The Magic Thief (Magic Thief #1)
In a city that runs on a dwindling supply of magic, a young boy is drawn into a life of wizardry and adventure. Conn should have dropped dead the day he picked Nevery's pocket and touched the wizard's locus magicalicus, a stone used to focus magic and work spells. But for some reason he did not. Nevery finds that interesting, and he takes Conn as his apprentice on the prov...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
Connwaer: He is a...more
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...more
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...more
I really enjoyed how concise and deceptively simple the book is. Prineas wastes no space with needless fluff or too many adjectives. The characters are distinct and interesting. As the story progresses, you can tell that although Conn is a lowly thief, he has his own wisdom and set of skills (which is a...more
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.
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...more
So why only 3 stars?
While better than average, neither the characters nor the story blew me away. But that's okay and not just because this is written for the 9-12 age group.
This first book in the trilogy is a solid tale that's sure to entertain, yet not particularly memorable when stacked up against series like Harry Potter. And although I know the first-person n...more
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...more
"The Magic Thief" (or "Stolen") fits that description well enough. Conn is an unusual, truth-telling thief, and Nevery a grumpy wizard with a warm heart. The supporting cast seem nice enough as well.
There's a slight problem with the structure of the b...more
Connwaer is a gutterboy, a lockpick and a thief. He lives in the city of Wellmet, in the dangerous part of town known as the Twilight, where he survives on his wits -- and not much else. In short, Conn is a pickpocket -- until the day he picks the wrong pocket. When the old man in the dark cloak disappears around the corner, Conn takes a look at what he lifted from the man's pocket: a strange, black stone. Uh-oh. This is no ordinary stone, and Conn knows it. The stone he's holding can...more
Conn shows more magical ability, so Nevery says he will take him as an apprentice, but before that can happen, he has only 30 days to find his...more
In a city that runs on a dwindling supply of magic, a young boy is drawn into a life of wizardry and adventure. Conn should have dropped dead the ...more
In a city that runs on a dwindling supply of magic, a young boy is drawn into a life of wizardry and adventure. Conn should have dropped dead the day he picked Nevery's pocket and touched the wizard's locus magicalicus, a stone used to focus m...more
La trama: Conn, un ladruncolo di strada, diventa l’apprendista di un nobile mago. I due iniziano a indagare sul calo di magia della fittizia città di Wellmet, una sorta di Londra Vittoriana fatata.
C’è un particolare nella costruzione della storia che non mi torna. Conn viene scelto come allievo dal suo maestro, ma solo in seguito dimostra effettive doti magiche. Mi sembra una bella coincidenza.
A parte questa ingenuità, i...more
"A thief is a lot like a wizard. I have quick hands. And I can make things disappear. But then I stole the wizard's locus magicalicus and nearly disappeared myself forever."
See? That's a really bad paragraph. I anticipated 400 pages of abrupt and confusing tense changes, weird names just for the sake of weirdness, and needless melodrama. He nearly disappeared! Forev...more
Conn, a young thief and pickpocket, reached into the older gentleman’s pocket and, in less than a blink of an eye, stole what felt to be a very heavy rock. Conn took one look at it and knew instantly that it was a locus magicalicus, a wizard’s magic stone.
Usually, anyone else who touched this great wizard’s stone would be killed instantly. But Conn turns out to have special powers of his own, and may turn out to be a wizard!
He starts an apprenticeship with the g...more