Book Review: The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas
People who love the Harry Potter books will likewise enjoy The Magic Thief series. In both the Harry Potter and The Magic Thief series, we see the protagonists survive dire situations and go through major life transformations to become talented wizards. Book one of The Magic Thief series also starts off with a young boy, Connwaer, who should have died when he touched the locus magicalicus (in the same way that Harry should have met his demise when Lord Voldemot tried to kill him as a child).
However, with all that said, The Magic Thief is a simpler story targeted at younger audiences between 5 and 13 years old. Additionally, the story is more straightforward.
Book One of The Magic Thief Series Is Still Highly Captivating
When Cricket, a teen literary magazine, made a request for stories about wizards and specialized fiction, Sarah Prineas submitted The Magic Thief. Soon after, she expanded the original short story into a novel series that is currently 4 books long.
Book one of Sarah's series begins by introducing us to the story's protagonist, Connwaer, a young boy who is the nephew of Underlord Crowe. After stealing the locus magicalicus (a special stone that yields a wizard’s power) from Nevery, the banished wizard, Connwaer was supposed to die – but he did not. The simple act of touching the stone should have killed him, but for some reason, he lives. (Yet another boy who lives!)
And so, curious about the boy, Nevery takes Connwaer as his servant and later makes him his apprentice.
Connwaer goes on to help Nevery stem the tide of the disappearing magic, and in the process, gets jailed, escapes from prison, and returns to the city to finally deal with the unsolved magical problems.
In book one, Connwaer will find his skills as a thief, as well as his natural magical tendencies, to be of great help as he fulfills his destiny.
The Potential Of The Books
Having read the books in this series, I think it has the potential of making it to the same level as the Harry Potter collection. The books have received top-rated reviews on Goodreads and Barnes and Noble, garnering an average of four-and-a-half out of five stars. The reviews reflect the strength of the story, which has a clever plot beautifully written from the first person point-of-view.
I love how the author has managed to breathe life to the characters in the book. Connwaer, as well as the other characters, seem to jump off the page at every turn, sucking the reader into an intriguing magical world. Therefore, if you have a penchant for fantasy books like Harry Porter, I guarantee you won't be able to put The Magic Thief down once you start reading!
Go ahead and pick up the books on Amazon. Kindle, paperback, hardcover, and audio-book versions are available: