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El ladrón mago (Magic Thief #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  15,181 Ratings  ·  1,087 Reviews
Conn, ladronzuelo de oficio, roba a Nevery, un poderoso mago, una piedra que resulta ser su amuleto. En condiciones normales, tendría que haber muerto calcinado; sin embargo, la piedra brilla en su mano. Nevery, al verlo, lo invita a cenar para que se convierta en su aprendiz.
Desterrado de Wellmet desde hace más de veinte años por ser crítico con la duquesa, Nevery volver
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 24th 2008 by Montena (first published 2008)
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Ara Roxas I would say it's not the best but good. The character development wasn't that good but I did like some of the characters at the end. I didn't feel any…moreI would say it's not the best but good. The character development wasn't that good but I did like some of the characters at the end. I didn't feel any attachment to the characters at all except for the protagonist. But I really really enjoyed reading this and it is very humorous. It's still a good book.(less)
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R.J.
Mar 23, 2008 R.J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who loves fantasy
This book made me absurdly and enormously happy.

The Magic Thief has a number of familiar fantasy motifs and character types. But in Sarah Prineas's hands a story that could have been predictable instead has a wonderful freshness and vitality about it. The invented world in which Conn moves has a Dickensian flair without being merely alt-Victoriana, and its magical system is both well imagined and intriguing.

The characters in The Magic Thief are realistically flawed and fallible, yet they never
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Darth J
Hmm. It's a fun, fluffy book for MG readers who enjoyed the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson books. The illustrations on the inside are reminiscent of Mary GrandPré's Potter artwork, yet it does get repetitive as the same pictures are shown over and over again instead of individual designs for each chapter.

The wizards in this universe must let a magical object choose them in order to access their powers, but instead of a wand it's a stone called the magilicus locus (which just so happens to work e
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Kimberly
May 01, 2008 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kimberly by: Jason Paulios
Shelves: fantasy
Conn just wanted some money to pay for his meal when he picked a wizard, Nevery's, pocket. Taking Nevery's locus magicalicus (a stone that helps wizards to focus when using magic) should have caused Conn to die. But he didn't. Nevery finds this interesting, and takes Conn in as his apprentice (more of a servant, though.)
Life is still difficult for Conn even though he gets fed, has a roof over his head, and he even learns how to read. There is contempt for him since he is a known thief and lock
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Connor
Nov 30, 2013 Connor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
A pure joy to read. It was such a fun little adventure about a boy trying to find his magic. Perfect for younger readers, and it has a fun code that you can translate using a key in the back of the book. I'll definitely be continuing with the series whenever I get the next book.
A.J.
Jun 06, 2008 A.J. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
Okay, I guess I'm the first to give this book a review after its official publication date (June 3 or thereabouts).

To begin I think a bit of background is in order, because the 3-star rating I gave is deceptively low. The rating only reflects the book and its success stacked against myself as a reader with particular tastes and preferences. This book is definitely for the kiddies. It isn't designed to thrust itself among the greatest epic fantasy stories ever told, and in the darkness category
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Dustin
Jul 24, 2016 Dustin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with the heart of a child.
Recommended to Dustin by: Nigel

Well Connwaer, it has been a pleasure and an honor, but you and I must be parting ways for now. It won't be long before I revisit the initial leg of your epic journey, for my review and the second installment, aptly titled, Lost, beckons. Rowan, Nevery, yourself and the gang beckon loud and clear. Until then, I wish you well and good luck as your education continues...and many adventures along the way.:)
Kathryn
Nov 06, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those seeking good middle-grade fantasy
Conn is a young thief in the Twilight, managing to stay alive and well when so many others have fared far worse in the cold and threadbare conditions. But, when he tries to steal a wizard's locus magicalius stone (a source of connection with the source of magic) he ends up winning a new life for himself as an apprentice to the wizard Nevery. For Nevery sees what others never bothered to see in the lowly pick-pocket; a good-hearted boy with an uncanny aptitude for magic. But even in Nevery's home ...more
Andy
Jan 13, 2011 Andy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-star
This book, the first in a trilogy, is a great example of how children’s book publishers are putting out way too many series and lots of bad fantasy in an attempt to make money. Connwaer has lots of street smarts and a skilled pick-pocketing hand. At the start of the story he steals the locus magicalicus of the Wizard Nevery Flinglas. This magical device should kill Conn, but doesn’t. And so, Conn is taken in with interest and some apprehension by the wizard Nevery. Magic abounds in their city of ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Jun 06, 2012 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: to lovers of fantasy, both children and adults
Recommended to Ivonne by: Bill Wolfe
Shelves: favorites
Like L.M. Boston's Green Knowe series, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince, C.S. Lewis' Narnia Chronicles and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, Sarah Prineas' The Magic Thief represents a children's book that's bound to be devoured by thousands of adults.

