The Magic Thief by Sarah PrineasThe Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas

The Magic Thief

bySarah Prineas

Paperback | April 21, 2009

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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 provision that the boy find a locus stone of his own. But Conn has little time to search for his stone between wizard lessons and helping Nevery discover who—or what—is stealing the city of Wellmet's magic.

Sarah Prineas lives in the midst of the corn in rural Iowa, where she wrangles dogs, cats, chickens, and goats, goes on lots of hikes, and finds time to write. She is married to a physics professor and has two kids.
Title:The Magic ThiefFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.12 × 5.56 × 0.9 inPublished:April 21, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006137590X

ISBN - 13:9780061375903

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great first book! Can't wait for more This book is quick and to the point. The action starts right off the bat when Connwaer tries to steal Magician Nevery’s locus magicalicus (his magical stone that he draws on to do magic). When he isn’t killed by the stone, Nevery decides to take on Conn as a servant and then apprentice. He’s very scientific when it comes to magic, which he believes is a magical force in the world. Conn on the other hand is a very intuitive and reflective character. He is able to critically examine the structures around him, and magic itself, from an outsider’s point of view. He challenges the existing hierachy within the land of Wellmet, makes friends easily and enemies even more so. The mystery behind the disappearing magic is introduced very early on (with Nevery’s interspersed letters and journal entries). Conn has a more personal connection with the magic in Wellmet and he quickly becomes entangled within this mystery where everyone underestimates him because he’s just a pickpocket and lockpick from the Twilight (the slums). However, his skills become handy throughout this book (and the series). Conn’s unique perspective, outlook, and narrative is the shining feature of this book. I loved his observations and thoughts on the people around him and the dangers in Wellmet. This book is a great introduction to what looks like a great trilogy. Packed with lots of fun adventure and light humour with a gripping climax, I’d recommend this book to anyone who’s a fan of Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, or Septimus Heap.
Date published: 2013-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Oliver Twist in fantastical magical setting! This book was a short quick read, and filled with action to keep you turning page after page. What I really liked is the really neat illustrations that comes with each chapter. Also in between chapters, is pages that looks like it's from Nevery's journal in his writing and in his point of view which adds a little bit more to the plot to round it out evenly. This was also nice to read and it was a nice addition to the book. What I also enjoyed were the names of the places and setting of the book: City of Wellmet, and within the city there are districts like: The Twilight (bad area!) or The Sunrise (rich area), Heartsease (where Conn and Nevery live). Places like these make the setting more magical and fantastical, but I like it as it adds more feeling to the setting. What's also a neat little add on to the book is at the end you'll find two recipes for biscuits. You'll find in the novel, the significance of them and how they're a very common object in the novel. There is also a glossary and a few extras at the back of the book which is also a nice add on. Conn sort of reminds me of Oliver Twist a little, he's a thief and a street orphan who managed to survive for all this time before he met Nevery. He's very brave and reckless and his curiosity and stubbornness does get the best out of him, but since the book is in his point of view his thoughts were very amusing and sometimes funny to read, especially when he meets with the Duchess and with the incident with the truth serum and the guards (a funny moment in the book). He's a great character, and an exciting one who's not afraid of going out there in the city all by himself which always creates some form of trouble or excitement. However, I wish there was more to Nevery. Hopefully in the next book there will be a little more background information about him. It's certainly not necessary but it's always nice to read about it to give the character a more "rounded" out feel and not be so two dimensional. Another character I am curious about is Benet. I'd like to know more about him as well. It seems at times that background information might be helpful or perhaps would have helped in making the plot and its' characters have more depth but then again, it's not necessary and perhaps it will all be explained in the next books to come. Overall a great page turner with plenty of action, comedy, and fantasy. I couldn't have asked for anything better. Think of Oliver Twist in a fantastical setting. I will definitely be picking up the next book in this series it's certainly well worth it!
Date published: 2009-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read for Brownies (7-8) and Guides (9-11) Conn is a thief who lives in Twilight. One night, he picks the pocket of an old man who turns out to be a wizard. When the “locus magicalicus” stone he stole doesn’t immediately kill him, the wizard takes an interest in Conn and takes him on as an apprentice. Sarah Prineas has a great voice for youth fantasy. Unlike some children’s fantasy novels, there is no modern slang - her characters speak as if they lived centuries ago. At first, I thought Conn’s narrative voice was too simple and straightforward; it made the book sound like it was aimed at a younger audience. The wizard Nevery’s journal entries give a great contrast, though – he is sharp and insensitive, but a few of his observations made me laugh out loud. Conn himself doesn’t know his own age and I originally thought he was around ten or so. By the end, he acts much more mature than I would have expected. He knows what he believes in and he does what needs doing, even when no one else believes in him. The book may be over 400 pages, but the type is fairly large and the pages are smaller than the average youth novel. In fact, there are only about 200 words per page and each chapter begins with an illustration. This would be a great read for Guides (9-11), but older Pathfinders and Rangers (12-17) may find it a bit too easy. This would be a good book for Brownie-aged girls (7-8) who read at an advanced level.
Date published: 2008-07-28

Editorial Reviews

“This is the first in an anticipated trilogy, and since Conn has a lot yet to learn, he is sure to draw avid fans back for more”