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Grade 3–6—Conn, a pickpocket on the streets of Twilight, one day picks the pocket of a powerful wizard and steals his locus magicalicus, the center of his power. It should kill Conn, but it doesn't. Nevery, the wizard, has just returned after a 22-year exile, to try to save the town from the leaching of its magic, upon which so much, including its economy, depends. Curious about the boy, Nevery takes him on as an assistant and then an apprentice. Although it is the wizard's job to stem the tide of the disappearing magic, he seems unable to do so. Conn believes he knows the answer, but his enemies are closing in. Prineas has created an appealing cast of characters, which she carefully reveals through their actions. The story is told primarily by Conn, and is interspersed with cryptic journal entries by Nevery, which offer a tantalizing counterpoint to the protagonist's viewpoint. Their voices are consistent and well handled. Exciting without being frantic, the narrative wastes no time getting to the heart of the story. This novel would work well as a read-aloud, as it has a conversational rhythm that moves the plot along. The book is long, but the large print and appealing drawings will encourage younger readers. Fantasy and adventure lovers alike will groan when they get to the tantalizingly mischievous ending, and are likely to hound you until the sequel arrives.—Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City
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*Starred Review* Young Conn opens the first volume of this new trilogy, noting “A thief is a lot like a wizard.” Conn is a thief but, through desire and inevitability, becomes a wizard by book’s end. This evolution begins when Conn picks the pocket of the wizard Nevery, who is startled that the nicked magical stone didn’t kill the boy. Nevery takes on Conn as a servant, but the boy’s inquisitiveness and talents move him to apprentice status. Nevery has recently returned to Willmet to save the city-state, which is faltering as its magic seeps away. As Conn becomes more enmeshed in his new life, he navigates through the intricate dealings of both the wizarding world and the political machinations of the Underlord. The events are not as lively as in some middle-grade fantasies—though Conn’s turn as a cat is delightful, and his search for his own stone is very well played. What works wonderfully well here is the boy’s irresistible voice, which is supplemented by the writings of Nevery in his journal, its creased and stained pages appearing as apart of the design. Readers will particularly enjoy the way Conn often knows just a little more than his master, and they’ll look forward to seeing how much more he learns as the series progresses. Grades 4-6. --Ilene CooperSee all Editorial Reviews
I got this book on sale, so I've begun to lower my expectations about these e-books. This one, however, was a gem.
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I really liked it because it was full of magic and adventure!👌Published 14 days ago by Adam S Gerloff
This is an entertaining book filled with intrigue and magic. The author has a sure voice and the main character, Con will con his way into the hardest of hearts.Published 23 days ago by Therese Van Arsdale
My Thoughts: Oh, Magic Thief, why did you have to do this to me? I got so excited and then... URGH.
This book was hard to get through, honestly. Read more
My cousin had this on her reading list and had me read it with her. A lot of fun.Published 24 days ago by Violet Beauregard
I enjoyed this story, it was filled with a beautiful,vivid, bright and dare I say magical imagination, I was able to hear the characters and see them. Read morePublished 1 month ago by justannie187
I bought this for my granddaughter. I started to read a little before I gave it her. I couldn't put it down. Read it in one day. Story is excellent. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome this book is cool and you will also be amazed at allo the action Conn Rowan Kerrn go throughPublished 5 months ago by Stephanie