The Monster in the Hollows

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Book Three of The Wingfeather Saga

Janner Wingfeather's father was the High King of Anniera. But his father is gone. The kingdom has fallen. The royal family is on the run, and the Fang armies of Gnag the Nameless are close behind.

Janner and his family hope to find refuge in the last safe place in the world: the Green Hollows--a land of warriors feared even by Fangs of ...
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Overview

Book Three of The Wingfeather Saga

Janner Wingfeather's father was the High King of Anniera. But his father is gone. The kingdom has fallen. The royal family is on the run, and the Fang armies of Gnag the Nameless are close behind.

Janner and his family hope to find refuge in the last safe place in the world: the Green Hollows--a land of warriors feared even by Fangs of Dang. But there's a big problem. Janner's little brother-heir to the throne of Anniera-has grown a tail. And gray fur. Not to mention two pointed ears and long, dangerous fangs. To the suspicious folk of the Green Hollows he looks like a monster.

But Janner knows better. His brother isn't as scary as he looks. He's perfectly harmless.

Isn't he?

Join the Wingfeathers on an adventure filled with mystery, betrayal, and sneakery in a land of tasty fruits. There's a monster on the loose and the truth lurks in the shadows.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982621431
  • Publisher: Rabbit Room Press
  • Publication date: 5/24/2011
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 183,821
  • Age range: 8 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

    An Open Letter to Andrew Peterson

    Dear Andrew Peterson: I just finished reading The Monster in the Hollows and I am quite irritated with you. The following is a list of my complaints. It's totally unfair for one person to have so much talent. I mean seriously! You are an incredibly talented singer and songwriter. Where do you get off writing such a masterful work of fiction and drawing the illustrations for the book? At least you let someone else design and illustrate the cover. Way to share. I didn't see it coming. I'm pretty good at guessing outcomes, or possible outcomes. You've totally damaged my self-esteem in this area by coming up with stuff I never imagined. Shame on you! The lesson in snorting and spitting gobs was uncalled for. Gross, gross, gross. Okay, I'll grant you that boys may find it entertaining, even funny, but do I really want my daughter to learn how to spit goobers? I think not. If I catch her practicing what Podo taught, I'm holding you personally responsible. Where were these books when I was doing read-alouds with my boys? You really understand kids, especially boys, and it comes through in your writing. So many books don't teach kids anything, or they teach in a preachy manner. You show strength and weakness in your heroes. Your heroes lead by example; they grow into their roles - just like kids do. There aren't piles of these books at Walmart. When Harry Potter books were hot off the presses, there were stacks of them in grocery stores and department stores. I'll bet I could have bought one at Home Depot if I wanted. They were everywhere. The Wingfeather Saga: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, North! Or Be Eaten, and now The Monster in the Hollows are better books by far, and yet you need to order them on-line. I got mine from The Rabbit Room. (Barnes & Noble -- listen up!) You haven't even started writing the next book. Hey, AP, didn't you even think about the fact that we'd all be anxiously waiting the conclusion of the series? What? You think if you throw us a few totatoes, some henmeat stew, maybe even a few bibes, however incredibly satisfying they may be, we would just sit back and patiently wait while you promote this book instead of starting to write the next one? Well, you thought wrong. So, AP, I suggest you quit this singer/songwriter gig you've got going and work on the next book. I'm pretty steamed up over this. I mean, I like your music and all. I think I own every one of your albums. But Nashville has a lot of talented singers and songwriters. Give someone else a chance. And remember, only you can write The Warden and the Wolf King. I expect to see piles of them in Walmart in time for Christmas. Yours truly, A Diehard Fan

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Highly recommend the Wingfeather Saga

    I can't wait until book 4. This was less intense than book 2 and thus made it a bit more enjoyable. I understand you have to build the tension so I am not being critical of North! Monster had many rewarding resolutions. There is great heroism and it is a overall a really solid series.

    I am glad the Andrew uses all his amazing talents to become the best person he can be and we get to share in it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

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    An Epic Saga!

    The Monster in the Hollows is the book in the Wingfeather Saga that steps up and takes its place as a true fantasy epic - still quirky, still definitely located in the world of Aerwiar and not in Middle Earth, but firmly rooted in epic soil. The Monster in the Hollows is a bigger, sadder, older, and more beautiful part of The Wingfeather Saga than we've seen before.

    (Warning: series spoilers ahead.)

