The Child Thief

The Child Thief 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 fri

  • Title: The Child Thief
  • Author: Brom
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  • Page: 273
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Child Thief

    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 thPeter 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 could he possibly lose There is always 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.

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    1. Emily May

      If the girl could only have spoken to the other boys and girls, the ones that had followed the golden-eyed boy before her, she would have known that there is always something left to lose.This is a story you know - in a way. You remember how it goes, right? A 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. Of course we all know this story. But what if it wasn't all that it seemed? What if Peter held back d [...]

    2. Stephen

      This is a MUSTREADALERT fellow Goodreaders. Not only is this a gorgeously imagined and supertastically crafted retelling/reimagining/expansion of Peter Pan, but it's also hands down, down, down the BEST version I have ever experienced…which, no offense to James Barrie, includes the original.This is a fantasy master-piece and has earned a prominent place on my list of all time favorite novels. This is not to be missed. Before I stumble further into the puddle of gush I’m dripping, you should [...]

    3. Kat (Lost in Neverland)

      When you think of Peter Pan, you think of;Or maybe;The Child Thief has none of that. None at all. Upon finishing The Child Thief, I had 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. My hair flew like it had a mind of its own, I could feel my hands and feet getting dirtier by the second; but I didn't care. Out of breath, I collapsed onto the trampoline, hair [...]

    4. Dan Schwent

      A runaway named Nick is fleeing the wrath of a drug dealer when he runs into an odd boy named Peter. Peter saves Nick and takes him to Avalon, recruiting him into gang of nearly feral boys called The Devils. With Nick's help, can the Devils overcome the Flesh Eaters, the transformed men who defile and destroy Avalon?I picked this up because I'm interested in the unsanitized versions of familiar fairy tales. It turns out Brom is, too. Like a lot of people, I was familiar with Brom's art when I pi [...]

    5. Chantal(Every Word A Doorway)

      "The darkness is calling. A little danger, a little risk. Feel your heart race. Listen to it. That’s the sound of being alive. It’s your time, Nick. 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".Buddy read with Nina (Click for her review).I loved it. I loved it. I l [...]

    6. Richard Derus

      Rating: 5* of fiveI can't praise THE CHILD THIEF highly enough. I read it several Christmases ago at the behest of a graphic-novel loving friend and, in spite of hating comic books and disliking the work necessary to decode them, I took a chance on this book.1) Not a graphic novel.2) GORGEOUS.3) Read the revised review at my blog.Why make money for people who don't respect my data, except as they can profit from it?

    7. Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

      This retelling brilliantly succeeds in going to the very core of what gives this heartbreaking feeling to Peter Pan : The raw loneliness of the Lost Boys, and the ambiguity of Peter : a hero, you think? Really? Well now. There's no such thing as a hero in this book, and it was fantastic. What is it with anti-heroes that captivates me so much? "The thief saw the fear, the confusion, and he smiled. What had led this child here : abuse, neglect, molestation? All of the above perhaps? It really didn [...]

    8. Natalie Monroe

      "In a small corner of Prospect Park, in the borough of Brooklyn, New York, a thief lay hidden in the trees. This thief wasn't searching for an unattended purse, cell phone, or camera. This thief was looking for a child."THIS. This is how you start a book. This is how you grab my attention, keep me reading through lectures, ignore my duties, and instill a burning need to search up The Child Thief fanfiction ASAP. Because I have to know what happens next. And once writers grab you by the have-to, [...]

    9. Lyn

      Very, very good.The postmodern Peter Pan; more Pan than Peter.Brom’s 2009 retelling of Peter Pan was enthralling. From the first few pages describing the mean streets of New York City and some excruciatingly graphic scenes of drug dealing cruelty and violence, the reader is held, shocked and awed, by his weird and unforgiving vision of J.M. Barrie’s characters told from the vantage of the 21st century.Brom’s dark prophecy is as much Jack Vance and Michael Moorcock as it is early 1900s pros [...]

