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

C. Greenwood
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Book Description

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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86 of 91 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Teenage Whine-fest!!! July 19, 2013
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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88 of 99 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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51 of 56 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
3.0 out of 5 stars I mean it had the makings of a good story with magic & magical weapons...
Just OK, something happens then it drags on & on, then nothing really happens, then something kind of interesting, then drags on, the someone dies, then it ends. Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Nbolen
4.0 out of 5 stars Not long enough!
A good read! Definitely wanting more, I shall start following this series. A great book for the price, a keeper!
Published 1 day ago by tracy mahon
5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative
This well written journey into a youth's coming of age is insightful and intriguing. The characters are well defined and thought provoking.
Published 2 days ago by P. Beckles
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I got this book for free and I completely fell in love with it. Unlike a lot of e-books, it hooked me from the very beginning and I could barely put it down afterwards. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Ashley J Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
For magic lovers, this book is an okay read. It is an intriguing story between the forces of good and evil set by Greenwood, how two things can differ in ideologies and experiences... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Victor Plantor
4.0 out of 5 stars End and beginning
Feels almost like a prologue to the start of the actual story unravelling. But because of that I couldn't put it down.
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 days ago by greg killman
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a complete dissatisfaction
There were many parts to this book that made it enjoyable, but there just wasn't enough action for my taste.
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Well written and easy to read story. It is written from a first person perspective which I didn't mind because the story was captivating
Published 8 days ago by Randy j Wise
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good read.
Published 9 days ago by velolester
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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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