Fantasy novels are a huge leap outside of my comfort zone… There, it’s out in the open and we are all aware of it! Therefore, when I accidentally received a new fantasy novel for review from Revell, I was a little apprehensive about this unfamiliar genre. In the end, though, it was an enjoyable experience. “The Edge of Over There” was written by Shawn Smucker, and is actually a sequel to his previous book entitled “The Day the Angels Fell”. I had not read this pre-story, and while I think it would have been helpful in fully understanding the continuing saga, there was enough history sprinkled throughout the pages for newcomers to follow along as well.
A few brief words to begin describing “The Edge of Over There” include: mesmerizing, suspenseful, thought-provoking, mysterious, detailed, spiritually-themed, and unique. So much occurred to the characters within the pages, and yet somehow even more was left unsaid, to be interpreted by the reader and used as a lens through which we can view our own lives.
Although this story is marketed towards young adults, and the main characters are primarily youth, this book is certain to appeal to a much wider audience. If you enjoy fantasy novels such as Narnia, I am certain “The Edge of Over There” will be a wonderful addition to your library – no matter what your age! For me, it is not the typical genre that I most enjoy, but it was nonetheless a fascinating journey into a land that just may exist beyond the curtain of reality, accessible through particular doors placed in the paths of people who know how to open them, and what to do on the other side.
I received this book courtesy of Revell Publishing, in participation with a Revell Reads Blog Tour. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.