Fiction Reviews, The Top Shelf: YA or Adult

{Book Review} The Warden and the Wolf King

“It’s worth a try,” Kalmar said. “Either way, it’s going to make a great story.” Kalmar mounted the other dragon and held out his hand to his mother. “Are you coming?”

The Warden and the Wolf King

About the book…

The final installment in Andrew Peterson’s masterpiece, The Wingfeather Saga. The culmination of each little storyline that will bring you to tears of joy and sorrow. Janner, Kalmar, and Leelie are on the brink of what feels like the end of their world. The three of them must lead a resistance against the ever growing evil to bring peace back to the land of Aerwiar. But, the cost for such a peace, is much higher than any of them anticipated.

About the author…

Andrew Peterson is a man of many talents. His music is well known, especially his most recent album, Resurection Letters, Vol. 1. He is also the proprietor of The Rabbit Room, husband to Jamie and father to Aedan, Asher, and Skye. They live near Nashville, TN.

Some personal thoughts…

My Mom read this series aloud as they came out. When this one was released, we were all anxious to hear the conclusion, as would be expected. We sat around in the living room listening to her voice take us far away to a land of Fangs and Jewels and Trolls. As she neared the end of the book, her voice started to crack, and tears slowly rolled off her cheek, falling onto the pages in her hands.

My brother, who at the time had little knowledge on what one should and shouldn’t say to a woman, blurts out, “Are you crying Mom?!” Then he and my other brother, began to laugh.

My Mom is one of those people that never ceases to surprise me. She closed up that book, and says, “Yes I am, and if you are going to interrupt, I’m going to go finish by myself.”

And so she did. She finished that book, and shed many more tears, then brought it downstairs and said, “It’s a good book. You guys should finish it.” So then we all fought on who could read the end first, and quite frankly, I don’t remember who won. But eventually, we all finally got the ending, and then we understood why she had been crying.

Some books, don’t end with a happily ever after, and this is one of them. But just because the book doesn’t end with one, doesn’t mean the story won’t. In fact, most stories worth telling are to large to fit in the pages, and the ending is best left up to one’s own imagination. Such is the case with The Warden and the Wolf King.

Heroes are only real heroes, if they consider themselves to be less than one. The definition of a hero, is one who thinks only of others. One cannot do that, if he is too busy considering his own heroic character or actions.

This story, is full of heroes. And that’s all I’m going to say, because I want you to read it for yourself.

You will cry, but you will not regret it.

Things worth mentioning…

As with the previous three books, there is quite a bit of evil. People are murdered, gross creatures are described. It’s a fantasy novel, so similar to what one would find in The Lord of the Rings. However, once again, I highly recommend it, because all good stories are of good triumphing evil, even in the darkest of times. And this, my friends, is a good story.

Here at The Corner Shelf, you’ll find The Warden and the Wolf King on the The Top Shelf.

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