    10. Kristalia

      Final rating: 6/5 stars“Don't let them win. Don't let them beat you. Don't let them steal your magic.” 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 chil [...]

    11. Demo

      Someone needs to add some words to the English language so that I can accurately express my feelings towards this book. But, alas, I'm stuck with the boundaries that this language limits me too, so I will work with this.There is a certain kind of magnificence that can only be possessed by the darkest of things. While a flower my look pretty, a concert may be exciting, a roller coaster may be thrilling, they don't have the power to change your life and convert your way of thinking like this book [...]

    12. Sh3lly ☽ Guardian of Beautiful Squids and Lonely Moons ☽

      The good:I thought the world created here was imaginative. I liked the idea of a dark Peter Pan re-telling. I liked Peter and the grim fairy world of Avalon, even if it was depressing.As usual, the illustrations were amazing!!!The bad:The book was too long and the fighting/action scenes started to feel repetitive. Nick started to get REALLY annoying, whereas in the beginning I liked him. If Nick was annoying, Leroy was the nuclear version of annoying. I hate him. He was the caricature bully, bla [...]

    13. Vane J.

      This review was also posted on Books With Chemistry.In a small corner of Prospect Park, in the borough of Brooklyn, New York, a thief lay hidden in the trees. This thief wasn’t searching for an unattended purse, cell phone, or camera. This thief was looking for a child.I think you all know I’m a girl with a twisted mind. The dark, gory, pessimistic and disturbing things fascinate me to no end. That is not something new. Since a kid, I was pretty cynic. It is no surprise then to say I always [...]

    14. Will Byrnes

      Like so many before me, I am fascinated by the tale of Peter Pan, the romantic idea of an endless childhood amongst the magical playground of Neverland. But, like so many, my mind’s image of Peter Pan had always been that of an endearing, puckish prankster, the undue influence of too many Disney films and peanut-butter commercials. That is, until I read the original Peter Pan, not the watered-down version you’ll find in the children’s bookshops these days, but James Barrie’s original and [...]

    15. Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin

      $1.99 on kindle 9/8/2016. I don't care for Peter Pan that much but I have heard good things about this book and it's cheap :-)

    16. Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

      4.5 stars“If you don't learn to laugh at life it'll surely kill you, that I know.”Was a group read with Novel Books and Reading ChallengesThe most curious question is, how could I have not heard about this book before it was announced as a group read? Apparently it's well liked, artful, tastefully twisted, a modern day play on the old lore of Peter Pan (which I already find fascinating). It's almost a criminal shame this hadn't hit my radar until recently.It's clear to see from the blurb and [...]

    17. Shannon (Giraffe Days)

      In the seedy underbelly of New York and Boston, children are being neglected, abused, molested, beaten up and forced to run away from home. These vulnerable, unloved children are not entirely alone. Watching from the trees and shadows and fire escapes is a wild, charismatic half-fae boy called Peter. He rescues them from abusive parents, from street gangs and from the hardships of their world, and offers them the chance to live in paradise, to play games with other children and never have to gro [...]

    18. Jenny

      "And the stars winked back, for Peter's smile is a most contagious thing.” Peter Pan's story is one of my favorites,so I was really excited to read this book. I was looking forward to see how the author had created the whole story of Peter Pan into something very dark,because after reading the first few pages,I knew that this book wasn't like the original version. I was surprised with how a fairy tale could turn so creepy and horrifying,because believe me,this book was terrifying.There were a [...]

    19. Stephanie *Very Stable Genius*

      I don't know how I feel about this book.As a child fairy tales creeped me out. Who wouldn't be with wolves killing and eating grandmas, people being shoved in ovens, talking pigswooden boys.k. I wasn't even fond of Santa.So it shouldn't have been any surprise to me that I wasn't all that in love with this book. It was well written and I understood the concept, but I just couldn't bring myself to like it. This part (view spoiler)[where Peter walks and talks as a newborn, ahhhhhhhhaakkkk! (hide sp [...]

