Chesley-winning illustrator Brom (The Plucker) weaves together gloomy prose and horrifying adventures in this macabre fairy tale inspired by J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. Born of faerie blood, Peter hunts abandoned children, runaways and the hopeless, recruiting for his Devils in Avalon and promising them a place where you never have to grow up. He conveniently fails to mention that Avalon's monsters are very real, and the Devils must practice their war games or risk being tortured to death, eaten or worse. While early chapters are promising, this gothic fantasy stumbles on its own darkness. The devilishly amusing flashbacks to Peter's origins don't make up for the heavy-handed bloodshed, rampant violence and two-dimensional characters. It's all fiendish monsters and desperate battles in this twisted, dark Neverland; the Disney Peter's mirth and good humor are nowhere to be found. (Sept.)
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“Ancient magics combine with feral logic to culminate in Brom’s The Child Thief. A retelling of Peter Pan spanning America’s earliest, magically rich beginnings to today’s bare whispers of belief. Wickedly poetic, The Child Thief makes me want to believe.” (Kim Harrison)
“Brom has always been an artist who gave us his nightmares fully realized, but with THE CHILD THIEF, he paints in words. A wonderfully nasty Peter Pan reboot that stands on its own as a dark, twisted adventure.” (Christopher Golden)
“A gruesome and darkly fantastical twist on a classic tale. Brom injects pure horror into fantasy.” (Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of Ironside and The Spiderwick Chronicles)
“Beautiful and authentically dark.” (Sci-Fi)
” [A] fascinating work of dark epic fantasy that blends elements of the Peter Pan story with characters from Celtic and Norse mythologies.” (Tulsa World)
There are quite a few reasons for me to dislike this book, but, I kind of loved it when I think on it. Apparently I'm a masochist, and I also love some pretty stupid stuff. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kit M
COMPLETELY different take on Peter Pan and it's genius! Great author and great telling of a classic story, I've been referred to this book by a friend who is obsessed with anything... Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. L. Allen
I had a hard time getting through this book. It just wasn't written for me. This book is more for people who really love that "Lord of the Rings"-style story with an... Read morePublished 3 months ago by jessica
A neat, macabre, little tale to keep on the coffee table or book shelf.Published 3 months ago by Heaven's Whisper
More along the lines of the original story with his own personal twist! I loved it. I can't wait to get more of his books!!Published 4 months ago by Sharon W.
I am almost finished reading The Child Thief and it is one of the best books I have ever read!Published 4 months ago by Sarah
This book is amazing. An over-the- top adult fantasy retelling of the story of Peter Pan. A must read for anyone who enjoys a good story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bookseller