    The story begins, as all good sagas do, where the previous book left off: with the Wingfeather family sailing across the Dark Sea of Darkness in search of refuge in the Green Hollows, homeland of Nia Igiby Wingfeather and the last place in all of Aerwiar that is still free. But what begins as a warm welcome for Nia and her children quickly turns sour when the transformation of Kalmar is revealed: the Hollows are still free because its people have vigilantly driven every Fang from their land, and they are not keen to welcome one into their bosom now.

    A startling sacrifice from Nia convinces the Hollowsfolk to accept all of her children - but no sacrifice can buy their trust. Janner, Kalmar, and Leeli settle into their new home and school, caught between the delight of being children again, with a home far from Fangs and from fear, and the knowledge that they are outsiders here. Janner struggles to love and protect his brother even as he resents him for estranging them.

    But something strange is happening in the Green Hollows. A monster lurks in the shadows, a voice calls to Janner out of eerie visions, and Kalmar, it seems, has a secret . . .

    In The Monster in the Hollows, Andrew Peterson once again weaves a tale that rings as true when it's exploring the firesides of home as it does when it's delving into the exotic places and peoples of a beautifully rendered fantasy world. As ancient secrets are revealed, revolutions are fostered, and the forces of evil gather for attack, we find ourselves caring just as much - or perhaps more - about the love between brothers, the faith of a mother, and the success of children in school. The forces of good, after all, are not concentrated in some distant castle or far-off king, but in frail human vessels in need of family, forgiveness, and the power of hope.

    As before, the story is primarily told through the eyes of twelve-year-old Janner, the oldest of the Igiby children and the Throne Warden of Anniera whether he likes it or not. But the more adult story which readers have been able to glimpse all along through Podo, Nia, and Artham comes into the foreground in a greater way in The Monster in the Hollows, as Nia especially takes on a more central role.

    New characters are introduced - including the memorable Head Guildmadam of the Ban Rona school, Olumphia Groundwich - and subplots from previous books carried to their conclusions. The setting, Ban Rona of the Green Hollows, is likewise more adult: the fearsome toothy cows, bomnubbles, and snickbuzzards of Skree - terrifying as they could be - have faded into the background, replaced by the rotting, misshapen cloven of the Blackwood. Where Glipwood Township was as amusing as it was oppressed, Ban Rona is the stuff of legends.

    The Monster in the Hollows is a wonderful read, both entertaining and deep, and an effective launching pad into the fourth and final book in the series. For that, we'll have all just have to wait, content in the knowledge that it's likely to be worth waiting for.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    Great adventure series! Eagerly anticipating the next installme

    Great adventure series! Eagerly anticipating the next installment...

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

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    The Monster in the Hollows

    'The Monster in the Hollows' is the third book in the "Wingfeather Saga" series, and it is great! I am really surprised by how much I like reading these books, because they are geared for a younger audience. In this book the Wingfeather family has escaped from the clutches of Gnag the Nameless's army and have made it to the Green Hollows, the land where their mother grew-up.

    While in the first two books they had action and adventure, 'The Monster in the Hollows' has something that they haven't had in a while - hope. A hope that they are finally free from the danger of the Fangs of Dang. But upon arrival, the town takes Kalmar into custody and it is only after a high price is paid that he is allowed to leave.

    Janner and Leeli are thriving here, but Kalmar is not. Because of the Hollish people's great fear of Fangs, Kalmar is treated with contempt and people are afraid of him. This fear causes them to take drastic measures and puts the Wingfeather Family to their greatest test yet.

    Janner, in particular, has the hardest challenge yet. He is tired of being Throne Warden and having to look out for Kalmar, his younger brother and the High King of Anniera. He thinks that when they arrive in the Hollows, things will be different and he won't have to guard Kalmar every second, but when Kalmar chooses the most dangerous guild, their mother wants him to join Kalmar, so that he can protect him. This means giving up the guild that he wanted to join, Bookbindery, but he reluctantly agrees.

    When a monster is suddenly on the loose and with the town's fears running rampant, Janner realizes he may have to guard Kalmar more than ever.

    'The Monster in the Hollows' has some action in it, because in the school that they attend, the boys are in the Durgan Guild - where they learn to fight, sneak, spy and all the other things that a warrior must know. But on top of their official school learning, their mother still is teaching them T.H.A.G.S. (Three Honored and Great Subjects), the subjects that they as Annierian royalty must learn.

