The Magic Thief: Lost

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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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
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
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: 9780061375897
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Series: Magic Thief Series , #2
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 343,158
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Prineas

Sarah Prineas lives in the midst of the corn in rural 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). She is also the author of Winterling, Summerkin, and Moonkind.

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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  • Posted August 9, 2009

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    Reviewed by Lynn Crow for TeensReadToo.com

    Ever since wizard apprentice and former thief Conn destroyed his locus magicalicus saving the city of Wellmet's magic, he's been banned from lessons and shunned by all the wizards except his master, Nevery.

    No one believes his theory that the magic is a living being. As shadowy beings stalk Wellmet and attack its residents, Conn becomes desperate to communicate with the magic again. But his experiments with pyrotechnics cause a disaster so great he is exiled from Wellmet.

    Outside the city, Conn steals a place on a envoyage to a distant city he suspects may be involved in Wellmet's troubles. Along the way he makes new friends and new enemies, and discovers a threat far greater than he ever imagined. Even Conn's great skills of stealth and thievery may not be enough this time.

    Fans of THE MAGIC THIEF will love returning to Conn's world and joining him on his continuing adventures. Conn comes off at times more subdued than in the first book, but overall he has the same straight-forwardly charming voice. Minor characters from the first book have their roles expanded, making up for the fact that the wonderful Nevery and Benet are left behind for many chapters.

    It's a delight seeing the world further explored and learning all the new and intriguing details about how it works. The enemy Conn faces is truly frightening and unexpected, and the stage is well set for the trilogy's concluding book.

    Recommended for all fantasy readers - though of course it's most enjoyable if you've read the first book already.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2009

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    "The lizards are watching."

    "The lizards are watching."

    Written in Wellmet's Runic Alphabet, author Sarah Prineas penned this coded message beneath her signature of my signed copy of THE MAGIC THIEF - LOST, the second in the series. This is but one example of the creative, personal touches readers will find throughout her novels: From her unique writing style, to the recipes in the back for Benet's Biscuits.

    Enter a world where wizards rely on a living-magic power source and locus magicalicus stones to cast their spells and protect their cities. Connwaer, a wizard's apprentice, thief, and master lock picker, needs a new locus stone (having lost his in book one) to speak to the magic. Until then, he uses pyrotechnics to hear the magic murmur, despite Master Nevery's warnings. With each explosion the magic warns of a threat to Wellmet, and all he holds dear. THE MAGIC THIEF - LOST takes Connwaer out of the only place he's known, to the city of Desh where he must use his wits and will to save the people and the city he loves.

    Sarah mixes a pinch of the familiar with equal parts original and extraordinary, creating this wonderful story of magic, belonging, adventure, and friendship. Nothing simply moves, it: jink-clink-kajink, tap-taps, shuffs, or scritch-scritches. The main character, Conn, so consistently honest, even when it is to his disadvantage, breaths freshness and humor into this story.


    But it was the number of twists, dangers, and precarious situations Conn finds himself in that had my mouth dropping with each turn of the page. I thought, this has to be the low point for Conn, surely things will start to turn around for him, right? Not so. Again and again, trouble threatens to bury Conn until, honestly, I had no idea how he would ever get himself out from under. This, in combination with the vivid images of darkness, shadows, and the "dreaded magic" makes this tale one any lover of fantasy will stay up all night reading.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2009

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    Definitely Worth Reading After the First One!

    "The Magic Thief: Lost," by Sarah Prineas is the second installment in Harper Collins' sensational "Magic Thief" series. While it is happy and humorous in some parts, it is also sad and scary in others, making it impossible to put down! This book is definitely worth reading after the first one and will not disappoint anyone who reads it, from the first sentence to the last!
    I received this book two months before it came out and completely for free because Harper Collins, this book's publishing company, has a great program called First Look, which allows readers to get books for free and before they come out, just if they are willing to write a review for it after they are done reading it! If their review is good enough, it could be posted in the Harper Collin's email newsletter!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2010

    very good book

    very good book recommend this book for kids from 10-15 years old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2009

    Excellent!

    My daughter and I really enjoyed this story a lot!

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