When most people think of fantasy, chances are they'll conjure up images of dragons, damsels, swords and sorcery. One subgenre of fantasy will often contain narratives set in dark worlds, where evil runs rampant and the light of hope must wade through a sea of darkness. Dark fantasy may contain elements of traditional fantasy, but often the worlds they inhabit are grim, ugly dystopias or modern-day urban environments. No matter the setting, these works of dark fantasy are a long way from light-hearted stories of fairies and unicorns.
"The Child Thief" by Brom is a retelling of J. M. Barrie's "Peter Pan," but with a twist. Instead of a young boy whisking children away to Neverland, where they can play and never grow up, Peter searches for "lost" children (who have been orphaned or emotionally troubled) and promises them a life of happiness in the land of Avalon. However, Avalon is nothing like Neverland. It is a place that has become twisted by mysterious creatures leading a war of fiery conquest on the magical realm.