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11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

I Liked the Descriptions...

The descriptions in the book were phenomenal, such as, 'The moon hung high above the city as Prosper rushed out of the theater. The alley's lay empty and grew wisps of fog that floated eerily over the canals.'

I just like the way Cornelia Funke ties in her descriptio...
The descriptions in the book were phenomenal, such as, 'The moon hung high above the city as Prosper rushed out of the theater. The alley's lay empty and grew wisps of fog that floated eerily over the canals.'

I just like the way Cornelia Funke ties in her descriptions with the action parts of the book, or the slow parts of the book, or for any part of the book for that matter. Without these little tid-bits of descriptive material, then there would be only dialogue, as most books do have. Descriptive writing is what makes up any book, especially this one. I like the character development as well; at first I didn't even know the slightest information about them besides their names, such as Hornet, Bo, Prosper, Mosca, Riccio, Scipio, and many more. By the end of the book, I felt like I had a one on one connection with all of the characters because gradually, Cornelia developed her characters into their personal stories, such as their real name's or where they were actually from. Although very boring at times, this book is a good read for all age groups, I recommend this to all.

posted by Artemis15 on March 17, 2009

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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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At first glance it seems likely that Cornelia Funke's novel The Thief Lord (2000) will center around the Thief Lord. All the same the story actually starts with Prosper and Bo, brothers who have run away to avoid their nasty aunt who wants to separate them. Convinced th...
At first glance it seems likely that Cornelia Funke's novel The Thief Lord (2000) will center around the Thief Lord. All the same the story actually starts with Prosper and Bo, brothers who have run away to avoid their nasty aunt who wants to separate them. Convinced that all of the wonderful stories their late mother told them about Venice will be true and keep them safe, the boys make their way to that fair city.

Unfortunately Venice is not as magical as their mother had told them (at least not right away). Just when Prosper is prepared to accept defeat and return his younger brother to the warm and safe, if not loving, home of his aunt, the boys are taken in by a very unusual band of children. Led by Scipio, the Thief Lord, the children live in a condemned theater living off the riches that Scipio steals from Venice's elite. The children know little else about Scipio, but in exchange for his support and protection they are willing to overlook that small detail.

Meanwhile, the brothers' aunt has enlisted a private investigator to locate the boys and bring Bo back to her (Prosper will be sent to an orphanage). Like any other investigator worth his salt, Victor soon picks up the trail of the children. The more this trio sees of each other, the more tenuous the children's existence in the Venice theater seems. Indeed, Victor's investigation could unearth a secret about the Thief Lord that will change all of their lives. Forever.

The Thief Lord is told in the whimsical, ethereal tone common to some fairy tales. It is entirely appropriate for this story, but also manages to make it that much harder to believe that the story is real. While the book was enjoyable, it always felt like the characters were at a remove--visible but not near enough to discern subtleties.Funke describes Venice and its landscapes beautifully but leaves the characters much less dimensional

I liked that the story had a lot of twists and turns, but by the end of the novel it felt a bit like one too many turns. Funke blends realistic incidents with pure fantasy creating an uneasy combination that sometimes works well in the text and other times left me scratching my head. In some ways it feels like the first and second half of the the story come from two different plots.

After realizing that the novel was originally written in German, I suspect that the different culture and writing conventions might have contributed to my uneasiness in deciding whether I actually liked the book. In summary, The Thief Lord was entertaining and will likely please any young fantasy readers in the house even though it was not completely wonderful.

posted by MissPrint on February 27, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2007

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    I was VERY disappointed since I very much enjoyed Inkheart and Dragon Rider. I was waiting during the whole book for the plot to actually warm up, and it never did! I liked a lot of the other books by Cornelia Funke and suggest the author to you, but this book was one of the least enjoyable books that I have ever read!!!

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Really not the best

    I guess it was okay but hard to get into. I really never did get into it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2005

    Not as good

    I couldn't finish Thief Lord. It isn't half as good as I expected. I enjoyed Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches much more.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2003

    Not as great as it seems.

    From some reviews it sounded like this book was really great, but i didn't care for it that much. There were some good twists and turns but it was to unreal and it seemed like it would never end.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2002

    How Did this Ever Get Published???

    Unless my copy was missing half it's pages, this book was very disappointing. The reviews likened it to Harry Potter. (Was the font the same?) There was nothing magical, or credible. It was a mish mash of characters that I felt were phony. I never felt close to anyone in this book. Perhaps this story would have played better in the early 1900's. This day and age??? Get real!! The merry-go-round was an interesting twist, but was more vivid, frightening and already 'done'in Something Wicked This Way Comes. I cannot even imagine the young people I know enjoying this book. I can vouch that it did not cross over as an entertaining read for this adult. No message, no reality or fantasy or whatever blend was being attempted, nothing to justify the time spent reading this cheap attempt at literature. What upsets me the most? A friend gave me this book as a gift with all the best intentions based on the reviews she read. This will be a very difficult 'thank you' to write.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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