Jessica Rose’s Review
The Warden and the Wolf King as the last book of “The Wingfeather Saga” needs to wrap up all the questions that still remain from the other three books (and some new questions that the book itself makes). Will they ever return to Anniera? Can Kalmar and Artham overcome the monster within? Will the Hollowsfolk win the war? And who is Gnag the Nameless? Andrew Peterson answers all those questions and more in an exciting and unexpected way.
The Warden and the Wolf King has four different sections of the book. When I saw it, I was very happy because it is twice as long as the other ones (which means it might last me over a day). The sections are entitled “The Green Hollows”, “Skree”, “Throg”, and “Anniera”. They show the continuing story of every one of the characters we have met along the way. The book also has sections of a few pages put throughout the book telling the woeful and bitter tale of Bonifer Squoon.
Janner, Kalmar, and Leeli are still in the Green Hollows while they prepare for war but when the Fangs of Dang make the first move, chaos ensues. The Jewels of Anniera are separated! Janner is lost all alone in the hills where Ridgerunners and deserter Trolls roam. He is trying to get back to Ban Rona where unbeknownst to him a terrible battle is going on. Leeli is fighting Fangs with her newly-found weapon from the rooftops of the city. Kalmar is going on a mission to Throg without anyone else knowing. Meanwhile in Skree, an uprising is secretly going on. Artham became broken after finding out that his brother the High King had still been suffering all that time without him knowing and Sara Cobbler is trying to care for him. Maraly Weaver must face her father and decide whether to be a Strander and live, or be with Gammon and most likely be killed.
Will the two Throne Wardens be able to protect the ones they love or will the possibility of death prevent them from doing so? Janner must decide whether to protect his young brother – his charge – the boy who is turning more into a Fang day by day, or turn back. Will Sara ever have a family of her own? Can Leeli stay strong and protect Ban Rona from the bat fangs? Will Artham conquer his shame? And can Kalmar keep the boy inside of the wolf alive long enough to do what needs to be done?
The young Wingfeathers discover that the way to conquer the enemy may be different than they all thought, and if they do win, what can they do to heal the world that he broke? The Warden and the Wolf King shows that remembering who you truly are will bring pain, love is real when you are willing to get hurt for another person, and that there is a price for healing. It is the astonishing, page-turning, meaningful, bittersweet, and sweeping finish to the Wingfeather Saga.
Recommended age: 11-110
Re-readability: In the words of myself, “most-definitely, of course, most-assuredly, positively, totally … YES!”
Bonita Jewel’s Review
On his thirteenth birthday, Janner is dropped off in the middle of a snowy forest and expected to find his way home. Blindplopped. It’s a Durgan Guild thing.
Spring is nearing in the Hollows, as Leeli trains hounds daily in the Houndry, preparing for war. But the battle finds them unprepared with winged Fangs descending on Ban Rona.
Kalmar’s courage in fighting the Fangs is passionate and sincere, but his fear constantly plays at the edge of his mind. How long until the beast looming in the shadows of his mind takes control? He chooses to embark on a secret mission. In the midst of the Blackwood, he and Janner discover an astonishing ruin, hear of an inexplicable dream, and find help from the most unexpected character.
In the closing book of “The Wingfeather Saga,” Andrew Peterson leaves the reader with a powerfully resounding message of belonging, acceptance, and the transforming power of love. He tells of a sacrifice – the seed of a new garden. The healing of bodies by a flaming glow “like the word that made the world.”
Recommended age: 11 and up.
[Note for parents: sensitive readers might be affected by certain parts toward the end of the story. No specific spoilers will be given, but I recommend that parents either read the books with their children in advance of their children, as the messages of love and sacrifice are powerful, yet poignant.]
Re-readability: In the words of my daughter, “YES!”