The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas

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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.

 

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 www.sarah-prineas.com.
 
Published April 10, 2009 by HarperCollins. 439 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Canny, a quick study and endowed with a heroic appetite for biscuits, Conn works his way into the hearts of both his master and the mystery, meeting several memorable characters—notably Benet, a surly hired thug who can cook and knit as well as he can break heads—along the way to a literally expl...

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Apprentice magician Conn battles a new magical threat while continuing to drive friend and foe alike mad with irritation in this headlong sequel.

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The wild magical menace barely fended off in Magic Thief: Lost (2009) is headed for the town of Wellmet, and only the guttersnipe-turned–wizard’s apprentice Connwaer and his gruff master, Nevery Flinglas, realize the danger.

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Readers clamoring for magical tales will enjoy Prineas's fast-paced first novel, the opener of a promising trilogy. Conn-waer, a preteen pickpocket, steals the locus magicalicus from the most

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The spell works and takes Conn to a place very far from Wellmet (on the way Conn finds Rowan who followed Connawaer from Wellmet), but in the middle of their journey a huge (thought to be extinct) dragon picks Conn up and takes him to the dragon mountain, where Conn finds his locus stone, which i...

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Orphan boy with unexplored and unexpected magical powers goes to wizard school, where the headteacher is called Brumbee - does this ring any bells?

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Orphan boy with unexplored and unexpected magical powers goes to wizard school, where the headteacher is called Brumbee - does this ring any bells?

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BC Books

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The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas is one of the most elegantly written and touching juvenile fantasy ...The magic is dying in the city of Wellmet, and only ex-thief turned wizard's apprentice Conn knows why.

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My son and I were nailed to the pages, pushing way past our bedtimes as we finished up the last one hundred and forty pages in a reading marathon that had us hanging on by our fingernails.

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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.

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The Bookbag

Neverey quickly realises that Conn is very special indeed, and we witness some thrilling moments as they work together to solve the threat to the town - he knows that Conn is simply incapable of lying/dissembling, and so has to give serious consideration to what he feels are Conn's more outlandis...

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The Bookbag

Neverey quickly realises that Conn is very special indeed, and we witness some thrilling moments as they work together to solve the threat to the town - he knows that Conn is simply incapable of lying/dissembling, and so has to give serious consideration to what he feels are Conn's more outlandis...

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The Bookbag

Summary: Bookbag has loved this series from the start, but the third book tops them all.

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The Bookbag

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

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