Title: Peter Darling
Author: Austin Chant
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: February 15th 2017
Genre(s): Paranormal, Fairy tale
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is.
But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook—and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain.
Austin Chant. Remember the name. Judging from Peter Darling, he is meant for great, great things.
I took a gamble picking up this book. I hate fantasy, and I don’t read Paranormal in general. I was also a pretty cynical kid that hated fairy tales. Except one: Peter Pan! That was my escapism.
Peter Darling is the brilliant retelling of Peter Pan. The author did an amazing job re-adapting the original story and using the classic characters of Peter Pan and Captain Hook to tell an entirely different tale.
The writing is beautiful, the images and the atmosphere are stunning. This is a story about identity, acceptance, love, and bravery. At the same time, it’s a romantic story, witty and charming and oh so moving. Parts of it broke my heart, others filled me with hope.
Neverland is the place where dreams come true, and where you can be your true self. But can Peter Darling stay in Neverland forever? And most importantly, does he want to?