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Peter and the Sword of Mercy (Peter and the Starcatchers #4)

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,103 Ratings  ·  552 Reviews
The year is 1901--it's been twenty-three years since Peter and the Lost Boys returned from Rundoon. Since then, nobody on the island has grown a day older, and the Lost Boys continue their friendship with the Mollusk tribe, and their rivalry with Captain Hook. Meanwhile in London, Molly has married George Darling and is raising three children: Wendy, Michael, and John. One ...more
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Published October 13th 2009 by Findaway World (first published October 1st 2009)
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My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I liked it!!!
***Borrowed the audiobook CD’s from the library

The cover is definitely Peter Pan-ish and makes you think of magical adventures.

This is the 4th book in the series, and while I loved listening to it with my son, it was not my favorite. I think I really liked Molly and Peter together, so it was weird having it be her daughter…at least for me.

It is another fantastical adventure for Peter and he makes some new friends and reunites with some old friend
This book was a surprise -- I thought book 3 (Rundoon) was the last in the series. However, having this book certainly makes sense as it makes the final connection between the Starcatchers series and the original Peter Pan.

Happily, this book is also better than the previous book. Book 3 was definitely the weakest link. This book is as good as the first one -- my favorite -- and in some ways is a stronger story, though there's less character development and less dealing with Peter's loneliness th
Nicole Catherine
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Sella Malin
Jul 25, 2010 Sella Malin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. This book was terrible. At the beginning, it was okay, but it started getting really really REALLY boring in the middle, and by the end I was just skimming through it and I just wanted it to end. I was reading it for more than a month, because I dreaded picking it up and so I wouldn't touch it for weeks and I hated reading it. And when I did read it, if I wasn't skimming, I'd read it really slowly because there was so much freaking long description and it was so boring.

Bleh bleh bleh. I don
My real rating may be more of a 2.5? I can't seem to rate a book about Peter Pan any less than a 3, though.

I must admit, I am a bit disappointed with the ending. It ends well and all, but my favorite part about these books has been that they are the prequels to J.M. Barry's Peter Pan and explain many of the details of Mr. Barry beloved classic. One huge flaw in this story is that Peter meets Wendy and shares the adventure with her...So it doesn't make much sense that Wendy and Peter are supposed
Jan 10, 2010 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the final book to the Peter and the Starcatchers series. It occurs over 20 years after the previous book. Molly is now married to George Darling and has three children (Wendy, John, and Michael). George has forbidden her to talk about her past life as a Starcatcher and when she is approached by one of the Lost Boys who returned to London with them in the last book she is hesitant to believe the story he is telling her. he has been assigned by Scotland Yard to the palace and saw (and fel ...more
Aug 06, 2011 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think the main problem that I have with #4 is this: Peter's back story is fully revealed now. This is hardly a prequel. 'Sword of Mercy' lacks those 'OH!' moments, in which you are delightedly piecing together Peter Pan's life as it relates to J.M. Barrie's play.
Instead we're left slogging through a 'meh' plot involving boring locations and recycled villains. I mean, really? How the heck did Ombra survive AGAIN? And where did the Skeleton come from? Where do his horrible powers come from?

Joanna Hoong
Mar 14, 2011 Joanna Hoong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kathy Davie
Jan 10, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, fantasy
Fourth in the Peter and the Starcatchers fantasy adventures series for children loosely based on J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan .

My Take
This was great fun to read as we dipped further into the original Peter Pan's characters with Wendy, John, and Michael Darling although it's really only Wendy who plays an active part.

Some proofreader messed up. Fighting Prawn is suggesting that since the castaways have done such a good job helping the Lost Boys fix up their hut that they would be ideal to help fi
Sep 17, 2010 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED the first three books in this series and was was SO excited when I heard this was coming out. Once I was a few pages into it however, I was unsure of whether I'd really connect with this book due to Molly being "grown up" and married. I felt sad at times because Peter remembered the girl Molly that he loved and here she was with kids of her own. I have to say that they did an AMAZING job of capturing me just as easily as they did with the first three books. Once Peter had is few moments ...more
Michelle Isenhoff
Sep 28, 2012 Michelle Isenhoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This final book in the Starcatchers series was an afterthought by the authors, written at the request of readers who weren’t satisfied with a trilogy. It’s crafted with the same humor and style, but it takes place twenty years after the others and, incidentally, one year before Mr. Barrie published his classic Peter Pan play on which the Starcatchers is based.

