Magic of Thieves [NOOK Book]

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In a province where magic is forbidden and its possessors are murdered by the cruel Praetor, young Ilan, born with the powerful gift of her ancestors, has only one hope for survival. Concealment. In the shadow of Dimmingwood, she finds temporary protection with a band of forest brigands led by the infamous outlaw Rideon the Red Hand.
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Magic of Thieves

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Overview

In a province where magic is forbidden and its possessors are murdered by the cruel Praetor, young Ilan, born with the powerful gift of her ancestors, has only one hope for survival. Concealment. In the shadow of Dimmingwood, she finds temporary protection with a band of forest brigands led by the infamous outlaw Rideon the Red Hand.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044527461
  • Publisher: C. Greenwood
  • Publication date: 12/28/2012
  • Series: Legends of Dimmingwood , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,708
  • File size: 727 KB

Meet the Author

C. Greenwood is the fantasy pen name of author Dara England, who lives in Oklahoma with her husband, two young children, and a Yorkshire terrier. To receive updates on future books, visit www.DaraEnglandAuthor.com and sign up for her monthly newsletter.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted December 13, 2012

    Great book!!

    One of my favorite genres is Sci-Fi/Fantasy. This book does not disappoint. It had me on the first page. The characters and the world the author creates comes right off the page. I love most of the characters - especially Ilan and Brig. It would appeal to all ages from middle school up. It was a fast read and I was very sorry when it ended. I will be getting the next in the series.

    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2013

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    A great read! I enjoyed following Ilan while growing up amongst

    A great read! I enjoyed following Ilan while growing up amongst a band of thieves. I found it very easy to slip into the story and connect with the main character. I found this book a great introduction into the series and can't wait to read the next book.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2014

    This review will be brief because it won┬┐t take much to sum up

    This review will be brief because it won’t take much to sum up my thoughts.

    This is not a long book and I feel like that was its largest problem. I usually have nothing against short books or novellas, but this felt like the first 20% or so to an epic fantasy novel ripped out and sold on its own. It takes the main character, Ilrun, from five years of age to sixteen with no clear focus to the story. It felt like there wasn’t a defined goal yet, as if I was just reading backstory, and I spent most of the book being mad at Ilrun.

    For me, the main character doesn’t have to be my favorite, but I do have to at least like him/her. I did not like Ilrun. I couldn’t really understand why she idolized the leader of the bandits as she did and I got mad when she shamelessly double-crossed other characters. She had her relatable moments, but there weren’t enough of them to redeem her for me.

    On the other hand, the author did create an original and fascinating world I think I would have been more interested in exploring had this been part of a larger book. The world building was probably the best part of this story and I do laud the author on an interesting fantasy realm.

    I think this could have been a good book if the writer had made Ilrun a little less brutal and given us something to resolve at the end instead of a continuous storyline that just stops. But as this story is, I really can’t recommend it.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2013

    Magic of Thieves has a great premise and it is well written but

    Magic of Thieves has a great premise and it is well written but I absolutely hated the main character, Ilna. It is hard to like a book for anything else when you can not stand the person telling the story. Ilna is a whining waste of flesh that treats every one around herself poorly. It comes off as snide cruelty for no purpose. The writing is good though.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Great story. Good introduction to a new series. Leaves me wantin

    Great story. Good introduction to a new series. Leaves me wanting to read the rest.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2013

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    Interesting!

    The first book in the Legends of Dimmingwood starts out fast and keeps hold of you all the way to the end. I only wish it had been a little bit longer as I didn't want to see the story end where it did.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Magic of Thieves

    Very rarely do I stop reading a book. This is unfortunately one of those times...and it saddens me. The book is written well enough, but it just didnt hold my interest. I really did not like the main character, which allowed me to become disconnected from the story. Eventually I just gave up. Perhaps if I could have seen it through to the end, I would have a better review; but such is not the case. My apologies.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2013

    Book exchanged for an honest review~Ilan has known much tragedy

    Book exchanged for an honest review~Ilan has known much tragedy in her young life. Her parents killed for being magickers or Skeltai by Praetor's men. Ilan becomes apart of Rideon The Red Hand's thieves. Ilan is often called the Hound by her companions. Brig who has raised Ilan like his own daughter tries to keep Ilan out of trouble. Dradac recognized that Ilan needed to be trained how to fight and work along side the band of thieves before Brig. He tells Brig that he's not doing any favors to Ilan by keeping her safely hidden. Dradac and Ilan rescue Terrac, who is training to be a priest, after he's been injured. Terrac and Ilan become relunct friends soon after but he must not reveal that he's not really a priest. Ilan meets Hadrian, a priest that has some knowledge as magicker, becomes curious and intrigued by him. Hadrian presents Ilan with an offer to teach how to use her magic but she refuses him. The band has been betrayed and nothing will ever be the same again. Will Ilan stay with the band? Will Ilan and Terrac remain friends? What will Rideon do about the betrayal? Will Ilan take Hadrian up on his offer? Your answers await you in Magic of Thieves.

    I really enjoyed this story. The creativity was truly unique and complex. Ilan is shown thru many stages of her young life yet always seems to land on her feet much like a cat. Ilan's depth of emotion and instinct is truly amazing. Ilan seems to be doing things the hard way yet seems to find the truth out for herself. I look forward to the next installment in this series. The author did a wonderful job in creating this story.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2014

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    I see a lot of mixed reviews for this book. This adventure follo

    I see a lot of mixed reviews for this book. This adventure follows the harrowing life of a young girl orphaned, then adopted by a band of brigands. She turns out to be quite the brat, but what would you expect after being raised by a bunch of, well, thieving jerks. I'm now quite interested in seeing if/how her character develops in the next books. And what that bow is all about!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    Uh

    My like tottaly awsome like yah review is gone!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    Ummm

    Its over 200 pgs just wantef to vlarify

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    nice quick read

    I just finished the ebook and it was a good quick read. The story kept me interested. Only down fall was it was a little slow towards the end. Im interested in reading the second book to see what happens next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Very good book!

    If your into fantasy, this is a very good series! I amost gave it up at one point thinking it was another re-write of Robin Hood. If you think the same keep on reading!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Captivating!

    Very well written story. So much tragedy in a young girl's start to life. Can't wait to read the rest of the series to see how her rough start affects the rest of her life

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Awsome series cant wait to read next book

    This book was amazing i ended up reading the first book in 3 days,i was recomended this book and so far i love the series i cant wait intil the 5th book is out the series was so good i ended up readind about 90 pages a day,cant wait to read the rest.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    it's a beginning

    slow but an author needs to develop the character at first, so it's not surprising. I'll probably buy the 2nd just to see what happens...if nothing significant.......we'll see

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2014

    Excellent!

    Lively adventure and romance. Never a dull moment. Look forward to the next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    loved it

    I really enjoyed this story and will look forward to reading more by this author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2014

    Builld up

    This book is abuild up for things to come.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2014

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