Wendy Darling

Wendy Darling : Vol 3: Shadow

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Wendy Darling has found herself once again in the arms of charming Peter Pan, the god-child who desires power above all things. This time, though, Wendy burns not with passion but with a secret: with Hook as her ally, she is there to defeat the evil that lies inside of Peter, the evil that holds all Neverland hostage-the Shadow.

To do this, Wendy must quietly undo Peter from inside his heart while at the same time convincing Tink to betray the twisted love that binds them together. This is a task made nearly impossible by the arrival of Booth, her sweetheart from London and a new pawn in Peter's manipulative game-a boy whose heart she must break in order to save his life.

As all of Neverland prepares to fight, Wendy races to untangle Peter's connection to the Shadow, a secret long buried in the Forsaken Garden. When the time comes, pirates, mermaids, Lost Boys, and the Darling family will all rise-but if Wendy can't call the Shadow, they will all be destroyed by Peter's dark soul. War has come to paradise, and Neverland will never be the same.

Wendy Darling: Shadow is the thrilling final installment in Colleen Oakes's Wendy Darling Trilogy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 139 x 215 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
  • Tempe, United States
  • English
  • 1943006164
  • 9781943006168
  • 506,277

Review quote

"The soaring conclusion to a brilliant trilogy, Shadow is the icing on Colleen Oakes masterful retelling of the Peter Pan and Wendy story. Oakes invention of a diabolical version of Peter is so wickedly done it will send shivers down readers' spines, all the while pitting him against a determined and unyielding Wendy. With everything she loves at stake, Wendy must find the strength to outwit Peter and be the savior Neverland needs. Oakes sweeps us along effortlessly to the jaw-dropping climax that will leave readers gasping and crying for more."

-Alane Adams, award-winning author of The Legends of Orkney series

"The Wendy Darling series is a gripping adventure and the final installment does not disappoint. Shadow provides a satisfying conclusion to Wendy and Peter's story, with Wendy far from the prim, strait-laced girl of her beginnings."

-VOYA Magazine

Praise for the Wendy Darling series:

"For readers craving a whimsical adventure and an unforgettable sequel to the first Wendy Darling, this swashbuckling plot will leave readers stunned well beyond the last page."

-The Reading Room

"In this extraordinary, stunningly written adventure, readers will encounter a darkly suspenseful twist on an old tale which reminds readers of every age of a Neverland-lesson: we never truly grow up."

-Redbook magazine

"Top 10 YA Fall Reads by Authors We Love."


"A dark twist on a familiar tale that readers will have difficulty putting down."

-School Library Journal

"Oakes superbly crafts both a story with wings and a Neverland with teeth, a story that will tempt any reader into never growing up."

-Brianna Shrum, author of Never and Never and How to Make Out

"This twisted spinoff of a famous children's tale is filled with richly developed characters and fast-paced, eloquent writing. With Seas, Oakes delivers a stunning sequel to her Wendy Darling series. Stuck on board a pirate ship with the infamous Captain Hook, Wendy must quickly learn to face her true nature, and choose what kind of heroine she will be: sappy or strong, as she is swept inexorably toward a showdown with a chilling and maniacal Peter Pan. Oakes does a marvelous job slowly chipping away at her characters' exteriors to reveal what lies beneath, be it true heroism or malignant evil."

-Alane Adams, award-winning author of The Legends of Orkney series

"If the first Wendy Darling pulled me away from familiar adventures in Neverland, Book 2 has me sprinting away from them... and I didn't know how badly I wanted that deviancy until it was too late. Oakes' delicious plot twists and rich revelations leave you just the right amount of full, but they mostly leave you crying out for the final installment in this micro-epic where Wendy's authenticity is the unquestionable star. Oakes' signature style of dark fantasy retellings is intoxicating, and the much awaited Captain Hook does not disappoint."

-Mason J. Torall, author of The Dark Element

"Described in lush, lingering detail, Neverland is all that Peter Pan promises: vibrant, gorgeous, filled with magic and excitement. But it also harbors unexpected dangers . . . perhaps none greater than Peter himself. While she is initially intoxicated by his charisma, Wendy's practical good sense, stubborn loyalty, and newly liberated fire give her the courage to defy Peter . . . only to land, in a stunning cliffhanger, in even worse peril. Dark, even horrific in its graphic bloodshed and psychological menace; but the nuanced portrayals of a hero frequently excused by his whimsical glamour and a heroine too often dismissed as girlishly insipid are riveting."

-Kirkus Reviews

"We are all familiar with the story of Peter Pan, whether from J.M. Barries' original 1911 novel or the many film versions it inspired. Oakes' tale, told form Wendy's point of view, breathes new life into Peter's story and makes it her own. This Neverland is far more mesmerizing and dangerous than Barries', and I was pulled in by the lyrical writing. Every time I opened the cover, I felt completely transported into Wendy's world. The perilous call of the mermaids, Tinker Bell's violent obsession with Peter, sinister Captain Hook all compelling reasons to read Wendy Darling."

-Middle Shelf Magazine

Past Praise and Awards for Colleen Oakes

Winner-2014 Next Generation Independent Book Awards-Young Adult

Award-Winning Finalist-2014 International Book Awards-Fiction: Young Adult

"Most Cinematic Indie Books of 2014"

-Kirkus Reviews

2014 "Best Indie Books of the Year"

-Kirkus Reviews

"Oakes continues to weave literary magic as she pulls you down the rabbit hole into a Wonderland like you've never read before. Experience the world anew as you learn how a young princess becomes the villainous Queen of Hearts."

-Chanda Hahn, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Unfortunate Fairy Tale series
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About Colleen Oakes

Colleen Oakes is the author of books for both teens and adults, including The Queen of Hearts Saga and The Wendy Darling Saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son and surrounds herself with the most lovely family and friends imaginable. When not writing or plotting new books, she can be found swimming, traveling, and totally immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. She is currently at work on her third YA fantasy series, a children's book, and a stand-alone YA novel.
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816 ratings
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4 33% (266)
3 11% (91)
2 3% (23)
1 1% (10)
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