Molly is all grown up, the original Lost Boys are aging, and “when the starstuff falls stopped, the group you knew as the Starcatchers gra
Aug 03, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 03, 2010 J.Elle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hmmmm, I see by the title above that this book was NUMBER 4 IN A SERIES. I HATE it when a book does not clearly state somewhere on the cover or jacket that it's part of a series. But, I was able to read this without any confusion and without suspecting it was even part of a series, so the fact that it stands alone is good. I saw in the "thanks" portion in the book before starting it, that the author had thanked "Disney" and that confused me until I started reading and realized it's a take on Pet ...more
Brigham Inkley
Mar 23, 2015 Brigham Inkley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book blew me away. In this book you finally get to see who Molly really is. You also get to meet Wendy, Michel, and Jon who are actually Molly's children. You also get a whole new band of characters that you fall in love with instantly plus the severely underused characters emerge in this book. So, yeah.
Simone Sylvester
23 years later, Wendy Darling is enlisted by her mother Mary Darling (ńee Molly Aster) to find Peter and bring him to London again, to face the formidable Lord Ombra now possessing the body of Baron von Somebody. James, one of the original Lost Boys has returned, now a grown man, with disturbing news to give Molly, that a strange man, von Somebody, is controlling the crown prince, in a way very similar to Lord Ombra and the corruption and evil is even deep in the police service. And what's more ...more
The book Peter and the Sword of Mercy by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson is a fictional story. It has a bit of suspension, mystery, and adventure in it as well. This is because the book is about starcatchers, which was a group of people, fairies, and other creatures that worked together and used starstuff to fight evil people or objects called the Others. These two authors have written many books, but this is their fourth book out of five.
This book is somewhat similar to the story Peter Pan, excep
May 08, 2015 Daryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently finished a book called Peter and the Sword of Mercy by Dave Barry is one of the best book in the series. The book starts out with the story of how the sword of mercy came to be and the owners of the sword. Then the book starts with james walking to the Darling household, this is 23 years after the events in Peter and the Secret of Rundoon and Molly has now married George Darling and they have had 3 children together, James is now apart of the Scotland Yard and he has been investigatin ...more
James F
Feb 04, 2015 James F rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, sf, fantasy, amp, series
This is the fourth and final book of the Peter and the Starcatchers series, a fantasy series at the borderline between children's and YA fiction dealing with the origins of Peter Pan.

This book actually deals with the period of the original J.M. Barrie Peter Pan and gives a totally incompatible version. Since the preface to the first book says that the authors wrote it to answer their own children's questions about where Peter Pan came from, after they had read or seen the original version, I ha
Dec 14, 2014 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peter and the Sword of Mercy is a continuation of the Peter and the Starcatchers series. It is book four. The books are by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. They wrote this series together beginning at an attempt to answer questions their children had about Peter Pan. Interestingly, they wrote these long distance communicating by phone, email and texting, and fax. They managed to make it seem as though only one person wrote the books. They are simply fascinating especially for those who love Barri ...more
Nov 08, 2009 Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised to learn that there was a fourth book in this series. I loved the first two books and liked the third, but was not sure where the story would pick up for a fourth book. Well, twenty years passed and now Wendy, Michael and John were brought into the story. Again, I love how Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have created there unique plots which integrate elements of the traditional Peter Pan story. This fourth book was just as good as the first two.
Mar 07, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Molly and George Darling live in London with their three children, Wendy, John and Michael. The Starcatchers have pretty much disbanded since they destroyed Lord Ombra. That and starstuff has not fallen to earth for twenty years.

Men have been disappearing in the Underground. James, now a grown man, becomes suspicious - he recognizes a man who is now the soon-to-be-crowned-king's chief advisor. He can only think to go find Molly and express his fears. He does. When Molly tells George he has no i
Jacob Canale
Molly Darling has moved on since the events of the previous books in this series and has three children named Wendy, Michael, and John. Then James, one of Peter's Lost Boys brings surprising news. He thinks the enemy from the previous stories Lord Ombra, survived the rocket explosion and now is controlling Prince Albert's advisor, von Schatten. Trying to find the Cache, a secret stash of starstuff that landed in London, von Schatten has two teams at work. One is digging while the other searches ...more
Dec 31, 2009 Kym rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite of the series.
However, still a big fan. I enjoyed the revisit to old favorite characters and meeting new ones. The backstory is told in a smart and sweet way that has me hooked on a series that typically would not be my cup of tea.
Shane Hurst
Jul 27, 2015 Shane Hurst rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Rebecca McKinnon
Oct 19, 2009 Rebecca McKinnon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
This was really fun. The first three books deal with Peter and Molly, Wendy's mother. In this book, Wendy makes her first appearance and Peter comes back to London for the first time in twenty years. It's a quick read, and a great adventure!
Jan 26, 2016 VY rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Over twenty years have passed, and although Peter hasn't aged a day, Molly now has children of her own, the oldest of which (Wendy) is about the same age as when Molly first met Peter. A secret stash of starstuff is about to fall into the hands of The Others, which would not be a good thing for the rest of the inhabitants of Earth. When her mother and father go missing, Wendy takes it upon herself to seek out Peter and implore him for help rescuing her parents. They journey together, and battle ...more
Mar 10, 2010 Miranda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
only one word can be used to discribe this book. well two really... well no, three words.
make that six words
Sep 05, 2011 Conny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On my son's summer reading list but we all loved it. If you like young adult/youth books try this series/
Claire Oliver
May 25, 2015 Claire Oliver rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, I am a huge Peter Pan fan. I read the book when I was a little girl and I have seen the movies and the play and I simply adored this book! I had been looking forward to Peter meeting Wendy ever since I started reading the series. I liked how they created a new plot, but still kept the main idea from the previous books. It was really cool how they added "historical" references to show how long the star stuff had been falling for. I couldn't put it down! The previous book had been reall ...more
Feb 02, 2016 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
The Starcatchers trilogy is charming. I didn't even know there was a fourth book until I stumbled upon it at the bookstore, and naturally I had to swipe it up.

Unfortunately... it lacks a lot of what made the first three books special. I was skeptical how they could expand upon a very obviously finished story, and it goes about as well as you'd expect. It's twenty years after Rundoon, and the bad guys are at it again, and this time it's Molly's daughter, Wendy, who has to save the day.

The story i
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Dave Barry is a humor columnist. For 25 years he was a syndicated columnist whose work appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad. In 1988 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Many people are still trying to figure out how this happened.
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