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The Thief Knot

(Greenglass House #4)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  722 ratings  ·  144 reviews
Ghosts, a kidnapping, a crew of young detectives, and family secrets mix in this new standalone mystery set in the world of the best-selling Greenglass House, from a National Book Award nominee and Edgar Award–winning author.

Marzana and her best friend are bored. Even though they live in a notorious city where normal rules do not apply, nothing interesting ever happens to
Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Clarion Books
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Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Greenglass House / Young Readers Who Enjoy Magical Mystery Stories
Author Kate Milford, the creator of the marvelous Greenglass House and Ghosts of Greenglass House , returns to the fictional city-state of Nagspeake in this companion volume, due out this coming January. Set in the Liberty of Gammerbund, the city within a city which gives refuge to many of Nagspeake's smugglers and thieves, it follows the story of Marzana Hakelbarend, who appeared as a character in Ghosts of Greenglass House . Desperately wanting to know more about her mother, who was ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A DRC was provided by Edelweiss for a fair and honest review.

Another puzzle box of a Greenglass book is a reason to cheer for every children's librarian. Smart, literate, entertaining and the opposite of condescending, Milford continues to mine her gold strike of a series for children and their clever adults. We are on the other side of Nagspeake in this tale, running after Marzana and her newly formed club of puzzle solving kid geniuses trying to find a kidnapped girl. The publisher has declare
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Another good story by Milford set in Nagspeake, specifically Liberty of Gammerbund, a neighborhood home to smugglers, traffickers, and other petty criminals. Marzana Hakelbarend, and her best friend, Nialla Giddis, are bored because nothing ever happens there. Until, Marzana overhears a conversation with her parents about a kidnapped daughter of a man running for major. Marz is excited about something finally happening, and frustrated that her parents don't seem interested in helping so she recr ...more
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Haven’t read this yet BUT I AM SO READY. One of my life goals is to read every book that Kate Milford writes because her world is so vivid and her characters are so relatable. I’m so excited to learn more about Marzana and the Liberty!

Actually I got this a couple months ago and read it then BUT forgot to log it on Goodreads so I’m rereading it now in hopes of catching an Easter egg supposedly referring back to another Milford book. God I love these books.
Also I want to go to school at Mar
Brandy Painter
3.5 stars

I enjoyed this one a bit better than the last in the series. The mystery and puzzles were engaging, but I again found myself wishing there was not quite so much book and that things were moving along a bit quicker.
Belles Middle Grade Library
Wow was this good!! We’re back in the present time, & we follow a character(s) we met in Ghosts of Greenglass House. We also see a favorite again from the original, which was so great. This was a huge mystery! I thought I had it all figured out, but boy was I wrong. Soooo wrong lol which I loved! I was shocked. There were so many twists my head was spinning. It was awesome lol we deal with more great representation, as our main character deals with a certain type of anxiety. This had so much sus ...more
Addison D F2
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and there was a really surprising twist in this story. This book is about 4 kids and 1 ghost trying to solve a kidnapping crime that came with a ransom note asking for 1 million dollars. Only, it isn't what it seems. In this book, they found clues + motives of Peony's kidnap. They found the girl, but it felt too easy as if someone was laying out bread crumbs for them. It was when Peony's family moved out of their house. when they realized the girl they found w
Dec 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This is long-winded and barely characterized - so it’s the setting that makes this book. Something about the sentence-level writing is overly long; it shifts between breathlessness and never-ending exposition. And I’m not sure how Marzana goes from “afraid to speak without playing every angle of the conversation” (an interesting character angle!) to “the obvious leader” in the span of forty pages. She needs to be, so she is, but that growth is never shown. Her friends show no growth, either - th ...more
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars...… And that is considering that as I started this book I was having a really hard time trying to figure where Marzana and Nialla were going, also its connection to the Greenglass House series, however, after about 10 pages things started connecting and picking up.

Marzana and Nialla live in Liberty of Gammerbund, a place that nothing exciting ever seems to happen, until the day Emmett Syebuck, who Marzana had met at Greenglass House during the previous Christmas break comes to visit he
Leonard Kim
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I agree with those saying this is best-appreciated by fans, though I think the mystery-solving parts would be enjoyable to all. This could be a spoiler, so read the next sentences at your peril. Like the Quester's Crossroads books that Nialla likes so much, this same book, The Thief Knot, could have told a completely different story. And I wasn't expecting that story to obliquely remind me of Anderson's Finding Orion and move me in the same way that book did. ...more
Even though this book is described as a standalone, it contains some characters and slight spoilers for Ghosts of Greenglass House. There's also one MAJOR spoiler about a character that comes out in Greenglass House plus one brief reference to a character and event in The Left-Handed Fate. Read at your own peril if you are a newcomer to the series!

