Shadow (Wendy Darling, #3) by Colleen Oakes

Received from NetGalley for review. 

‘You know that place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.’ – Peter Pan

What a rip-roaring, fast-paced, and action-packed conclusion to the Wendy Darling trilogy – not that I expected anything less from Colleen Oakes. Shadow picks up where Seas finished, with Wendy back with Peter Pan and someone much more unexpected, trying to bring him and the murderous Shadow that resides within him down, aided by an unexpectedly loveable Hook (seriously, Hook is such a babe).

I won’t go into the plot too much – there is too much risk of spoilers, especially with the story being full of moves and countermoves – but the focus is on Wendy finding a way to defeat the murderous Shadow that Peter controls, that she can see and sense lurking within him. I can’t get over the amazing character development that Wendy undergoes, she is so different from the girl we meet in Stars, she is, more than ever, a powerful and brave young woman who is fiercely loyal to those she loves. She was by far favourite character and, alongside Hook, has been the star of this series. Peter remains dastardly, becoming more obsessed with waging war against Hook by any means possible, yet still has that strange allure; you know he’s done and is doing terrible things, yet the mischievous boy who never grew up is still there (although I was glad of some redemption for him, in my opinion anyway).

The action and suspense throughout was relentless – I spent the entire book trying to figure out what was going to happen and how everything would play out, trying to outthink Oakes’ plot twists, which proved to be practically impossible. There are so many different games being played by different characters that you can never quite tell where their allegiance lies – pirates, mermaids, and lost boys alike have different agendas, and they all must decide what they believe in when Hook and Peter face each other. My heart was racing until the very end, and I won’t deny that the ending all but destroyed me. I think it was a magnificent way to finish and I had SO MANY FEELINGS (read it and you’ll see why).

Peter Pan will always be one of my favourite stories and this series is a wonderful addition to the plethora of retellings and reimaginings of a classic and beloved story. Oakes took the story in an unexpected direction but I loved every moment of it and can’t wait to see what she writes next.

Read: July 3rd-10th 2017

4/5 stars

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