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The Captive Prince

(Three Thieves #3)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  490 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Book three of the acclaimed Three Thieves graphic novel series begins with Dessa, Topper and Fisk, still on the run from the Queen's Dragons, stopping to make camp for the night. While collecting firewood, Dessa happens upon a kidnapping and manages to boldly rescue the captive boy and bring him to safety. Once out of harm's way, the boy reveals that he is Paladin, the cro ...more
Paperback, 116 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Kids Can Press
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Mayra Miranda
It okay, because it talk about King and Queen in castle and lose their son of Prince then young girl did save him and she just enjoy herself.
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the third book in the Three Thieves series. So far I liked this book even less than the previous two. There just isn’t a lot that happens here.

In this book Dessa and crew happen upon a kidnapping and Dessa stops it only to find that the young man she rescues is a Prince. The King wants to hold a celebration to honor the Prince’s rescuers but our three thieves are worried about staying in one place the whole time and getting caught by the Queen’s Dragons.

I found the whole storyline to be
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
The entire plot ground to a halt for a boring romance, the character development stagnated, and I have no idea what happened to the costume design in this book. This was an awful lot grimmer than the previous two books, as well, completely abandoning the light and funny tone I enjoyed so much.
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a riot. The Prince and Dessa fall slowly in love this time after she unwittingly rescues him from his kidnappers. While at first he is kind of a pushover and…well a wimp, he does grow into a more loveable character who I appreciate. Sadly Captain Drake is nowhere to be found this time.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another standalone adventure (and quick read if you don't have much time but want a great story), in which the thieves do a good deed and discover they've rescued the crown prince of a nearby country. Some progress is made on the greater quest, but I also enjoyed the new cast of characters. The story relies a lot on established tropes (marrying a commoner!?/Arranged Marriage Veto/jealous female rival), but the rest accomplishes so much that I forgive it.
Also, I haven't mentioned the humor yet.
Amelia G
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The plot was really good, and I loved the artwork! (view spoiler)
Carnell Walls
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a very good book and loved the way that it introduced new characters in suspense. I really recommend this book for anyplace to be honest it explains a lot of things about team work and trying new things.
Beatrice Fox
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Continues this epic fantasy quest with humor and excitement! A+

Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
it was a great graphic novel
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story develops more and new players emerge. A poignant discussion the nature of duty and love.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Love the relationship between Paladin and Dessa. So sweet!
Jim Leesch
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The plot thickens, as our intrepid trio help rescue a prince. There is luuuuuuv, and jealous suitors, along with prejudiced dads. And a bit of a twist at the end. More!
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh, the love interest, the gymnastics, the cliffhangers!
Ms. Ahart
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh, the love interest, the gymnastics, the cliffhangers!
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dessa and her two friends are still on the run from the Queen's knights, but are feeling safer now that they've left the country. Then Dessa encounters two kidnappers and their victim, a boy her own age whom she rescues in her usual spectacular way. Turns out he's the son of the local king, who invites Dessa and her friends to the palace to celebrate his son's return. The prince, rather bookish and not much interested in the manly sports his father loves--or in the girl his father plans for him ...more
Dessa and her companions are still on the run while they try and find her brother. They might be notorious thieves, but really only one of them likes to steal things. Dessa is kind-hearted and even that gets her into trouble at times. She stumbles upon a young man who has been kidnapped. Of course, she frees him only to learn later that he is the crown prince of a neighboring kingdom. The king declares the three friends heroes after saving his son, not knowing they are wanted criminals. Dessa le ...more
Minor flaws, mainly in terms of the one non-human whose thievery is so compulsive that it's clearly counter-survival, but overall a fun story. The three characters continue to be on the run from the authorities while trying to find the brother of the central character, but this entire story is sort of like the Tom Bombadil sequence in Lord of the Rings...not directly necessary to the success of the quest, but a chance for the characters to rest and recuperate for a bit, while still leaving the r ...more
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
The third book in the "Three Thieves" graphic novel series and it begins with Dessa rescuing Prince Paladin from kidnappers. She and her friends venture to Paladin's kingdom where his father decides to throw a three day celebration in honor of his son's safe return home, and the Prince offers to help Dessa find her brother. As the Prince and Dessa seem to be falling for each other, the Duchess Corin, who loves the Prince becomes jealous and finds a way to end the new romance between Dessa and th ...more
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, j, graphic, adventure
Another winning chapter in the Three Thieves series, this one moving the action to a neighboring kingdom. Trying to hide while on the road, Becca stumbles onto a kidnapping and spontaneously tries to free the captive. When he turns out to be crown prince of Medoria, she and her companions are celebrated at the king's court as heroes. Fisk advises they duck out before the fanfare makes its way back to their pursuers, but Becca is enjoying the attention and comfort too much to cut the festivities ...more
Feb 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
it's a colourful, funny adventure that I think appeals to a mixed crowd. has a nice balance of action and humour with a touch of romance, and an interest-hooking plot to keep you going through the series.

