In this light, fizzy brew of a quest fantasy from Rabe (The Finest Challenge), a thieving but charming young gnome, Fenzighan "Fenzig" Wiznagrik, is caught red-handed in King Erlgrane's treasure trove. To avoid punishment, he agrees to steal three precious emeralds from Erlgrane's rival, Duke Rehmir of K'Nosha--the gnome's assignment made all the more dangerous by a wizard's spell that will kill him should he not return with the jewels in two weeks. En route to the duke's castle, Fenzig meets a traveling performer and gifted thief who goes by the name of Carmen the Magnificent. But Carmen turns out to be more than meets the eye, and the two thieves join forces to foil Erlgrane's devious plans to usurp Rehmir's fortune. Readers of all ages will find simple pleasures in this traditional hobbit-inspired fantasy. (Mar.)Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library JournalFor most of his young life, Fenzig the gnome has made his way by stealing. When a risky foray into the king's palace ends in his capture, Fenzig believes his young life has come to an end. Then the king surprises him with a proposition�and Fenzig leaves the palace on a mission, this time to steal for the king. The author of "The Finest" trilogy (The Finest Creation; The Finest Challenge; The Finest Choice) has created a winningly ingenuous character in Fenzig, a gnome who never gives up even as he prepares for the worst. Suitable for both adult and YA lovers of classic fantasy, this tale of youthful determination and an indomitable spirit belongs in most fantasy collections.
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