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Magic of Thieves (Legends of Dimmingwood Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

C. Greenwood
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In a province where magic is forbidden and its possessors are murdered by the cruel Praetor, young Ilan, born with the powerful gift of her ancestors, has only one hope for survival. Concealment. In the shadow of Dimmingwood, she finds temporary protection with a band of forest brigands led by the infamous outlaw Rideon the Red Hand.

But as Ilan matures, learns the skills of survival, and struggles to master the inherent magic of her dying race, danger is always close behind. When old enemies reappear and new friendships lead to betrayal, will her discovery of an enchanted bow prove to be Ilan’s final salvation or her ultimate downfall?

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Also in the LEGENDS OF DIMMINGWOOD series:

Betrayal of Thieves ~ Book II
Circle of Thieves ~ Book III
Redemption of Thieves ~ Book IV
Journey of Thieves ~ Book V
Rule of Thieves ~ Book VI (Coming soon)

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Also in the LEGENDS OF DIMMINGWOOD series:

Book I: Magic of Thieves
Book II: Betrayal of Thieves 
Book III: Circle of Thieves 
Book IV: Redemption of Thieves 
Book V: Journey of Thieves
Book VI: Rule of Thieves (Coming 2015)

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  • File Size: 3945 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
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  • Language: English
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88 of 94 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Teenage Whine-fest!!! July 19, 2013
By Wendell
Format:Kindle Edition
This story was okay and not much else, yet it could have been so much more. The beginning really grabs your attention, makes you get comfortable in the chair as you focus on what is going on with this child, Ilan, cast loose in the world alone. Her unintended rescue by Dimmingwood brigands led by Rideon the Red Hand sets the stage for what could have been an engaging and gripping tale. However, after that poignant start, the tale just sort of fizzles like a dud firecracker. Sure, it hisses and smokes a little, but it never really explodes.

The main reason for this was our heroine herself. The author turns Ilan into something of an anti-heroes. Not in the classic mold of Elric of Melnibone or Thomas Covenant, but in the more modern vein of a teenager who feels she is being "mistreated" by life in general. Ilan, therefore, becomes progressively more sulky, whiny, and hateful as the tale goes along. By the end, she spends the majority of her time complaining, insulting her family/friends, and casting them into harms way to further her own ends. Sure, she might feel a moment of remorse occasionally, but a reader never sees any "growing up" on Ilan's part just more immature self-destructive behavior.

How exactly does one WANT to read about that sort of person?

I didn't by the end. Throw in the fact she "stumbles" upon a magic bow, which whispers into her mind how to kill people, and I personally lost interest in seeing what became of little Ilan.

What could have been a fine story of a lost girl growing up into an adult while she overcame obstacles and rediscovered a forgotten past turned into a teen whine-fest.
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89 of 100 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book while it was free. Something to note, I think.

The first thing I noticed (and it almost made me put the book down) was that it was written in first person. Not a problem for some people, I happen to really dislike it, especially in fantasy books, but it is a personal preference so I'm not holding it against the author.

The beginning was strange. We get a page or two of present day, and then we get launched into the past -- literally covering every main event in this girl's life, and present day doesn't resume until the very end. It was off-putting. I kept expecting the flashback to end at some point and it didn't.

The characters to me seemed quite distant. I really struggled to care about the main character at all. Other people lauded her for her flaws -- I thought she had *too* many flaws and no good characteristics that shined to balance it out. She was selfish, mouthy, impulsive, weak and, well, kind of stupid. I enjoyed the portrayal of her as a child, but as she grew up she just soured in my opinion. The only character that really sparked my interest was Hadrian, and he only shows up for a brief, few-page scene. I assume he comes back later, and I may pick up her other books in the series just to see more of him, but I truly hope that the main character does some growing. Quick. I wouldn't have had such a problem with her attitude if it wasn't the *whole book*, leaving me with an abrupt ending. It seems like this was a longer book that was split up into several. An unwise choice, if you ask me.