The eponymous thief Conn meets his future magical mentor, wizard Nevery Flinglass, while trying to pick his pocket. Nevery's locus magicalicus, a sort of magical stone that gives a wizard his power, should have killed Conn on the spot
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Ann
Conn is a common thief, living on the streets of Twilight and stealing what he can to survive. Until he tries to steal something very important from a wizard. But what catches the wizard's interest isn't so much that Conn tried to steal his precious magical stone, but that the stone didn't kill Conn when he tried to.

Twilight is part of a city separated into three sections (basically the good side, the bad side, and the in between), and the city's magic fading - fast. Why? To what effect? And how
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Aviva
Picked this book up last year during a trip to Chicago. My kid had dragged along four thick hard-backed novels for our our five-day stay, and had them all read by day two and needed something to read on the trip back. (I've since bought her a used Kindle so we don't have to pay overweight fees for our luggage!) We hit a book store, and picked up several books, including this one.

She insisted she wasn't going to read it, so I said fine, I'll read it. Turns out, she got to it out of boredom befor
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Kathy Davie
May 05, 2017 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First in the Magic Thief fantasy series for middle-grade readers and revolving around a young pickpocket with potential.

In 2011, The Magic Thief was nominated for the Iowa Teen Award and also in 2009 for the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award.…

My Take
…This reminds me of Angie Sage’s Septimus Heap series, right down to the book size. Prineas, however, does have a different take on how magic works and who her major protagonist is. I enjoyed her dual first-person protagonist point-of-view with Conn, as it
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Ann Rees
As I was perusing the shelves in my local library, I came upon this book, looking deceptively innocent with its nice blue and gold cover. Since I like fantasy, I decided I'd give it a go. Little did I know what horrors awaited me. The plot, (if you can call it that), centers around a young thief oh so appropriately named Conn, who attempts to steal a locus magilawhatsit from the wizard Nevery, which should have killed him. Unfortunately, this doesn't happen. Instead, Nevery decides to take Conn ...more
Abby
Feb 22, 2012 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit-2012
Plot Summary:
The city of Wellmet is losing its magic and no one can seem to figure out why. It is up to a previously exiled wizard named Nevery and a young thief named Connwaer, to save the town from its untimely demise. The story tells of Connwaer’s search for his locus magicalicus, or the stone that allows wizards to harness magic’s power and how he enters into apprenticeship with the older wizard. He also helps Nevery solve the mystery behind the lost magic.

Main Characters:
Connwaer: He is a
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Lucy
Oct 08, 2008 Lucy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, middlegrade
Conn is a thief--a pickpocket, lockpick and gutterboy. Living in the Twilight, the seedy district of the magical city of Wellmet, there's not much else he could be. But when he picks the pocket of the wizard Nevery and comes out with Nevery's locus magicalicus, he's stolen more than he expected.

Nevery expects Conn to be dead--and fast--but when Conn doesn't die, Nevery decides to keep him around--just for a little while. Just until he figures out why not.

While Nevery may think that Conn is his s
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Bette
Feb 19, 2011 Bette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
I liked this book a lot. It's a bit derivative of JK Rowling's Harry Potter series. There is a wizard school, for instance, but the focus of the book on schooling isn't nearly as prominent as in Harry Potter. But overall, Prineas succeeds in creating a unique alternative fantasy world with an engaging protagonist. The main character, Conn, is a clever pickpocket and lock picker. He is "nosy," according to the wizard, Nevery, but it's his curiosity that leads him to solve the mystery of why the a ...more
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
2.5

A pretty decent story, if a little typical - orphan boy steals a wizard's locus magicalicus, which should kill him but doesn't. The wizard, intrigued, takes the boy in and the boy just happens to turn out to be a sort of chosen one figure.

The characters were ok, though, again, fairly typical, but my biggest issue was the way Conn, raised poor and uneducated, was naturally good at everything. He learns to read in about a day, and can memorize complicated spells after hearing them twice.

As for
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Hallie
Feb 08, 2010 Hallie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hallie by: Dorian
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
This one just felt right from the beginning and continued to hit me the right way throughout. It's a bit younger than I normally read, but the fact that I never felt the least bit less enjoyment from it says a lot.

