By Brom

Peter is quickly, bold, and whole of mischief—and like several boys, he likes to play, although his video games frequently lead to blood. His eyes are gleaming gold, and whilst he graces you along with his smile you're his buddy for all times, yet his promised land is not Neverland.

Fourteen-year-old Nick might were murdered by way of the drug buyers preying on his relatives had Peter now not kept him. Now the irresistibly charismatic wild boy wishes Nick to stick to him to a mystery position of significant event, the place magic is alive and also you by no means get older. although he's cautious of Peter's loopy speak of faeries and monsters, Nick consents. finally, manhattan urban isn't any longer secure for him, and what extra may well he almost certainly lose?

There is always extra to lose.

Accompanying Peter to a grey and ravished island that used to be a lush, enchanted paradise, Nick unearths himself unwittingly recruited for a warfare that has raged for centuries—one the place he needs to discover ways to struggle or die one of the "Devils," Peter's savage tribe of misplaced and stolen children.

There, Peter's darkish prior is printed: left to wolves as an little one, despised and hunted, Peter strikes restlessly among the worlds of faerie and guy. the kid Thief is a pace-setter of bloodthirsty childrens, a courageous buddy, and a creature pushed to do no matter what he needs to to forestall the "Flesh-eaters" and store the final, wild magic during this death land.

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Nick took off in a run. THE SHADOWS TWISTED and crowded jointly, layer upon layer, until eventually darkness claimed the playground. one after the other the sodium lamps fizzled on, their shimmering yellow glow casting lengthy, eerie shadows around the park. the oldsters have been long gone now, the playground empty. rubbish cans—overflowing with empty soda bottles and dirty diapers—stood like lone sentinels because the far away sounds of site visitors and the regular thumping of someone’s pumped-up stereo echoed around the grounds. the kid thief observed the boy dash into the park, observed him from a long way around the method, catching glimpses of his face as he dashed during the swimming pools of yellow lamplight. The thief observed the phobia, the confusion, and he smiled. What had led this baby the following: abuse, forget, molestation? all the above might be? It particularly didn’t topic to the thief. All that mattered used to be anything had prompted the boy to go away his domestic in the back of and enterprise out into the evening on my own, a runaway. and prefer such a lot of runaways, this boy didn’t be aware of the place to run away to. to not fear, the kid thief notion. i've got a spot for you. a spot the place we will play. And his golden eyes twinkled and his smile broadened. NICK handed a tender couple on their method out of the park, laughing and clinging to one another like Siamese twins. He took a large detour round a guy and his puppy. The dog—some kind of huge poodle—gave Nick a shameful glance because it went approximately its enterprise. the guy stared dully at his cellphone, texting away, doubtless unconcerned that his puppy used to be laying down landmines alongside the general public walkway. Nick spotted a pack of youths a long way up the trail. They have been slicing throughout the park, shouting and appearing up. They appeared like hassle and Nick didn’t desire any further hassle. He veered off the trail and drifted into the timber. Nick driven via a dense line of trees and jumped down right into a large ditch. His foot hit a slick chew of cardboard and he stumbled, touchdown atop anything tender. The whatever tender moved. “Hey,” got here a muffled cry underneath him. The anything gentle used to be a sound asleep bag, worn and oily, like it’d been dragged during the gutter. The a person was once a lady and he or she didn’t glance a lot better—the smear of cherry-red lipstick over layers of caked-on make-up not able to conceal the ravages of the road. Nick suggestion she might’ve been beautiful as soon as, yet now her disheveled hair, hollowed eyes, and sunken cheeks reminded him of a cadaver. She rolled over and sat up, acquired a great examine Nick, and smiled. A bald guy with a protracted, white, grizzly beard poked his head out from a close-by napping bag. “Who’s that? ” Nick discovered there have been a number of slumbering baggage scattered one of the timber, in addition to cardboard containers, blue plastic tarps, and a buying cart jam-packed with rubbish luggage. “It’s only a boy,” the girl stated. “A soft little factor. ” Nick rolled off of her, but if he attempted to wake up, she grabbed him, her demanding, bony fingers locking round his wrist. Nick set free a cry and attempted to drag away. “Where you going, sweetheart? ” the lady requested. “You trying to find whatever, child?

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