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Peter: A Darkened Fairytale (Peter: A Darkened Fairytale #1)

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A children's novel- PETER: A Darkened Fairytale
Rough age range 11-13, fun for adults too!

In a quiet sleepy place nestle a few tiny houses, a bridge, and a handful of shops. Unknown to Peter, on one particular morning - the morning of his tenth birthday -will reveal more than just the usual collection of presents. Stumbling into a secret place, he travels through many hidd
Hardcover, 1st, 148 pages
Published March 31st 2011 by Authorhouse (first published March 17th 2011)
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Cheryl Landmark
Jan 18, 2014 Cheryl Landmark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastical, madcap, non-stop adventures greeted Peter after climbing through the clock portal in Mrs. Kipple's shop. Strange, whimsical, beautiful, dangerous and evil creatures such as fairies, elves, shylongs, dragons, pineapple-eating bugs, witches and many more filled this dark but enjoyable fairy tale. Mr. O'Brien certainly created a memorable, magical world for Peter to explore on his tenth birthday!

This is a book that can be enjoyed by both adults and children.

Chloe Thurlow
Aug 11, 2013 Chloe Thurlow rated it it was amazing
I discovered from the author notes that William O'Brien resides in a small English village - the fertile inspiration of some of the land's most imaginative writers, Emily Brontë, Lewis Carroll, Daphne du Maurier, the list is endless, as are the misty, dark tales they have spun.

In this tradition, we find the eponymous Peter from a Darkened Fairytale on his tenth birthday cast into a purple forest searching for a friend and finding himself in the company of an intriguing cast of magical characters
Todd Thiede
Aug 09, 2013 Todd Thiede rated it it was amazing

This review is from: Peter: A Darkened Fairytale (Paperback)
This book brought me back to my childhood. I loved the story and the descriptions of the world that Peter is in made me feel like I was there right along with him. The author's imagination is amazing. Peter's character meets up with so many different beings and creatures it is mind boggling how Mr. O'Brien came up with all of them. If you want to leave our world and enjoy a magical world that will blow your mind pick this book up and no
Peter John
May 28, 2013 Peter John rated it it was amazing
Peter is just about to turn 10 years old and is expecting to grow quite substantially with the addition of a second digit to his age. With his mother, he visits Mrs Kipple, the owner of the local antiques shop, on the promise of a surprise birthday gift. While wandering around amongst the clutter of old and unusual objects he discoverers a clock through which more than time can pass and a magical journey through a strange and fantastical world begins.

William O’brien writing style, while quirky,
Maggie Thom
Jul 28, 2013 Maggie Thom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter: A Darkened Fairytale is a fanciful adventure that will pull you in and make you feel like you're there. The descriptions are really well done.

Peter is just an ordinary boy who finds a key to a secret room. Once he opens that door his world will never be the same. Well actually he ends up in a totally different world full of talking animals, trees and paths. There are fairies, dragons, ghosts and every other creature you can imagine. Peter finds himself on a quest, which really turns into
Sheryl Seal
Jun 11, 2013 Sheryl Seal rated it it was amazing
5 stars for William O'Brien!The magical and mysterious realms that you are taken to with Peter A Darkened Fairytale, are very creative and I really felt like I was a mouse in Peters pocket along for the adventure. This story with dark realms is so imaginative and full of non-stop action that I found myself on the edge of my seat and reading many parts out loud to my son, who wanted to know what happened with Peter and the scroll. This is his new summer read and William O'Brien is a great story t ...more
Glenna Maynard
Jun 08, 2013 Glenna Maynard rated it it was amazing
This book is great. I have to admit that at first I wasn't sure what to expect, and it really surprised me how much I enjoyed it because it isn't something I normally read. Like always I try to review without spoiling the story.The descriptions given were so clear in my mind it felt like a movie was playing through my head.In this tale we join Peter on a magical adventure where he meets many strange and unusual characters along the way.I would recommend this book to young and old it is very well ...more
Aug 27, 2013 Julia rated it it was amazing
Like the Chinese shop that the young protagonist of this novel visits, this imaginative novel by William O'Brien is "crammed with all sorts of unusual things." The story starts with a perfect setup for an adventure: we have a ten-year old curious and smart boy Peter who is prone to daydreaming, and a mom who is preoccupied with daily tasks.

But this is no ordinary adventure. The author, William O'Brien, uses his diverse experiences, from a degree in geosciences to a master's in science communicat
Morgan Mitchell
Jun 19, 2013 Morgan Mitchell rated it it was amazing
Peter a Darkened Fairy Tale was an enchanting story of boy turning ten who falls into a clock that is a portal into the world of his dreams. He meets many magical creatures on his fascinating adventure to save the Shylong and thus the land from an evil trying to tear it apart. This story was very well written, perfect for my thirteen year old but captivated my attention as well. (My 11 year old is reading it now!)