Some of the lines were a bit hokey, I initially thought-but as I continued reading, I felt they added character to the story. the characters are a little flat, but then it's a short story with no call for deeper characters. altogether, an entertaining read geared towards the younger audience :)
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
The third entry in the "Three Thieves" series. My biggest complaint is that it didn't really move the story further, but it was a fun outing, just the same. This is a story with a ton of kid appeal. There is action, adventure, humor, a compelling mystery and some great characters--including one very capable young lady. In this entry, the irrepressible Dessa manages to rescue a prince, and finds herself and her companions rewarded and honored, when all they want to do is move along--and quickly! ...more
Erin Sterling
3.5 stars. I haven't read the first 2, but gives you enough context clues that it doesn't matter (however it does end on a cliffhanger, so you'll want to get the next one!). Three thieves on the run--a girl, a giant, and an elf-like creature--end up inadvertently saving a prince from kidnappers and then a banquet is thrown in their honor. A feisty girl, fun adventures, a hint of romance but nothing too dramatic, colorful, easily understood art--what more could you want?
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is the beginning of a series with a lot of potential for becoming popular with the Tween set. Boys will appreciate the action and the swords and jousts while girls will like the romance and the feisty heroine who can not only take care of herself but also rescue her honey from danger. Bright and colorful illustrations plus a couple of interesting though so far underdeveloped characters are also a plus.
A cute adventure tale about Dessa and her two friends. It is tricky reading a book in a series when you have not read earlier books. It wasn't difficult to follow the adventure. Great art and a fun adventure that made me chuckle!

Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge through NetGalley for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was an amazing addition to the Three Thieves series. This was my favorite! In The Captive Prince Chantler raises the stakes with a far more dangerous situation that the three thieves have encountered before. In the end we are left waiting to see what will happen to Dessa in the next installment. My Graphic Novel Book Club will love this one!
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, comics
What do you do when you are on the run and you encounter someone being kidnapped? If you are Dessa, you rescue him, fall in love and get invited home to his kingdom (he is a prince, you know (see title!)). Of course, life is not easy for the three thieves, especially with their luck. But at the end, they are on the road again. Enjoy! Looking forward to next volume!
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended for gr. 4-8. This is the third book in a graphic novel series that could appeal to both boys and girls. The main character is an athletic girl who spends most of the book rescuing a prince from dangerous situations. She is accompanied by two non-human mercenaries who are apparently on a quest begun in the earlier books. This volume stands alone fairly well.
In which we have some fairly chaste middle grade romance, and graphic depictions of why royalty should pay more attention to their anger management. Also, everyone in these (six?) kingdoms speaks the same language.
Matthew Hunter
Chantler holds serve with this one. Nothing special, just solid fun with a little romance thrown in for good measure. A noticeable dip in the swashbuckle made this one less fun/gasp-inducing for the younger set at bedtime.
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Scott Chantler is the acclaimed cartoonist of the graphic novels TWO GENERALS (which was long-listed for CBC’s CANADA READS: TRUE STORIES, named one of Chapters-Indigo’s Best Books of 2010, and selected for BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2012), NORTHWEST PASSAGE (which was nominated for Eisner, Harvey, Shuster, and Doug Wright Awards), and the THREE THIEVES series (the first book of which, TOWER OF TREASURE ...more

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