Several different people recommended Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga series to me.
So of course I️ had to read it. I’ll admit that this fall has been pretty draining personally, which meant it took me a bit to get into the series. It starts with On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness.
Peterson’s humor is immediately evident, with absolute descriptive statements immediately countered with exceptions. (Like the Nameless Evil. Named Gnag. Which turns out to be more than just humor. You have to read to understand.)
He peppers his first two books with funny and sometimes irrelevant footnotes (which makes this series books to READ the first time through. I️ tried listening and it’s too hard to follow without knowing the story or the characters.)
Bottom line: these books are GOOD. Plot, characters, adventures, hardships, wars, monsters – all there. All good. In ease of reading, it’s solidly between CS Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia (easy) and JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (hard).
Highly recommended for ages 10 and up. Great books for a book club too – though you really have to read all four for the richest discussion of selflessness and sacrifice.
(these books were shelved in the adult fiction section of my library, yet perfectly acceptable for middle grades too.)