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Lily the Thief

(Voro #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  679 ratings  ·  137 reviews
In this swashbuckling fantasy adventure graphic novel, a young girl tries to make a name for herself in the secret and perilous society of thieves.

Lily is a young novice who dreams of being a master thief. That's not easy when the Guildmaster of Thieves only assigns you the lowliest jobs: pick-pocketing, trespassing, and petty theft. But on one of these meager quests, Lily
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by First Second (first published July 1st 2016)
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Dubzor
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This surprised me. At first it didn't seem like much, standard fantasy fare with a stock plot. However, it does get twisty towards the latter half which is a welcome surprise. The dialogue is really where this shines. These read like real people, which is something sorely lacking in a lot of comics these days. While not exactly something I was really wowed over or find myself reading again, I can see this being something really special for certain people. ...more
orangerful
I've seen this book compared to someone reading a friend's D&D experience and..yes, actually. A young rogue, desperate for a quest steals one that sounds easy from the Guild pile only to find out it is connected to something far more sinister.

Ends no a big ol' cliffhanger too so I hope we see more of Lily one day.

I might suggest my library move this out of children's into young adult, if only because of the amount of people run through with swords and blood flying everywhere. Didn't bother me
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Reija
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whoever pitched this as a fun graphic novel for all ages probably didn't even browse through the pages.

Heads up! Lots of people die in very gory ways. There's foul language (not that I mind), the undead, false imprisonment and major case of child abuse.
You know? For kids!

Anyway, this was an okay read.
I felt that it tried to juggle a bit too many story elements and ended up feeling very video gamey in the worst possible way. Ergo, shallow, on-the-rails story telling.

None of the characters reall
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Key West Library
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-of-the-day
This graphic novel was so cute! It is all about Lily, who is a young girl trying to make a name for herself in the thieves guild. Which isn't easy when the Guildmaster of Thieves doesn't like her or her mentor, Seamus. The Guildmaster only gives Lily small time crimes like pick pocketing and won't let her prove herself to the Guild. Lily decides to prove herself a different way and ends in a whole mess of trouble involving a evil plot by a earl and long dead kings. Can she foil the plot and save ...more
Karam (bookishskippy)
3.75 stars!!!!
This is one of the cutest and well respected about how this cute little girl who is a thief but was not well respected of her which was super messed up.

I loved the illustrations and of this graphic novel the way it was sketched was as though it was a tomb rider game... the vibes were eerie and cool!!!!

I enjoyed it but was expecting more from the story...
Edward Sullivan
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
A young, impetuous novice thief wants to make a name for herself in the thieves guild in this swashbuckling graphic adventure originally published in Finland.
Ramsey Hootman
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
I thought this would be a fun read for me and my first grader. Uh, not so much. I feel like the art and the story are at odds in many ways. Lily is a plucky little girl who is also a thief, which is a fun concept, and the art style is also cute and fun. The story? Not so much. It's really complicated and at times hard to follow with a bunch of political/religious stuff going on that honestly just doesn't make much sense. The dialogue is often stilted and it's not always clear who's talking. I am ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Lily the Thief (Lily the Thief, #1) by Janne Kukkonen, 280 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL First Second (Roaring Brook), 2019. $15.

Content: Language: PG (4 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG-13.

BUYING ADVISORY: MS – ADVISABLE

AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE

Lily is a thief and she wants to be given an exciting thieving job by the guild, but they keep seeing her as only a child. In an attempt to further her career as a thief, she steals a missive that has a job to steal a vase. When she steals the vase, s
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Desertorum
Ihana!
Sanni
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
”Voi räkä..!”
Becky B
Lily is fed up with getting the measly jobs of the thieves guild. When the Guildmaster proclaims to her mentor that she’ll never get any good jobs, Lily decides to prove to the Guildmaster she’s better than he thinks. She steals one of the new assignments and goes to pull it off by herself. But the job is just a cover for an even bigger scheme by a crooked Earl. And Lily may be in more serious trouble than she ever could have dreamed taking on this job.

So this book may star a scrappy little midd
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Travis
Overall an enjoyable book, but it left me with some mixed feelings.

The art is quite good, but it had a problem that I've seen in some other books as well: many scenes are quite dark, but the pages are glossy, so if if you don't have the right lighting it is either too hard to make out details, or there is glare on the pages.

I like the world building and design, with its creepy fire cult, restless dead, messy politics, and moose used in place of horses and all. There is definitely more to the se
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James D
Mar 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Rosemary
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally released in Finland in 2016, Lily the Thief is a middle grade fantasy adventure starring a young thief who's desperate to break out of the apprentice role and take on bigger and better assignments in the thieves guild. The Guildmaster only gives her the little jobs, the low-profile stuff: pick-pocketing; trespassing; stealing little things here and there. Durine one little assignment, though, she stumbles onto a big job, but it puts her and her mentor into some very dangerous crosshai ...more
Barbara
Originally published in Finland, this graphic novel features Lily, a talented novice thief who often bites off more than she can chew. She knows that she's better than she jobs to which she has been assigned, and when she takes matters into her own hands, she discovers a cult and some long- forgotten magic and gods. The colors in the panels of this graphic novel are luminous and will make readers believe that this world really exists. As Lily lands into hot water and endangers herself and Seamus ...more
Lovely Day
2.75⭐️

Lily is a thief who desperately wants to be embraced by the guild of thieving men that she tries so hard to impress.

During a job that goes wrong, Lily and her mentor, Seamus, the one man in the guild who actually values her, are captured by a greedy Earl. Upon threat of Seamus’ life, Lily is forced to steal 3 ancient keys from the dead kings of the Brotherhood of Fire. The Earl believes these keys to be the only thing between him and the ancient treasure of the kings.

