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

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  7,660 ratings  ·  486 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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bookme4life
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...more
Nicole Catherine
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Sella Malin
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...more
Courtney
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...more
Kathy Davie
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 fix...more
Sara
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
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...more
Wendy
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
Amy
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J.Elle
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
Russell
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.
Carol
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...more
Kym
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.
Rebecca McKinnon
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!
Miranda
only one word can be used to discribe this book. well two really... well no, three words.
IT'S ALMOST AS GOOD AS AVATAR!!!
make that six words
Conny
On my son's summer reading list but we all loved it. If you like young adult/youth books try this series/
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Peter and the Sword of Mercy is book four in the Peter and the Starcatchers series, the high-flying, page turning, pirate adventure series that was written as a prequel to Peter Pan. A prequel is a story that tells you about what happened before another story. If you ever wondered how Peter came to the island, why he can fly, and why he can never grow up, the Peter and the Starcatchers series will answer those questions in funny, dramatic style.

In Peter and the Sword of Mercy, 20 years have pass...more
Vicky
The prequel series to Peter Pan is marvelous. If you like Harry Potter and the Percy Jackson series the story of Pan will not disappoint. All four books take you on a great adventure.

Peter and the Sword of Mercy, the last of the prequel books to the Disney version of Pan, was the best book in the series to date. Barry and Pearson paint a delightful picture of bravery, peril and adventure.

In the latest book, you find yourself 20 years from where were last, after the battle of Rundoon. Characters...more
Carol
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Katie
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?

The...more
Laurie
Although this book seemed to have a slightly darker feeling than the three previous books in the series, it was very good. In this book, Molly is now grown up and is the proud mother of the Darling family. Peter, Tinkerbell, and the Lost Boys live happily on Neverland without aging until a terrible evil rises again. Menacing villains such as the Skeleton and von Schatten are on an evil mission in England. As many people become victims of these villains and their plan unfolds, Peter, Tinkerbell,...more
Joanna Hoong
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Nicole
This was an interesting addition to the series, presumably the end, although it looks like there might be one more I need to track down. The first 2 books were, however, my favorites. I did think it was interesting that this one takes place at the beginning of the 20th century (January 1901), 20 years after the 3rd book takes place and that they used a historical event (the coronation of King Edward VII) as a trigger for the events that unfold in the book. Molly has grown up and now has her 3 ch...more
02JamesS
I really liked this book. It was full of adventure and fun little stories. If you like adventure read this book. It is full of small adventurous things that characters do. For example, Wendy needs to talk to Peter so she steals her uncle's contraption and flies to Neverland on it using star stuff. Peter is a great character, he is always ready to help and he is very brave. Although, he does have some inner conflict with fear. He has a little fairy friend, named Tink, who thinks is boss and her w...more
Farah
Not very good. I've noticed that the series has gotten progressively "not as good as the other" with each new book. I've never cared much for their style of jumping from one plot with it's characters to the other every few chapters. But this one seemed even more jumpy and unrelated. Most of the story takes place in London, which let's face it, is not nearly as fun as Neverland. Then there's a subplot happening on the island that is just so-so. Wendy was very much like Molly, which was fine, but...more
Julia
The 4th and last book in the series written as a prequel to Peter Pan. This one is written about 25 years after Peter became the flying boy and Neverland was turned into the magical island where you never grow old.

Molly is now grown, married and has children of her own. People have been disappearing from the London Underground and no one in Scotland Yard can figure out why or where they were taken. One of the former Lost Boys, James, believes an evil from the past that they though had been kille...more
Sarah
It's been a number of years since Peter and Molly destroyed Ombra and preserved the mission of the Starcatchers. Molly is now married to George Darling and they have three children. But strange things start happening...and soon Molly is telling her daughter Wendy all about the Starcatchers. And a flying boy named Peter...

I love these books. So incredibly rich with action and character, they are just wonderfully done. I thought that the series with over after the first three, so this latest addit...more
Jenben8426
Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson were not planning to write this book; however because of their fans, they decided to write just one more. Taking place 23 years after Book #3, Molly Astor has grown up and is now known as Mary Darling--married to George Darling and has three children, Wendy, Michael, & John. When one of the original lost boys, James, who decided to "grow up" comes to Molly with disturbing news about the evil others being back after all this time, Molly can't believe it. She was...more
Sarah
There's always a bit of bittersweet nostalgia in the Peter Pan story. For both the boy who never grows up, and his childhood friends who will, adventures only last so long before they quelled by grown up responsibilities and boring-ness. Luckily, Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson expertly navigate this emotional quagmire with this 4th installment in the Starcatchers series. It's been 23 years since the Secret of Rundoon (bk 3) events left Molly and former lost boys James and Ted in London to grow up...more
Benjamin Thomas
The fourth book in the wonderful Peter and the Starcatchers series begins 23 years after the events of book #3 and shifts the focus to Wendy as the main protagonist along with Peter. Her parents remain active characters in this one but they are adults now and since these books are for young readers, it is up to that generation to muster their courage and save the day.

These books are great adventure stories that are prequels to the classic Peter Pan story and are filled with cool origin ideas tha...more
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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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