Series: Wendy Darling #2
Published by SparkPress on September 20th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Kindle eBook
Wendy Darling: Seas finds Wendy and Michael aboard the dreaded Sudden Night, a dangerous behemoth sailed by the infamous Captain Hook and his bloodthirsty crew. In this exotic world of mermaids, spies, and pirate feuds, Wendy finds herself struggling to keep her family above the waves. Hunted by the twisted boy who once stole her heart and struggling to survive in the whimsical Neverland sea, returning home to London now seems like a distant dream—and the betrayals have just begun.
Will Wendy find shelter with Peter’s greatest enemy, or is she a pawn in a much darker game—one that could forever alter not only her family’s future but also the soul of Neverland itself?
“Children are not just children in Neverland, Wendy Darling. You should know that more than anyone.”
We already know Peter to be an unreliable narrator, so it’s no surprise that Hook is not so much a monster but just a man. Pirates, however, aren’t always the best people to trust so Wendy has to navigate a tentative agreement with Captain Hook, avoiding Peter, finding a safe place on the ship, and keeping herself and Michael alive. It’s quite fun to read, to be honest.
While Stars explored Neverland itself, Seas explores the history of its inhabitants. What really happened between Hook and Peter? How did Hook come to Neverland? What happened to the Pilvinuvo Indians? What, other than Think, was giving Peter the power he had?
There is so much talking in this book and, unfortunately, a lot of it is info-dumps. Granted they’re necessary info-dumps, but I ended up skimming some of them. Whoops. On the other hand, the Darling siblings’ interactions with the pirates of the Sudden Night were always fun, and the crew’s growing acceptance of the both of them was nice too. The growing friendship between Hook and Wendy is a thing to behold, and I enjoyed a lot of their interactions and observations of each other (when there weren’t some of the longer info-dumps anyway).
“He may want me, but he does not have my permission to take me. I do not belong to Peter Pan. Or any man, for that matter.”
Wendy develops more as a character in this one. She’s understandably on guard for a lot of the novel, particularly in the beginning where she’s surrounded by pirates and the ever present threat of Peter Pan is looming in the distance, but she gains more confidence as things go on. By the end, she’s taking steps to save her family, bring down Peter, and fix what’s happening in Neverland. I’m not saying that she develops as a character just because she stabs Peter at one point in the novel (which is a bonus), but more because she becomes more confident in herself and what she can do. She’s comfortable teasing people, giving her opinion, and standing up for herself. It’s great to see in comparison to the more timid and subdued Wendy we saw in Stars.
There are a lot of new characters in Seas, and I love almost all of them. Fermina, however, is one of my favourites; she’s so nice to Wendy and their interactions made me smile a lot. She brings up some interesting points as to why there aren’t any Lost Girls, and just how far Peter will go when someone denies him—not that Wendy needed the reminder, but it leads towards something major for the plot.
Unlike my hopes, Abbott wasn’t in this one too much. I was devastated, but Oxley’s appearance definitely made up for it❤︎ I missed my Lost Boy Generals.
I have to say that the end of this one was better than the end of Stars. I can’t wait to see what happens in Shadow.
And then, a truth.
“You are the fire that burns me alive.”