The big day has arrived. NORTH! OR BE EATEN is on the shelves.
It took a year to write, and it clocked in at about 120,000 words. I wrote at home, on the
road, and more than anywhere else at a coffee shop down the street. I read it aloud to my wife and children and took out the boring parts. I drew seven illustrations, two maps, and put the book through three edits. August 18 has been marked on my calendar for a long time, and it’s arrived at last.
If you like my stories and songs, or if you don’t like stories but you like my songs, or if you don’t like either my songs or stories but you like me, or if you don’t like my work or me but you feel kinda sorry for me, or even if you actively despise my stories, songs, self, and have no pity for me but think my wife and kids are all right, please head over to Amazon or to the Rabbit Room Store and pick up a copy of North! Or Be Eaten. (The ones in the Rabbit Room are autographed, by the way, and you can buy books one and two for a deal, in case you aren’t caught up). You can also head to your local bookstore and pick it up (though I’d call before you made the trip, in case they don’t have any in yet).
I hope you’ll find a comfy chair and a cup of coffee or curl up in the bunk bed with the kids and lose yourself in this story. But beware. The toothy cows are on the loose. As are the horned hounds, snickbuzzards, and Stranders.
Thanks for supporting me and mine.
P.S. Here are a few blurbs from some authors with impeccable literary taste:
“Peterson deserves every literary prize for this fine book. It is obvious that his musical talents have been put to good use as his use of words, plot and narrative read like a well scored film script. A very fine book, by a very fine writer and future talent. Amazing – thrilling and well worth reading again and again.”
–G. P. Taylor, New York Times best-selling author of Shadowmancer and The Dopple Ganger Chronicles
“Toothy cows are very dangerous. Andrew Peterson convinced me and shivers run down my spine at the very thought of meeting a toothy cow face to face. The author spills characters like Podo and Nurgabog onto the page, then weaves a tale of danger that holds the reader captive. Believe me, you will relish being held captive by this master storyteller. But be sure you don’t get caught by the Stranders. Those people just ain’t civilized.”
–Donita K. Paul, author of The Vanishing Sculptor
“In a genre overrun by the gory and the grim, Peterson’s bite-sized chapters taste more like a stew of Gorey (Edward) and Grimm (the Brothers). North! Or Be Eaten is a welcome feast of levity–and clearly a labor of love. Andrew Peterson has awakened my inner eight-year-old, and that is a very good thing.”
–Jeffrey Overstreet, author of Auralia’s Colors and Cyndere’s Midnight
“An immensely clever tale from a wonderful storyteller – filled with great values and even greater adventure!”
–Phil Vischer, creator of VeggieTales
“Thrills, chills, spine-tingling mystery, and lots of smiles. It’s not easy to combine heart-pounding danger with gut-busting laughs and make it work, but Peterson pulls it off. For readers who want nonstop action infused with powerful, life-changing themes, North! Or Be Eaten is a must-read.”
–Wayne Thomas Batson, best-selling author of The Door Within Trilogy, Isle of Swords and Isle of Fire
“Andrew Peterson is a gifted storyteller, scene painter and wordsmith who takes you on a rollicking white-water ride of adventure. Readers of all ages are sure to find North! Or Be Eaten worthy of a big mug filled with a favorite beverage and a cozy nook near a crackling fire for hours on end. Here there be tales within yarns within stories. Listen, reader, bend your ear, but keep an eye peeled lest the dreaded Fangs of Dang be near!”
–R. K. Mortenson, author of Landon Snow and The Auctor’s Riddle
As a singer-songwriter and recording artist, Andrew has released more than ten records over the past fifteen years. His music has earned him a reputation for writing songs that connect with his listeners in ways equally powerful, poetic, and intimate. He has also followed his gifts into the realm of publishing. His books include the four volumes of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga.