The 2nd book in the Starcatchers series. The Others are searching for the starstuff that caused all the problems aboard the Neverland and Slank is working with a new group under the leadership of a shadowy figure, Lord Ombra. He takes them back to Mollusk Island not knowing that the starstuff was moved by Leonard Aster back to London but he's okay with that if he could get his hands on the flying boy. Lord Ombra orders the boy left there as they return to London to search for the Asters but Peter has overheard their plans and stowsaway to warn Molly. In his hurry to rescue Molly, however, he forgot the small detail of having no idea where she lives in London and London is a very big city. His problems will not be over, even once he finds Molly because Ombra is searching for her and her family and will stop at nothing to find them in order to find the starstuff before the Return.
The boys and I really enjoyed the first book but this one really dragged at the beginning so it took months for them to get into it so I could read it to them. About half way through, it picked up and then they couldn't get enough of it. Ombra is seriously creepy and the thing he does with taking people's shadows and thus turning them into his puppets is not for the faint of heart. I gave the boys the option of doing something different now that we are done with this but they can't wait to start the 3rd book in the series so I guess after a slow start, this has definitely redeemed itself.
Page count: 556p/24,126p ytd/205,164p lifetime