The Vengekeep Prophecies by Brian Farrey

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Forget what you know about prophecies—this epic middle-grade fantasy about a clumsy boy born into a family of thieves is fresh, fun, and anything but predictable! The first in an unforgettable trilogy, this Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of the Year takes everything you thought you knew about fantasy and spins it into pure magic.

Jaxter Grimjinx is a born thief. At least, he's supposed to be. For generations, the Grimjinx clan has produced the swiftest, cleverest thieves in Vengekeep. The problem is, Jaxter is clumsy. So clumsy that in his first solo heist, he sets the Castellan's house on fire and lands his family in prison. Even Jaxter's talent for breaking magical locks can't get them out of this bind.

Then a suspiciously convenient prophecy emerges, naming the Grimjinx clan as the soon-to-be heroes of Vengekeep. It's good enough to get his family out of jail, but when the doomsday prophecy starts to come true, Jaxter is pretty sure a life behind bars would be a better fate. Now, with the help of his new friend, Callie, Jaxter will have to face down flaming monsters, a bazaar of thieves, and a renegade sorcerer to become the hero he was truly born to be.

Full of twists and turns, friendship and adventure, The Vengekeep Prophecies is a "rich fantasy that hits the ground running and never lets up" (Publishers Weekly, starred review).


About Brian Farrey

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Brian Farrey completed his MFA in creative writing at Hamline University in St. Paul. He is the author of the teen novel With or Without You, and he's currently an acquisitions editor at Flux Books. You can visit him online at
Published October 23, 2012 by HarperCollins. 416 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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There couldn't be a more likable family of thieves.

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In an excellent, self-contained adventure from Farrey (With or Without You), 12-year-old Jaxter Grimjinx is anxious to prove himself at the family business: thievery.

Oct 29 2012 | Read Full Review of The Vengekeep Prophecies

City Book Review

The tapestry actually had been woven by Jaxster’s mother, who knew that if everyone trusted them, the Grimjinxes could get away with all the thefts they wanted.

Nov 08 2012 | Read Full Review of The Vengekeep Prophecies


The Grimjinx family is quirky enough to help you realize how weird your family is, and they want to make you convert your family to a life of crime."Twelve-year-old Jaxter Grimjinx is proud of his family heritage, although he would be the first to admit he isn’t the best thief in the family.

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A family of thieves creates a con so clever it backfires in Farrey's (With or Without You) page-turning middle-grade adventure with a hint of magic.

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