Disclosure: *I received a copy of this book from the authors themselves in exchange for my honest review and don’t mean to affect how I will read nor give my opinion about it. My opinion is mine and mine alone after reading the book. Thank you, Erin Michelle Sky & Steven Brown and also, Trash Dogs Media.
London. 1783. Wendy Darling is an orphan, living in an overcrowded almshouse, ridiculed for believing in a future she can never have. More than anything in the world, she wants to be the captain of a ship. But that’s impossible. Isn’t it?
By 1789, she’s sixteen, old enough to be sold into service as a dressmaker or a servant. When she learns the Home Office is accepting a handful of women into its ranks, she jumps at the chance, joining the fight against the most formidable threat England has ever faced. Magic.
But the secret service isn’t exactly what she had hoped. Accompanied by a reimagined cast of the original Peter Pan, Wendy soon discovers that her dreams are as far away as ever, that choosing sides isn’t as simple as she thought, and that the only man who isn’t blinded by her gender… might be her nation’s greatest enemy.
An amazing reimagined storytelling of one of the classic fairytales!
This is my first time reading a reimagined casts of Peter Pan and a different retelling of it. The whole plot revolves around the heroine, name as, Wendy Darling who struggles to be recognized of the capability of anything just because of her gender. Nevertheless, she proves them wrong and goes on reaching her goals of becoming a captain of a ship though someone still interferes for it and that enter James Hook who don’t rely on her intellectual capacity even respect her as his subordinates only he sees her as a girl of less highly regarded. Not Peter Pan, the moment they encounter each other (not in a good way), there is something to it but Pan is on the other side that worry the country. The call for her to choose between the two will be her hardest decision to be made since both parties have consequences.
The Wendy is something everyone should read since the characters are still there (different features though) yet in deep understanding of the story lies a message on feminism and how there should be equality not to be based on the gender but for what individuals can be. Everyone can be part of anything and can do anything. Wendy Darling symbolizes that and I thank the authors on showing it. I might be in the opposite gender but I respect in every way this issue and not everyone is against it which includes me. It also shows in the book the supports that Wendy gets from her friends like John, Michael, and Nana (her dog).
The book is new of taste for Peter Pan retold stories that strongly embed new traits of the characters and twist to every one of them. I like the metamorphosis that happened between the personas and I would like to see how this plot will continue. There are still I wanted to see with the story since this is only book one and I’m too excited for the next part of the series. Highly recommend for all of you folks if you’re into retellings and Peter Pan. Grab this already on your next buy or immediately now.
Erin Michelle Sky
As a child, Erin fell in love with llamas and with the books of Anne McCaffrey, whose Dragonriders of Pern series inspired her to become a writer. When she finally met Anne McCaffrey at a fantasy convention some two decades later, she wept uncontrollably throughout the entire affair. She does significantly better with llamas.
Steven Brown spent his childhood reading anything he could get his hands on, sharing his favorite stories with his younger brothers and then acting them out, especially if this required sword fighting on horseback. When they ran out of books, he wrote his own, including his brothers as the main characters by sketching original illustrations on magazine clippings.
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