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The Magic Thief Paperback – April 21, 2009
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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 Cooper --This text refers to the Toy edition.
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I'm always checking out books for my grandkids. They must be good, age appropriate and CLEAN. If I love them, then so much the better.
This book was recommended and I'm so glad. It sucked me right in.
I like the way it's written; quirky words, repeating words, just what kids like. I guess just what this Grammy likes, too.
Had to order the whole series after the first book.
Grandkids will get sucked in, too.
On her insistence I read the series and was unable to put them down.
I hope this is not the last we see of Nevery and Connwaer. Or from Sarah Prineas.
Sarah Prineas writes with more versatile landscape than in the first two and adds more maturity in the characters.
For parents looking for great reads for their children--there is no real violence and focuses on good verses evil. It ends well and everything is resolved peacefully.
Get the book. You won't be sorry until you reach the end. At the end, you will be sorry it IS the end. (sigh)
Nevery is a great wizard who had been banished from Wellmet twenty years ago by the Duchess because she believes that he tried to kill her, he has returned due to the crisis of a lack of magic within Wellmet. He must restore the magic in order to save Wellmet from dying from the lack of magic. He is a well developed character whose character plays an important role with Conn as well as with the survival of the city. One always excited to hear his thoughts at the end of a chapter.
Eventually Nevery does take Conn as an apprentice and he begins to go to a school of magic called the Academicos. This reminds one of the Harry Potter series and Hogwarts as a school of magic, bringing joy to many readers who greatly appreciate the series. Conn has only thirty days to find his own locus magicalicus. Much of the novel focuses on Conn finding his locus stone and one is constantly on edge in anticipation of whether he will find it or not. At school he makes some friends and finally learns how to read! Will he be able to convince Nevery that he knows who is taking the magic? Will he be able to save Wellmet before it dies from the lack of magic?
Many can agree that The Magic Thief is an extremely compelling juvenile novel that intrigues readers of all ages so much that it is difficult to put the book down. One truly feels as if he is on this adventure with Conn, he feels he is walking through the damp streets of the Twilight or eating Benet's delicious and buttery feasts. It is easy for one to sympathize with Conn because although he has made bad decisions in the past one can justify them and his honesty compels one to adore and respect him. For a "gutterboy" who has no schooling his narration is fascinating and intrigues the reader with humor, curiosity, and knowledge.
Prineas wraps the book up really well. She keeps the reader on the edge of their seat and ready to turn the next page. The ending answers many questions but also raises more. It is a good ending to this book but also opens up many questions for the next installment of the trilogy that I am certainly looking forward to reading. It is a different take on magic with a new plot different yet similar to other wizardry books. It is truly a delightful piece of children's literature that should be added to the bookshelves of children across the country.
The book continued to move well, characters and relationship continued and grew.
It was a good ending since it was not a "cliche ending" but some may not like that, still maybe it could be used to launch a followup for an older Conn story?????
Sad to see it end but enjoyed the story and will keep in on the Kindle for sometime in the future to re-read when I have had time to forget much of it with all the other fantasy reads I do.