The Thief's Apprentice by Bryan Methods
(Master Diplexito and Mr. Scant)

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Methods’ fights are the sort in which there’s always time for dialogue, combatants don’t die or even bleed when they’re wounded, and the deadliest adversary abruptly withers under a good scolding. The fight choreography needs work but otherwise, a promising debut and series opener.
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Oliver, the meek son of a wealthy British industrialist, discovers the identity of a notorious thief, a man who has been skillfully evading Scotland Yard and snatching priceless artifacts for sport: Mr. Scant, his family butler. After first fearing for his life, Oliver discovers Mr. Scant's secret within a secret: the butler's crimes are actually a series of strikes against an underground group of business tycoons trying to master black magic.
 

About Bryan Methods

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Bryan Methods lives in Japan and has a master's degree in Screen Media and Cultures from Cambridge University. He also runs an animation blog with several hundred thousand views.
 
Published October 1, 2016 by Carolrhoda Books. 276 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction
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Above average
on Jul 02 2016

Methods’ fights are the sort in which there’s always time for dialogue, combatants don’t die or even bleed when they’re wounded, and the deadliest adversary abruptly withers under a good scolding. The fight choreography needs work but otherwise, a promising debut and series opener.

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