I’m catching up on some of my #bravethebacklist titles and I’m so happy I’m finally doing this – I’ve had this one sitting on my shelves for a few months.
THE CHILD THIEF – Brom
This one I picked up at Barnes & Noble after reading the first couple of pages. I needed it!
Peter is quick, daring, and full of mischief—and like all boys, he loves to play, though his games often end in blood. His eyes are sparkling gold, and when he graces you with his smile you are his friend for life, but his promised land is not Neverland. Fourteen-year-old Nick would have been murdered 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 wary 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 always more to lose.
Accompanying Peter to a gray and ravished island that was once a lush, enchanted paradise, Nick finds himself unwittingly recruited for a war that has raged for centuries—one where he must 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 must to stop the “Flesh-eaters” and save the last, wild magic in this dying land.
My Thoughts: 5/5 stars
I’ve always seen Brom’s books on the shelves at Barnes & Noble and I stand there debating on them. I finally grabbed THE CHILD THIEF after reading the first few pages – I was hooked immediately. A dark, horror retelling of Peter Pan. This makes the second one I’ve read about Peter Pan not being the sweet character that we all know and love from the animated film.
Peter is the charismatic boy that saves kids from their terrible lives. Nick’s home life is less than ideal – drug dealers are threatening to kill him as they come after his family. Peter shows up and tells him of an enchanted land where you never get old and where he can escape to – sounds better than his current life, right? Nick leaves with him and instead of the Neverland we’ve all grown up hearing about, they arrive to a desolate island where Nick is forced to join the Devils of the island. These aren’t the sweet and adventurous Lost Boys, these are blood thirsty lost and stolen children that came with Peter.
We are told two stories in tandem. From Peter’s birth and how he got to where he is now, and then the story of Nick arriving to Avalon and desperately trying to fit in with the Devils. While we do get some familiar faces, Brom fleshes them all out with such precision that we get to see them all in a new light altogether. The illustrations are incredible and really help create more detailed picture in your mind as you continue through this dark, brutal, and often violent world.
If you like your fairytales twisted and nothing like the Disney versions, then this needs to be on your TBR. Another aspect I loved and appreciated was the references to mythology that the author included in the back of the book. Seeing where some details and aspects came from was really interesting to me, especially when it comes to mythology. If you don’t want to see Peter Pan in this evil, manipulative, and blood-thirsty light, then I would recommend against it. If that all sounds incredible – get this book now! Time to go get Brom’s other book I’ve been eyeing up for years, KRAMPUS