    20. Stephen

      6.0 stars. This one goes on my "select" list of 6.0 star books and my list of all-time favorites. See my expanded review here. I absolutely loved this book from beginning to end. Dark, disturbing and beautifully written with breath-taking pictures that truly enhance the reading experience. Highest possible recommendation. Revised, expanded review

    21. Michael

      I deeply admire this book. It is brilliant, dark, stunning, imaginative . . . all those adjectives people throw around when reviewing great books. And this is a great book. Absolutely wonderful.

    22. Kate

      3.5/5stars4.5/5starsFebruary 4, 2018 update: I've decided to lower my rating for this book. It simply didn't stick with me at all and I get comments pretty often saying people picked it up because of me, and I kinda cringe being like "eh that wasn't actually that good" but my review does not reflect that. I'm putting this one down to 3.5 stars simply because, again, it didn't stick with me at all and looking back the writing really was awful and the book much more mediocre than I originally felt [...]

    23. Mark

      Having listened to 'Little White bird ' on the radio a few weeks ago I realized that Mr Barrie was not a gentlemen i would have allowed anywhere near any of my children if i had any. One very weird and odd man. This book takes his character of Peter Pan and wraps around him an incredible tale running back and forth through history sweeping up in his wake ancient druidic struggles against 'modern' belief, legend and myth, history and the modern day. We follow the Child Thief in his 'collecting ' [...]

    24. Steve

      Okay, it’s unpopular opinion time, as I go against the 5-star flow for this book.3 stars, and I’m being generous."The Child Thief" is an original take on the Peter Pan story, complete with outstanding illustrations by the author (who is also an artist, apparently) at the start of every chapter. The story itself is very dark and brooding; even early on, somehow I knew not to expect a happy ending.I’m not going to reiterate the plot; read the blurb for yourself. But just know ahead of time t [...]

    25. MLE

      Beautifully dark, and lyrical this felt like the story Peter Pan was meant to be to me. I love the moral complexity, and ambiguity to this re-imagning. The use of traditonal mythology is effective, and true to the old tales.

    26. Cara

      4.75 ⭐️"Don't let them steal your magic" Oh wow. Oh wow. THIS WAS AMAZING. The Child Thief is a retelling of Peter Pan but a lot darker and I am here for it. I heard about this book about 2 years ago and like literally EVERY BOOK EVER I put off reading it for no reason whatsoever and I so regret that. Peter is a "child" (he's really like thousands of years old but he doesn't age and such remember) who travels to the real world and lures children who have had a rough life or are going through [...]

    27. Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell

      Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestLike most American children, Disney's Peter Pan was a part of my video library (we watched it on VHS, and waiting for the tape to rewind is an exercise in patience that few children these days know). Because my mother was a firm believer in reading, we also had the book, as well - a lovely illustrated edition of J.M. Barrie's classic tale. They're very different stories, though. Even as a child, I remember picking up the book and thinking to mysel [...]

    28. Phee

      Probably the darkest Peter Pan inspired story I’ve read. This book is beautifully written and holds some amazing artwork. I’m not sure how I can review this book. It’s not truly a retelling of Peter Pan. It definitely takes inspiration from it and had a couple of similarities, but Brom certainly makes The Child Thief his own monster. It is wickedly dark, mischievous and brutal. It’s made me really see the source material in a new light. The original stories have some very dark undertones [...]

    29. Li Seagull

      AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHYS. I FINISHEDD, OH MY GOD.This book is awesome. Why oh why oh why oh why did I not find it sooner. (Thanks to Demo for telling me to. And thanks to Hyacinthe for having a copy and stuff.)So, like, I have pretty much no complaints or regrets regarding this book. The prose is, like, fucking poetry (and, I must say, a fucking fa [...]

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