Lost (Magic Thief, #2)
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Lost (Magic Thief #2)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  5,522 ratings  ·  273 reviews
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 hear...more
ebook, 191 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2009)
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I loved this book LIKE PIE. Which is pretty much how I felt about the first book in the series as well, but it was just so delicious to read more about Conn and Nevery and Rowan and others I'd come to love from Book 1 -- plus some new characters (or newly developed ones, like Argent) who are interesting in their own right.

The pace of the story clips along as briskly as ever (and there's plenty going on), but never too fast that there's no time to develop the characters. Conn goes through a lot...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Lynn Crow for TeensReadToo.com

Ever since wizard apprentice and former thief Conn destroyed his locus magicalicus saving the city of Wellmet's magic, he's been banned from lessons and shunned by all the wizards except his master, Nevery.

No one believes his theory that the magic is a living being. As shadowy beings stalk Wellmet and attack its residents, Conn becomes desperate to communicate with the magic again. But his experiments with pyrotechnics cause a disaster so great he is exi...more
Michael Jones
Diving in along with Mercy for her 12th birthday.

What I like a lot about this one is that Conn continues to be misunderstood, but he is actually saving the city! He has a hefty amount of good discernment.

Really enjoyed his interaction with the " Captain of the Guard" woman named Kern (which I understand is actually the amount of space between two words) she kidnaps him and treats him badly, yet he understands her motives and doesn't reject her out of hand is because she is someone that would nor...more

Conn menangkap penggalan kata diantara asap ledakan.
Sihir telah berbicara!

Makin lama cerita dalam buku ini kian menarik. Bayangkan saja, seorang penyihir tanpa memiliki media apapun untuk melakukan sihir Tiada tongkat, apalagi locus magicalicus. Namun begitulah nasib Conn. Sedang locus magicalicus-nya rusak ia nyaris tidak bisa melakukan...more
Deva Fagan
A highly enjoyable continuation of the events of the first book, expanding the cast of characters, the scope of the world, and the complexity of the plot.

Some of my favorite bits:

Conn and his understated personality. He keeps so much inside, but there's just enough insight that I felt for him greatly, particularly at a certain point midway through when some very bad things happen, and at the end. There was one paragraph at the end that just got me in the heart, because the whole book had (at l...more
Kathryn Patterson
"Lost", the second book in The Magic Thief series, picks up right after the first book ends. Conn is still a wizard, but without his magic loci he cannot do any spells. Feeling lost and empty, Conn attempts to do magic using pyrotechnics - and by "pyrotechnics", I mean explosions.

The action and characters in this book work for me, as the plot moves along at a nice, believable pace. I like how the author keeps everyone true to form, but allows for the characters to change and grow as the story m...more
"The Magic Thief: LOST" is the second book in the series that centers around street boy turned magical apprentice Connwaer. This book picks up shortly after the first one ends, and deals with Conn's lack of a locus stone, his belief that the magic is a being protecting the city, and the consequences of these two plots. Also, there's reports of strange Shadow creatures coming to Wellmet at night and leaving with people's lives.

I really enjoyed this book, and think it's one of the best lately in t...more
Very consistent with the first - and I liked it as well. There is a potterish component - young boy against the world, befriended by wise older person, discovers talents and gifts, saves world/city/universe/friends. But beyond that theme, it isn't a copy of Harry Potter.

I like that the magic is part of the world, but the book isn't all about the cool magic gadgets. In fact, there is a rather big controversy about what exactly the magic is and the young hero, Conn, is at the center. The lesson a...more
This is a book my 10 year old was reading, so I read a little as well and just got it again so I could read it to (it's the second in a series, so read the first one first). It's a good story with magic and a young boys' journey from being a pick pocket to being an apprentice to a wizard, but he's also always getting into trouble. I like it because even though you wish the magic would make everything better, you learn, with him, to deal with the mistakes and consequences of choices. There's no m...more
Courtney Duncan
Ah...these books are so satisfying, they are like comfort food for the soul of a fantasy nerd like myself.
They are truly magical, and transport you just exactly the way a wonderful story ought to. There was nothing I didn't like about this book, and I expect that I will feel the same way about the next one, as well.
I liked the first book so well that I couldn't wait for the second one to be returned to the library by whomever had rudely checked it out, so I ordered a copy from better world book...more
Loved it. This was, perhaps, even more fun than the first in the series. It has a lot of themes of loyalty and love, especially of when loyalty to one thing causes disloyalty to another. And it had lots of scary bad guys and interesting characters, and was a great adventure. Recommended.
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A very worthy sequel to "The Magic Thief," written with the same skill, grace and style that seem to define author Sarah Prineas.
Moon Stumpp
I listened to the book on audio...it kept me wanting more so...it was worth a listen.
Great sequel! I liked Conn as the narrator/main character although he was slightly more mature-acting than he had been in the last book mainly because of the events that happened in book one. Still he was funny! Rowan was more involved in this book but I don't really care for her as a character. I thought Kerrn was an interesting person but I lost a lot of respect for her (view spoiler)...more
The middle book in a trilogy is already at a disadvantage. The newness of the characters and the world has begun to wear off and you know that the big dramatic ending that you're hoping for is being reserved for the final book. The first book in this series had a rather dramatic ending and if the author hadn't decided to write any further books, it had a very satisfactory conclusion. I enjoyed it so much I was glad the author had written more books and I quickly got a hold of this one and starte...more
Miss Clark
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The magic had been returned to Wellmet, but the wizard Nevery Flinglas discovered that it was still low. While Connawaer (gutter boy turned wizard‘s apprentice) spent his time searching for a new locus magicalicus (wizards magical stone), both the Sunrise and the Twilight side of Wellmet were being terrorized by the dark cloaked ‘Shadowmen’ who were turning anybody found out in the dark to stone. During Conn’s attempts to speak to the magic, he was led to believe that he should travel to Desh to...more
Ivonne Rovira
Feb 18, 2013 Ivonne Rovira rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers, young and old
Recommended to Ivonne by: Bill Wolfe
Our intrepid hero Conn from The Magic Thief returns in the second installment in Sarah Prineas' trilogy. Without a locus magicalicus any longer, Conn, a former thief and on-again, off-again wizard's apprentice, realizes that he can communicate with magic through small-scale explosions. That's how Conn comes to realize that Wellmet's magic stands in grave danger. Wellmet has already been infested with strange shadow creatures who, like Medusa, turn their victims into stone. Conn realizes that the...more
Maureen E
by Sarah Prineas

