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Publisher Description

The acclaimed artist Brom brilliantly displays his multiple extraordinary talents in The Child Thief—a spellbinding re-imagining of the beloved Peter Pan story that carries readers through the perilous mist separating our world from the realm of Faerie. As Gregory Maguire did with his New York Times bestselling Wicked novels, Brom takes a classic children’s tale and turns it inside-out, painting a Neverland that, like Maguire’s Oz, is darker, richer, more complex than innocent world J.M. Barrie originally conceived. An ingeniously executed literary feat, illustrated with Brom’s sumptuous artwork, The Child Thief is contemporary fantasy at its finest—casting Peter Pan, the Lost Boys, even Captain Hook and his crew in a breathtaking new light.

Fiction & Literature
August 25
HarperCollins e-books

Customer Reviews

Ayo2396 ,

Great until it makes you want to kill yourself

Excellent book. The ending makes you feel cheated somehow, though.

Lyn Forester ,

The Child Thief is a heavy volume, made heavier by an abundance of violence

The Child Thief is a heavy volume, made heavier by an abundance of violence untempered by any form of morality by the majority of characters presented in the story.

The POV skips around frequently, especially in the first 250 pages, disengaging the reader from any form of emotional attachment that might be formed to the primary "lost boy", Nick. It evens out to some degree when the action truly begins, then introduces new POVs at the end that are unnecessary and cumbersome.

The author tried to pack too much in, link too many different ideas, through an amalgamation of Arthurian legend, the pilgrims arrival in America, and various mythologies involving fairies and gods.

The only place the book really shone is where the author accentuated Peter's separation from emotions that otherwise would have redeemed his character. Peter spends most of the book in observation mode, showing the reader that he feels little for the children he is "saving". What emotion he does display is like that of a person angered that one of his toys has been broken.

The ending shows that there could be hope for Peter, but it comes 494 pages too late to make the book interesting.

Peter & Nick ,

The Child Thief

A thoroughly engaging new rendition of the tale of Peter Pan. The story is very mature and filled with descriptive detail. The main characters are well developed and don't seem one dimensional. Probably the first book I finished reading in less than 15 days time. An awesome read.

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