Let me stick my neck out on this one. The Magic Thief is better than the Harry Potter books. And the best part is that this is the first book of a trilogy.
The story starts with Connwaer, the young pickpocket, lying in wait on the dark streets of Twilight for a victim. Unfortunately for him, along comes the wizard Nevery Flinglas, who has been banished from his homeland by the Duchess of Wellmet because he blew up his own home in a risky experiment with magic spells. Conn does manage to pick Nevery’s pocket and steal the magician’s locus magicalicus (a stone that gives the wizard his magical power), but is caught.
However, what amazes the old wizard is that the locus stone hasn’t killed Conn. Suspecting that the boy is a wizard, Nevery gives Conn a good meal and takes him home as his apprentice so that he can study at Academicos, a school for budding magicians.
The Magic Thief is set in the land of Wellmet, a city of magic and wizards. It is divided into sections called Sunrise and Twilight. The Magisters’ (wizards’) islands are in the middle—an area that is called Heartsease. Twilight is where the factories are and where the workers live. It’s also the home of the evil Underlord Crowe, who rules the land with his minions and even collects taxes. Sunrise is home to the Duchess of Wellmet.
Magic is the key to the city’s well-being. If the magic is strong, everyone prospers (including the residents of Twilight). But gradually the people discover that the magic of Wellmet is fading. The Duchess suspects it is being stolen and calls Nevery to solve the mystery. Her personal magician Pettivox, however, tells her that she is overreacting.
When Nevery returns to Wellmet with Conn in tow, he gets down to the business at hand. In Conn’s case, there is an additional problem. He needs to find a locus magicalicus within 30 days if he is to remain in the city. Desperate to stay with Nevery and his new-found friend Rowan, the Duchess’ daughter, Conn hides his real story from everyone. Help for the duo comes from Benet, a scary-looking, biscuit-baking guy who is Nevery’s servant, and Keeston, the wizard’s secretary.
Follow Conn as he tries to throw off the tag of “thief” and help Wellmet.
Sarah Prineas wrote fantasy stories for Cricket magazine before she decided to pen a book. The book has been translated into Spanish, Finnish, Czech and Danish. After this flying start, Prineas had to get busier. And she did. Magic Thief: Lost is about to be launched and will be followed soon by Magic Thief: Found.
The writer is the editor of Heek, a children’s magazine. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org