In the place known as The Liberty of Garabund, within the sovereign state of Nagspeake, Marzana Nialla Hakelbarend and her best friend Nialla Giddis a
Sam Bloom
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars; I wish I could visit Nagspeake
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't read the previous Greenglass books, it's ok - this is almost a standalone. There's wordplay, adventure, some mystery and a bookstore as a headquarters for the Thief Knot (the name that Marzana gives her group of crime solvers). Mars' social anxiety is so well depicted that readers who sometimes feel equally awkward will realize that they're not so strange after all. There's also a good description of friendships that drift apart, and how that can make the one left behind feel. I w ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
Though I am usually a strict stickler for reading series in order, I skipped over Bluecrowne and jumped right from Ghosts of Greenglass Houseto this one. Though I obviously don't know what I missed in Bluecrowne, I had no problem following this story with only my knowledge of the first two books. One of my favorite things about Ghosts of Greenglass House was the introduction to the Liberty of Gammerbund, so I loved being able to read a story set in that community, starring one of the members of ...more
Sep 09, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF @ page 86.
Golly, that was disappointing. I do not mind long books, nor do I mind long MG/YA books, but this was, um, too long. Muchly. Milford is a world-builder, and Greenglass House World is epic, no doubt about it. And Milford must have a rolodex full of ideas and concepts and people that she references to write in GHW. Wow. Problem is, we are into Book#4 and entirely too much of this book feels like filler. Some of it just rehashes bits from previous books which is weird as this is pegge
Lindsey Lewis
NOTE: I received an ARC copy of this book on NetGalley. I received no incentive to read or review this book other than said copy of work. The review below contains my own thoughts and opinions. Special thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the free copy. THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS.

One of the first books I reviewed when I started getting ARCs was Greenglass House by Kate Milford. I loved the depth of characters and the page-turning puzzles. So of course when I saw there was a sequ
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Okay, so first things first: I LOVE the Greenglass House books. I think Kate Milford is a wonderful author in so many ways, a lot of which come out in this one.

There are two things I think Milford excels at. The first is diverse characters, by which I don’t just mean that there are characters from many different racial and ethnic backgrounds that are portrayed in a sensitive way that doesn’t feel token (there are). What is really exceptional is that she is great at depicting a lot of different
Jordan Henrichs
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every book by Kate Milford is such a gift. She ranks right up there with John David Anderson as my favorite working author today. Her style is unmistakable and just when you wonder how she's going to go back to the well again, she pulls this little pea out from under the walnut (well, not little, we're talking 450 pages!) Nagspeake is even further realized in The Thief Knot and this particular mystery is so layered, so complex, and in the end, just as emotionally moving as Greenglass House was. ...more
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore this setting. It’s whimsical and strange and curious, everything you would want in a mysterious land of undefined location. The Thief Knot follows along the precedent that Greenglass House set with puzzles and mysteries to solve and strange settings to explore. The characters are great - perhaps too smart for 14 year olds but then again, what do I know? 14 year olds seem so much smarter today than I was at that age. Great follow up book to Ghosts of Greenglass House.
Contented yet frustrated sigh at the end of the book for while I have been visiting Nagspeake (and the Liberty, to boot!) yet again, I *cannot* visit Nagspeake the way that I wish/need to visit. Milford has created this LONGING inside me for a place that feels strangely familiar and yet bizarrely unreal. I deeply yearn to visit and see the old iron, the twisting streets and alleys, the adventures and unknown around corners that only exist in pages and hearts and minds.

Coming off of this particu
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rc20, 2020
a delightfully twisty mystery solved by a crew of kids I'd like to be friends with, set in a fantastical city of secrets and wildly improbably infrastructure, with one bit that made me laugh out loud heartily (the balloon and the backpack bit), and other bits that made me want to hug my own kids.... ...more
I wasn’t sure if I would like this one as much when I realized it was more of a companion novel to the original, but I love mysteries and puzzles so it hooked me. Also learning more about the underground and liberty was awesome.
Ms. Yingling
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC Provided by Edelweiss Plus

I loved the first book, but it doesn't circulate well. This seemed almost unrelated to that book, so I will pass. Isn't the cover gorgeous, though?
Alyson Kent
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fantastic new addition to the Greenglass House series. I hope we get to see more of Mars and her Knot in future novels.

Thank you, Netgalley, for the ARC.
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting characters and plot. A bit of a slow start, but then it takes off, and keeps up at a good pace.
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*

The Thief Knot is the perfect combination of Nancy Drew and Scooby-Doo (minus the actual Scooby-Doo). It perfectly balances the serious and humorous elements of the story. I love that it emphasizes the importance of teamwork - no one character could have solved the mystery and they relied on one another's talents and knowledge to save the day. I also appreciated that the adults were not made out to be cluele
Wendy MacKnight
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Adore these GREENGLASS books!
May 16, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF. I *love* the Greenglass house books, she's such a good storyteller; this one just fell flat for me. I had to read the opening scene three times before it made any sense at all, and the next few chapters didn't really pick up speed, plot-wise. Every time I put the book down, it was harder to pick it up again.

Maybe it's one of those books that has a slow start and gets really good later, but if it does, I didn't make it to the transition point. I do heartily recommend the first three Greengla
Jul 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A standalone mystery? Maybe my problem with finding this book interesting is that I have not read the previous books in this series. Even though the novel has the ingredients to make it engaging (mystery, action, romance and danger) it is boring. The characters are not developed enough to create relationships with the reader and the plot is bogged down with excessive descriptions of the setting. I would not recommend this book at this point in its development.
Daina M
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Thief Knot

The books I’ve read by Kate Milford truly are exciting to read. Stories like Greenglass House, and The Thief Knot both entice the reader to continue reading. Marzana and her best friend Nialla both know Nagspeake is boring, and try hard to find things that could be interesting. One day one of her mother’s friends decides to have dinner with her family, while discussing an important kidnapping. Marzana, intrigued by this, tells her best friend all about the missing girl Peony. The
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Originally from Annapolis, MD, Kate now lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband Nathan and son Griffin and their dogs, Ed and Sprocket. She has written for s

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Greenglass House (5 books)
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