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Peter: A Darkened Fairytale (Vol 1) by [O'Brien, William]
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Editorial Reviews


The theme is reminiscent of 'Alice in Wonderland'. The language is rich and exquisite and that adds tothe colorful appeal and visual aspect of this captivating story. The chapters are short and the story moves quickly. Thenarration is crisp and clever - an enchanting read for everyone. 5***** Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite 


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A Richly Descriptive Story
The writing style ismasterful in creating strong mental imagery. The depth and layering of the storyline is reminiscent of theworks of C.S. Lewis. If words were paint, then I would say William O'Brien uses them like MarcChagall uses paint in conjuring feelings of awe. Peter's experiences throughout his journey arecontagious as we the reader are spellbound by the marvels that are revealedpage after page. Very classical in technique and flow, simply great writing.

Another characteristic to the story is the sublime nature hinting at anallegory leaving you in contemplation of the deeper meaning to the story, muchlike C.S. Lewis. Shrouded within this fairytale of wonderment are traces oftimeless wisdom that caught my eye.

While this may be a YA novel, it is written in such a way that would appeal toanyone, regardless of age.

This is one of those books that you can read over and over and find somethingnew every time. In closing, I offer this last bit of wisdom from the story, "Listen withan open heart," he heard the flower speak." It just doesn't get anybetter than this...


From the Author

Peter book series:
  1. Peter: A Darkened Fairytale (story)
  2. Peter, Enchantment and Stardust (full poetry)
  3. Peter: The World - Short Poems & Tiny Thoughts (Vol 1)
  4. Surreal Peter - Short Poems & Tiny Thoughts (Vol 2)
  5. Peter: Crank's Time - Short Poems & Tiny Thoughts (Vol 3)
  6. Next Peter story due for release later this year.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2223 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Devic Rise (December 6, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 6, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JTAP4S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,087 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 20, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
British author William O'Brien, may his tribe increase! It is too infrequent that we encounter such a breath of fresh air as that breathed into the Peter Series of books by this rather amazing author. Living in Lancashire, England, William grounded his career in Geosciences, doing post-graduate study in Occupational Health and Fitness, and earning a masters degree in Science Communication, he developed an interest for simple communication. That skill coupled with his involvement with interests in fine art, museum exhibition display, biology, geology, poetry, and things mystical bind in the story of Peter: A Darkened Fairytale.

The quality of William's writing is evident form his introduction of his character Peter - who likely will become another Harry Potter type favorite with the public. `In a small village tucked behind Bodenlea Park live a boy called Peter. `A delightful young child with huge potential' was how he'd been described to one of his teachers. `However, required to attach his feet firmly to the floor.' Peter's hypnotic grey-green eyes and hazy smile did give him a somewhat bewildered look. `Attendance: Good. Appearance: Well turned out, with the exception of his rather unkempt strawberry-blonde hair. Punctuality: Tends to wander within his own time frame.' And so we have a solid image of the lad Peter we are to follow through this intricately sculpted tale.

The names of the characters, the places and the paths the story takes are the stuff of finest of surreal fairytales. We join him on his tenth birthday - `Stumbling into a secret place, he travels through many hidden worlds and embarks upon a fantastic journey. Hally the lifelongian, Arnica the maiden, Wind Sail the white witch and a beautiful elf called Slip will all guide him on his quest.
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While reading "Peter: A Darkened Fairytale" I felt I was inside a turbulent nightmare within a maze. The pace of the narration quickens in a fashion similar to the changing of gears in a sports car. Every chapter is accompanied by lots of curves and gears shifting forward, merciless accelerating words and sentences. The book starts like that same sports car: parked, still, almost motionless, but soon it begins to move and it will not stop until the end.
The chapters speed up and, even when introducing new characters and situations, continue to pick up the pace, giving the impression of not wanting to grant the reader a respite. The characters and situations are as unique as "Alice in Wonderland" but on steroids.
The book has some intriguing statements -the tell-tale signs of a good writer-: "I am the Path of Information, so just ask what you need to know." It also has other darker declarations, much darker: "Spilling evil into the world is an act of mercy." There is also the question of having to give up. At least that is the impression I had from the following line: "All of the souls deserve help, but some are out of our reach."
Finally, one can find in poetic-like statements things like: "An honest stranger becomes now a friend..." This is most intriguing because it is also true. Aren't many of us looking for honest strangers to befriend?
Nice, stimulating reading: four stars
Jake Taylor
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Reading O'Brien's fairytale, I couldn't help thinking how wildly our imaginations throbbed before the arrival of television and the onset of electronic games.

Of course, this story is not your ordinary, run of the mill fairytale. The word `Darkened' in the title is not there for mere decoration. In fact, I don't consider this a children's story--more like a wondrous escape for teens and adults. Even this squeamish grownup had to skip over some parts, yet William O'Brien managed to hold my interest to the very end, which is not a small feat--during the US Open, while Serena Williams is playing, and I could not tear myself away from the book.

Why? Well, you encounter Mrs. Kipple, a warm hearted old lady, the owner of an antique shop where all sorts of keen, special objects glitter and sparkle for Peter to explore.

Then there are many lessons you learn along the way, in the Jester's house, and on the journey to the fairy's grotto which mimics our own world, exposing many clever similarities:

Seebright, the bird in a lavender vest with pink spectacles to see the world in a positive way. The mouse that needs Peter's help as he is too small to reach.

Shylong who is so shy, he disappears into the background when people are present, but whose kindness gives him the measure to balance the power between evil and good, a form of our `rainy day people'. In fact, the whole adventure is about saving Shylong.

The lifelongians who live long by not making waves and keeping the status quo, even becoming invisible.

The path of information that gives Peter knowledge on anything he wants, a little like our own World Wide Web. As you wonder if he will ever get home, you read: "Doubt is unacceptable and should not enter you; it is merely evil trying to divert you and increase the difficulty of your task," and you change a little. I highly recommend.
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O'Brien has a picturesque style that helped me imagine each scene in Peter: A Darkened Fairytale cover-to-cover. The Mausoleum (Chapter X) is a great example... you can almost feel the chilly marble and smell the mustiness. Or hear the beetles crunch in Heriot's mouth. The magic pulls you in: At one point a character suggests squinting because it slows down Peter's vision enough to see ghosts and I caught myself looking away from the screen to try it myself. O'Brien's writing makes you want to believe.

Peter is a character you want to follow into each adventure because he is so naively curious and, at the same time, as whipsmart as any parent of a 10-year-old knows they can be.

If Lewis Carroll lived in this century, Adventures in Wonderland would read something like this chaotic fantasy. This is one talented writer.
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