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3.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 5 3.75 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brom Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9780062061652
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ancient magics combine with feral logic to culminate in Brom’s The Child Thief...Wickedly poetic, The Child Thief makes me want to believe.”

    Kim Harrison, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Perfect Blood

  • “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

  • “A wonderfully nasty Peter Pan reboot that stands on its own as a dark, twisted adventure.”

    Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Strangewood

  • “[A] fascinating work of dark epic fantasy that blends elements of the Peter Pan story with characters from Celtic and Norse mythologies.”

    Tulsa World

  • “A wickedly poetic retake on a classical magical tale.” 

    Barnes & Noble editorial review

  • “Brom weaves together gloomy prose and horrifying adventures in this macabre fairy tale inspired by J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan...Devilishly amusing.”  

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina Fye | 2/11/2014

    " Am Anfang war ich total begeistert gewesen.. Zur Mitte hin wurde es mir aber dann doch zu fantasievoll. Das ist dann doch nicht so mein Ding gewesen.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Whittaker | 1/27/2014

    " a definate must read a very dark take on peter pan, hoping there may be a sequel and i love broms art "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 1/8/2014

    " Superb through all but the ending, which was a let-down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 L.M. Preston | 11/22/2013

    " This was an awesome read for me. I admit it though, I am biased. One of my all time favorite stories was Peter Pan. I was in love with him from the start. However, I always thought there was a more sinister side to the tale. He was always too seductive. Heck I even wanted to go away with him. In this tale Brom does an excellent job of luring the reader into Peter's world also. It's a twisted version of the tale that is bought up to date. It does have violence, and several strong scenes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa Willmore | 11/10/2013

    " Extrememly dark, and though an entertaining read, it was also predictable at times. A great book for guys with all the guts and gore-which I enjoy, but to a certain degree. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy books, or twists on classics. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Danielle | 10/22/2013

    " Ugh. This was way too dark and sick for me. I couldnt get more than a few pages in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miramira Endevall | 7/10/2013

    " Wow. This book knocked my socks off, and I think it's one that will end up in storage rather than in bookswap as I'm going to need to re-read it several times at least. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marty Young | 6/24/2013

    " This is fantastic! Just so damn good. It's the best telling--or re-telling--of Peter Pan I've ever read. Contains strong elements of horror (which is always good), strong characters, and a story that just reels you in. Plus it has pictures! Stunning pictures at that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Löki Gale | 2/20/2013

    " An interesting take on two old tales (Peter Pan & The Lady of the Lake), the interweaving storylines were well constructed and creative. Although, I was not blown away, I find this book worth the time to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MLE | 8/15/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 7/29/2012

    " Just finished reading this book. Great alternative take on the Disney version we grew up on. Liked it very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daisylongmire | 7/27/2012

    " Now that was a great read. Full of adventure and heart...loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anjelica | 5/6/2012

    " this is one of my all time favorite books. i wan't really into any adult type book but i went into barnes and noble one day, saw it and had to have it. this book is gripping and a nicely done reworking of peter pan. i would recommend this book to anyone. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melinda | 3/30/2012

    " Ugh. That is all. Just Ugh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quinten | 10/2/2011

    " Creepy, not for young readers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hannah | 6/24/2011

    " I just couldn't get into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 6/10/2011

    " Very dark and really liked it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tessa | 4/28/2011

    " if you have no problem with character death and having your entire idea of who is who shaken up, then read this. the descriptions get a little annoying after a while, but i think they come from a background of rpging, so it makes sense. whatever, it's amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angm81 | 4/17/2011

    " An intriguing take on Peter Pan. This book did not disappoint. The ending was not at all what I expected - the direction it took created quite a funny scene, but I was left a little unsatisfied by the finale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 4/11/2011

    " It was enough to make me order the original Peter Pan (illustrated hardcover version, no less). It dragged a touch in the middle, but great start and finish. Definitely one for my library. "

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About the Author
Author Brom

Brom has, over the past decades, lent his distinctive vision to all facets of the creative industries, from novels and games to comics and film. Along with The Child Thief, he is the author of the award-winning illustrated horror novels The Plucker and The Devil’s Rose. He is currently kept in a dank cellar somewhere just outside of Seattle.

About the Narrator

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered numerous Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.