Peter and the Shadow Thieves
by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy
*Sequel to Peter and the Starcatchers
"Peter leaves the relative safety of Mollusk Island-along with his trusted companion, Tinker Bell-for the cold, damp, dangerous, streets of London. On a difficult journey across the sea, he and Tink discover the mysterious and deadly Lord Ombra, who is intent on recovering the missing starstuff-celestial dust that contains unimaginable powers. In London, Peter attempts to track down the indomitable Molly, hoping that together they can combat Ombra's determined forces.
"But London is not Mollusk Island; Peter is not the boy he used to be; and Lord Ombra-the Shadow Master-is unlike anything Peter, or the world, has ever seen."
Another adventure awaits! The action in this novel was less intense than the first one, and I didn't like it as much, perhaps because it took place in dirty, foggy London. The plot seemed more rushed and somehow less fluid. Peter also annoyed me at times because it seemed like as soon as he came to London and met up with Molly, he became clueless and had to ask her everything. But he made up for it at the end. Molly also bothered me at times, but not as much because she had a better reason for acting like that. I also had an unanswered question at the end about the starstuff and its affects on a certain character, and it is not cleared up in the third and final book.
However, there is still a lot of action and slightly more character development in Peter, although there could have been even more. I liked the circle ending, and the main antagonist is definitely creepy and creative. I enjoyed how Barry and Pearson continued adding and weaving elements of the original story to their own version. That made it even more fun to read.
I give this book a 3.5 and recommend it for ages 9 and up because of the creepy evil-shadow character.
What I learned: Sometimes one must put and fight for something greater even than family bonds.
Ridley Pearson's website: http://ridleypearson.com/
Dave Barry's website: http://www.davebarry.com/