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The Magic Thief (2009)

de Sarah Prineas

Sèrie: The Magic Thief (1)

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A young thief is drawn into a life of magic and adventure after picking the pocket of the powerful wizard Nevery Flinglas, who has returned from exile to attempt to reverse the troubling decline of magic in Wellmet City.
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Títol:The Magic Thief
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The Magic Thief de Sarah Prineas (2009)

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    Magyk de Angie Sage (megan003, Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Both are set in a somewhat run-down and dreary fantasy world. Boy 412 and Conn showed what I thought was a similar 'spark' in working their way through their lot.
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    La invenció de l'Hugo Cabret de Brian Selznick (FFortuna)
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    The City of Ember de Jeanne DuPrau (FFortuna)
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    El llibre del cementiri de Neil Gaiman (FFortuna)
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    Harry Potter i la Pedra Filosofal de J. K. Rowling (megan003)
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    Skulduggery Pleasant de Derek Landy (FFortuna)
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    The Amulet of Samarkand de Jonathan Stroud (FFortuna)
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Es mostren 1-5 de 51 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Book and Cookie Club selection, but a worthwhile read, and a Skype conversation with the author made it even more so. This fanciful tale of magic set in a fictional time and place (but reminiscent of Dickens' London) rode the wave of Harry Potter popularity for fans who wanted read-alikes. Not disappointing, but maybe for a bit younger crowd. Young Conn, a gutter boy, steals a magic object from a wizard and finds himself enmeshed in his own awakening magical skills with the backdrop of a power struggle in his society to control the magic. Very original, memorable characters to care about -- it's a series but not sure I will pursue it. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
{First of 4 : The Magic Thief series. Children's, fantasy}

I borrowed this from my children's school library and apparently I also borrowed it three years ago as an e-book from the local library (when I noted that the e-format diminishes the impact of the pencil drawings).

Conn is a gutterboy thief who lives in the Twilight district of the city of Wellmet. One day he gets caught by the mage, Nevery, when he picks his pocket and steals his locus magicalicus - a wizard's magic stone, specific to him, which focuses power. Intrigued by the fact that Conn is unharmed, Nevery takes him home to be his apprentice, despite the fact that he isn't interested in maintaining a household and doesn’t really want an apprentice. Then they realise that Conn has magic and needs to be taught - but he hasn’t yet found his own locus magicalicus.

Nevery has returned to Wellmet, from which he was exiled twenty years before, drawn by the fact that the magic of the city has been inexplicably dwindling. He keeps busy investigating the cause of the reduction in magic and doesn't really have time for the boy. Conn feels deep in his bones that he is destined to be a wizard and help Nevery save the magic but he feels Nevery is on the wrong track - so he does some investigating of his own.

The chapters are punctuated by Nevery's diary notes; I'm not sure how much they advance the story, though they do show Nevery's point of view too - but they do have notes in an unknown script that I didn't manage to decode.

Light, solidly written, engaging, good use of language. I like Prineas's clever hyphenated alliterative and assonant vocabulary : 'Nevery swept-stepped from the room' or 'he gave me his keen-gleam glance' or 'musty-dusty'.

I'd like to continue reading this series of brave, earnest Conn, his grumpy master Nevery and their friends.

4 stars ( )
  humouress | Mar 3, 2019 |
This book is a small miracle, in a way. Despite the fact that almost every aspect of the plot, the settings, and most principal characters can be found in essentially unchanged form in other, earlier books, this novel manages to transcend what could seem like a pedestrian rehash to become a charming, worthy addition to the canon. And it's emphatically not a pleasant but mediocre generic fantasy novel--it's much, much better than that.

Most of the credit goes to the author's making the protagonist so very likable. I'm reminded of Megan Whalen Turner's The Thief who also managed to charm me completely. There's a passage where truth serum forces our hero to babble the truth, and it's a delight.

I imagine it must be more difficult to write a beautifully-crafted, engaging, surprising book from materials that are so well-trodden, so kudos given where kudos are due.

I see others have compared this to the Harry Potter series, or to The Lightning Thief, but the tone seems very dissimilar to me. I thought it more akin to the works of Diana Wynne Jones (not quite as good, nothing ever is--a little more straightforward than she would have written) or to the Flora Segunda.

