Peter—half human, half fairy—is left in the snow to die by his human family
when barely a baby. Rescued by a troll who raises him, the boy soon finds out about another
world, invisible to humans, populated by magical creatures.
Unfortunately, these magical beings are not friendly toward him. The fairies, like the
humans before, ar not willing to accept a half-bred boy and wish him harm... but for their
queen, who protects him and steals his heart.
For centuries Peter lives, a boy who never ages, between both worlds, while all around
him the world of men grows stronger, and the world of magic weaker, until all the land the
fairies have left is an island drifting in the ocean.
And even there they are not safe, as one day pilgrims come on their big ships, and with
their superior weapons defeat the joined army of magical beings. The consequence of this
defeat is a never-ending war for survival between both groups.
Peter, compelled to defend his queen, becomes the Child Thief. Moving between the Island
and New York, he steals children from the world of men, lost children who, blinded by Peterís
mischievous smile and his promise of a better life, follow him through the mist.
Many children have died over the years, keeping the pilgrims at bay. But this time, Peter
knows it will be the last battle. And so, desperately in need of more children, he goes to
New York one more time, and brings Nick to the Island.
In this dark take on the classic tale of Peter Pan, Brom manages to blend modern times
with the old Celtic myths of fairies, in a beautiful, imaginative story which flows seamlessly
together until the end.
I was easily drawn into the stories of Peter and Nick and the other lost children, and
intrigued by the fate of the magical people. But I am not sure how I feel about the ending.
The big surprise was predictable and the resolution somehow lacking, yet the journey
itself is magically worth it.