April 13, 2017
The Piper’s Price, by Audrey Greenhouse
Peter is plotting his retaliation against the latest bombing. Neverland needs an army, and Peter Pan is certain children will join him once they know what is at stake. The lost boys and girls are planning an invasion in suburbia to recruit, but in order to deliver their message, they will need the help of an old and dangerous associate—the infamous Pied Piper. Hunting him down will require a spy in in the real world, and Gwen soon finds herself in charge of locating the Piper and cutting an uncertain deal with him. She isn’t sure if Peter trusts her that much, or if he’s just trying to keep her away from him in Neverland. Are they friends, or just allies? But Peter might not even matter now that she’s nearly home and meeting with Jay again. The Piper isn’t the only one hiding from the adults’ war on magic though, and when Gwen goes back to reality, she’ll have to confront one of Peter’s oldest friends… and one of his earliest enemies.
The Potter-esque trope of the fanciful children at odds with the stuffy adults is alive and well with the sequel.
The Good: The writing was crisp and suspenseful. There aren’t any questionable situations or swearing, so this is acceptable for all reading ages and levels. I expected to enjoy The Piper’s Price since I enjoyed The Neverland Wars and I was not disappointed. The oddities in the writing that I mentioned were gone in the sequel.
The Bad: Pan is still emo. Why is it that the adults want to destroy Neverland? There is a bit of talk of needing magic, but overall, the needs and desires of the adults are pretty one-dimensional. The Pied Piper, who I expected to read more about, seemed to be woefully underwhelming, especially since he had the power to turn the tide of the war.
The Beautiful: I’m still not a fan of Peter Pan as a fairy tale, but I am a fan of Audrey Greathouse. I had a lot of fun reading The Piper’s Price. If you like fairy tale retellings, then you’ll like both books by Audrey Greathouse.
The Final Word: Just like The Neverland Wars, The Piper’s Price is a suspenseful read appropriate for all ages. As far as a star rating is concerned, I think The Piper’s Price is a slightly better story, and it deserves a solid four stars.
Audrey Greathouse is a Seattle-based author of science-fiction and fantasy. Raised in the suburbs, she became a writer after being introduced to NaNoWriMo during her sophmore year of high school. Since then, she has drafted more than a dozen books, 100 sonnets, and 800 other poems, and a handful of short stories and one-act plays. After dropping out of her university and beginning training as a circus performer on the aerial silks, she returned to school to study at Southern New Hampshire University College of Online and Continuing Education to earn her B.A. in English Language and Literature, with a minor in Computer Information Technologies. Audrey Greathouse is a die-hard punk cabaret fan, and pianist of fourteen years. She’s usually somewhere along the west coast, and she is always writing.