Friday 16 August 2013

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

Finished August 16
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier

Once upon a time, there was an orphan boy, found floating in a basket in a sea, with a raven perched on the edge, with his eyes pecked out. After a short stint in the orphanage he is adopted be a master thief who trains him, and sets him to work stealing. Treated badly, Peter is always trying to find a way out of his life, but his lack of sight impairs him.
One night he meets a man who seems to be able to read his mind, and whose carriage boasts a wealth of locks, something Peter finds intriguing. As his interest grows, he finds himself drawn to this man, and soon enough Peter finds something to steal that will change his life. He takes a mystery box, that, when it is opened later, seems to contain eggs, but the contents of these eggs can only be described as fantastic. Once he tries a pair of the eyes hidden in the eggs, Peter is off on a wild set of adventures that bring him a good friend, travels over the ocean and desert, and perhaps even the truth about his own past.
A wonderful adventure tale, with lots of action and suspense, and a character who longs to belong somewhere.

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