It's extraordinary because if you set up the plot it sounds very, very old. Young boy, underdog of the first order (orphan, "gutterboy", pick-pocket), taken up, reluctantly, by an older wizard - a grumpy and often distracted one who ultimately comes to care for the boy. (I almost could
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Charlyn
Mar 25, 2010 Charlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gr. 4 and up
The story is told in first person by Conn, the thief; through the journal of Mevery, the wizard; and in correspondence to and from him. Conn has forever been a thief, but when he steals a wizard's magic stone and nothing happens, the wizard takes an interest in the boy. Conn becomes Nevery's apprentice, an uneasy assignment for both the boy and his master. To be an apprentice and accepted by the council of wizards, Conn must first find his own magic stone, not an easy task. When Nevery is asked ...more
bookfetisher
Aug 10, 2013 bookfetisher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantacy, children
What i really appreciate in this book is "Very less Characters", compared to some other fantasy books. Conn, who lives on the streets and is a thief accidentally steals from a wizard. A wizard, who is the best among his profession. And Conn begins his journey to be a wizard.
Magic thief tells a tale of a thief who wants to be a wizard and who catches another thief who wants to steal magic from the city.. Magic lives in the city u see!!
First in the series, this book somewhat resembles the InkWorld
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Alice
Aug 29, 2013 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my friends received this book as a gift from a friend years ago but no one ever read it. When my 9-year-old was sick this summer (and his siblings were out of town) I wanted to read aloud to him and decided to give this one a try. We were both delightfully surprised. The story is fun and compelling and the writing is decent (I was occasionally annoyed by the clunky style, but that may have been mostly because I was reading it aloud). It is a bit of a Harry Potter rip off, but that's OK... ...more
Berit☀️✨
May 22, 2015 Berit☀️✨ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun book about a magical world.Conn con is a boy living on the streets until he meets a wizard who sees magic in him. He takes it upon himself as the chosen wizard apprentice to save the magic from being depleted from his world.he is a very likable character and you truly are cheering for him. I found the use of magic interesting in this book, and I definitely plan on reading some more books in the series.
Ellie
May 15, 2017 Ellie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So weird but I like it
Simona


Dacă nu ați sesizat până acum, mie îmi plac mult de tot cărțile pentru copii! Am vrut să descopăr iar magia unei astfel de cărți de curând și, cu toate că nu a fost chiar așa de magică pe cât mi-aș fi dorit, nu am putut să nu o termin. :D

Vorbesc despre volumul 1 din seria Hoțul Vrăjitor de Sarah Prineas. Hotul Vrajitor - Furat este primul volum dintr-o serie de trei cărți care îl au în centru pe Conn, un hoț de buzunare care trăiește pe străzi. Destinul lui se schimbă când reușește să fure de la
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R.S. Oswald
The writing tried a bit too hard to be whimsical, but the plot was all right, though not that original.
Kater Cheek
This book is a middle grade fantasy, and though its protagonist is "somewhere between 12 and 14" I think that beginning readers and picky readers won't like it. Not that it's poorly written; on a sentence-by-sentence level, Prineas is adept. It felt bland and derivative. I admit, this may be that I am not in the book's target audience, but I have enjoyed other MG novels.

Conn is a gutter-dwelling pickpocket who steals a wizard's magic stone, the Magicalicus Locus, which my mind's voice invariably
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Chris
Apr 30, 2011 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
With a recommendation from Diana Wynne Jones ('I couldn't put it down. Wonderful, exciting stuff') The Magic Thief (the first in a series with the same name and consequently re-titled Stolen) challenges the reader to dare contradict such a distinguished fantasy writer. Bravely, I'm going to try.

Yes, I too couldn't put it down. Well, actually I did, but only to catch up on some sleep, but at nearly 400 pages that's to be expected. The action pulled you along, aided by the almost breathless short
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Karissa
Jul 28, 2014 Karissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adored this middle grade fantasy by Prineas. I also loved Prineas's Winterling series which is why I originally picked this book up. This book was even better than the Winterling books, it was so magical and just so much fun to read.

I listened to The Magic Thief on Audiobook and it was very very well done. The narrator sounded exactly like I imagined Conn would sound. The narrator did all the other character voices really well too. I would highly recommend listening to this on audio
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Michelle Mouse
Dec 16, 2013 Michelle Mouse rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Un libro que llevaba mucho tiempo en mi estantería, pero que últimamente rondaba en mi mente así que decidí darle una oportunidad. Me ha gustado, no fue la octava maravilla, de hecho me esperaba mucho más, pero ha estado bien. Tal vez con unos años menos lo hubiera disfrutado mucho más.

Los personajes son sencillos, no conecté realmente con ninguno, pero disfrute mucho conocerlos. Conn, el protagonista y narrador, me ha fastidiado un poco al principio con su obsesión por ser el aprendiz de mago d
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Sinead FitzPatrick
I LOVED the magic thief! I read it when I was very young so rereading it was seeing it in a whole new way. I think Conn symbolizes curiosity. He first picks Nevery's pocket and somehow doesn't die from touching his locus stone. Then throughout the whole book he is constantly getting into trouble for being to curious about things that he shouldn't be. For example when he gets too curious about Nevery's work room. Or when he gets too curious about the castle on the hill.
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Author of the Magic Thief series and the Winterling trilogy.

Coming in Sept. 2015 is my first YA, Ash & Bramble.

My website: www.sarah-prineas.com

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