The Magic Thief
Connwaer was a pickpocketer at Wellmet in the Twilight until he picked the wrong pocket. He picked the pocket of Nevery Flingas ( a wizard that was banned from the city 20 years ago.) Conn picked the worst thing he could of picked, Neverys locus magicalus. Thats how Nevery became interested in Conn, he didnt die like every other thing that touched a wizards locus magicalus. Conn becomes his apprentice and they both try to figure out whats happening to the magic of Wellmet?
LOVED IT!!! If you mixed Harry Potter, Septimus Heap, and Charlie Bone together youll get The Magic Thief. (Well, I think so.)
I loved the characters, Conn was very realistic as was Nevery and his faithful guard Benet Benet was so AWESOME! You never hear about a big tough bodyguard who knits, I love that!
I enjoyed every word in The Magic Thief. Decoding the messages under Neverys little notes was a bonus, it was fun! The book was very clear and more enjoyable than any of J.K. Rowlings books. I still cant believe that this is Sarah Prineas first book, its like the best book I EVER read. I would rate this book 6 out of 5 stars, but that would be over the number of stars.
Read The Magic Thief!!
Conn should have dropped dead the day he picked Nevery's pocket and stole the wizard's locus magicalicus, a stone used to focus magic and work spells. But for some reason he did not. Astonished and intrigued, Nevery agrees to take Conn on as his apprentice, on the condition that the boy find a locus stone of his own within a month. But with his wizard lessons and attempts to help Nevery discover who or what is stealing the city of Wellmet's dwindling supply of magic, time is running out for Conn to find his stone.
The Magic Thief has been added to my collection of books that had to be read straight through because I was so engrossed in the story.
Connwaer, aka Conn, is a gutterboy living on the streets of the Twilight, the seedy and dangerous part of Wellmet, Conn has survived on instincts (stick to the shadows), skill (lock-picking and pick-pocketing), and sheer luck. Or has he? When Conn steals from a man who turns out to be a wizard, it becomes apparent that Conn may have more than just luck on his side. He may have what it takes to become a wizard himself.
Im quite sure this book will have critics who will compare it the Harry Potter series, amongst others, but true book lovers know familiar storylines will always re-circulate. When written well, these storylines make readers feel as though theyre slipping on a comfy old pair of shoes. In this case, warm and fuzzy slippers, since I didnt leave my house from the time I started the book until I finished it the next day. But, if anyone sees my boss, I wascough, coughsick. I swear.
Sure as sure, its Conns character that sells the book. His spirit burns right through the pages. Hes quiet, which serves to make him astute and observant about the things that go on around him. He reads people and their intentions perfectly. The thing I love most about him, though, is his resilience and pride. Hes willing to do what he must to survive, but he has clear personal boundaries that cannot and will not be crossed.
The sketch-style illustrations, by Antonio Javier Caparo, are a great addition to chapter headings that make an already fun book even more so.
Author, Sarah Prineas, already has more books in the works for this series, and Ill be impatiently waiting for more.
Off to turn another page&.