Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Peter and The Secret of Rundoon
Barry, Dave and Ridley Pearson. 2007. Peter and the Secret of Rundoon.
Peter and the Secret of the Rundoon is the conclusion in the Starcatchers trilogy by Barry and Pearson that first began with Peter and the Starcatchers and then brought us Peter and the Shadow Thieves. What can I say? Really? I love this series. I just do. I don't know if it's because Orson Scott Card told me I should back when the first novel released. Or if I would have eventually discovered the magic all on my own. But for a person who loves Peter Pan, who loves the idea of more Peter Pan--prequels and sequels and such--then this series is a must read.
Once again, our story is told through many perspectives--Molly and George, Molly's father, Leonard, Peter and Tinker Bell, of the other Lost Boys, Lord Ombra and the other villains most specifically the King of Rundoon, Captain Hook, Fighting Prawn and his daughter, Shining Pearl, of the Mollusk tribe on Mollusk island, the Scorpions, an invading native tribe, etc. Once again it is a story packed with loads of adventure, action, and suspense.
The last novel ended with the supposed death of Lord Ombra. But as the reader can plainly see, Ombra isn't dead, it will merely take him a bit of time to regroup and gain in strength and power. Peter is in danger. Ombra and the King of Rundoon are determined to have this orphan boy in their grasp. They want him--they want his power. But not only is Peter in danger...the whole world is in danger. For the secret plan of Ombra and his associates will doom the whole planet, the whole universe if it is carried out. Peter is soon kidnapped--along with his 'lost' companions and the self-important Captain Hook--and taken to Rundoon. Can Molly and her friends save Peter and save the world in time?
This is the book where it all comes together--where all the loose pieces are tied together connecting the trilogy with the original novel by J.M. Barrie. There is so much to love about it. I love the spunkiness and sarcasm of Tinker Bell, the courage and stubbornness of Peter, the independence and intelligence of Molly.