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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 th...more
Hardcover, 481 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Harper Voyager
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This is a MUST...READ...ALERT 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 shou...more
Emily May
Jun 07, 2014 Emily May rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of DARK retellings
Shelves: 2014, fairy-tales
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...more
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...more
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 5* of five

I 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?
Kat (Le Pauvre Cœur)
May 01, 2013 Kat (Le Pauvre Cœur) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who are not affected by heavy gore and swearing
When you think of Peter Pan, you think of;

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Or maybe;

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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...more
Kristalia
FINAL RATING: ★★★★★★/★★★★★



“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 - m...more
Circus Princess
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...more
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...more
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 '...more
Stephanie
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 pigs.....wooden boys.....eek. 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)...more
Lazy Seagull
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.

GUYS. I FINISHED.

AND, OH MY GOD.



This book BLEEDS 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...more
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.

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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.
MLE
Sep 20, 2012 MLE rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: yad
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.
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Monica!
Y’all, I love me some Peter Pan. Mary Martin, Disney, Finding Neverland, that film that came out ten years or so ago and made me feel super awkward because I definitely shouldn’t crush on a fourteen-year-old… I adore it all.


Waaaah, guilty as chaaaaarged!!

But anyone who has ever read the original Peter Pan will totally agree with our author’s feeling that Peter’s a little on the Creepy As Hell side.

Brom specifically notes the part where, when the Lost Boys start to grow up a little, or there get...more
Chris
I've never really liked Disney's Peter Pan. I enjoyed the Peter Pan ride at Disney World, but the movie never did it for me. While I've read Barrie's work and Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens is one of the first books I owned, I've never really been a huge fan for some reason.

Brom's Child Thief is a return to a Dark Peter Pan, something that Brom admits in his afterword. I think it works far better than the Disney version.

Brom manages to capture the charm of Pan while drawing from the changling m...more
LdDurham
Engrossing, dark, and horrifically beautiful. This is old-school fairytale telling. Don't expect Disney princesses and fairy godmothers to make things better. This is a gripping tale that makes you see everyone's point of view and feel everyone's struggle.

Not only is the book engaging enough on its own, but Brom begins each chapter with haunting drawings, up-coming scenes that made me curious or trepidatious. In the center of the book we get to see full-color renderings, on glossy paper, of the...more
Wesley
This book was incredible. It’s the kind of thing that can be explained and by several people but it still doesn’t grasp the completeness that this excellent work of fiction represents. Granted, this is even considering that the original idea was not the creation of the author. Brom did make this own though. What came of this book utter helps promote something that is still found but in hard to find places in the world, imagination. A solid book that compels every meaning and angle of a story one...more
Heather Victoria
Wow! What to say about this book to do it justice! In this book at the beginning of every chapter theres a drawing of a scene in that chapter. Amazing drawings!! And as I was reading this book I felt like I was watching it play out in my head because of the way Brom so beautifully put this story together! If you like to read fairy-tale retellings then I strongly suggest this book!!I wish Brom would do this with some other fairy tales such as Hansel and Gretel or Little Red Riding Hood.
Amber
This was a pretty good read. I enjoyed reading Brom's dark tale of peter pan. The artwork was amazing as well! It was cool that different mythologies and the uncut version of Peter Pan inspired brom to create the child thief. If you are looking for something different, definitely look for the child thief and check it out. Who knows? Maybe you'll be enchanted by the world of avalon and by Peter. I was.
Leyoh
Well wasn't that an experience! *Shudders*. Hmmmm, where to start. Ok - initially let me tell you to leave any memories you had of the sweet Peter Pan story at the door, this tale will smash them to pieces. The Child Thief is a retelling of the classic Barrie fairy tale by gothic fantasy artist Brom. For the first 200 pages I felt a little disorientated. Akin to wondering around a Tesco (insert your personal brand of supermarket here) laid out differently to your local store trying to find the e...more
Donna  Happy Booker
This is Peter Pan like I have never imagined it. The Child Thief is one of the most disturbing, violent, and frightening fairy tale re-imaginings I've ever read. It reminds me of the more grim versions of "Grimm's Fairy Tales" That being said, I was absolutely enthralled, I couldn't put it down. There were some times when I had to walk away from it for a bit, but I'm a bit squeamish when it comes to even a hint of gore. There were also some situations that were uncomfortable to read about such a...more
Shelby Finger
This was one of this books that I am SHOCKED I don't hear more people talking about. I don't make it a point to bash the lights of "Twilight," (like 99% of the world), but reading something like this, and then seeing how much money Stephenie Meyer makes makes me genuinely ill.

This story reads like a dream. It's one of the few books I've read where it is an obvious fact that the author LOVED his story from the beginning. He poured so much heart into it, it's almost tear provoking.


In a nutshell...more
Elizabeth Scott
WOW! Dark (seriously, this is not a book for younger YAs, or for those who want happy/hopeful stories) and absolutely brilliant retelling of Peter Pan. There were times when it hurt to read this book, but it was so well done I couldn't stop.

Very much worth checking out, especially for those who like darker stories (and despite it being released as an adult book, I think it would appeal to older YAs who like Ellen Hopkins, etc)
VampireNovelFan
Depressing as hell at times, but it’s one of my favorite books ever!

Are you a fan of Peter Pan? Great! Are you a fan of the horror genre? Even better. Just expect a bit of a twist on this classic fairy tale, infusing horror--both traditional and psychological--that you'll find chilling and fairly thought-provoking.

We meet Peter, whose mission is to recruit as many kids (Devils) as possible, bringing them to Avalon (a warped version of Never Never Land) to help defeat his pirate adversaries, sav...more
Rose
Brom's "The Child Thief" is a book I constantly debated about whether I liked or didn't like it in the spectrum of the story it was telling, and I ended up landing on the "like" side despite strong reservations about the language and violence in the book (and it gets overmuch in places). Let me first say that if you're expecting just an adult version of Peter Pan, you're quite mistaken. This book doesn't just tell a darker, alternative tale of the classic children's story, it delves into so much...more
Mawgojzeta
This is a wonderfully dark reimagining of Peter Pan, with the Fair Folk present, and a slightly distracting (in my opinion) name of Avalon thrown in for good measure. Definitely not a children's book!

Brom created a wonderfully magical and realistic fantasy world (can I use "realistic" and "fantasy" in the same sentence?) where he respects the need for balance both in his characterization of the land as a whole and, more obviously, the three Avalonian (?) siblings who were originally charged with...more
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Gerald Brom is an American gothic fantasy artist and illustrator. Brought up as a military dependent he was known by his last name only, and now signs his name as simply Brom.

An Army brat, Brom spent his entire youth on the move and unabashedly blames living in such places as Japan, Hawaii, Germany, and Alabama for all his afflictions. From his earliest memories he has been obsessed with the creat...more
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