    I can't wait to read the conclusion to this series. I so hope that the ending will change Kalmar and Artham back into the humans that they really are and maybe change all the Fangs back into their original forms as well.

    If you love fantasy, you should love 'The Monster in the Hollows', but to completely enjoy this book, you should definitely read 'On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness' and 'North! Or Be Eaten' first.

    *** I received a complimentary copy of this book from CSFF to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done. ***

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

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    Like a Fairy Tale of Old!

    A royal family on the run with Gnag the Nameless and his army of fangs hotly pursing them. Now the high king and his family must seek refuge in their homeland, Green Hollows. It's rumored to be the most secure land in the world. Not even Gnag the Nameless can breach their defenses with his fangs, ridgerunners, or clovens. Green Hollow seems the perfect utopia.

    Until the hollow folk discover that the high king, merely a boy and son of the still revered queen of the neighboring island, had been turned into a fang. Their joy at finding the royal family alive turns to bitterness and hate. Without having read the past two books of The Wingfeather Saga, Book 3 was delightful. One I could read as a standalone without having read the other two books. Peterson creates a lovable tale of adventure sprinkled with insightful clarity.

    For one, Green Hollows holds tightly to their security. They hold sacred their way of life, and instead of consulting the Maker about their boy-king Fang, they choose to hate and distrust. They are forced to accept him in their midst, at their schools, and only when the truth comes out in tragedy do the Hollow folk realize their mistake. Gnag the Nameless had infilitrated by spreading anger and distrust, cutting them off from the rest of the world, and making their idyllic way of life a beautiful prison.

    The Monster in the Hollows is a fantastic tale. One I would re-read and one that I am keeping in my library for future journey's into my imagination.

    In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

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    Even though it's book 3, you can still pick this one up and enjoy it as a stand alone, but you'll definitely want the others ones after reading it!

    Sneakery, betrayal, and the deadly secret of Chimney Hill. How could you not be hooked by a simple sentence on the front of the book? Well, the sentence that hooked me, kept me intrigued and on the edge of my seat for the entire book. This is a great novel and I can't wait to sink my teeth into book four of the series. Scratch that, I think I need to start at the beginning and read the first two other books to really know the entire Wingfeather Saga! This book is definitely a stand alone book even though it is the third book in the series. Janner (Throne Warden) and older brother to Kalmar, (Next High King in line) find themselves mixed up in so many adventures and mysteries that you just have to read for yourself to see whether they come out dead or alive!

    The main Characters are the three children of Esben Wingfeather, great and high King of Anniera, problem is, there is no more Anniera as it has been set afire for over nine years and is still burning. This magical island that holds many keys to the three children and their family's heritage. The mother, Nia, Queen of Anniera has been on the run and keeping her children out of the dreaded hands of Gnag the Nameless! She has been running for so long that they family has no where else to turn other than to set sail across the Sea of Darkness if they can cross it alive to the Green Hollows, where there fellow Hollowsfolk have been keeping their borders clear of the Fang! When Nia, Janner, Kalmar and Leeli finally get to the Green Hollows, they soon find themselves more in fear of the townsfolk are saying about them then the Fang! The story line is so chalk full of mystery, sneakery, betrayal and treachery that you will not want to put the book down once you start.

    I loved this book! It is a great read especially for the young reader between 12 and 21. This fantasy book really stretches your imagination and takes you into the world of the writers mind! I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to anyone and everyone! Thank you Andrew Peterson for such a great story!I received this book compliments of Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tours for my honest review and can't say enough positive things about it, then to pick up a copy for yourself and read it! You won't be disappointed!

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

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    I love Andrew Peterson's stories

    Janner and his family settle into life in the Green Hollows, but people don't really accept them, especially the furry Kalmar, whom they think is a Fang. Janner must step up into his role as a Throne Warden to keep Kalmar from getting into a fight that could destroy their entire family. But there are mysteries, betrayals, and dangers lurking. Janner does all he can to watch over and defend his brother, but what he can't manage to do is convince himself that Kalmar is innocent.

    I love Andrew Peterson's stories. He is a genius. His characters and dialogue are delightful. I cannot wait to see how this series will end. The only thing that felt off about this book was that-through most of it-it felt like its own story, like a standalone novel, separate from the first two books in the series. I enjoyed the book a great deal, and it all tied together nicely in the end, but I missed the overall plot of the series through most of this volume. If you haven't read Andrew Peterson's work, start with book one, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness. They are fabulous.

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