The Wingfeather Saga is a young adult fantasy book series by Andrew Peterson. So far the series consists of three books, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, North! Or Be Eaten..., and The Monster in the Hollows. The fourth and final book, The Warden and the Wolf King, is in the writing process.The saga starts out in a little town called Glipwood in the land of Skree, which was long ago invaded by the vicious Fangs of Dang, evil lizard-like humanoids who enslave and abuse the Skreens. A twelve-year old boy named Janner Igiby and his younger brother and sister, Kalmar (aka Tink) and Leeli, are the main characters, and the first book relays their adventures in Glipwood and the surrounding area, and their involvement with the Fangs and other characters, both friendly and evil. In the end they learn that they are the royals heirs to the lost Kingdom of Anniera, and that they are the whole reason why the Fangs invaded Skree. In North! Or Be Eaten... the Igiby family travels north to escape the Fangs, but encounter many hideous dangers along the way, ending up rather worse off than they started, which escalates further in The Monster in the Hollows.In all, the series has a very darkly satirical air to it, often inserting random facts about Skreen culture or wildlife (of which there are many dangerous specimens) or purposefully making redundant, humorous, or ironic statements, even during times of suspense and danger.
This series provides examples of:
Action Mom: The Igiby's mother, Nia, is a proficient fighter.
Heroic Dog: Nugget, both before and after he got huge.
Heroic Sacrifice: Peet the Sock Man attempts this several times, but never ends up dying. Nugget on the other hand... *sniff*
Hypocritical Humor: The Fangs think that humans are smelly, disgusting creatures, and mock them for it, despite the fact that they themselves are smelly and disgusting creatures.
Killer Thwaps: Thwaps are small, furry, gopher-like critters that invade gardens and eat veggies. They will also attack you viciously if you happen to open a sackful of Thwaps that have been encased there for days. Slarb found this out the hard way.
Lizard Folk: The Fangs are described as looking "exactly like humans, except for the greenish scales that covered their bodies and the lizard-like snout and the two long venomous fangs that jutted downward from their snarling mouths. Also, they had tails."
Magical Incantation: "Sing the song of the ancient stones, and the blood of the beast imbues your bones."
Our Monsters Are Different: The author seems to be fond of this trope. Some include toothy cows (carnivorous versions of regular cows), horned hounds (huge dogs with horns on their heads), cave blats (which are not called that because they live in caves, but because they're so ugly that when you see one, you'll wish that it was hiding in a cave), quill diggles, digtoads, ratbadgers, chorkneys, thwaps, bomnubbles, snickbuzzards, flabbits, and a host of other critters. Oh, and most of them are savage and carnivorous.
Punch Clock Villain: Ridgerunners are treacherous, elf-like people who work for anyone who gives them fresh fruit. Unfortunately, all of the ridgerunners in the series have worked for villains.
Maraly Weaver only acts nasty when it suits her. She eventually does a full Heel-Face Turn.