The Warden And The Wolf King

Monday, February 16, 2015
“Listen,” Kal said. “It’s too late. They’ve invaded. They have these Bat Fangs. They fly.” “They sent you to find me?” Janner asked. “Well, not exactly,” Kalmar took a deep breath. He wasn’t sure how much to tell Janner. Should he admit that he was afraid of becoming a Fang – or worse, a mad Fang? Or should he tell him the other part of his plan, about trying to sneak into Throg to defeat Gnat alone?

Book: The Warden and the Wolf King (Wingfeather Saga) by Andrew Peterson, 2014

Genre: Fantasy
Target Audience: Boys and Girls 12+
Subjects: Faith, Fear, Identity, Power of Truth
Summary: They’re done for. The Jewels of Anniera have put up a good fight, the Gnag The Nameless has invaded the Green Hollows where they are hiding. Ridgerunner, Trolls, Wolf Fangs, and now even Bat Fangs that attack from the skies are all intent on single mission: find and destroy the Jewels. The Wolf King, Throne Warden and Song Maiden are no match for his power. But the Wingfeathers don’t want to just give up. So Leeli plays till she can no longer stand and her lips are bleeding. Janner and Tink are headed straight for Throg in search of Gnag himself – right through the armies of Gnag!
Notes: This is the 4th and final book in the Wingfeather Saga, a highly imaginative, almost playful fantasy story about three children who are heirs to a throne of a country that’s been destroyed by an enemy that even now is after them, wanting them dead. There is surprisingly not a lot of spiritual emphasis in this series considering that the author is almost a song writer who very much focuses his music on spiritual elements. There are references to an Ultimate Being and ultimate standards to live by, but it’s not an active, ever present help. The children have to rely on themselves and others around them to help with problems. They have to find something within themselves to resist evil, not find help from an ultimate being.
In this book, the spiritual content comes out much more strongly. First there is the issues of truth and identity and the power of these. One lie told a generation ago is what is causing the destruction of the land now and the truth can change all of that. The Fangs are those who have lost their identity, forgotten who they are and who they belong to.
Then there are the discussions at the end about the Maker. There’s a hint of a reference to Adam and Eve – the first people, ones who walked with the Maker. Kings are meant to now go to one special place to meet with the Maker. And the Maker reveals to Kalmar and Janner what His plan is and what they need to do to carry it out.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 4/5
Entertainment Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5

John 15:11-13 – I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 

Thank you to to the author and publisher for sending me a free review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. 


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