The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas

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Never mix fire with magic!

Conn may only be a wizard's apprentice, but even he knows it's dangerous to play with fire . . . especially around magic. His master, Nevery, warns him that it could all blow up in his face. Besides, they have bigger problems to deal with. There is evil afoot in the city of Wellmet, an evil that isn't human.

But Conn is drawn to the murmurs he hears every time he sets off an explosion—something is trying to talk to him, to warn him. When none of the wizards listen, Conn takes matters into his own hands. His quest to protect everything he loves brings him face-to-face with a powerful sorcerer-king and a treachery beyond even his vivid imagination.

Sarah Prineas works her own spells as she transports us to an extraordinary world where cities are run on living magic and even a thief can become a wizard's apprentice.


About Sarah Prineas

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Sarah Prineas is the author of the award-winning Magic Thief series and Winterling. She holds a PhD in English literature and recently taught honors seminars on fantasy and science fiction literature at the University of Iowa. She lives in Iowa City, IA, with her family. You can visit her online at
Published May 5, 2009 by HarperCollins. 404 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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I kept wanting Nevery to acknowledge Conn as his apprentice for so long, then – when Conn was in such dire straits – I’d forgotten about it and Prineas delivered that so expertly that I knew it was coming and was so concerned about other things that I’d temporarily forgotten.

Jun 15 2008 | Read Full Review of The Magic Thief: Lost

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Summary: The second book in The Magic Thief trilogy improves upon its predecessor in just about every aspect.

Nov 08 2012 | Read Full Review of The Magic Thief: Lost

There are many children’s fantasy books seeking to take the throne recently abandoned by JK Rowling.

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This second installment in the series picks up where its predecessor left off, with Conn desperately seeking a new locus magicalicus to communicate with Wellmet’s magic.

May 12 2009 | Read Full Review of The Magic Thief: Lost

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