April 21, 2010

Peter and the Starcatchers Book #4

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Peterandthestarcatchers_4 A distant island with magical properties. . .a mysterious, dangerous group of shadowy figures, called The Others. . .a story that spans space and time. . .no, I'm not talking about Lost, I'm talking about the new Peter and the Starcatchers book! Sheesh. . .

In case you're new to P&SC, like I was, it's a four-book series that serves as a prequel to the Peter Pan stories we all know from the Disney movie and Hook. Like the other three, Peter and the Sword of Mercy was co-authored by Ridley Pearson, by day a detective novelist, and Dave Barry, a hilarious writer I used to read all the time when I was 11 (no kidding). It's a good combination maybe Ridley handles some of the darker, scarier parts, of which there are plenty, and Dave takes care of the funny stuff, of which there's also a good amount.

The book opens way back in the 9th century with the creation of the "Sword of Mercy," which is a real thing
it's a partially broken sword, traditionally used in English coronation ceremonies. The tip is missing, supposedly from when an angel intervened to prevent Ogier the Dane from killing Charlemagne. In P&SM, the tip of the sword is the key to a huge cache of starstuff, the magical dust that allows Peter to fly, stay young, etc. Some bad guys are after it so they can steal the starstuff and do. . . bad things, I guess. I'm a big fan of these 39 Clues kinds of historical mysteries, so right off the bat I liked the book.

As always, I won't give away any more plot details, but the book is a real page-turner, and even at 500+ pages and 84 (!) chapters you won't need very long to finish it off. There's tons of adventure, laughs, chases, traps, fights, escapes. . . everything you'd ask for from a book. Check it out and let me know what you think in the Comments!

Jack, STACKS Writer

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  1. Alyssa

    I really like this book. It is amazing! These series are the best everrrrr! It is like you are with them and going in the adventure with them!

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  2. Gabby

    wow, i guess you are really into this book. To me it really doesn’t seem exiting. Add more stuff about spys! Hope it gets in!

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  3. goodfert

    that book was ok but it could have been better and if i had a chance not to read it would have never read the book

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  4. Jenny

    Hmmm… I’m thinking hard about that comment comparing these Peter Pan adventures with the 39 Clues series… I guess because they both include some real historical details? I like that kind of story, too! Now I’m eager to read more!

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