With a brilliant plot, charming imaginative characters, and vivid descriptions, thi
Aug 17, 2013 Brandt rated it it was amazing
Wow! Fantastical Fun.
This is a very creative, wish-it-would-never-end kind of story. The author has created a remarkable character in Peter, not to mention, Slip the elf, Arnica, Hally, Mrs. Kipple, Wind Sail, Mr. Twindle Twoondle, etc. Perhaps even more impressive is how he created a bizarre and whacky world, it’s as if the book was written through a kaleidoscope. Well written and imaginative – you’ll have a great time!
May 31, 2013 CK rated it it was amazing
In a small village is a boy named Peter who is ten years old. (or 85 years old and a lifelongian. You’ll have to read the book to know what I’m talking about.) He has grey-green eyes, a hazy smile, and unkempt strawberry-blonde hair. Peter was a well-mannered boy. But suddenly, he is thrust into a magical world and greeted by a strange bird dressed in a lavender shirt, taupe waistcoat, rose-tinted spectacles, and navy slippers. Peter enters a strange and amazing place he can’t believe. Turn and ...more
Simon Okill
Aug 28, 2013 Simon Okill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fairytale
Peter: A Darkened Fairytale by William O'Brien is a classic children's story straight out of Alice in Wonderland, but with far more imagination and style. Peter is about to get into double digits and is so excited. He visits Mrs Kipple's antique shop and likes a small wooden box. He takes it home and while tinkering with it, opens a secret compartment. He takes out a velvet pouch with curious items in it, one being key. He returns to the shop for his present and is shown an old clock with vivid ...more
Dustin Stevens
Aug 18, 2013 Dustin Stevens rated it it was amazing
Peter: A Darkened Fairytale grabs the reader in the opening sentences and pulls them into a world that most imaginations wouldn’t be able to conjure. It is the story of a young boy that finds himself on an unexpected journey, striving to save a Shylong and protect a civilization he didn’t know existed. Along the way he meets with ageless friends, elves, dragons, murderous sisters, cannibalistic fairies and a host of other magical creations.

Two things really stand out in the story. The first is t
Sameer Ketkar
Aug 26, 2013 Sameer Ketkar rated it it was amazing
This book has everything! You start from a Harry Potter-esque child-suddenly-whisked-into-a-fantasy-world story, but from there it just grows in leaps and bounds. I loved the fact that all the characters are rich and real -- no matter how fantastical, they seem like living, breathing characters.

The main character Peter reminds me in some ways of the South Park boys -- in that he shows childhood naivete and extreme intelligence in equal bursts, making the story thoroughly readable and enjoyable.
Jams Roses
Aug 10, 2013 Jams Roses rated it it was amazing
A brilliant fantasy tale...
This story was fun and full of magic. Young Peter fights against evil in this wonderful fantasy that kept me and my son thoroughly entertained. Will likely be read again the future.
Sharon Stevenson
Aug 11, 2013 Sharon Stevenson rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book for honest review. 'Peter: A Darkened Fairytale' is the story of a young boy on his tenth birthday who is transported into a mysterious realm of strange creatures and goes off on an enchanting yet perilous adventure.

This book hits the right note straight from the start, awakening a sense of wonder as Peter begins his journey and catching the reader unawares with some terrifying moments along the way. I very much enjoyed my immersion in this strange, dark fairy-tale
Kate Prudchenko
Aug 06, 2013 Kate Prudchenko rated it it was amazing
William O'Brien's "Peter: A Darkened Fairytale" is a whimsical novel which is narrated like a fairy tale, creating a world which is childlike but not childish.

Masterfully written, it has great imagery and pacing and intriguing characters. In the story, O'Brien introduces us to Peter, a caring, cautious yet adventurous young man with a particular perspective on the world.

For example, here is Peter's interpretation of taxidermy: "One of the rooms, which had the word Taxidermy on the door, was full
Anita Melillo
May 09, 2013 Anita Melillo rated it it was amazing
Peter is on the brink of discovering life in a different way than he ever imagined possible. On his 10th birthday he is mysteriously transported into a darkened realm that contains mysteries worth discovering. When he first embarks upon the land of clouds, he has no idea of what will lie in store for him, or of the eyes that watch him in the dark. From the ice castle carved into the mountain is a character called Bonemaker, who licks the air and makes skeletons, with eerie elves to do his biddin ...more
Leo Featherstone
Sep 15, 2013 Leo Featherstone rated it really liked it
Peter: A Darkened Fairytale is a story about a young boy who is transported to a magical world populated with all sorts of unusual denizens. Many of the people and creatures Peter encounters are relatively friendly individuals who either help Peter or are helped by Peter. However, there are equally as many dangers for Peter to face. It feels almost like a nightmare, starting out fairly benign and gradually becoming darker and more intense as the story progresses.

At first, our protagonist's journ
Janet McNulty
Jun 05, 2013 Janet McNulty rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Peter lives in England and is just hoping for something interesting to do. Then one day Mrs. Kipple gives him a surprise. He soon finds himself stepping through a broom cupboard and into another world of magic, mystical creatures, adventure, and evil. Soon Peter meets all sorts of strange creatures—some friendly and some not—and learns about an evil witch named Cirinian. As he continues in his adventure, Peter finds himself looking for a magic scroll and on a quest to destroy the evil Cirinian.

