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Written by Peter David

Average Score: 75(6)

For all readers who have ever lent an enthusiastic ear to a wonderfully well told tale, or tumbled gladly into pages that could transport them anywhere, now comes novelist Peter David’s enchanting new work of fantasy. Action-packed and suspenseful, heart-tugging and wise, it weaves a spell both hauntingly familiar and utterly irresistible for those who have ever surrendered themselves to flights of fancy, and have whispered in their hearts, “I believe.”

Paul Dear is a good and clever boy, doted on by a father who fills his son’s head with tall tales, thrilling legends, and talk of fairy-folk, and by a mother who indulges these fantastic stories and tempers them with common sense. But Paul is special in ways that even his adoring parents could never have imagined. For by day, in London’s Kensington Gardens, he walks and talks with the pixies and sprites and other magical creatures that dwell among the living–but are unseen by most. And at night in his room, a boy much like himself, yet not, beckons to Paul from the mirror to come adventuring. It’s a happy life for Paul, made all the more so by the birth of his baby sister.

But everything changes when tragedy strikes, and Paul concludes that there’s only one course of action he can take to dispel the darkness and make things right again. And like countless heroes before him, he knows that he must risk everything to save the day.

Thus begins a quest that will lead Paul down the city’s bustling streets, to a curio shop where a magical ally awaits him, and launches him into the starry skies, bound for a realm where anything is possible. Far from home, he will run with fierce Indian warriors, cross swords with fearsome pirates, befriend a magnificent white tiger, and soar beside an extraordinary, ageless boy who reigns in a boundless world of imagination.

Brimming with the sly humor and breathless excitement of a traditional Victorian bedtime story, deftly embroidered with its own unique wisdom and wonder, Tigerheart is a hymn to childhood’s happiness and heartbreak, a meditation on the love, courage, sacrifice, and faith that shape us and define our lives, and a splendidly rendered modern fable–for readers of any age–that brilliantly proves itself a worthy brother to the timeless classic that serve as its inspiration.

Book Details

Young Adult Fantasy
Hardcover, 304 Pages
Published by Del Rey on June 17, 2008
ISBN-10 0345501594
ISBN-13 978-0345501592


Boomtron | Roxy
Review Rating: 80
This is a deep story that would bear well under the scrutiny of a literature class.
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SF Site | Sarah Trowbridge
Review Rating: 80
Even those with no particular fondness for -- or in-depth knowledge of -- Peter Pan will find much to enjoy as they follow Paul Dear on his quest.
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Stephen Hunts SF Crownest | Sue Davies
Review Rating: 80
It's very enjoyable and a welcome extrapolation of the original story.
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sffworld.com | Rob H. Bedford
Review Rating: 80
Tigerheart is an enjoyable novel I found very difficult to put down and recommend to readers of all ages.
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Graemes Fantasy Book Review | Graeme Flory
Review Rating: 70
Whilst it is certainly entertaining the author has a lot to say about a lot of things and it's a shame that (at two hundred and ninety pages) he hasn't given himself enough room to say it all in.
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SFRevu | Sam Lubell
Review Rating: 60
I would classify the book as a YA novel that can be enjoyed by adults and even by advanced children (although they may miss some of the nuances.) Recommended.
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