Technically well-written despite some minor spelling errors and a few awkward sentences here and there, although the story structure in general left a lot to be desired.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So very boring.......... June 9, 2013
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Book covers the adventures of a girl from age 6-14. Only problem is there's nothing much happening.
Not sure what the author tried to create here. ILAN`s parents die at the allegedly wicked praetors hand. We never get to know more about him.
Her life in the woods with a bunch of outlaws is mostly uneventful and unlikely at the same time. She has magic but uses it only once to save herself at age 6 and then never again. She learns nothing from the bandits she lives with and only learn to fight and defend herself at age 14????
Most of what`s going on goes nowhere and are just unconnected, meaningless events over the years.
Not worth the time I spent on it and I do Not recommended it at all.
Even DR ZUESS is more exciting than this story about supposed magic and thieves. The thieves are also not allowed to kill anyone that they rob, but ALWAYS end up killing them anyway???? Makes no sense.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ages 10-12 June 3, 2013
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I read the first three books, but will not read the 4th or beyond. What is the story? It seems to be more of a coming of age story set in a fantasy world than a adventure-fantasy. I don't know what is the evil the heroine will need to overcome, and I have finished what should be the third book. It is not her forest leader (Who is the band leader, but really weak. He supposedly rules with an iron fist, but couldn't prove it to me.); So that leaves the Praetor, who maybe harsh, but she gives no examples of it, other than having thieves and their associates strung up. (Sorry, not a nice picture, but really not unexpected in the society this is set in.) Or the ancient group of people who do a lot of blood worship and work magic.
There are two types of magic - natural (so far the only examples are being able to sense the thoughts of others and their emotions) and unnatural - potions, incantations, etc. I don't know why one is good and the other bad. So much untouched, unexplained, so much promise unfulfilled. But the 10-12 bracket won't miss it. The girls will find it an interesting tale. Guys? Nah, not enough male stuff, and the fighting is glossed over.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Legends of Dimmingwood, Book 1 - Magic of Thieves
This book was offered through Amazon Kindle for $.99, and I just can't pass up a deal. As a Fantasy fanatic, the book had everything I look for. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Gary
3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, BAAAD application
The basic premis of this book is that a young girl named Ilan is born in a "no magic people" area, parents die, and she ends up living with a band of bandits (brigands). Read more
Published 4 days ago by Camron Cooper
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent
The storyline was basic and there just wasn't enough magic and action to make me buy the second one. Maybe when it's free I'll read it.
Published 4 days ago by Garrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Cool Story. A bit juvenile but as the story matures as the series continued.
Published 5 days ago by MOA
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely worth reading!
I have to say that I really enjoyed Magic of Thieves. And that is coming from a fantasy purist.

I have very narrow and specific tastes in books. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Tristen
5.0 out of 5 stars Love love love
Great book and great series!! Love all the characters and I can't wait for the new book to come out
Published 11 days ago by Carolyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 12 days ago by dorothy l peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Published 15 days ago by Rob
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty steady paced
Pretty steady paced, nothing really attention grabbing but kept the interest enough to read to the end. May or may not read rest of the series.
Published 16 days ago by Jo House
3.0 out of 5 stars Good enough
Makes me want to get next books.i
Published 16 days ago by pete
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A USA TODAY bestselling author, C. Greenwood started writing stories shortly after learning her ABCs and hasn't put down her pen since. After falling in love with the fantasy genre more than a decade ago, she began writing sword and sorcery novels. The result was the birth of her best known works, the Legends of Dimmingwood series. In addition to her writing, Ms. Greenwood is a wife and mom and a graphic designer.

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***Fantasy Works by C. Greenwood***

(Legends of Dimmingwood Series)

Magic of Thieves ~ Book I
Betrayal of Thieves ~ Book II
Circle of Thieves ~ Book III
Redemption of Thieves ~ Book IV
Journey of Thieves ~ Book V
Rule of Thieves ~ Book VI *Coming 2015*

(Catalysts of Chaos Series)

Mistress of Masks ~ Book I
Betrayer of Blood ~ Book II *Coming soon*
Summoner of Storms ~ Book III *Coming soon*

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