N. Wetzel
Jul 26, 2013 N. Wetzel rated it it was amazing
A twist on tales
This cute, quick read is very different to say the least. There was a comfort to it however. Not just in the creatures, but in the story. I felt like I was in a new aged Alice in Wonderland. It was a bit jumpy. I still found it easy to follow, but I had hoped for a bit more. But for a short story, that is the usual only complaint right? At least as far as the ones that I have read goes.

"The aroma you are enquiring upon is me, and you get used to it after a while," he said, wiping
Sonya Dodd
Sep 12, 2013 Sonya Dodd rated it it was amazing
This story is a beautifully narrated tale for adults and children alike. Adults will enjoy the memory of books from their childhood in the way this story is woven like a traditional fairy tale. Children will enjoy the endearing and range of characters which exist in the fantasy world which Peter enters on his adventures.
Surrounded by an array of strange beings, both good and bad, Peter has to find his way through the land beyond the antiques shop and it reminded me of a cross between the tales
Lauren Lynne
Aug 20, 2013 Lauren Lynne rated it it was amazing
It was my honor to be given the opportunity to read Peter: A Darkened Fairytale by William O’Brien. This story was an intriguing blend of Alice in Wonderland meets The Never Ending Story with a little The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe thrown in. O’Brien certainly gets 6 stars for creativity. His cast of characters is varied, fascinating and unique. The story begins in a sleepy village and although I have never been to England I could almost smell the countryside. Soon young Peter discovers th ...more
Sara Marion
Jul 11, 2013 Sara Marion rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book. When I first started reading it, I was unsure of what to expect from it but this book pleasantly surprised me!

It started out with a great introduction of Peter and his curiosity. It centers around his 10th birthday. He goes to a shop where he finds a small box that he wants to buy. Of course he gets it and this is where the story starts. When he returns to the shop late on, he gets swept away in
Christoph Fischer
Aug 29, 2013 Christoph Fischer rated it it was amazing
"Peter, A Darkened Fairytale" by William O'Brien is a wonderful and magical story.
Unsuspecting young Peter finds himself in a world of elfs, dragons and all kinds of fantasy creatures. One quest leads to the next and before you know it Peter and us readers have covered a world full of known and unknown creatures.
The author has done an amazing job making us witness the world from a young boys perspective. This is a fantasy adventure nothing short of the wonders of Narnia or Alice.
On a deeper lev
Jake Taylor
Aug 16, 2013 Jake Taylor rated it really liked it
While reading "Peter: A Darkened Fairytale" I felt I was inside a turbulent nightmare within a maze. The pace of the narration quickens in a fashion similar to the changing of gears in a sports car. Every chapter is accompanied by lots of curves and gears shifting forward, merciless accelerating words and sentences. The book starts like that same sports car: parked, still, almost motionless, but soon it begins to move and it will not stop until the end.
The chapters speed up and, even when intro
Carolyn Bennett
Sep 16, 2013 Carolyn Bennett rated it it was amazing
The writing in Peter - A Darkened Fairytale reminded me of a cross between Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter and the original Hobbit. O'Brien draws you in so totally with his descriptive writing you can accurately and vividly visualize each scene. If I had to compare the imagery to a movie, I would suggest this could easily be turned into an animated picture along the same lines as the original Hobbit with its grand adventures and interesting characters.
Peter is an average boy who comes into a g
Aug 13, 2013 Stephan rated it it was amazing
The first thing that caught my attention was the character of Peter. His inner world was rich, and he was different than most children in his age. In that curiosity the author managed to attract me to the storyline. There was something in the reality of order; that is in the environment of Peter’s surroundings that made Peter all the dreamier and recluse. As a reader I sought the spiritual world with him from the very first mention of his peculiarity. As the storyline evolves Peter enters the dr ...more
Lana Axe
Aug 16, 2013 Lana Axe rated it it was amazing
Peter is an average boy until he arrives in a land of fantasy. He enters a magical world where adventure and many surprises await. This story reminds me of Alice in Wonderland, only with some darker elements. This land, however, is quite unique, and Peter's adventures kept me guessing throughout the story.

There are many unique and unexpected characters within these pages. My personal favorite was Hally, who had me laughing aloud as I read. In fact, for over half of this story, I was reading with
King Samuel Benson
Aug 13, 2013 King Samuel Benson rated it it was amazing
A Bizarre Tale!
Without doubt, this is one of the sweetest, darkest and strangest stories I have ever read. So much like Alice in Wonderland and the Lion, Witch & Wardrobe with dark and crazy thrown in! Right from the start, I was pulled into the pages of Peter’s world. I still can’t stop thinking about all the strange characters and how I want to be part of their world. I am getting giddy just thinking about those places again. I hope there will be more adventures or other stories from this
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Living in a small village in Lancashire, England, the author has written a number of books based on the tale 'Peter'.

In the 1990s, the author had twenty-one articles published, both nationally and internationally. After gaining an honours degree in Geosciences, doing post-graduate study in Occupational Health and Fitness, and earning a masters degree in Science Communication, he developed an inter
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