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The Peter and the Starcatchers saga, written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, is a series of fantasy novels; prequels to Sir J.M Barrie's Peter Pan. The series contains four books:

  • Peter and the Starcatchers
  • Peter and the Shadow Thieves
  • Peter and the Secret of Rundoon
  • Peter and the Sword of Mercy

A new series in the same universe of Peter and the Starcatchers begins with the book The Bridge to Neverland.

Tropes used in Peter and the Starcatchers include:


 And then it erupted from him, a string of oaths so vile that Peter reached out to cover Tink's tiny ears.

 Tubby Ted: But we need them for our scurvy!

Prentiss: We don't have scurvy, you twit.

Tubby Ted: Then why do we have the figs?

James: They're for the monkeys.

Tubby Ted: The monkeys have scurvy?

  • Tactful Translation: Peter's translations for Tinker Bell.
  • Take a Third Option: Black Stache, torn between chasing after Astor and taking the trunk or calling his bluff and pursuing the Wasp, decides to take a third option: he tosses his British Navy prisoner overboard. Predictably, Astor turns around to rescue the drowning sailor, coming close enough to the Sea Devil for Black Stache to harpoon his dory.
  • They Called Me Mad: Dr. Glotz cackles this in his first appearance.
  • Trilogy Creep: Originally the book started as a trilogy, and then came Sword of Mercy, acting as a full fledged prequel to the events of Peter Pan.
  • Two-Part Trilogy: The first work can actually stand by itself, acting as an introduction with the major plot points (of that book) more or less resolved. Around Shadow Thieves, the series starts to blend together into a bigger story arc.
  • Unspoken Plan: Shining Pearl's plan to attack the Scorpions.
  • The Watson: Peter. There's a whole chapter where Molly goes on a Character Filibuster to tell him all about Starstuff and the history of the Starcatchers, and another bit where Fighting Prawn explains Mr. Grin's origin story to him.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: At first, Slank planned to kill Little Richard for this reason. But by the time he actually does it, it's for a different reason.
  • You Said You Would Let Them Go: In the third book, after Peter locates the starstuff. Zarboff decides to feed the boys to the snake anyway--he only promised that if Peter didn't do as he was instructed, he would feed them to the snake. He didn't say anything about not feeding them to the snake if he did follow the instructions.
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