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Short Review: The Child Thief by Brom

March 26, 2012

I came into The Child Theif with the understanding that Peter was a villain and a tyrant. The book was first brought to my attention in my British Literature class that focused on childrens’ tales of the Victorian era. The primary readings for the course were the Alice stories of Lewis Carrol and Barrie’s Peter tales. Someone in the class did a project on Peter Pan adaptations, and that is how I learned of Brom’s fantastic novel.

**Possible spoilers

As I said, I came into the story with the predetermined notion of Peter’s villainy. Brom himself, in the author’s note, remarks on the evil nature of the boy eternal. And whereas I can see the argument, I cannot stand by it. There were several decisions made by the author that made me dislike the route the story took, but I cannot say that they ruined anything for me.

For one, if I were in a situation similar to half of the Devils–Cricket’s included–I would gladly fight Avalon’s war. As a child, I was so in love with the idea that magic existed. I still hold true to some shadow of these beliefs, so is it so hard to believe that they didn’t truly want to be there? None of them? Did Peter really poison their minds with his infections smile? I guess if the the author says so, that’s how it goes. But I don’t like that idea. I don’t like it at all. I would have fought, willingly. All Peter would have had to do was nudge me along.

Aside from that, this book was amazing, beautiful. It took me on a journey, the likes of which I haven’t traveled since I first went to Narnia. Albeit, a different kind of journey for certain. I highly recommend this book if you believe in magic and would follow Peter to wherever his Neverland happened to be.


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