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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,869 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brom Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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