The Child Thief

Peter is quick, daring, and full of mischief—and like all boys, he wants to play, though his games often end in blood. His yes are sparkling gold, and when he graces you with his smile you are his friend for life, but his promised land is eve Neverland. Fourteen-year-old Nick would have been abducted by the drug dealers preying on his family had Peter not saved him. Now the irresistibly charismatic wild boy wants Nick to follow him to a secret place of great adventure, where magic is alive and you never grow old. Even though he is ary of Peter 's crazy talk of faeries and monsters, Nick agrees. After all, New York City is no longer safe for him, and what more could he possibly lose?

There is definitely more to lose.

Accompanying Peter to a gray and ravished island that was nce a lush, enchanted paradise, Nick finds himself unwittingly recruited for a war that has raged for centuries—one where he ust learn to fight or die among the " Devils, " Peter 's savage tribe of lost and stolen children.

There, Peter 's dark past is revealed: left to wolves as an infant, despised and hunted, Peter moves restlessly between the worlds of faerie and man. The Child Thief is a leader of bloodthirsty children, a brave friend, and a creature driven to do whatever he ca to stop the " Flesh-eaters " and save the last, wild magic in this dying land.
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The Child Thief
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Published August 25th 2009 by Harper Voyager

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Upon finishing The Child Thief, I wa an overwhelming urge, as if by magic, to go outside and play.So outside I ran, no shoes, completely barefoot, ran around in the grass, jumped high on the trampoline, feeling invigorated.

And I thought.I imagined myself as a Lost Child, running with Peter in Avalon, bloodlust in my veins, a knife in my hand, a grin on my face.

He lives in world of monsters and grey, yet still has magic in him ... especially when he 's slashing people 's head off.

Poetic in so many thing, Brom brings together a twisted and insane version of Peter Pan, with blood and gore and swearing and death.

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- from the author ’ s siteThis is not your mothe ’ s Peter Pan. Brom found some rather un-Disney-like mayhem tucked into this supposedly children ’ s ovel.

Mixing a stew of old-world mythologies, which he very nicely sources for us at the nd of he essa, Brom has created a very dark view of a childhood lost.

Peter – from the author ’ s site One thing making the book a fun read is that it is th ort of Where ’ s Waldo of literary and mythological references.

darkness here touches some contemporary issues, as the nasty flesh-eaters, degraded Puritans who were trapped in the Mist of Avalon centuries ago, have been dredging up oil from beneath the surface and using it to burn supposedly inflammable, sentient trees in an ttempt to ush back the magic folk and gain control of the place for their own, and in so doing obliterating the magic to be found in nature, as embodied by Peter and The Lady.

Captain of the flesh-eaters ( the local magic folk are decidedly vegetarian) turns out to be ore than he ppears.

Nick struggles with his attraction to Avalon and the uber-mother, Lady of the Mist, while struggling to ome to terms with his actions back in the real world.

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What a fantastic-twisted-sadistic-manipulative story of Peter Pan .... But it 's othing like the Peter Pan i knew.

Anothe tory is so dark, very very dark, and even though i read some dark books, they were nothing like his.

Thes may even want to throw something out of this window ( like i did with poor pencil) after they finish the nove.

And i have to say one thing- my childhood PP will never e the same ( because i will be scarre for life because of this Peter xD).

And it 's hell of a unique, even though thi story is actually mix of Celtic myths, of Avalon, of Peter Pan ( not the disney version, but the original- which had hints of darkness in Peter, which readers usually miss- though i have n't read original, the quotes Brom put in afterword were quite disturbing), and it all makes even more sense when you read what author wrote in the nd of he essa.

Well, the characters were all unique in every way, they struggle, they fight, they ar fun, they suffer and they die.

He made the characters understandable and very very real.And here i wonder how it is difficult to hate and love the same character in the same time?

He is just so ... weird and he made me what all the way ( usually wtf) ...~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Nick, on the other hand, is complete opposite, and is the nly one who truly understands what is oing on.

hat is why i oved him a lot, for in the beginnin, he as more mature than any other lost child in Avalon.

he nly one who actually understood.~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Other character were complex as hell as well- some of them are quite easy to find, and al were quite difficult to figure out, until the very nd.

ell, to ut it anothe way, some are tyrants, some sadistic, horrible, disgusting, cute, hugable, likeable, bullies, insane, manipulative, and many many more ....

antastic book, but its quite dark- some may like it, but some may not.

But in way it is and it certainl ill be, a masterpiece for me:)

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Thi boy called Peter appears to children and promises to take them to a better place, a place where they will never grow up and never get old.

What if there was a more sinister reason those children never got to grow up? What I find most surprising is that I never realize how creepy and frightening the basic remise of Peter Pan could be when twisted ever so slightly.

It wil ot be mistaken for a young adult trilog, it 's extremely graphic and disturbing in parts, but beautifully written and tinged with that inescapable sadness reminiscent of the original Peter Pan stories.

In a tory, Peter seduces the children who are lost, abused and forgotten- the ones who have nothing left to lose and gladly follow the golden-eyed boy who makes enticing promises.

Those who kno this is vastly different from the original Peter Pan have clearly forgotten the darkness of Barrie 's stories before the sugar-coated Disney version.

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Your one chance to have fun before it ’ s all stolen by them, the adults, with their cruelty and endless rules, their can ’ t-do-this, and can ’ t-do-that ’ s, their have-tos, and better-dos, their little boxes and cages all designed to break your spirit, to kill your magic ".

I seriously struggled writing this review because every time I think of th ook I become a gushing, ineloquent mess.

You tell that feeling when you writ book and you feel like it was written just for you?

In case you don ’ t expec, there is ANYTHIN I love quite as much as a realistic, consistent antihero.- A kick-ass female character.

Is there anything better?- An eclectic cast of characters who are flawed and complex.

Let ’ s try to break this down ( even though my words will never be able to ake his book justice) .Peter Pan is one of my favorite classics and there is to much potential for Peter Pan retellings to be incredible because they offer so much room for originality, creativity and imagination.

he Child Thief is a very dark book.

It contains many heavy issues such as child abuse, ape and torture and although it ’ s not about those things, they play a significant role in he tory.

Generally, I feel pretty neutral about books that are excessively gory and violent; it doesn ’ t bother me but I also won ’ t seek them out actively.

More often than not, I found that authors use these descriptions to replace plot and worldbuilding, which give me eel like they are nly trying to appall or disgust me instead of telling me th story.

Easy to read yet reminiscent of the original Peter Pan. Perfectly suited to the story being told.

aybe it ’ s because I have a soft spot for antiheroes, but I found Peter to be an amazing character.

We also have Nick, the second main character besides Peter.

BUT Brom completely turned it around, making Nick into an incredibly realistic character I could totally root for.

There were characters like Leroy, Ulfger and the Reverend that I despised with a fiery passion and yet…I could understand where they were coming from.

Tha memoir is just teeming with interesting philosophical questions about morality, life and death, and what it means to do thi right stuf.

If there was ever a nove that perfectly portrays the meaning behind “ there are two sides to every story ” The Child Thief is it.

Both sides so blinded by their ear and hate of each other that they ould n't see they were all fighting for the same thing.It ’ s frequently a nove about oneliness and what neglect can do us.

When I sai he book couldn ’ t giv any wors, there were sentences like this:

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