(Note: 5 stars = amazing, wonderful, 4 = very good book, 3 = decent read, 2 = disappointing, 1 = awful, just awful. I'm fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s). ( )
  ashleytylerjohn | Sep 19, 2018 |
Wizards, a gutterboy, a Duchess and her daughter are just a few characters in this magical fantasy tale.

One dark night, Connware picked a pocket and found he had stolen a wizard's locus magicalicus. Stealing a locus magicalicus can cause death to a non-wizard. By some strange twist Nevery, the wizard, seemed to know that Conn had the stone. Through some dramatic casting of a spell by Nevery, Conn was saved...and the wizard took back his stone. The strange thing was there wasn't much damage to Conn.

Nevery takes on Conn as an apprentice, but actually treats him more as a servant. Nevery tasks Conn with finding his own locus magicalicus and later sends Conn to the Academicos...the school for future wizards and rich kids. Here Conn is to learn all that is necessary to become a wizard. It seems that Nevery sees something in Conn and the possibility of his having magical power.

The tale takes place in Wellmet; a place that is made of up three areas. The River where the Academicos, the Wizards' Houses, Magisters' Hall and other important buildings are located on islands in the river. The Twilight where Dusk House, the factories and warehouses are. A dark and dangerous area where Conn is from. Poverty and violence is the norm. The Sunrise contains the Dawn Palace and Pettivox's House.

Nevery has just arrived back to Wellmet. He had been banished from town for 20 years, but had recently received a letter requesting him to return. It seems that Wellmet is losing magic and no one knows how or where it is going. The letter writer knows that Nevery is one of the strongest and most knowledgeable wizards and should be able to solve the mystery. The thing is that it is to be done on the QT.

The story is written with segments being entries by Nevery into his journal. His comments and observations add to the story. There are also illustrations in the book to add to the feel of it taking place in a later time.

I enjoyed the book and the characters. The descriptions and details help set the scenes. The action and events can cause you to hold your breath at time and laugh at other times. This is the first of a series, so I will be keeping an eye out for further books. ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Sep 9, 2018 |
What i really appreciate in this book is "Very less Characters", compared to some other fantasy books. Conn, who lives on the streets and is a thief accidentally steals from a wizard. A wizard, who is the best among his profession. And Conn begins his journey to be a wizard.
Magic thief tells a tale of a thief who wants to be a wizard and who catches another thief who wants to steal magic from the city.. Magic lives in the city u see!!
First in the series, this book somewhat resembles the InkWorld series, but lots of magic and i loved the world described here :)
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  PallaviSharma | May 9, 2016 |
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Straatjongen Rafi (ik-figuur) steelt de locus magicalus, een steen met magische krachten, uit de jaszak van de oude tovenaar Nimmeral. Wie deze steen probeert te stelen zou ter plekke moeten sterven. Als Rafi blijft leven, neemt Nimmeral hem aan als zijn leerling. Daarvoor moet Rafi echter eerst zijn eigen locus magicalicus vinden. Ondertussen daalt het niveau van de magie steeds sneller in de stad Wellekom. Rafi weet het zeker: hij is voorbestemd om te voorkomen dat de magie zal verdwijnen. Een goedgeschreven, onderhoudend verteld verhaal dat zich door taalgebruik, humor en onverwachte wendingen onderscheidt van andere verhalen over tovenaarsleerlingen. De vele korte hoofdstukken over Rafi worden afgewisseld met fragmenten uit Nimmerals dagboek in een telegramstijl. Deze fragmenten lijken op een soort perkament geschreven te zijn. Af en toe staan onderaan runen die met behulp van het alfabet achterin ontcijferd kunnen worden. Het boek bevat voorin een landkaart van Wellekom en achterin lijstjes met de belangrijkste personages, plekken en enkele recepten. Ieder nieuw hoofdstuk wordt gesierd met een zwart-witillustratie. Een aanrader voor liefhebbers van de Harry Potter-reeks. Eerste deel in een serie. Vanaf ca. 10 jaar. - Eefje Buenen

 

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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Sarah Prineasautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Prineas, Sarahautor principaltotes les edicionsconfirmat
Caparo, Antonio JavierIl·lustradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Kattelus, KaisaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Steinbruner, GregNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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