Tuesday, 7 May 2013

The Child Thief by Brom

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.

  • Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Dark Fantasy, Urban fantasy, Magic, Fairy Tales
  • Creatures: faeries, Zombies (?)
  • Age: mature young adult/adult
  • Source: owned ebook 
  • Read from January 08 to 09, 2013

 FINAL RATING: ★★★★★★/★★★★★

“Don't let them win. Don't let them beat you. Don't let them steal your magic.”

Oh, and there were pixies!!! Little, cute, but sadistic as hell xD
Oh my god. What a book.
What a fantastic-twisted-sadistic-manipulative story of Peter Pan....But it's nothing like the Peter Pan i knew.

This story is so dark, very very dark, and even though i read some dark books, they were nothing like this. Some may even want to throw something out of the window (like i did with poor pencil) after they finish the book.

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

Oh, and the artwork! IT WAS FANTASTIC!!!!


Once, there was a boy called Nick. He has a hard and difficult life. His family got involved with drug dealers and he got into problems. He would have been murdered or worse if not for his mysterious savior.
“The boy planted his hands on his hips and a broad smile lit his face. "My name's Peter. Can I play too?”

Peter is not of this world and he has come to find children. He found one. And he saved him. So, he showed him a way into another world.

Nick thought he didn't have anything to loose, so why not....


There is always more to lose.


It's fantastic, and it's quite enjoyable and so addicting. Also, the writing style is gorgeous. I just couldn't put the book down and go do the usual stuff in my life (ifyouknowwhatimean?.jpg). Prepare to have your emotions wracked, maybe you will feel a hand gripping your heart, but the end, end was wtf all the way. Also, the book is quite psychological.

Never had i expected that a book could end with such a plot twist O_O... Oh, some may even say this book is disturbing...Of course it is, it was the point! Because in a way, this is perfect horror. There are scenes where it was difficult, just difficult to comprehend what the hell was going on. When I, for example, finished the book, i just sat, and thought hours about it....And i still think a lot about it...Oh yes, and i cried like a baby.

Oh, and this was my reaction when i read last 10 chapters or so:
Anyway, the book is simply, a masterpiece....in a way... And it's hell of a unique, even though the 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 haven'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 end of the book.

Oh, the most important thing of them all: there is no Tinkerbell and Peter doesn't fly.


Also, the characters were all unique in every way, they struggle, they fight, they have fun, they suffer and they die. He made the characters understandable and very very real.

And here i wonder how it is possible to hate and love the same character in the same time? This is the case with Peter .

He is seductive manipulating sociopath, and can be cruel, very very cruel, and horrible like a monster. But he also cares, he loves,he is great leader and has natural charisma. But he doesn't understand everything, and it confuses him, and he.....goes insane. He saves children from cruel fates, the abused, tortured, the ones with nowhere to go and takes them to Avalon to fight war, but not for him, but for Lady of the lake. After i read Afterword left by author, i truly understood him.
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 only one who truly understands what is going on. That is why i loved him a lot, for in the end, he was more mature than any other lost child in Avalon. The only one who actually understood.
Other character were complex as hell as well - some of them are quite easy to understand, and some were quite difficult to figure out, until the very end. Well, to put it this way, some are tyrants, some sadistic, horrible, disgusting, cute, hugable, likeable, bullies, insane, manipulative, and many many more.... I just noticed something! There was no alligator in the story xD!!!


Fantastic book, but its quite dark - some may like it, but some may not. But in a way it is and it always will be, a masterpiece for me :)

“Go and play. Run around. Build something. Break something. Climb a tree. Get dirty. Get in some trouble. Have some fun.”


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