Opening line--"A wizard is a lot like a pyrotechnist."

After the events of The Magic Thief, Conn continues to search for his locus magicalus, while Nevery does battle with the academicos. But Wellmet itself is threatened by the mysterious Shadows, and Conn faces some hard choices.

I have to admit that I was a little disappointed in this one. I never felt a real connection to any of the events that were occurring. Despite all of the adventure, I didn't feel particularly sad or horr...more
I stampeded through this in a day, and it was great fun; still I had a few complaints that made me give this 4 stars instead of five. Here's a list!

1. I felt Conn's actions were crossing the line from go-getter to selfish and thoughtless more than once (meaning he did things that were obviously pretty stupid and put a lot of other people in danger); there was also a bit of Harry Potter syndrome going on as Conn just KNEW better than anyone else and rushed headlong into things despite several tru...more
In which we find, Conn, bereft of his locus magicalicus, trying to talk to Wellmet's magic by blowing things up.

I think I called Conn the Steve Jobs of magicians in my review of book 1. Maybe I should have gone for Thomas Edison, who I believe also blew things up. Edison lost the hearing in one of his ears and Conn blows up his master's house and gives Bennett, Nevery's bodyguard, a skull fracture.

We've probably all known people like Conn; people who are so convinced that they are right that th...more
I’m always cautious with a series because the first book often fires out at us with a BANG! Then the second and third can peter out to a mere whimper and nothing, my friends, is worse than a series that gets steadily forgettable. But this is NOT that kind of series. YIPPEE! Sarah brings us another firecracker hit with her second instalment in the Magic Thief series.

Just like the first, our main character, Conn, reached out from the pages to grab me by the ears - not even sound existed for me ou...more
Conn is a wizard's apprentice in a world where cities run on living magic. His city's magic calls on him to stop the evil magic of a far away city. This is the second book in the Magic Thief trilogy. While Lost is not a stand-alone novel, Prineas includes sufficient references to the events in the first book to keep the reader from being lost.

Prineas creatively uses various elements to add layers to the simple story. Rather than merely making up words, Prineas plays with real-word roots (e.g., w...more
Feb 21, 2013 Doris rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Donna Barnett
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
This was not the first book in the series, which is not obvious at first. However, after several references to past events, I checked and sure enough this one *clearly* states that it is the second book. Even so, it stands alone very well.

I enjoyed the story of Conn and his attempts to both recover his magic and be welcomed properly as a member of the "family" he inhabits. He is an orphan of indeterminate age, and his "family" consists of people he has met, especially including his mentor and m...more
Plot Summary:

The city of Wellmet is trying to recover from the recent theft of all of its magic, now that the magic has been returned. It is weaker than before and Nevery and the other wizards are still trying to figure out what is going on. Connwaer, who is Nevery's assistant, had his locus stone (which is a stone that allows wizards to use magic) destroyed in the explosion that set the magic free in Wellmet. When the explosion happened, Conn was sure that the magic spoke to him. He became quit...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±

Picking up shortly after the events on the first book, Connwaer finds himself with a locus magicalus and the other wizards, aside from Nevery, not only are not letting him continue his studies but actively blame him for "losing" his stone in the first place.

He's also still hounded by Kerrn, the queen, and various others, despite having saved the city.

But Conn, being a non-nonsense sort of kid, pursues the study of pyrotechnics in order to communicate with the magic, because he knows it wants...more
Breana Cole
While I certainly still enjoyed this book I felt that it lacked some of the charm of the original. I think that was because for much of the book Conn was on his own and i found in the original that the interactions between characters was my favorite part of the story. Conn seemed so driven, by the lose of his locus magicalicus and the desire to understand what the magic says that he has no depth about the harm he caused. He never seems cautious, despite having survived as a thief for so long. Th...more
Good and Evil Magic: A Book Review of Lost
Title: Magic Thief, Lost HarperCollins Children’s Book, 2009, 377pgs
Sarah Prineas, ($19.00) ISBN: 978-0-06-137591-0
Conn is the main character of Magic Thief, Lost. He is a thief and a – wizard. He was a gutter boy at first but after meeting Nevery, a smart wizard, his whole life change. Conn became a wizard when Nevery took him under his wing. To Nevery, he is annoying, noisy, nosy and a troublemaker but the true is Conn is sneaky, smart and brave.
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I live in rural Johnson County, Iowa, and my first novel, The Magic Thief, was published by HarperCollins in June 2008 and by a bunch of other publishers around the world. The next book in the series, The Magic Thief: Lost, came out in May 2009, and the third, The Magic Thief: Found, was published in spring 2010. My next book from HarperCollins was Winterling (2012), followed by two sequels, Summe...more
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