Lost (Magic Thief Series #2)

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Overview

Never mix fire with magic!

Conn may only be a wizard's apprentice, but even he knows it's dangerous to play with fire . . . especially around magic. His master, Nevery, warns him that it could all blow up in his face. Besides, they have bigger problems to deal with. There is evil afoot in the city of Wellmet, an evil that isn't human.

But Conn is drawn to the murmurs he hears every time he sets off an explosion—something is trying to talk to ...

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Overview

Never mix fire with magic!

Conn may only be a wizard's apprentice, but even he knows it's dangerous to play with fire . . . especially around magic. His master, Nevery, warns him that it could all blow up in his face. Besides, they have bigger problems to deal with. There is evil afoot in the city of Wellmet, an evil that isn't human.

But Conn is drawn to the murmurs he hears every time he sets off an explosion—something is trying to talk to him, to warn him. When none of the wizards listen, Conn takes matters into his own hands. His quest to protect everything he loves brings him face-to-face with a powerful sorcerer-king and a treachery beyond even his vivid imagination.

Sarah Prineas works her own spells as she transports us to an extraordinary world where cities are run on living magic and even a thief can become a wizard's apprentice.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this thrilling sequel to The Magic Thief, Conn, "a gutterboy from the streets of Twilight," continues to seek solutions and instead finds trouble. Still the unconventional apprentice of Nevery Flinglas, Magister of Wellmet, Conn, having lost his "locus magicalicus" (the stone that allows him to commune with the magic), is forced to improvise when his hometown is threatened by the sorcerer-king Aspeling. To further complicate matters, Conn gets exiled from Wellmet for using pyrotechnics, the Dutchess's daughter is in danger and Conn's "embero" spell turns him into bird instead of a cat. Conn has a heart of gold, but struggles with his past reputation as a thief, and his reluctance to work with a partner holds him back ("I wasn't sure, exactly, what diplomacy was"). Like its predecessor, this story is interspersed with letters and journal entries, as well as skillful etchings, giving readers an intimacy with the characters. Eloquent and suspenseful, this follow-up doesn't disappoint. Ages 10-up.
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Children's Literature - Kathleen Foucart
The second book in "The Magic Thief" trilogy continues the story of Connwaer, a young pickpocket-turned-wizard's apprentice. After his locus stone is destroyed saving the city of Wellmet from a dangerous machine, Conn needs to find another way to communicate with the magic of the city. Unfortunately, the only way he can do that is to use pyrotechnic magic, which causes explosions. Conn's experiments aren't the only problem facing Wellmet, though. Mysterious figures have been terrorizing the city by night, and Conn and his best friend Rowan are determined to find out who is behind it all. When Rowan's mother, the Duchess, is attacked in her bed, Rowan is determined to go to another city, Desh, to see if they had anything to do with it. Conn soon follows after a disastrous attempt to speak with the magic has him expelled from the city. Desh's young sorcerer-king insists he has nothing to do with the attacks, but Conn's "sure as sure" he is lying. Can Conn save Wellmet? And if he does, will he be allowed back in? This fast-paced magical adventure story is sure to be a hit with fans of the first book, as well as attracting more readers to the series. A great book for fantasy fans who are looking for a captivating tale of magic, danger and intrigue. Reviewer: Kathleen Foucart
VOYA - Teri S. Lesesne
In this second book in The Magic Thief series, Conn has managed to save the town of Wellmet with the assistance of magician and mentor, Nevery. All should be well; however, there is still something lurking beneath the surface, a darkness that compels Conn to leave Wellmet and travel to Desh. It is there that Conn discovers the origin of the darkness. Can a lowly magician-in-training tackle the threats posed by the head magician of Desh, a man whose malevolence is almost palpable? Although this book will stand alone, the relationships among the various key players, introduced in the first volume, deepen. In addition, there are plot threads that are developed in the second book. and some are left dangling for subsequent series novels. Conn, like Harry Potter, is beginning to discover the power of his own magic, although he has little formal training and hardly any control over the outcome of his machinations of the pyrotechnics that serve as the basis of his power. Strong female characters populate Conn's world, opening the series to girls as well as boys. Short chapters with plenty of suspense make it a good choice for reluctant readers. Unfortunately T\the interior illustrations suggest a younger audience, but a good booktalk should help this book find its readers. Reviewer: Teri S. Lesesne
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—At the conclusion of the first volume, wizard's apprentice Conn lost his locus device, which he used to communicate with his city's magic, so at the start of this volume he resorts to pyrotechnic experiments to communicate with Wellmet's magic instead. After his experiments go awry, he is exiled and joins a mission to the city of Desh, which may be the source of the evils plaguing Wellmet. With help from his friend Lady Rowan, leader of the mission, Conn uses his street smarts and his knowledge of magic to try to understand who is behind the malevolent Shadowmen. His goals and guesses are opposed by a variety of characters, leading to intrigue and conflict. Prineas's detailed magic has its own logic, and an abundance of clues to the evil will intrigue and confuse readers as they try to solve the mystery along with the protagonist. Conn's first-person narrative is paired with letters from his mentor and other characters, allowing Prineas to reach beyond the limits of the main character's viewpoint. Conn's relationship with Rowan continues to grow, providing both humor for the story and depth to both characters. A fun read for fans of fantastic adventures.—Beth L. Meister, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, WI
Kirkus Reviews
Apprentice magician Conn battles a new magical threat while continuing to drive friend and foe alike mad with irritation in this headlong sequel. As the clueless magicians of the local college continue to deny reality, a rising tide of attacks from Dementor-like Shadowmen prompts the Duchess to send her daughter Rowan to the distant desert city of Desh to see if it has been similarly afflicted. Having blown up his home in a pyrotechnic experiment and left beloved bodyguard/nanny/cook Benet badly injured, remorseful Conn invites himself along-and soon finds evidence that the sorcerer-king of Desh is hiding something ugly indeed. Told in a mix of narrative and correspondence, the tale hurtles along to a climax in which Conn deals Evil a sharp setback that also sets up the next episode. Readers of the opener will understand the sometimes complex relationships better than latecomers, but the sequel stands sturdily on its own, and Conn, equally gifted at picking locks and being a thorn in the side of all, remains a vivid, memorable lead. (maps, recipes, thumbnail bios) (Fantasy. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061375927
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/27/2010
  • Series: Magic Thief Series , #2
  • Pages: 405
  • Sales rank: 109,396
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Prineas

