This is the kind of fantasy I love (did I just put fantasy and love in the same sentence?!): well-developed plots, irresistible characters, intrigue and suspense, and not a lot of mystical creatures.
the characters! I love Peter and Molly and Tinker Bell and George
Darling (so great to have George a part of this story). And Lord Ombre
is more than creepy; he is downright terrifying. I listened to the audio of
this book (which is great, by the way) and was scared senseless one
afternoon when I was listening to it while the boys were supposedly
napping. I was in the middle of a particularly tense scene when Aaron
jumped around the corner and shouted "Boo!" (why he shouted "Boo" I
don't know...maybe because he knew he wasn't supposed to be out of bed
and so he was trying to be funny...but it sufficiently did the trick to
make my heart start racing and stop at the same time).
my very favorite scene in the whole book was when Peter was about to be
captured by the street thieves again, and he was saved by none other
than J.M. Barrie. It was totally unexpected but felt
absolutely...perfect. To make J.M. Barrie a part of his own creation was
genius. It wasn't too much that it detracted from the actual plot, but
it was just the right kind of nod towards the man who gave life to
Peter. Loved it.
For awhile, I thought that the scenes with the
pirates and the Lost Boys just weren't working...they were too short
with too much of the main story in between...but I changed my mind in
the final chapter because I thought the triumph of the Lost Boys over
Captain Hook was the perfect way to end the story.
I wrote this review before creating this blog.