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The Magic Thief: Lost: Book Two [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Prineas , Antonio Javier Caparo
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Never mix fire with magic!

Conn may only be a wizard's apprentice, but even he knows it's dangerous to play with fire . . . especially around magic. His master, Nevery, warns him that it could all blow up in his face. Besides, they have bigger problems to deal with. There is evil afoot in the city of Wellmet, an evil that isn't human.

But Conn is drawn to the murmurs he hears every time he sets off an explosion—something is trying to talk to him, to warn him. When none of the wizards listen, Conn takes matters into his own hands. His quest to protect everything he loves brings him face-to-face with a powerful sorcerer-king and a treachery beyond even his vivid imagination.

Sarah Prineas works her own spells as she transports us to an extraordinary world where cities are run on living magic and even a thief can become a wizard's apprentice.

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From Publishers Weekly

In this thrilling sequel to The Magic Thief, Conn, "a gutterboy from the streets of Twilight," continues to seek solutions and instead finds trouble. Still the unconventional apprentice of Nevery Flinglas, Magister of Wellmet, Conn, having lost his "locus magicalicus" (the stone that allows him to commune with the magic), is forced to improvise when his hometown is threatened by the sorcerer-king Aspeling. To further complicate matters, Conn gets exiled from Wellmet for using pyrotechnics, the Dutchess's daughter is in danger and Conn's "embero" spell turns him into bird instead of a cat. Conn has a heart of gold, but struggles with his past reputation as a thief, and his reluctance to work with a partner holds him back ("I wasn't sure, exactly, what diplomacy was"). Like its predecessor, this story is interspersed with letters and journal entries, as well as skillful etchings, giving readers an intimacy with the characters. Eloquent and suspenseful, this follow-up doesn't disappoint. Ages 10-up.
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From School Library Journal

Grade 4–6—At the conclusion of the first volume, wizard's apprentice Conn lost his locus device, which he used to communicate with his city's magic, so at the start of this volume he resorts to pyrotechnic experiments to communicate with Wellmet's magic instead. After his experiments go awry, he is exiled and joins a mission to the city of Desh, which may be the source of the evils plaguing Wellmet. With help from his friend Lady Rowan, leader of the mission, Conn uses his street smarts and his knowledge of magic to try to understand who is behind the malevolent Shadowmen. His goals and guesses are opposed by a variety of characters, leading to intrigue and conflict. Prineas's detailed magic has its own logic, and an abundance of clues to the evil will intrigue and confuse readers as they try to solve the mystery along with the protagonist. Conn's first-person narrative is paired with letters from his mentor and other characters, allowing Prineas to reach beyond the limits of the main character's viewpoint. Conn's relationship with Rowan continues to grow, providing both humor for the story and depth to both characters. A fun read for fans of fantastic adventures.—Beth L. Meister, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, WI END

Product Details

  • File Size: 1815 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061375896
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 Reprint edition (May 12, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0028MVHDC
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The first book in The Magic Thief fantasy trilogy ended with apprentice magician Connwaer losing his splendid locus magicalicus (or "magic stone") during his battle to rescue the living magic that protects the city of Wellmet. This second installment in the series picks up where its predecessor left off, with Conn desperately seeking a new locus magicalicus to communicate with Wellmet's magic. Unfortunately, no one believes Conn when he insists that the magic is a living being, and magical incantations are merely words spoken in the being's own language.

Meanwhile, Wellmet is under attack by a band of mysterious and deadly Shadowmen whose very touch brings instant paralysis and death. Who has sent them? What do they seek? Conn thinks Wellmet's magic may know the answers to these questions, but he needs a magicalicus to facilitate a conversation between himself and the magical being of the city.

When his attempts to find a magicalicus prove to be unsuccessful, Conn hits upon a new and perilous way to communicate with the city's magic: pyrotechnics. However, the use of pyrotechnics within the city walls is strictly forbidden. Indeed, that was exactly what had gotten Conn's master, the great wizard Nevery, temporarily banished from Wellmet more than 20 years before. Not only that, but a permanently gaping hole was left in the middle of Nevery's island home, Heartsease.

After an acquaintance's life is tragically claimed by the Shadowmen, Conn becomes increasingly desperate to learn who or what lies behind these deadly creatures. But Conn's frenzy to communicate with the magic drives him to ever more reckless measures, putting in peril the lives of those he loves most and eventually causing him to be banished from Wellmet to the exotic and dangerous desert land of Desh.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Magic Thief: Lost August 7, 2009
The Magic Thief: Lost
by Sarah Prineas

In Sarah Prineas's fast-paced debut book, The Magic Thief, a crafty street urchin named Conn filches Nevery the Wizard's magic tool - his locus magicalicus - from his pocket yet survives. Intrigued, Nevery takes Conn in as his apprentice and ultimately Conn solves the mystery of Wellmet's weakening magic.