Sarah Prineas lives in the midst of the corn near Iowa City, Iowa, and can usually be found writing fantasy novels on a stealthy silver MacBook Air called Dash. Prineas's Magic Thief series introduced readers to the irascible wizard Nevery and his gutterboy apprentice, Connwaer. Sarah holds a PhD in English literature and recently taught honors seminars on fantasy and science fiction literature at the University of Iowa. She has an amazing dragon action-figure collection and occasionally bakes biscuits (although she says hers never seem to turn out as tasty as Benet's do in The Magic Thief).

Sarah is married to John Prineas, a physics professor, which comes in handy when she's writing about magic. They are the parents of Maud and Theo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    AWESOME

    Expect it to AWESOME cause the 1st one was.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Ya

    This hole series is just...AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!$$$$$

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    Magic Thief Fan Post

    Absolutly satisfing and exciting! I couldn't get my hands off it once I got it!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    AC review

    This book rocks! Second book
    I lov tyis book and its characters so much

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    ?

    I haven't read the book yet!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Mason

    Mason: ... Zachary: Hiya. Are you guys gonna join the website??? Austin: *shifts uncomfortably* Errr... Mason: No. Jessica: lol! This is bad >:I

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Austin

    Austin: Nothing. Just there would be lots of awkwardness... lol Mason: ..? okie then...

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2012

    Mason

    *dies* I do not know what's going on. Dawnpelt, Spell, Sylvia, Saturn... can someone explain??? I know I don't want Saturn... Jessica: we should have a vote! I vote DawnpeltxSerpentfang! Mason: Vote??? :( Zachary: Spell is Runningwish right??? Cuz I vote her. Mason: love hurts. Melody: You should see who loves him most... Dray: Sylvia is hot I'll take her if Mase doesn't. Alea: What about Dawnpelt??? That poor girl has been heartbroken already! Mason: :( *runs away to thinking place* Jerome: How about the girl who matches him the most. Sophia: OH! Do you love pickles??? What's your favorite number??? Favorite sport??? Do you consider yourself athletic or studious??? Do you like waffles??? How old are you??? What is your favorite genre??? Answer these! Jerome: How long have you known mason??? Is Mason his real name??? What's his warrior name??? Do you feel like you can tell him anything??? How old is Mason??? Who is his best friend??? What state does he live in??? What crew is he in??? How long. Have you loved him??? Why do you love him??? Would you be okay if he was just a friend or do you.needhim??? How many sisters does he have and who are they??? Sophia: for references just look at his past posts. Zachary: Now I think no one loves him because you two scared the s h * * outta them. Mason: O: O.O uhhh... not cool ..... >:(

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    It's Great!!

    I love the series. I cannot wait for the new book to come out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    To delfina graves

    :), don't worry.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    To grace

    Sorry about not posting,but I just posted like a few days ago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    This book is 191 pages incase you were wondering

    This book is 191 pages incase you were wonderinh

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    Well-written and a satisfying tale

    The Magic Thief series is very well-written with a distinctive style. The tale moves along quickly, and every thread is wrapped up in a completely satisfying ending in the third book. While this is the best series of books I've read in the last year (or three!), my eight-year-olds were also captivated by the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    Spoiler alert!

    Why does the house have to be destroyed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Cool

    Read thhis book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    A step up

    Pretty good novel! The author has much improved sience her first book, with a gripping story and plenty suspense. A side note, this book does not have much description, but pictures instead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    READ THIS

    It was a great book! Cant wait to read more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Great book!

    All im going to say is READ THIS BOOK NOW! Just dont forget ur locus magiculius :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Hi

    Were is the chat box? I am a friend of zacarys. Sorry about bad spelling i am in a rush

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2012

    Yourmom

    I want iit so bad

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