Little does the Earl
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Cy
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, childrens, fantasy
this was a pretty fun fantasy story. much meatier than i thought it would be--there's lots of text and it's very plot-heavy. it's separated into seven chapters and i did find myself stopping at the end of a chapter and picking it up again later. it's not a "read in one sitting" type of book.

definitely leans more late middle grade/early teen, despite the age of the main character. the plot is pretty complicated, there are some light "bad words" ("crap" is used a few times), and there's much more
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Anne
3.5 stars
Lily is a novice in the Thieves Guild. She can never move up in rank because they will never assign her any of the important jobs. So one day she takes matters into her own hands... and things go terribly wrong! Hopefully she will be able to rectify it in book 2...
Lily is plucky and likable even as you are screaming at her in your head not to make the choices that she is making. The art in this graphic novel is a fairly dark palette, but the tones fit the mood of the times and the story
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Moses Misungwi
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In this swashbuckling fantasy adventure graphic novel, a young girl tries to make a name for herself in the secret and perilous society of thieves.

Lily is a young novice who dreams of being a master thief. That's not easy when the Guildmaster of Thieves only assigns you the lowliest jobs: pick-pocketing, trespassing, and petty theft. But on one of these meager quests, Lily unearths a plot involving a mysterious cult and long-forgotten gods--a secret that could destroy the whole world.

Lily must f
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Kimberly Souza
I liked the artwork, and the story kept my attention, but this graphic novel is definitely not for kids. The story is very violent, and bloody. I feel like the cover art is misleading; I thought this book was a middle grade novel and it really isn't. The story is about a very rough around the edges young thief who gets in way over her head with some very bad people. (Chaos ensues, and a lot of people die). Like I said, the story is good, and I enjoyed the artwork, but just know what you're purch ...more
Marion
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this graphic novel. I loved the magic, the adventure, and the danger. I loved that it was originally published in Finland. I also loved the sassy heroine. As an adult. I hesitate giving it a higher rating only because the recommended age is between 8 and 12, and honestly most younger readers would find the violence a bit too intense. For older middle readers, it probably isn’t any worse than what they’ve seen on tv. But I found myself being shocked at the level of shown violence i ...more
Jill Kenna
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This graphic novel was so cute! It is all about Lily, who is a young girl trying to make a name for herself in the thieves guild. Which isn't easy when the Guildmaster of Thieves doesn't like her or her mentor, Seamus. The Guildmaster only gives Lily small time crimes like pick pocketing and won't let her prove herself to the Guild. Lily decides to prove herself a different way and ends in a whole mess of trouble involving a evil plot by a earl and long dead kings. Can she foil the plot and save ...more
Mike
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
I picked this up on a whim from a delivery of new books at our school and was quite captivated by Lily's story and the world that Kukkonen creates. It checks all of the boxes of a good fantasy tale, and I would echo other reviews that said it had a Dungeons & Dragons quality to it. My one issue with the book deals with Lily herself: she is simultaneously sympathetic and a sociopath. Maybe she'll confront some of her actions in the second book, but some of what she does goes from 0-60 in intensit ...more
Caitlyn
Likable little novel! A pretty complex story, morally, and I think that adds a lot of interest. There's a good deal of mysterious and shadowing dealings and I found the reading very exciting. Lily is both frustrating and delightful and you really start following her in the middle of her story in a way I really enjoyed. Not a lot of getting bogged down in backstory here! I really liked the artwork as well! ...more
Karen
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-2021-msba
A graphic novel about fierce Lily who just wants to be treated like all the other thieves. While a bit violent, readers will root for Lily as she tries to make her way as an "honorable" thief. While trying to prove herself, she ends up forced to do the bidding of a less-than-honest Earl but she always comes out on top. Should be a very popular graphic novel with middles schoolers. Nominated for the 2020-2021 Maine Student Book Award. ...more
Chris
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, j, fantasy, graphic
A wonderfully realized classic fantasy, featuring a swashbuckling thief. It has the feel of a good D&D adventure, capturing the enchanting atmosphere of magic, daring, and adventure even as it heads into dark and dangerous dungeons. Excellent plotting, dialogue, and illustrations--though be warned: the artwork might appeal to younger readers, but the content is definitely middle grade. I'm hoping there are many more Lily books to come. ...more
Holly Tolman
Interesting story line, my kids picked it up and devoured it within minutes of it's arrival. Very short and left on a cliff-hanger moment, I think I got a "teaser" copy that was meant to whet the appetite and make you want to find out more. In which case it worked, my kids all want me to find the full book so they can find out that happened to Lily next. ...more
emyrose8
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I kind of liked this book and didn't like it at the same time.

Didn't like: how Lily talks to other people... super disrespectful; so much gore!; the swearing

Likes: the mystery sucked me in and I had to know how it ended... guess what... it's a cliff-hanger

Thanks Netgalley for the ARC! All opinions are my own.
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Alicia
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Something about the characters, the development and execution of the story, or just something that I can't put my finger on that I didn't get sucked into it. It's definitely not for the lack of lovely illustrations because as a graphic novel itself, the graphic elements are action-packed and the text is easy to read, it simply wasn't captivating. ...more
Amelia G
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
oh so so so so so so cute! I loved the artwork and Lily and her little fiestiness and stubbornness! Actually had a really good plot too, and very funny dialogue.

...except for all the bloody bits. The artwork was so good, it was a little... too real...


BUT the whole thing was amazing!! I wouldn't dream of rating it anything less than 5 stars.
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