Peter Pan has crash-landed back on Neverland. But this is not the island he remembers.
Desperate to rescue Claire and the fractured Lost Boys, Peter must unravel what truly tore his dreamland apart. But with each step, he is haunted by more of his own broken memories. Not even Pan himself is what he seems.
Claire Kenton is chained to a pirate ship, watching the wreckage of Neverland rocked by tempests. When she finally finds her brother, Connor is every bit as shattered as the island. Claire may have pixie dust flowing in her veins—but the light of Neverland is flickering dangerously close to going out forever.
To rescue Neverland from the inescapable shadow, the boy who never grew up and the girl who grew up too fast will have to sacrifice the only thing they have left: each other.
Book 2 of the Heirs of Neverland series.
What happens when the land of eternal youth falls into death? Kara Swanson’s Shadow continues from Heirs of Neverland book 1, Dust, returning readers to the island where children never grow up. But this isn’t the dangerously happy world of the Peter Pan stories. This island is darker, twisted, tattered, and broken. Swanson’s heroine Claire finally finds her brother, Conner, but he is not the boy she remembers. As Claire learns more about her connection to Neverland, Peter himself must try to determine how his world went so wrong. How can they stop the shadows spreading inky blackness over the island when even Claire’s golden pixie dust is dimmed? Swanson’s page-turner soars and wonderfully concludes this creative retelling of the classic Peter Pan.
Best for: Young adults and adults who enjoy fairy-tale retellings or adventure stories.
Discern: Violence and death, heavy themes involving depression and revenge.