leeli – flee their home in search of the Lost Jewels of Anniera, discover their true identity, and are pursued by the Fangs in Gnag’s army, who want the Jewels for their own evil purposes.

In The Monster in the Hollows, the siblings seek refuge in Green Hollows, unaware they will face more danger there. Janner is charged with protecting his little brother Kalmar. There is one small problem–Kalmar is changing into a wolf-like Fang. To the inhabitants of the Green Hollows, he is a monster in their midst, but is he?

Andrew Peterson is an expert storyteller, creating flawed characters the reader can relate to and cheer for, as well as a world filled with fantastic creatures. Original songs and poems, hand-drawn maps, imaginative footnotes, and short chapters make this series fun and appealing. Not unlike The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis, this series is loaded with Christian themes.

Carol R. Gehringer

— reprinted with permission, Christian Library Journal, 2014.

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

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