Prineas's equally exciting sequel, Lost, picks up a few months later. Here we once more meet up with Conn and Nevery the Wizard, as well as Benet, Nevery's muscle man (and perhaps Prineas's most unique character). We also become reacquainted with the duchess's daughter, Lady Rowan, and the sinister Shadow men, which turn people into stone.

Again, Wellmet's magic is waning and the Shadow men have returned with renewed strength. Having lost his own locus magicalicus, Conn must resort to pyrotechnics, or fireworks, to speak with the magic that has always protected Wellmet. Nevery warns Conn that pyrotechnics are dangerous and forbidden. After all, they damaged his home, Heartstease. Undaunted and desperate to communicate with the magic the only way he can, Conn perseveres until his hopes are literally blown to pieces and disaster ensues, injuring somebody near and dear to him.

As expected, the magisters of Wellmet banish Conn from the city and he sets off for the city of Desh in search of the source of Wellmet's weakening magic and the mystery of the Shadow men. He is not disappointed.

Lost is an equally fast-paced and exciting fantasy as The Magic Thief, albeit slightly darker. As a streetwise, rough-edged hero with a big heart, Conn makes an intriguing hero with a distinctive voice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I pre-purchased this book for my son after getting the 1st one for my son at a retail outlet. We read it together and id is totally engaging and a excellent read for any 8 year old. There wasn't one word that he didn't know the meaning of or couldn't figure out from the way it was used in a sentence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Magic Thief: Lost by Sarah Prineas August 9, 2009
This book continues where The Magic Thief left off. Former "gutterboy" and wizard-in-training, Connwaer, has lost his locus magicalicus, his wizard's stone. Without a locus stone, wizards, as a rule, can't perform magic. But Conn was never one to follow the rules.

Conn comes to believe that the magic of the city of Wellmet is a living being, an idea that is met by derision from the wizarding establishment. Furthermore, the magic seems to have a job for Conn to do in order to save the city of Wellmet from a malevolent force that threatens its inhabitants. Without his locus stone, however, he can't communicate with the magic. Or can he?

Conn hears faint whispers during explosions, which he believes are attempts by the magic to communicate with Conn. His attempts to hear more, by producing more explosions, have disastrous consequences. Ultimately, Conn must travel to the desert city of Desh to discover the source of the disturbances in Wellmet.

The action is relentless. Conn seems to find himself in deeper and deeper trouble, much of it his own doing. It all builds up to his confrontation with Jaggus, the sorcerer-king of Desh. The ending is satisfying, but incomplete, as the way is left open for the next book in the series.

Some of the characters seem standard-issue, like Nevery, the gray-bearded mentor-wizard and Rowan, the spunky daughter of the Duchess who befriends Conn. Others are more interesting, especially Benet, the knitting, muffin-baking burly bodyguard.

The use of language is playful, with twists on familiar words. For example, slowsilver and darksilver, important elements of magic, play on quicksilver, another name for the element mercury.
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well written; grabs you and doesn't let go
Published 1 month ago by Dr. Diana L. Hayes
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A fun read! An enjoyable series for young, and not so young, readers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
Conn has really grown into his own in this book. His strength of character shines through along with his empathetic ways with the underdog. On to book three. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Clovelle McKelvey
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As advertised
Published 3 months ago by Richard Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for 12 year old
My 12 year old really enjoys this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book is too much as to turn dowm. I what the third and forth books.
Amazing book still larger finishing it in three days
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This book is amazing
Published 5 months ago by YoungLions
4.0 out of 5 stars A great ending to an adventure
The final book in the Magic thief series is... Fantastic! The book captures the hopes of Conn and makes them come true. The ending is great and so are the mysteries before.
Published 5 months ago by Drake Mackley
5.0 out of 5 stars All in all
This is the greatest series I've ever read. It's filled with action and mystery and so much more. I loved every word.
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More About the Author

Hi there! I'm Sarah Prineas, author of the Magic Thief series published in the US by HarperCollins and in 17 other languages around the world, and the Winterling trilogy. I live in rural Iowa with my mad scientist husband, two kids, and two cats. My next book is called Ash & Bramble, and it's a YA.
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