Thanks to NetGalley and the authors for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: October 8th, 2019
Synopsis: NOT EVERY ADVENTURE GOES AS PLANNED…
Wendy’s troubles are far from over. Hook wants her in irons, the crew wants to throw her overboard, and Pan’s magical compass is the only thing standing in their way. But Pan himself is nowhere to be found.
When a new everlost captain appears on the horizon, it will take everything Wendy has to survive.
And a tiny red dragon will set events in motion that could save or doom them all.
For someone who never really cared for J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, I’ve read my fair share of retellings, some good and some bad. I gave the first book The Wendy, 5 stars, and The Navigator is every bit as good.
Just like its predecessor, The Wendy and the companion novella Tigerlilja, everything comes together perfectly here. The characters are all wonderfully developed, but for me the standout is Pan, who before this series I never liked. The authors give him a wonderfully creative backstory which makes you much more sympathetic toward his more annoying characteristics. Wendy remains a wonderful heroine. She’s fierce and persists in fighting against society’s perception of women being weaker than men. And while she sometimes makes mistakes, she quick to admit them. Even Hook in this series ceases to be a caricature. I’m excited to see how the chemistry between him, Wendy and Pan develops. The world building continues to be phenomenal as Neverland itself is given a backstory and Norse mythology is introduced. And finally there’s a wonderful twist near the end in regards to someone from Wendy’s past who will play an important part in what happens in future books.
The Navigator is a wonderful sequel to The Wendy, and the novella Tigerlilja. They are just ingenious retellings of Peter Pan, that for me actually are far better than the original tale. All I have left to say is that if you love retellings of fairytales and classic literature, read this. If you love Peter Pan, read this. If you dislike Peter Pan, read this. If you’re looking for a completely unique and creative story that will captivate you from beginning to end, treat yourself and read this!