Book Review by Nicole: Peter Darling, by Austin Chant

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Peter Darling, by Austin Chant
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: February 15,  2017

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars5-of-5

summary

Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is.

But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook—and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain.

Peter Darling is a queer, trans reimagining of the Peter Pan story.

tropes-tags

M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Trans Character
Fantasy/Fairy Tale
(Reimagining of Peter Pan)
Romance
Adventure
Enemies to Lovers

Content Warnings for:
Violence
Death of Secondary Charater
Gender Dysphoria
Use of Dead Name

REVIEW

Oh my god how I loved this book, let me count the ways.

This book could have been written by the good J. M. Barrie himself, all the way till the queen of the fairies gives to Peter some of the memories that caused him to run towards Neverland and lose himself in there.

Where Wendy has always been a big part of the Peter Pan myth, sort of a mother to the Lost Boys, and a kinder counterpart to Peter himself, in this Peter and Wendy are the same person. Or, shall I say, Wendy is the person his family wish him to be. Peter is who he is, in a time when pushing that truth meant being sent away to an asylum, or worse.

The fight scenes between Pan and Hook are just as tension-filled as a reader could hope. I would say only that they are a *bit* more charged and then followed through on in an incredibly satisfying way. Even romantically and sexually interested in each other, their interactions are just as violent as their fighting had been up to that point. The only thing I would have liked would’ve been to see more of their interactions in Neverland before Hook remembered himself as the James who lived outside of Neverland. I loved the one interaction we got and would have loved to see more of it.

I could totally see myself reading more James and Peter in real life, out of Neverland. The part we got at the end of this seemed like just a teaser for this, although it made a satisfying ending. If he is thinking of this already, I have only three things to say to him: yes, yes, yes.

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Austin is a bitter millennial, passable chef, and a queer, trans writer of romance and speculative fiction. Austin cohosts the Hopeless Romantic, a podcast dedicated to exploring LGBTQIA+ love stories and the art of writing romance. He currently lives in Seattle, in a household of wildly creative freelancers who all spend too much time playing video games.

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You can purchase Peter Darling from:
Less Then Three Press
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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